These earrings are made with gold filled ear wires and start out at the top with some byzantine eternity chain links leading into brass chains and gold discs that I thought looked like buttons. Bachelor buttons sprung to mind, a gorgeous blue flower that was a favorite of my grandmother’s.
Some folklore and facts about Bachelor’s buttons (also known as the cornflower)
Cornflowers were worn by young men in love; if the flower faded too quickly, it was taken as a sign that the man’s love was not returned.
The blue cornflower has been the national flower of Estonia since 1968 and symbolizes daily bread to Estonians.
The blue cornflower is also one of the national flowers of Germany. This is partly due to the story that when Queen Louise of Prussia was fleeing Berlin and pursued by Napoleon’s forces, she hid her children in a field of cornflowers and kept them quiet by weaving wreaths for them from the flowers.
In France it is the symbol of the 11th November 1918 armistice and, as such, a common symbol for veterans.
It was the favorite flower of John F. Kennedy and was worn by his son, John F. Kennedy, Jr. at his wedding in tribute to his father.