This necklace showcases a stamped and tinted antique Victorian-era brass button called Charlemagne and the Angel.
Taken from a legend about Charlemagne, in which an angel warns him to abandon his disastrous Spanish campaign and return home to Aix-la-Chapelle, where others are plotting against him.
Charlemagne was crowned the first Holy Roman Emperor by Pope Leo III in 800. He sparked a European cultural and intellectual revival known as the Carolingian Renaissance during his reign. By the time he died in 814, his empire had included most of Western Europe. Today, Charlemagne is referred to by some as the father of Europe.
We're forever in awe of how the miniature tableaus depicted on antique buttons provide intriguing insights into Victorian-era fascinations. Ever-present and innocuous, buttons inadvertently captured an incredible variety of societal obsessions.