We saved the most beautiful, antique mother-of-pearl buttons to create this show-stopper of a necklace.
Every carved pearl button is one-of-a-kind and over 100 years old, and each will vary slightly in its pattern but not beauty.
The antique pearl is garnished with 10 tiny mother-of-pearl buttons in the bead chain and tassel.
The biological name for mother-of-pearl is nacre. Nacre is formed from a blend of minerals a mollusk secretes to protect itself from foreign objects, such as sand, in its shell. The nacre wraps itself around the intruding object in layers, creating a pearl, and thus is called 'the mother of the pearl.'
In this piece:
Rare & collectible, hand-carved, antique mother-of-pearl button circa 1900
Ten small vintage mother-of-pearl buttons
Stamped brass tulip bead cap made today in the USA in vintage dies