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There's a reason why they're called Rarities...
I've had to dip into my collection of antique again buttons this year.
Something that I hate to do. But something that I love to do.

Since I haven't had the chance to travel to far away lands (thanks Covid),
I've taken a step back into my roots. And have found an array of antique buttons,
and some other incredible collectibles, that I am happy to share,
and hope that you will enjoy.

Most of the items below are bezel set in sterling silver.
All are antique buttons except for the Austrian enamels.

Don't hesitate to ask questions!

Descriptions, and pricing for each, are below.

Each pendant drop will include a Sterling Silver Dot Necklace.
Pricing includes pendant and necklace.
Pendants not sold individually.
Image sizes are relative.

Happy Holidays!

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On U Jewelry - Hand bezel-set antique buttons by Donna Silvestri, On U Jewelry, Richmond. VA

Birdie

$165

Let's fly!

Solid brass 1940's stamped button.  5/8" diameter.  Pie crust bezel set in sterling silver.

On U Jewelry - Hand bezel-set antique buttons by Donna Silvestri, On U Jewelry, Richmond. VA

BeeKeeper

$185

Sweet as honey.

Late 1800's brass bee scallop edged bezel set in sterling silver.  5/8 diameter"

On U Jewelry - Hand bezel-set antique buttons by Donna Silvestri, On U Jewelry, Richmond. VA

 

Vintage Lucite Flower

SOLD!

Authentic 1940's transparent Lucite amber color with carved, then hand painted, flower beneath the dome.  Incredible, collector's piece.  The photo does not do the pendant justice.

1 1/8" diameter.  Prong-set to allow light to shine through.

On U Jewelry - Hand bezel-set antique buttons by Donna Silvestri, On U Jewelry, Richmond. VA

 

Brass Snowflake

S200

Late 1800's cut steel and brass antique button.  Scallop edged sterling silver bezel set.  7/8" diameter.
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Cherub

$200

Mid-1800's mother of pearl with a sweet little cherub playing a harpsicord.  Jagged edged sterling silver bezel set.

7/8" in diameter.

On U Jewelry - Hand bezel-set antique buttons by Donna Silvestri, On U Jewelry, Richmond. VA

 

HoneyComb

$200


Mid 1800's hand-carved mother of pearl with flower and cross-hatch etching.  Jagged edge sterling silver bezel set.  3/4"
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Spinning Wheel

SOLD!

 

 

1930's Cut Steel crescents mounted to aged brass.  Scalloped edge sterling silver bezel setting.

3/4" diameter.

 

On U Jewelry - Hand bezel-set antique buttons by Donna Silvestri, On U Jewelry, Richmond. VA

 

Bee Kind

$185

 

A happy little brass bee sitting on etched brass.  Antique button is from early 1900's.

Sterling silver bezel set with pie-cut edging.

3/4" diameter.

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French Porcelain*

$225

This year's Pièce de Résistance!  Hand-painted 1800's French porcelain.  Perfect condition!

2" in length/1 1/8" wide.

Scallop edged bezel set.

On U Jewelry - Hand bezel-set antique buttons by Donna Silvestri, On U Jewelry, Richmond. VA

Bee Special

$190

Bzzzz!!!

1920's Honey bee on cut steel.

Pie-crust sterling silver bezel with pie-crust edging.

3/4" in diameter.

On U Jewelry - Antique bezel set buttons by Donna Silvestri, Richmond, VA

Guiding Light

$165

 

Mid-1800's hand-carved, and hand-painted, mother of pearl with fascinating hand etching. 

3/4" in diameter.  Bezel set with pie-crust edging in stelring silver.

On U Jewelry - Hand bezel-set antique buttons by Donna Silvestri, On U Jewelry, Richmond. VA

Moon $ Star

$175

 

Mid-1800's cut steel crescent moon and star mounted on to mother of pearl. 

1/2' in diameter.

 

Red Light!

SOLD!

Authentic Austrian salesman's show samples for enamel wares.  That I found, of all places, in Mumbai, India.  Crystal clear glass dome covers the enamel.  From the Mid 1800's.  Stunningly rare. 

5/8" in diameter.  Bezel set in sterling silver.

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Green Light! 

$170

Authentic Austrian salesman's show samples for enamel wares.  That I found, of all places, in Mumbai, India.  Crystal clear glass dome covers the enamel.  From the Mid 1800's.  Stunningly rare. 

5/8" in diameter.  Bezel set in sterling silver.

On U Jewelry - Hand bezel-set antique buttons by Donna Silvestri, On U Jewelry, Richmond. VA

Queenie

$200

Fit for a Queen!

Polished sterling silver (it's shiny and bright) with debossed highly detailed Queen's Crown.

Early 1900's.  1 1/16" in diameter.

On U Jewelry - Hand bezel-set antique buttons by Donna Silvestri, On U Jewelry, Richmond. VA

Aqua Light?

$170

Authentic Austrian salesman's show samples for enamel wares.  That I found, of all places, in Mumbai, India.  Crystal clear glass dome covers the enamel.  From the Mid 1800's.  Stunningly rare. 

