The vintage West German pink moonglow glass button centering this bracelet makes us imagine an Empyrean Heaven. In ancient cosmologies, this was the highest heaven and was thought to be occupied by the element of fire.
Moonglow glass has an opaque interior, sealed with a clear top, creating a satiny, glowing appearance. Moonglow glass was created by West German button artisans in 1954 and remained popular until the early 1960s.
We chose one of our favorite brass stampings for this design. It was carved in the 1920s and blends the flowing lines of Art Nouveau with the more angular symmetry of Art Deco, creating a subtle early 20th-century motif.
In this piece:
Pink moonglow glass button, made in West Germany, circa 1950-1960
Tiny hand-carved Lady Washington mother-of-pearl button, made from Mississippi River mussel shells, on the chain end, circa 1950-1960