These earrings feature gold-filled links from a Victorian book chain necklace and a 10 mm antique hand-faceted amethyst glass button bead, made in Northern Bohemia circa 1910.
The book chain components in these earrings date to the late 19th to early 20th century and were produced by the W. & S. Blackington Co. (formed in 1868).
The book chain necklace features links shaped like the bindings of books, and was a popular design during the Victorian era. This necklace style re-emerged throughout the 20th century during various Victorian revival periods, particularly during the late 1930's and 40's. It is a design that continues to evolve and inspire even in the 21st century.
The glass buttons were produced circa 1910 in Northern Bohemia, a region in the north of the Czech Republic that – since the 14th century – has been renowned for its beautiful jewelry and button manufacture. I purchased these beautiful amethyst buttons from a vendor in Prague.