Hermia Necklace - Magical Inlays Limited Edition
Hermia Necklace - Magical Inlays Limited Edition
Hermia Necklace - Magical Inlays Limited Edition

Hermia Necklace - Magical Inlays Limited Edition

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This elegant necklace holds a significant starter collection of precious antique buttons.

It's anchored by a dyed antique horn button inlaid with brass wire, bone, and an abalone shell. Horn's natural characteristics are inherently suited to manufacturing buttons. It's made of keratin, a fibrous structural protein found in human hair and in animals' horns, claws, and hooves that is both strong and easily molded with moisture, heat, and pressure.

Above it, you'll find an antique Victorian-era jet glass button on the top left. These coal-colored beauties hold a unique standing as icons of Victorian-era fashion and culture as they came into fashion when Queen Victoria chose to wear black mourning clothes for the rest of her life after her husband's death.

Under the jet button is a small dark pearl button with a lovely Art Nouveau-style overlay. Art Nouveau, with its intricate designs and flowing curves, was all the rage at the dawn of the 20th century. Its heyday was over by WWI, but it remains a cherished artistic style in our studio.

On the other side of the horn button is an antique Victorian-era brass button with a mother-of-pearl inlay and a small papier-mâché button inlaid with an abalone shell.

Inlaid papier-mâché buttons rose in popularity in the 1860s and remained so until the 1890s. We're amazed by the energy and activity that went into making these buttons.

Read more: The Magic of Papier-Mâché and Horn Inlay Buttons, Buttonology Blog.

In this piece from left:

  • Small Victorian-era jet glass button, circa 1880-1900
  • Small Art Nouveau brass overlay on dark pearl, circa 1890-1900
  • Medium dyed horn button inlaid with brass wire, bone, and abalone shell, circa 1870-1890
  • Small Victorian brass button with inset mother-of-pearl and steel, circa 1890
  • Small papier-mâché button inlaid with abalone shell, circa 1870-1890
  • Brass-plated pewter setting cast today in the USA
  • Brass pronged settings made in Israel
  • Antiqued brass chain
  • Length is 22” with a 4” extender

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