The Green Fairy Bracelet - Art Nouveau
This lovely bracelet got its name because the pale shades of green in its many rare and special buttons remind us of Absinthe’s storied herbal color.
Absinthe was very popular in 19th century France, and its fans nicknamed it “The Green Fairy” because of its magical potency. Art Nouveau artists celebrated this intoxicating elixir by producing now collectible advertising posters extolling its virtues.
Long-time Grandmother’s Buttons designer, Corda Walker, creates special bracelets for every limited edition release. She chooses the rarest, most valuable, and prettiest buttons in our collection, squirreling them away until she finds their ideal home. We think she creates pure magic with her marvelous, unexpected combinations.
In this piece, from the ring end:
- Antique button with green pearl, brass & cut steel flower escutcheon, circa 1880-1890
- Vintage West German green glass button with an iridescent finish, circa 1950-60, & brass bee
- Art Nouveau brass button with a pale green background, circa 1910
- French champleve’ enamel Art Nouveau button, circa 1890
- Art Nouveau brass button, circa 1890-1910
- 11 brass stampings made today in the USA in vintage dies
- Brass & pewter rings & toggle
- Length is 7 ½” to 8 ½”
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Read more on our Buttonology Blog: Art Nouveau: The Blossoming of a New Century