This delightfully romantic necklace showcases a sizable Victorian-era stamped brass picture button with a shining crescent moon of steel. This is one of the most beloved Victorian-era picture buttons and is called Pierrot and Pierrette.
Victorian-era picture buttons were, for the most part, manufactured between 1870 and 1905. We know that most of the picture buttons in our collection hail from this era. Unlike most, this button can be dated to a specific time, as shown in the 1886 spring edition of Ridley's Fashion magazine.
Read more: Once Upon a Time - Victorian-Era Picture Buttons, Buttonology Blog.
Also known as True Love, this button depicts the stories of brother and sister Pierrot and Pierrette, the main characters in a popular French pantomime. Pierrot et Pierrette were siblings and clowns who lived in a caravan with their grandfather, the former ringmaster of a circus. They earned a living by singing in the streets.
Like many other stories before and after, this button depicts a tale of unrequited love. The sad clown Pierrot is madly in love with Columbine, but she only has eyes for the mischievous clown named Harlequin.
We've accented this romantic necklace with three vintage reverse-painted Czech glass moon and stars cabochons. We discovered these over three decades ago in an East coast warehouse and have used them in many of our favorite designs; we now only have a handful remaining.
In this piece:
- Large Victorian-era picture button with stamped brass with steel crescent, circa 1887
- Three reverse-painted moon and stars cabochons, made in Czechoslovakia circa 1930s.
- Vintage Chanel-set faceted crystals
- Antiqued brass chain
- Length is 21" with a 4" extender
Shop Collection: Limited Edition