What a charming little 1940s brooch this one is! This Lucite pin contains reverse-carved red roses with green leaves, of which this sort of elaborate carving requires superb craftsmanship. The brooch is in excellent vintage condition, with its pin and clasp mechanism in good working order.
For those unfamiliar with the material, Lucite 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 eye-catching brooch could easily serve as a marvelous accessory for any woman’s wardrobe. It could also make for a surprising gift for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day or any romantic moment, planned or spontaneous.