One of a Kind Antique Victorian Button Jewelry

158 Sales


One of a Kind Antique Victorian Button Jewelry

158 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars
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Last updated on Apr 5, 2016

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Average item review
5 out of 5 stars

nadineveliotis on May 19, 2015

4 out of 5 stars

These earrings are the perfect blend of quaint, antique and unique. They are just the perfect length and are light weight.


Marie on Mar 13, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

These are beautiful - quality materials and the right weight-so hard to find good costume earrings today - these are what I've been looking for. Will purchase again.

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Button, Button, whose got the button? (that would be me)

I started 25 years ago with some pieces of iridescent mylar and crystal buttons that I made into earrings and brooches. In one week, two boutique owners were interested in the brooch I was wearing, so I came back to them with 20 styles and made my first 2 sales. I kept going and started making cold calls to boutiques all over San Francisco. Then I added traveling throughout California and on occasion~ Minneapolis, Seattle, and Hawaii to make sales. It was a lot of driving and hauling samples but the sales were good and I enjoyed seeing all the different places. I love the internet has changed my business and allowed me more time at home. I am still here all these years later and still obsessed with jewelry and everything vintage!

Since then, I have gone through many incarnations of NicolettesJewelry. I have worked in mylar, brass, and sterling silver but the most consistent thing has been my deep love for everything vintage and antique: victorian buttons, carnival glass buttons, glass cabochons, brass stampings, crystal beads. I've been up-cycling since before it was even a term. I get such a thrill opening a package that last saw the light of day when it was originally packed 70 years ago. I have spent countless hours pouring through dusty boxes of buttons, stones, and beads. I love how much detail and craftsmanship was put into all these luscious little pieces. These materials have continued to inspire my designs throughout the years.

As time went on my business had its ups and downs but I was making a living, and I loved working for myself. In 2008 that all changed. Stores I sold to went out of business and sales reps stopped getting orders. I lost thousands of dollars to consignment stores that folded overnight without paying me or returning my jewelry. It was a complete disaster. At the time my then boyfriend, now husband had been pushing me to sell on the internet. I know, I should have done it sooner! That’s when I opened an Etsy store. At first I started a supplies site named Nicojewel figuring that I could sell off some jewelry supplies that I hadn’t used in years. I didn’t realize at first what a great opportunity I had been ignoring. Initially It was a bit of a learning curve to take great photos and figure out what tags to use, but I started to make sales! That’s when I really saw the potential of the internet for a small business. I then started NicolettesJewelry to sell my vintage inspired jewelry. After noticing that many brides were shopping for jewelry under the wedding section of Etsy I saw another market and started NicolettesBridal. I kept going and made NicolettesGems to showcase my semi-precious gemstone and freshwater pearl jewelry. Finally, I added NicolettesButtons which features my Victorian button jewelry. What can I say, I am a bit of a workaholic!

I’ve read articles on Etsy about how other people quit their day job to sell online. For me it was the opposite; Etsy helped me save my day job. I have found a whole community of people as obsessed as me in whatever thing it is that they love. I have had so many wonderful customers who have bought my jewelry for their wedding, their best friends birthday, or their mom's Christmas present. I really enjoy having direct contact with the people who are wearing my pieces, and Etsy has made this possible. As our world becomes more connected by the internet, I know Etsy will be a huge part of my future business success.

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  • Nicolette

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    Having a sculptor father and dancer mother, I was always encouraged to be creative growing up. Art, design, and aesthetics have been an integral part of my life. Jewelry is my expression and outlet of those influences.

  • Dave

    Think Tank, Motivator, Emotional Support Team, And Part Time Ninja

    Dave is my husband, and my idea guy. He encourages me to find new ways to continue my business and gives me great design concepts and encouragement!

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    Therapeutic Services

    At therapeutic services we do our best to keep the workplace happy and inviting. Through our pro active kissing and cuddling program happiness is up 115% this quarter. And our projected future happiness is on target! *Endorsement paid for in treats*

  • Made Silver

    Bali, Indonesia

    Balinese Silversmiths are famous for their detailed quality work. Made and Wayan are some of the very best in my opinion. They have been making jewelry for several decades and have their extended family running the business.

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Last updated on May 21, 2014
My name is Nicolette, and I have been obsessed with jewelry as long as I can remember. I love Victorian buttons and I make lots of one of a kind pieces so treat yourself if you fall in love with something you see. Thanks, Nicolette

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
I take paypal and credit cards.
I ship within 1-3 business days after receiving payment. I get a lot of feedback saying the shipping was quick. I am happy to ship internationally. It is probally a few days to two weeks longer depending on the country. Orders are fully insured except when it is not possible to purchase insurance for a particular country.
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I want you to be completely satisfied with your purchase. If you have any issues please contact me. My goal is to make all my customers happy.