Vintage Parisien 1920's mother of pearl ring
I had the most beautiful encounter with such a glamorous older French lady, the day I bought some buttons from her.
She spoke English with the most delightful French accent. Her voice, deep and raspy after years of smoking. She still used a long cigarette holder from the 1920's. She was wearing a fur coat and her long silver hair was in the neatest chignon. Her lipstick was such a deep red, her lips looked stained from years of wearing her signature colour. She had a style and grace about her that I have never forgotten. She even wore Chanel number 5.
She had a large number of vintage and antique buttons she was selling in an outdoor market. She had saved them from her Mother's collection. She told me her Mother had worked as a seamstress in Paris before and after the First World War. This lady told me so many stories of being a little girl and going to the factories with her Mother. She recalled it being a magical place of colour, fabric and the noise of the machines going.
This button grabbed my attention immediately. The intricate brass pattern layering the mother of pearl is just something to be seen.
The button is from the 1920's and would have been a ladies jacket button. I imagined it being on a fitted jacket, cinched in at the waist to accentuate the female form.
I have bezel set the button in solid recycled Sterling silver with an open back.
In keeping with the feminine French style I have crafted the shank/band to feature a small floral design. The shank measures 5mm in width and is 2mm thick.
Sometimes these larger settings tend to flip on the finger, so I have made the shank/band slightly more square than round to avoid it flipping which makes the ring much more comfortable. Vintage mother of pearl buttons are making a huge comeback and after seeing this gorgeous ring for yourself, you can see why.
This ring is so unique, that you will never see another one the same as this.
Your jewellery journey begins, with a hand crafted piece of Porsha Bella wearable history.
*Please note, the buttons used in all of my creations are second hand, antique or vintage, therefore they will show signs of their previous lives. Some scratches, tiny dents, some enamel wear and even tarnishing. I cannot guarantee the quality or longevity of these buttons. In some cases there can be colour variations, and plating lift during the polishing process, this is unavoidable. I'm unable to refund or replace buttons that break or crack. Although I do put every button through rigorous testing to do my best to ensure their longevity.
Unlike costume jewellery, my jewellery is professionally hand crafted using traditional Goldsmith techniques and genuine, solid precious metals, so therefore you can wear your Porsha Bella pieces whilst swimming, showering and washing. These activities shouldn't damage or discolour the precious metals. I never take my jewellery off. However, you may need to polish your jewellery a little more frequently if you want that shiny, brand new look. If you treat your Porsha Bella creation, like the treasure of history it is, you should have an heirloom piece that will stand the test of time. If you have any concerns about how to care for this piece, then please reach out to me and I can help you with tips on getting a long and happy wear life out of it.
*Designer buttons have no affiliation with the brand or fashion house of their origin. I do my best to ensure all designer buttons are genuine and from a reputable source. Porsha Bella designer button creations are not sold on behalf of or in conjunction with the brand. The designer buttons are second hand, vintage or antique, with all rights removed and protected by the second hand market.