The Victorian era is well known for it's obsession with floral embossed buttons. I've seen many examples of these stunning pieces of feminine art, but I've never seen one that has been enamelled.
This button is so unusual in the fact that it is curved inwards, but the floral rose embossed pattern is 3 dimensional. It as a lovely texture. The thing that really attracted me to this button is the unusual enamelled finish. The colour is a really deep blue/purple, but over the wear and tear of time, the enamel has started to thin and you can see the original brass of the button coming through, which throws a lovely yellow gold throughout the button, particularly on the high points of the flowers.
The button is from the 1930's and would have been originally used as a statment closure button on high ruffled collar lady's blouse. I can just picture this in my mind as the antique dealer was giving me the history. Can you? Now imagine, 90 years later, and it's a statement making pendant hanging around your neck.
The button has been transformed into the centrepiece of this pendant, with a gentle patterned sterling silver edge.
The chain has been completely hand crafted using recycled sterling silver. I have incorporated infinity links between the large round links to add the touch of something individual. I have always liked the infinity symbol and have often wanted to somehow have an element of that in one of my creations. I thought it was only fitting to have this symbol with a button that has weathered the test of time and still looks this good. All the links have been soldered closed for added strength.
I can see this necklace being worn with other necklaces from your jewellery box, as it's the perfect chain length for layering.
If you're not a fan of the layered look, then I still feel this necklace has enough of a impact to stand alone and be admired.
The total length of the necklace is 52cm / 20 inches.