Antique Book Chain and Amethyst Glass Button Earrings

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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.  

Details and Materials

  • 1 ½” long
  • one-of-a-kind
  • gold-filled book chain necklace links
  • faceted glass button
  • 14K gold-filled ear wires with genuine garnets

Origin Story

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.