Lance Antique French Jet Mourning Button with pearl bead necklace

  • $ 135.00

Antique French Jet, black glass, set in pressed brass collar mourning button now adorns vintage, circa 1950, new old stock pearl beads 33 inches long

The Victorians had a mourning dress tradition which was simply a symbol for letting others know they had lost a loved one. Queen Victoria's mourning buttons were made from expensive jet, a petrified wood found in bogs outside London, not the typical black cloth covered button. To meet the fashion demand for a new affordable black button Paris began the production of 'French Jet', black glass buttons.