I found these bone buttons in China and have made them onto earrings. They are hand etched with two birds and a cherry tree in pink blossom. The birds are brown with green wings. The button is 1” in diameter and is framed on the back in 18k gold vermeil and finished with a French clip (post with clip to keep it firmly on the ear). Although large and dramatic these earrings are light weight.
The bird is highly favored as a favorable sign. It represents the Oriental’s love of nature. Birds as pets are very important in China and many households have them. The Chinese prize the song bird especially and take very good care of them, feeding them fresh insects and taking them to the park every morning much as we would our pet dogs. It is very common the see the parks full of older men and women early the morning each with their own caged pet bird at their side.
The cherry blossoms are symbolic of feminine beauty. The cherry tree represents longevity.