Carved Celluloid Coral Roses on Gold-Tone Metal Brooch
1.5"w x 1.75"h
Just in time for the holidays comes this early 1950s Celluloid rose brooch. Two beautiful, coral-colored Celluloid, in-bloom roses have been exquisitely carved for this brooch. The roses have been set into a gold-tone metal backing that also extends to form the branches and leaves of the piece. The three leaves have been painted yellow with green edging directly onto the metal setting.
For those not familiar with Celluloid, the plastic dates back to the beginning of the 20th century to the 1930s. Celluloid is one of the earliest man-made plastics widely used in costume jewelry. Celluloid has certain characteristics that differentiate it from other plastics. In general, pieces made from Celluloid tend to be thin, light, somewhat brittle, sensitive to heat (they crack and craze), and early Celluloid can be extremely flammable (do not ever test with a hot pin!). When placed briefly in hot water, early Celluloid smells like camphor, while later cellulose acetate smells like vinegar. Celluloid jewelry should be stored carefully.
This vintage brooch is in great vintage condition. The colors of the piece remain radiant, and the clasp mechanism is in good working order.
This eye-catching brooch is just the right gift for a family member or friend for spring and summer. Or, buy it to add to your own vintage costume jewelry collection.