Ione Necklace - Summer in Bloom Limited Edition

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The subtle purple violets blooming on the rare and collectible hand-painted antique porcelain button anchoring this necklace symbolize faithfulness and enduring love. 

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.  

Boldly expressing your feelings, especially amorous ones, wasn't socially acceptable in Victorian-era England. Much like modern love-struck teenagers, Victorians sent their crushes encoded love notes using flowers instead of emojis. 

READ MORE> Floriography: The Romantic Victorian-Era Language of Flowers.

The antique porcelain button hangs from a vintage Italian enamel button whose mid-century modern stylings stand in ideal complementary contrast to its antique counterpart.

We named this piece Ione after the Greek word for violet.

In this piece:

  • Hand-painted antique porcelain button, circa 1890-1920
  • Small Italian purple enamel, circa 1960 
  • Tiny brass, celluloid, and pewter button at chain end, circa 1880-1900
  • Three brass stampings made today in the USA in vintage dies
  • Antiqued brass chain
  • Length is 21” with a 4” extender

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