Two brilliant emerald and sapphire goldstone glass cabochons are the centerpieces in the cascade of glass that defines this simple but decadent pendant necklace.
We were beside ourselves with joy when we discovered four colors of these cabochons wrapped in their original tissue paper, sealed with an orange sakura blossom label. This distinctive label revealed their identity as Cherry Brand glass which was made in Osaka, Japan during the post-war American occupation between 1945 and 1951. During this time, Cherry Brand cabochons were produced by Japanese rice farmers who were moonlighting as glass artisans.
The Americans, recognizing the surprising talents of these farming glassmakers, commissioned them to produce a variety of beads and cabochons similar to the ones produced by Czech glass artisans in the 1920s and 1930s. For this reason, the cabochons produced in post-war Japan are remarkably similar to their older Czech glass counterparts.
This is why they so perfectly complement the blue, green, and gold confetti glass cabochon, made in mid-century Czechoslovakia, that anchors this design.
An antique hammered brass antique button tops out this design. Each antique button is a one and only, chosen just for you, and so will not be identical to the image.
In this piece:
- One small antique metal button, circa 1880-1900
- Two emerald and sapphire goldstone lampworked Cherry Brand glass cabochons from post World War II allied Occupied Japan circa 1945-1951
- One vintage Czech confetti glass cabochon
- Four antiqued-brass pewter settings made for us in Louisiana
- Antiqued brass chain
- Length is 17” with a 4” extender
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Did you know the biography of Japanese Cherry Brand glass cabochons is steeped in cataclysmic historic events? Read more The Epic Story of Cherry Brand Glass on our Buttonology Blog.