Antique Button Jewelry from The Company of Hounds
Victorian buttons are little pieces of art. I have always liked old buttons (my mom used to have a button bag which I sorted through for hours) and my fascintion with them has expanded into my company as I use antique buttons and cuff links on the garments I make to personalize them and give them a unique touch. Most of the buttons that I use are over 100 years old and one of a kind, so not only am I adding a little piece of history to my garments, but it’s also recycling in a way, which I love.
In the 1800s skilled artisans in France, Germany and England shaped and decorated buttons by hand – plating them with copper, gold or silver. Back then, buttons were much more expensive than they are now, so they were not discarded with one’s old clothes. Rather they were used over and over again, and added a touch of detail and personality to any piece.
Recently, I got a hold of some very beautiful antique metal buttons and I was contemplating how to give them the proper attention they deserve. This is what I came up with:
I handcrafted each pendant so they are all one-of-a-kind. Each piece has a little claw hook on the end that attaches to a chain. This way, you can have several different pendants and only need one chain.
The pendants are a wonderful accessory to my handcrafted garments but also look great with a simple T-shirt or blouse to give any outfit more individuality.
Depending on size, the pendants are $20 - $40 and each chain is $10.
I have many different pendant designs with embossed images of flowers, animals and even children’s book characters. The pendants are absolutely adorable and you will notice a new detail on them each time you wear them.
As always, just contact me directly and I will be happy to send you a picture and help pair a pendant with the proper chain to make it personal to your style. Think outside of the box and recycle old elements to spark inspiration.