From couture runway to the museum, the Czech crystal glass button is a miniature work of art — imbued with a bit of delightful alchemy.

European fashion culture arguably found a zenith in the early 19th century when Bohemian glass wizards melded beautiful, intricate sculpted molds with rich luminescent colors to create what seems, even to the modern eye, like a shimmering, magical new silica-based lifeform.

Cynthia Bloom says she was “bedazzled” the first time she saw a Bohemian glass button. “I had never seen anything with such color, brilliance, iridescence,” she said. “Coming from my fashion background, I knew they would be stunning statement pieces.”

For 15 years, Cynthia has been able to source her buttons from producers whose pressing molds and secret color formulas date back 200 years or more, and she likes how this enhances the century-old hand-crafted glass beads from the same region. On top of that, the button and bead colors blend perfectly.

The result: you are a walking art gallery with a masterpiece around your neck.

COMING SOON: TOUR A CZECH BUTTON FACTORY

Join Cynthia Bloom when she visited a 200-year-old crystal glass button factory in a tiny Czech Bohemian mountain village near Jablonec nad Nisou and got to try her hand at the ancient art of pressed glass button painting.

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CRYSTAL GLASS BUTTONS