These lovely earrings feature two rare and collectible, midcentury German striped moonglow glass cabochons.
Moonglow glass has an opaque interior, sealed with a clear top, creating a satiny, almost glowing appearance. They were developed by West German button artisans in 1954 and remained popular until the early 1960s.
German glassmaking is rooted in Northern Bavaria. Influenced by their Czech counterparts in nearby Bohemia, German glassmakers are also renowned for their exceptional skills that evolved over centuries.
Czechoslovakia annexed Northern Bavaria after WWII, and so the resident German glassmakers fled and set up workshops in their new West German communities. They built a thriving glass button industry, and by 1950 West Germany was considered the glass button capital of the world.
In this piece:
Striped moonglow glass cabochons, made in West German, circa 1950-1960
Art Deco brass stampings, connectors and pronged settings made today in the USA in vintage dies