Joyeux Necklace - Holiday
We saved our most beautiful brass and cut steel buttons for this holiday limited edition release with hopes of adding some extra sparkle to your celebrations.
The stunning button centering this necklace design features a six-pointed cut steel star with an openwork brass trim set with even more cut steels for extra glitter. Hanging below this joyous star is a rectangular cut steel buckle and an unusual glass and brass ball button.
Matthew Bolton, from Birmingham, England, perfected the manufacture of cut steel buttons in the 1770s by riveting tiny pieces of faceted steel onto a frame. They quickly rose in popularity as economical imitations of the diamond and marcasite buttons that were fashionable in the royal court. They fell from favor in the early nineteenth century, only to return with a vengeance between 1880 and 1910.
In our studio, we fondly refer to cut steel buttons as “button bling” and love to imagine each one of these three buttons making an opulent Victorian gown sparkle on a ballroom dance floor.
In this piece:
- Large Victorian openwork brass and cut steel button, circa 1880-90
- Small rectangular cut steel buckle, circa 1890-1900
- Glass ball button with brass cap, circa 1920
- Brass-plated pewter setting made in the USA, set with Czech black diamond crystal chain
- Three-ringed brass floral connector stamped in the USA in vintage dies
- Antiqued brass double-ring chain
- Length is 17” with 4” extender
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