From the mid-1940s comes this lovely reverse-carved Lucite brooch that bears the image of three flowers in bloom with foliage and sporting a beautifully decorated border. The brooch is in very good vintage condition. The pin mechanism works well, though the clasp does have some minor oxidation.
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.
This reserved-carved Lucite brooch works well with any outfit, formal or informal, during any season. It would make for a wonderful gift for a family member, friend or even yourself.