This necklace showcases a rare and stunning wild rose champleve enamel button. Champleve’ is an enameling process in which the metal surface of the button is hollowed out, filled with colored enamel, and then fired and polished.
We found a cache of these special vintage enameled buttons in a New York warehouse several years back that originally included irises, forget-me-nots, and roses. The roses are the last of the batch. We saved the best for last and adore how the apricot color of the roses matches the square crystal beads in the chain.
The enamel button is suspended from an older Victorian-era button characterized by chased or hammered brass. Metalworkers forged the lovely designs on these buttons by ‘hammering’ on their backside to create a low relief design or ‘chasing’ on the front side to sink the metal.
Your brass button will be a one-of-a-kind antique and, therefore, will vary from the one shown here.
In this piece:
Vintage wild rose champlevé enamel button
Antique chased brass button, circa 1870-1880
Two brass-plated pewter settings cast today in the USA