This plum necklace is centered by a rare and collectible antique porcelain button depicting a delicate bouquet of violets with some leafy green sprigs. In Floriography or the Victorian language of flowers, violets symbolize thoughtfulness and enduring love.
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.
In this piece:
Hand-painted antique porcelain button with violets, circa 1890-1920
Purple iris Czech glass bead drop
Stamped brass setting and bail, both made today in the USA today in vintage dies