The hand anchoring this pendant necklace is patterned on a Victorian woman's hand.
Many of the Victorian-era buttons in our button museum feature a woman’s hand. Sometimes the hand is holding a flower bouquet, or a letter while other times it’s depicted clasping another hand.
We like to consult the Atlas Obscura when exploring unusual trends such as this, and in this instance, we enjoyed reading an article titled The Victorian Era’s Strange Love of Disembodied Hands. We know Victorians loved symbolism, and hands were known to emblematize love, fidelity, spirituality, and faith.
In this necklace design, the cast hand holds a sweet cluster of charms, including an antique button, a peridot crystal, and a reproduction of an antique pocket watch key. The key is set with green opal glass on one side, and an abalone pearl on the other.
Every antique button is a one and only and so will not be identical to the image.
This necklace features a sliding clasp that enables you to adjust its length to suit any neckline. You can wear it as a choker, as a long pendant, or anywhere in between.
In this piece:
- Antique metal button, circa 1880-1900
- Vintage Czech peridot crystal in a stamped brass setting
- Reproduction of antique pocket watch key cast in pewter and plated in brass in the USA
- Small vintage Czech green opal glass oval
- Small vintage abalone shell oval
- Antiqued brass chain
- Length 15” to 32”