In the collection of The Costume Institute at the Museum is a group of six French buttons made about 1785. These striking buttons are made of silver-mounted, star-shaped strass (a flint glass used to imitate gemstones) interspersed with rich cobalt blue enamel. Their geometric design is in keeping with the Neoclassical style in vogue during the reign of Louis XVI, while their eye-catching sparkle speaks of opulence. Our button earrings adapt these stunning buttons.
Hematite overlay, made with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS. Hand enameled. 2 1/4''L. Pierced, with sterling silver posts.
- Hematite overlay
- Hand enameled
- Made with SWAROVSKIŽ ELEMENTS
- Sterling silver posts
Art HistoryIn the eighteenth century, buttons became works of art. France was unrivaled for the opulence of its buttons, which were copied throughout Europe. In addition to being fashioned out of precious metals and gemstones, French buttons could be crafted of jewel-toned enamel, glazed ceramic, carved wood, or silk passementerie.