Grandmother's Buttons Necklace
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GRANDMOTHER'S BUTTONS NECKLACE "MIETTE" IN SILVER Stationary necklace with prong-set antique metal button, circa 1880-1920, pewter casting from an antique bracelet, plated in sterling silver. Antiqued and lacquered silver-plated brass chain16-20" **Every antique button is a one and only, chosen just for you, and so will not always be identical to the image.
Susan Davis has told the story so many times it has taken on the aura of myth—how one afternoon in 1985 she was visiting with her 95-year-old grandmother, rummaging as they often did through the elderly woman’s life-time accumulation of keepsakes and treasures. That afternoon they delved into her many boxes of buttons, and Susan suddenly saw the possibility of a new career and cottage industry. Plucking a sparkling jet glass from the jumble, she held it to her ear and said, “Grandma, this would make a beautiful earring!” Her grandmother agreed, cheerfully donated her buttons to Susan’s new cause, and Grandmother’s Buttons was born.
For the first few years Susan led a gypsy life, selling her jewelry at crafts fairs and antique shows while Donny farmed garlic and vegetables. By 1989, though, Grandmother’s Buttons had landed its first large department store account, and Donny parked his tractor for good, joining the company as business manager. Two decades then flew by as the couple raised two children and hired a long list of energetic and talented women who helped them design, create and sell tens of thousands of antique button earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and watches to a host of ...