Lilly of the Valley
Antique French Jet, black glass, mourning button with tiny Lilly of the valley bouquet
sterling plated pewter ring size 6
victorians wore Lilly of the valley as a symbol of purity and humility
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.
*remove antique button rings before entering water *