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Bakelite and Rhinestone Necklace with Handwoven Chainmaille OOAK

$325.00

Bakelite and Rhinestone Necklace with Handwoven Chainmaille OOAK

$325.00

Description

This one-of-a-kind necklace features an unusual emerald green, leaf-shaped, Bakelite dress clip [circa 1930] converted to a pendant on a handwoven chain made of jeweler's brass.   The green Bakelite is subtly marbled with yellows and golds.  Raised above the emerald green "leaf" of the pendant is a triangle of golden "apple juice" Bakelite, with sixteen embedded rhinestones.  All rhinestones are original to the piece.

Details

  • pendant measures 2 1/4" in length and is 1 7/8" at its widest point
  • necklace is 20" long and can be extended for $10 per inch

Materials

  • vintage Bakelite pendant with rhinestones
  • brass chainmail
  • vintage brass lobster clasp

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.