This gorgeous vintage apple juice-colored Lucite and orange-beige Bakelite clip features two large and two small flowers. The floral images have been carved into the Lucite and then are surrounded by a Bakelite rope pattern. This is an extremely unique and excellently rendered dress clip. It remains in excellent vintage condition since its creation in the early 1940s.
For those unfamiliar with Lucite, it is the “queen of diversity,” appearing in many forms, colors and styles in jewelry from the 1940s to today, although it was most popular during the 1940s and 50s. Lucite is an acrylic resin, and one type of thermoset plastic (Bakelite is another, although Bakelite is a phenol formaldehyde resin). A brief aside here to clear up a point: the term “thermoset” does not refer to a specific form or style of plastic; it is a broad-based term referring to any plastic that, once heated and formed, cannot be melted a second time and reformed. Although clear in its original state, as with this reverse-carved roses brooch, Lucite can be tinted virtually any color, in ranges from transparent to opaque, with a few interesting variations along the way.
Bakelite is also one of the first plastics made from synthetic components. Bakelite was used for its electrical nonconductivity and heat-resistant properties in electrical insulators, radio and telephone casings, and such diverse products as kitchenware, jewelry, pipe stems, and children's toys. In 1993, Bakelite was designated a National Historic Chemical Landmark by the American Chemical Society in recognition of its significance as the world's first synthetic plastic. The "retro" appeal of old Bakelite products and labor-intensive manufacturing have made them collectible in recent years.
If the words large, beautiful, masterly crafted, Bakelite and Lucite form part of your jewelry collector’s vocabulary, then this eye-catching dress and scarf clip is just for you!
Note: As part of our End of Winter Sale, purchase of the Carved Apple Juice Lucite & Bakelite Dress Clip comes with a free $25 Dogbotz Boneyard gift certificate, which can be redeemed during a future purchase at our online store. The expiration date of the gift certificate is one year after purchase of this item.