Ravenna Necklace - Jet Glass

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Our button collection numbers in the tens of thousands, creating resplendent chaos in every corner of our studio. It's the source of our creativity. Sometimes, when we lack inspiration, we simply dig around until we unearth a lovely surprise.

This necklace design features a striking, Victorian jet glass button that played hide and seek in our studio for more than a decade. We found only ten jet beauties of this size, and are offering them to you in this design. Each necklace will be one-of-a-kind, featuring one of these equally stunning ornate buttons. 

Jet glass buttons gained popularity primarily because of rigid Victorian-era mourning rituals. For the first year after a woman lost a husband, she was expected to only wear dull black fabrics and matte black buttons. In her second year of mourning, she could spice it up and add some shiny black buttons to her wardrobe.  

After Queen Victoria was widowed in 1861, she remained in mourning for the rest of her life, sparking a black glass button trend that lasted for decades.

Read more on our Buttonology Blog: Victorian Jet Glass Buttons - Symbols of Mourning & Hope.

These coal-colored beauties were hand-pressed in intricate hand-carved iron molds in what is now the Czech Republic. They are some of the most interesting we have ever discovered.

In this piece:

  • Victorian jet glass mourning button, 1 1/4" in diameter, circa 1880-1900
  • Brass filigree setting stamped today in the USA in vintage dies
  • Brass chain with jet enamel
  • Brass-plated pewter ring & toggle made in the USA
  • Length is 18"

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