The sweet purple pansies hand-painted on the rare antique porcelain button anchoring this unique necklace are the perfect sentiment for someone you think of fondly. The porcelain button is set upon an unusual diamond-shaped locket.
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.
The word pansy originated from the French word pensee, meaning thought or remembrance expressed in a poetic form. So giving someone a bouquet of pansies lets them know you're thinking of them.
Boldly expressing your feelings wasn't socially acceptable in Victorian-era England. Much like modern teenagers with emojis, Victorians expressed their feelings with flowers.
We rarely use vintage plastic buttons in our limited edition designs. However, the purple tinting in the vintage acetate button holding the antique porcelain in this piece was simply irresistible.
In this piece:
Hand-painted antique porcelain button in an unusual diamond shape, circa 1890-1920 Small purple acetate button, circle 1960 Vintage diamond-shaped brass locket Three ornamental brass stampings made today in the USA in vintage dies Antiqued brass chain Length is 22” with a 4” extender