This necklace features a vintage dress clip, circa 1930, converted into a pendant on a handwoven bronze chain. The focal pendant has taille d'epargne enamel, a multi-layer design with paste stones, and a scrolling foliate etched design. There are traces of its original gilded finish and the clip is worn in places to reveal the silver-toned metal beneath.
necklace is 20" long
pendant is 3/4" wide and 2" long
bronze hook clasp in the shape of a snake
vintage metal and paste dress clip
Dress and fur clips debuted in the 1920's, when costume jewelry first gained popularity. It is said Coco Chanel introduced the idea of wearing less expensive costume jewelry as art, instead of wearing fine jewelry as a symbol of status and wealth. When first introduced, dress clips were worn in pairs, often worn opposite one another on the neckline or straps of a dress. Popularity wanted in the 1950's, when brooches became a more desirable personal ornament. Today, you'll occasionally see vintage clips attached to the dresses, sweaters, handbags and scarves of trend-setting celebrities.
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.