A: Yes, they really are. “One of the quickest ways to ascertain the age of a metal button is to turn it over and examine its back. If it has a looped or twisted wire shank embedded in a metal back, it is very likely a button made prior to 1918 (the year after which button collectors classify a button as “modern” rather than “antique”). Self-shank buttons- those in which the metal back is actually shaped into protrusion through which a hole is made- can be either antique or modern. Modern self-shank buttons, however, are generally very light weight in construction and are usually hollow.” -Beautiful Button Jewelry Book
A: Being in business for 25 years I have established great friendships with many button dealers and collectors all over the world. I love “the hunt” for exceptional enamels, cut steel and stamped brass buttons to be transformed into beautiful pieces of jewelry.