Buttonology Blog

The Hunt for Vintage Glass!


The thrill of the hunt—finding that long-hidden cache of beautiful vintage glass stones or Victorian brass buttons—remains one of our greatest inspirations and pleasures at Grandmother’s Buttons! This winter Anna, Kristy... Read More ⇒

Button of the Month – Cut Steel


We begin our series of blogs on types of antique buttons with our absolute favorite: cut steel, which we affectionately refer to as “button bling.” Originating in Elizabethan times, cut... Read More ⇒

Meet the Temples


A piece of Grandmother’s Buttons jewelry is more than a trend, it’s a story. The story of a long-ago gowns, fastened with dozens of glittering buttons. The story of mothers... Read More ⇒

Jablonec Part Two


The next day we set out early for a 9 am appointment with the button factory, but ended up being hopelessly lost with Apple and Google maps giving us divergent... Read More ⇒

Jablonec Part One


Donny and I arrived at Jablonec nad Nisou, a small city of about 50,000 people in northeastern Czech Republic, in the late afternoon. We had appointments over the next few... Read More ⇒

Susan gives talk at Marble House Mansion


A favorite part of my job has always been working with museum stores. As you might expect, the most interesting and hardest working people find their way into museum store... Read More ⇒

Introducing our 2016 | 2017 Line!


As we introduce our 31st collection of jewelry created with antique buttons, we thought you might enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at how our new collections come to life. Most jewelry... Read More ⇒

Button Chandelier


Strip the cloth off the shades; spray paint them copper. Decide on your button colors/types. Gather a large enough group to complete the shade. Measure the length between the top... Read More ⇒

GB Nola One Year Anniversary!


It’s hard to believe that a year has already gone by since we opened our second retail location in New Orleans.  We couldn’t be happier in New Orleans.  The funky... Read More ⇒

Lady Washington Pearl Buttons


We love buttons, all kinds of buttons, but most of the buttons we use are fairly fancy antique brass ones from the late 19th century. About 6 years ago, though,... Read More ⇒

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