This necklace features a striking vintage green, jet, and goldstone opal Czech glass cabochon.
Bohemian glassmakers were the first to develop methods for press-molding glass buttons in the early 19th century. They began with solid colored glass and then, as their skills grew, started producing multi-colored stones like this one to mimic gems like opals.
In this necklace, the Czech cabochon holds a one-of-a-kind Victorian-era antique button, older than most in our collection. Metalworkers forged the lovely designs on this button by ‘hammering’ on its backside to create a low relief design and ‘chasing’ on the front side to sink the metal.
Every antique button is a one and only, chosen just for you, and so will not be identical to the image.
The number of antique Victorian buttons in our studio is unknown, but they certainly number in the tens of thousands. We used our time in quarantine time to sort through our collection and unearthed some lovely surprises. READ MORE >Pandemic Button Sorting Project, Buttonology Blog.
The design is anchored by a lovely handmade glass bead that imitates the gemstone malachite.
In this piece:
Antique hammered and chased brass button, circa 1870
Vintage opal glass cabochon, made in Czechoslovakia, circa 1950-70
Czech glass bead made to imitate malachite
Two brass-plated pewter settings made today in the USA
Brass tulip bead cap stamped today in the USA in vintage dies