5/8" in diameter. Bezel set in sterling silver.

On U Jewelry - Hand bezel-set antique buttons by Donna Silvestri, On U Jewelry, Richmond. VA

 

Purple Rain

$170

Authentic Austrian salesman's show samples for enamel wares.  That I found, of all places, in Mumbai, India.  Crystal clear glass dome covers the enamel.  From the Mid 1800's.  Stunningly rare. 

5/8" in diameter.  Bezel set in sterling silver.

On U Jewelry - Hand bezel-set antique buttons by Donna Silvestri, On U Jewelry, Richmond. VA

 

Star Flower

$140

Cut steel and brass 1800's open button.  Note that it has some 'age' to it and is not an 'every day' wear.

1/2" in diameter.  Bezel set in sterling silver.

On U Jewelry - Hand bezel-set antique buttons by Donna Silvestri, On U Jewelry, Richmond. VA

 Brass & Cut Steel

SOLD!

Cut Steel and patina etched brass.  Mid to early 1800's.

7/8' in diameter.  Bezel set with pie crust edging in sterling silver.

On U Jewelry - Hand bezel-set antique buttons by Donna Silvestri, On U Jewelry, Richmond. VA

 

Mirage

$165

Mid 1800's hand-carved mother of pearl.  Incredible colors.  Simple.  Elegant.   

3/4" in diameter.  Bezel set in sterling silver.

On U Jewelry - Hand bezel-set antique buttons by Donna Silvestri, On U Jewelry, Richmond. VA

Fleur de Lis

$225

French brass Fleur de Lis from around 1890.

  3/4".  Bezel set in sterling silver.

On U Jewelry - Hand bezel-set antique buttons by Donna Silvestri, On U Jewelry, Richmond. VA

 

Turq Inlay

$185

Wonderful late 1800's real turquoise inlay bezel set in sterling silver.

I found this in at an antique market outside of London.

On U Jewelry - Hand bezel-set antique buttons by Donna Silvestri, On U Jewelry, Richmond. VA

Star of David

$275

 

I also found this Star of David button created in bronze at a market in London.  I believe that it's really, really old.  Like, ancient old.  You can tell by looking at it really closely.

7/8" in diameter.  Sterling silver bezel set.

On U Jewelry - Hand bezel-set antique buttons by Donna Silvestri, On U Jewelry, Richmond. VA

Snowflake

$175

Happy Mother of Pearl Snowflake button from the mid-1800's.  

5/8' in diameter.  Scalloped edged sterling silver bezel.

On U Jewelry - Hand bezel-set antique buttons by Donna Silvestri, On U Jewelry, Richmond. VA

 

Yellowstone

$165

Rip says to Beth...  "Here you go, darling.  Merry Christmas." 

Early 1900's brass button debossed with a horseshoe and spur. 

7/8" in diameter.  Scallop edge bezel set in sterling silver.

On U Jewelry - Hand bezel-set antique buttons by Donna Silvestri, On U Jewelry, Richmond. VA

Pom Pom

$210

 

 

You'll cheer when you wear this!

Sterling silver mid-1800's button with incredible dimension and detail.

Just stunning!

7/8" in diameter.

On U Jewelry - Hand bezel-set antique buttons by Donna Silvestri, On U Jewelry, Richmond. VA

Evil Eye

$185

 

 

Mother of pearl, late 1800's, antique button that may  steer evil spirits away.

3/4' wide.  Bezel set in sterling silver.

On U Jewelry - Hand bezel-set antique buttons by Donna Silvestri, On U Jewelry, Richmond. VA

Mother of Pearl Blank

$175

This is a mother of pearl "blank".  Which is what a button is before it's a button.  Mid-1800's.

1/2" in diameter.  Pie-crust sterling silver bezel.

On U Jewelry - Hand bezel-set antique buttons by Donna Silvestri, On U Jewelry, Richmond. VA

Boar's Head

$195

And you only thought you'd find Boar's Head at a deli!

Debossed, highly detailed wild boar's head.  Polished brass.

1" in diameter.  Sterling silver scallop edged bezel set.

On U Jewelry - Hand bezel-set antique buttons by Donna Silvestri, On U Jewelry, Richmond. VA

Cut Steel & Brass

$200

Magnificent, mint condition 1800's cut steel and polished brass antique button.   I think it looks like a snowflake in the center.

3/8" in diameter.  Pie-crust edging with sterling silver bezel set.

On U Jewelry - Hand bezel-set antique buttons by Donna Silvestri, On U Jewelry, Richmond. VA

The Other Evil Eye

$175

Mother of pearl, late 1800's, antique button that may  steer evil spirits away.

1/2' wide.  Bezel set in sterling silver.

On U Jewelry - Hand bezel-set antique buttons by Donna Silvestri, On U Jewelry, Richmond. VA

Cameo*

$185

Did you know that cameos were the original portraits of the family Matriarch?

This early 1900's Victorian cameo is hand-carved from agate (I believe) and is mounted on to brass.

5/8" in length.

* Not recommended for everyday wear due to the delicacy of materials.

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