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Vintage Bakelite Buckle Necklace with Handwoven Bi-Color Chainmaille

$145.00

Vintage Bakelite Buckle Necklace with Handwoven Bi-Color Chainmaille

$145.00

Description

This necklace features a vintage Bakelite floral buckle segment, circa 1930, and handwoven black and gold brass chainmaille.  The focal pendant is layered with three colors, brown, butterscotch and green. The bi-color chain is handwoven from black enamel and brass jump rings.  

Details

  • necklace is 20" long
  • pendant is 1 1/2" in diameter

Materials

  • vintage Bakelite buckle component
  • brass lobster clasp
  • black enamel and brass chainmaille

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.