The spectacular vintage opal cabochon centering this necklace is a testament to the talents of midcentury German glass artisans.
German glassmaking is rooted in Northern Bavaria. Influenced by their Czech counterparts in nearby Bohemia, German glassmakers are renowned for their exceptional skills that have evolved over centuries.
Czechoslovakia annexed Northern Bavaria after WWII, so the resident German glassmakers fled and set up workshops in their new West German communities. They built a thriving glass button industry, and by 1950 West Germany was considered the glass button capital of the world.
We have a limited number of these rare coral pink and goldstone-colored cabochons, so this lovely necklace won’t last long.
The German oval hangs from a single, one-of-a-kind, antique Victorian-era brass button.
The antique button is one and only chosen just for you, and so yours will not be identical to the image.
In this piece:
Antique brass button, circa 1880-1900
Lampworked cabochon, made in West Germany, circa 1950-1960
Three tiny hand-dyed mother-of-pearl buttons, made from Mississippi River mussel shells, circa 1950-1960
Pronged brass setting & 4 brass connectors, all stamped today in the USA in vintage dies