This thick, gorgeous emerald-colored Lucite bracelet is translucent and emanates a bright luminescent green glow when placed against the light. It glows like a moonstone from dark to light green depending on the angle of the light source. From an estate sale in Southeastern Wisconsin, this brilliant beauty dates back to the early 1950s and remains in excellent vintage condition.
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 stunning piece just screams, “Give me to your favorite lass for St. Paddy’s Day!” But if emerald-colored jewelry is your personal fancy, then consider adding this charming piece to your own jewelry box!