This brooch showcases an uncommonly beautiful antique porcelain button featuring a charming bouquet of light pink roses on a vine.
In Floriography or the Victorian language of flowers, pink roses symbolize admiration, gentleness, sympathy, and grace. Boldly expressing your feelings wasn't socially acceptable in Victorian-era England. Much like modern teenagers with emojis, Victorians expressed their feelings with flowers.
Most Victorian-era porcelain buttons were hand-painted by well-bred women in their parlors. Painting porcelain was a popular domestic art in the late 19th century, similar to needlework or knitting in the 20th century.
In this design, the pink roses on the enamel button are beautifully embellished by a vintage hand-dyed mother of pearl.
In this piece:
Hand-painted porcelain button with roses, circa 1890-1920
Vintage pearl button hand-dyed pink, circa 1930-1940
Two hand-carved ocean pearl buttons, circa 1890-1910