Anchor of Hope
Antique French Jet, black glass, button with fabric and metal collar now adorns a sterling plated pewter ring
The Victorians wore the anchor as a symbol of Hope.
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.
*always remove antique button rings before entering water *