The intricately detailed antique jeweled cloak button we chose for this brooch stands out in the crowd with its end of 19th-century radiance.
The 1890s were known as the Gay Nineties. It was a decadent decade culturally akin to the Roaring Twenties. In the button world, Gay Nineties is a collector's term describing the large, ornate buttons worn to fasten long hooded opera cloaks.
The cloak button nestles on a hand-carved ocean pearl button, adding depth and glimmer to this lovely brooch.
In this piece:
Brass jeweled cloak button with faceted amethyst glass center, circa 1890