Lily of the valley

  • $ 85.00

Victorian French Jet, black glass, mourning buttons depicting lily of the valley- symbol for returning to happiness

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. 

gold filled wires

button pendant 1/2 inch

total earring length 1 1/2 inches