In Victorian times, young ladies would collect beautiful buttons and wear them on a string around their necks. The string began with a large "touch button" tied in the center as a focal and then the fun of amassing a collection of 999 buttons began! All of the buttons had to be found items, salvaged from old clothing or received as gifts, and fortunately, most were tiny! Charms, mementos, broken doll parts and other meaningful tokens were often added as the button string collection grew. Folklore dictated that after 1000 buttons were added to the string, the young lady would await the arrival of her Prince Charming, a meeting made even sweeter if her prince presented her with the 1,000th and final button for her necklace. Under no condition could she add the 1000th button herself; if she did she was doomed to a life of spinsterhood! Buttons collected and worn in this manner were called "charm string" buttons; the antique button focal on this handmade necklace would have made a gorgeous touch button. Handmade in the Czech Republic sometime during the 1920s or 30s this glass beauty displays a sweet pink rose in its center as it dangles from a sturdy scrolled bronze connector. The hand-beaded rosary style chain is comprised of antique brass toned wire strung with unique pastel vintage Czech glass beads from my favorite Nashville, Tennessee bead shop and are most likely from the 1950s; the bronze Czech glass spacers are contemporary. A handmade bronze hook and eternity link clasp, ornamented with a pale pink Swarovski bicone, closes the eighteen-inch necklace.
Perfect as a gift choice for all those sweet holidays: Valentine's Day, Mother's Day and of course, Sweetest Day! Perfect any day as a gift for yourself!