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About Buttonera

buttonera is all about the finest Sardinia-inspired handcrafted silver jewellery.

Each piece of the buttonera collection is unique having been handcrafted by expert Sardinian craftsmen. With over twenty years experience, our craftsmen are specialised in the manufacture of gold and silver traditional Sardinian jewellery and, the ‘filigree’ technique.

By collaborating with them, buttonera aims to select only the best and unique local silver designs. Through certain limited edition collections we offer our customers a mix of Sardinian traditional style with a more modern touch.

As a testament to the quality of our products, the collection 925 sterling is hallmarked in the UK. This allows us the opportunity to share the passion that we hold for our Italian and Sardinian heritage with you.


The origin of the name ‘buttonera’

Jewellery has always represented an important aspect of the traditional Sardinian costumes. In the past, jewellery had a particular significance. Sardinian women kept them and handed them down from one generation to the next, treating them as precious and sacred belongings. Most of them were made of gold or silver, using the technique of the filigree. The methods used to make this jewellery are ancient and connected to the subtle magic meaning on ancient rituals that were evocative of life, fertility and love. 

The Sardinian button is distinctive of the Sardinian jewellery. Women used to wear a row of 8, 10 or even 20 buttons – depending on their social class - to complement their traditional costume. All these were handmade in filigree and, normally bound together by a chain that used to close the sleeves of their shirt. This is called ‘sa buttonera’ in Sardinian dialect and, it used to represent an important and stylish aspect of the Sardinian costume. Normally women used to wear ‘sa buttonera’ during particular occasions such as at weddings, popular festivals or religious feasts.

This is called ‘sa buttonera’ in Sardinian dialect and, it used to represent an important and stylish aspect of the Sardinian costume. Normally women used to wear ‘sa buttonera’ during particular occasions such as at weddings, popular festivals or religious feasts.

 

 

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