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Vintage Dress Clip Necklaces

These necklaces all feature vintage dress clips dating from 1930 - 1950.
  • Vintage Bakelite Dress Clip Necklace with Handwoven Chainmaille and Vintage Lucite Links
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    Description

    This colorful necklace features a circa 1930 "apple juice" bakelite dress clip, converted to a pendant.  Vertical rows of clear and amethyst-colored rhinestones add sparkle, while the handwoven brass chain features vintage (circa 1960) faceted lucite links.  An antique glass button dangles from the clasp.

    Details

    • 24" long
    • bakelite pendant is 2" long and 1 3/8" wide
    • length can be extended - please indicate desired length when placing your order for this piece

    Materials

    • vintage bakelite and rhinestone converted dress clip
    • brass jump rings
    • vintage faceted oval lucite links
    • brass lobster clasp
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  • Vintage Dress Clip Necklace with Handwoven Chainmaille
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    Description

    This necklace features a vintage dress clip, circa 1930, converted into a pendant on a handwoven bronze chain.  The focal pendant has taille d'epargne enamel, a multi-layer design with paste stones, and a scrolling foliate etched design.  There are traces of its original gilded finish and the clip is worn in places to reveal the silver-toned metal beneath.  

    Details

    • necklace is 20" long
    • pendant is 3/4" wide and 2" long

    Materials

    • bronze hook clasp in the shape of a snake
    • brass chainmaille
    • vintage metal and paste dress clip

    Origin Story

    Dress and fur clips debuted in the 1920's, when costume jewelry first gained popularity. It is said Coco Chanel introduced the idea of wearing less expensive costume jewelry as art, instead of wearing fine jewelry as a symbol of status and wealth.  When first introduced, dress clips were worn in pairs, often worn opposite one another on the neckline or straps of a dress.  Popularity wanted in the 1950's, when brooches became a more desirable personal ornament.  Today, you'll occasionally see vintage clips attached to the dresses, sweaters, handbags and scarves of trend-setting celebrities.

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  • Vintage Dress Clip with Sterling Handwoven Chainmaille
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    Description

    This statement necklace features a converted vintage dress clip, circa 1920, attached to a handwoven oxidized sterling silver chain.

    Details

    • necklace is 20" long

    Materials

    • sterling silver chainmail
    • vintage dress clip
    • sterling hook clasp

    Origin Story

    Dress and fur clips debuted in the 1920's, when costume jewelry first gained popularity. It is said Coco Chanel introduced the idea of wearing less expensive costume jewelry as art, instead of wearing fine jewelry as a symbol of status and wealth.  When first introduced, dress clips were worn in pairs, often worn opposite one another on the neckline or straps of a dress.  Popularity wanted in the 1950's, when brooches became a more desirable personal ornament.  Today, you'll occasionally see vintage clips attached to the dresses, sweaters, handbags and scarves of trend-setting celebrities.

     

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  • Vintage Bakelite Dress Clip and Handwoven Chainmaille Necklace
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    Description

    This necklace features a vintage, butterscotch-colored, deeply carved Bakelite dress clip [c. 1930] converted to a pendant.  It suspends from a slinky handwoven chainmaille necklace made of jeweler's brass.

    Details

    • necklace measures 17" long and can be extended for $10 per inch 
    • pendant is 2" long and 1" wide

    Materials

    • vintage brass spring ring clasp
    • jeweler's brass chainmaille
    • vintage Bakelite pendant

    Origin Story

    Bakelite was an early plastic, developed by Leo Baekeland in 1907. It was originally used for industrial purposes due to its ability to withstand heat.  It appeared in costume jewelry beginning in the 1920's and increased in popularity through the 30's and 40's.   Bakelite was often intricately carved and came in a wide range of beautiful colors.  Today, authentic Bakelite jewelry is highly collectible.

    Dress and fur clips debuted in the 1920's, when costume jewelry first gained popularity. It is said Coco Chanel introduced the idea of wearing less expensive costume jewelry as art, instead of wearing fine jewelry as a symbol of status and wealth.  When first introduced, dress clips were worn in pairs, often worn opposite one another on the neckline or straps of a dress.  Popularity wanted in the 1950's, when brooches became a more desirable personal ornament.  Today, you'll occasionally see vintage clips attached to the dresses, sweaters, handbags and scarves of trend-setting celebrities.

     

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