This one-of-a-kind necklace features an antique gold-filled slide with glass seed pearls and an amethyst paste stone paired with a two-toned gold locket, circa 1900. The base of the locket is rose-gold filled, with raised designs of a swallow and flower in yellow gold. With the slide, the locket drops 1 3/4" from the antique, rose-gold filled watch chain.
locket is 23 mm wide and high [including bail]
gold-filled slide charm
rose gold-filled watch chain
gold-filled spring ring clasp
The maker's mark indicates the locket was produced by the Bliss Brothers, a company founded in 1896 in Attleboro, Massachusetts.
Lockets gained popularity during the Victorian era after Queen Victoria wore a mourning locket with a photo inside of her beloved husband Albert every day, setting a fashion trend. Prior to his passing, her husband had gifted her with a charm bracelet with eight lockets, each containing a lock of hair from each of their children.
Swallows were a popular motif in Victorian jewelry and symbolized home and heart - swallows were said to be the first birds seen on ships as they approached land, and were also known to mate for life.
This colorful necklace features a circa 1930 "apple juice" bakelite dress clip, converted to a pendant. Vertical rows of clear and amethyst-colored rhinestones add sparkle, while the handwoven brass chain features vintage (circa 1960) faceted lucite links. An antique glass button dangles from the clasp.
bakelite pendant is 2" long and 1 3/8" wide
length can be extended - please indicate desired length when placing your order for this piece
vintage bakelite and rhinestone converted dress clip
This necklace features a large antique art glass button with paste stones, circa 1890, suspended from brass chain handwoven in a rosette design. The button's high-domed, purple and brown glass cabochon is 1" in diameter and set with prongs that are an extension of the pierced design. The metal is brass with a golden wash.
brass and art glass button
jeweler's brass jump rings
brass lobster clasp
The antique button was produced during the "Gay Nineties," an American term coined in the 1920's referring to the last decade of the 19th century. In Europe, this same time period is known as the "Belle Epoque" and in England is called the "Naughty Nineties." Regardless of its name, it was a period characterized by ornate and decadent styles. Buttons of this era were large, usually featured a focal glass "jewel," and adorned outerwear.
The original shank of the button is still attached to its backside so as to maintain the integrity of this antique artifact. When laid flat, the shank causes the button to slightly cant to the side, however this effect is virtually eliminated when the necklace is worn due to its suspension from the chain.