Ok, so I know you're probably thinking "glass, these are going to be heavy!" But trust me, these little stunners are not heavy at all. In fact, you hardly know you're wearing them, until someone comments of how lovely your earrings are.
For those of you that love the history part of my creations, I've included a bit of history into how and why these buttons came to be:-
Czech antique black glass buttons were first produced during the 2nd half of the 18th century, although these were originally a thin glass layer over a metal base. It wasn't until the early 19th Century that the technique evolved and it became possible to construct the entire button from glass and incorporate the metal hook stem into the back of the button.
Czech black glass is famous throughout Europe, being used predominantly for buttons, but also for beads used to produce jewellery. Many European countries tried to replicate these buttons, but they failed miserably which caused a huge demand for original Czech glass buttons during the second half of the 19th century.
The buttons in these earrings are dated to the mid 19th century due to the addition of the little coloured crystals. This type of adornment wasn't introduced until then, when Czech black glass buttons took on a more "high end" appeal. The demand for this kind of glamorous button from French fashion houses was so high, making these buttons highly sort after and therefore expensive.
The centre crystal is a lovely baby blue shade and the outer crystals are more of a green/blue not too dissimilar to a peridot in colour. The raised detail in the glass itself is so intricate, it almost resembles lace work within the glass.
I have set these in a very simple solid sterling silver bezel, using proper goldsmith techniques. There is no glue or any other adhesive used in my jewellery. The Shepards ear hook is also sterling silver. All the silver used in these earring is from my own scrap metal, that has been re-smelted and rolled to reuse. No, this process does not change or devalue the silver at all. It is still sterling silver.
These earrings are one of a kind and will compliment most outfits in your wardrobe. They say so much, but without the fuss.
Your jewellery journey begins, with a piece of wearable history, hand crafted by Porsha Bella Jewellery.