This feminine necklace is centered by a rare and collectible antique porcelain button depicting delicate baby pink roses on a leafy vine. The roses are encircled by a ring of applied gold luster. In Floriography or the Victorian language of flowers, pink roses symbolize happiness and grace.
Boldly expressing your feelings wasn't socially acceptable in Victorian-era England. Much like modern teenagers with emojis, Victorians expressed their feelings with flowers.
Most Victorian-era porcelain buttons were hand-painted by well-bred women in their parlors. Painting porcelain was a popular domestic art in the late 19th century, similar to needlework or knitting in the 20th century.
An exceedingly rare hand-carved abalone pearl button dyed a brilliant shade of fuchsia hangs below the porcelain roses.
In this piece:
Hand-painted antique porcelain button with applied gold luster, circa 1890-1920
Rare antique Victorian etched and dyed ocean pearl button, circa 1880-1890
Two ornamental brass stampings made today in the USA in vintage dies