Zelda NecklaceRegular price $94.00
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This necklace shines with pure Art Deco splendor. We imagine it delicately swaying on Zelda Fitzgerald's neck while she challenged the gender norms of her time by dancing, smoking, and celebrating with abandon.
Zelda is most famous for being F. Scott Fitzgerald's wife. However, she was also an author, a trained dancer, and an artist in her own right. She was also her husband's muse and is said to have influenced the writing of the Great Gatsby, which changed society's perception of the American dream.
This necklace would've been the zenith of fashion during the Roaring Twenties, the time of flappers, speakeasies, and streamlined design brought on by the arrival of the machine age and American economic growth.
The large glass button was made in the U.S.S.R. Both the factory that created it and the U.S.S.R itself are now in history's dust bin. Yet, this button survived and found you.
Above the Soviet button is an antique Victorian-era jet glass button. In 1861, Queen Victoria's husband inadvertently made black glass buttons trendy by dying of typhoid fever. The Queen wore mourning attire for the rest of her life, and as she and her court determined what was fashionable, her signature black buttons became all the rage.
The Queen wore actual jet buttons, made from an organic mineral derived from a pine tree species that lived 180 million years ago. However, authentic jet buttons were prohibitively expensive for most people, so the masses wore more economical jet black glass buttons like this one.
READ MORE > Victorian Jet Glass Buttons, Symbols of Mourning & Hope, Buttonology Blog.
In this piece:
- Antique Victorian-era jet glass button, circa 1880-1900
- A soviet-era glass button made in the U.S.S.R.
- Two decorative brass stampings made today in the USA in vintage dies
- A brass-plated pewter setting made today in the USA
- Antiqued brass chain
- Length is 28” with a 4” extender
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