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#0555 Vintage Czech Glass Button & Faceted Bead Five-Strand Bracelet

And so the story...

By now, it’s got to be pretty obvious that I have a penchant for all things vintage – including jewelry. That being said you can imagine my reaction when, in Tucson, I stumbled upon these unusual lovely Czech glass buttons. These buttons are made using vintage molds from the factory’s vault; the buttons themselves are not actually “vintage.” That being said…I still love them and the fact that there are only two sources in the Czech Republic making the glass buttons these days makes them even harder to come by and makes me appreciate them even more.

The design of this button just called to me. If you rotate it in the light, you’ll see glimmers of lavender, purple, violet and rose shining through – it’s mesmerizing – glistening with fairy dust. (The image is a tad darker than the actual button. Tricky to photograph!) While the 40mm button is bigger than what I normally use on bracelets, it still works in that “this is a significant piece of jewelry” way. The challenge with styling around these buttons is one that sometimes stumps me…but in the end, I usually figure it out. I always want the button to be the star; but I want the overall look of the finished piece to be contemporary…well, to a degree. A combination of a Florentine-finished large link textured chain & Czech glass dazzling jet and amethyst beads pull it all together. Definitely not a petite dowdy look and, more importantly, not a look you’ll see coming and going on the street!

Don’t make the mistake of thinking this bracelet needs to worn all by itself. I styled it with a few Judith Ripka bangles here to give you an idea of how beautiful they all work together. When I was test wearing my sample, I layered it with a few Bakelite bangles from my collection as well. Completely different look – and thank goodness – it’s the era of the bracelet which means there is no such thing as “dear, don’t you think you are wearing too many bracelets.”

The finished length is 7 ½” with a one-inch extender. I will say that this particular design is best for average and slightly larger wrists. If you have a tiny little petite wrist I would suggest choosing one of the designs that starts with a smaller button. Closes with a generous-sized lobster clasp. Handmade in the USA using domestic and imported components. From the Tanya Lochridge Jewelry Vintage Collection.

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