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Cherry Bakelite Beads
Cherry Bakelite Beads

early 20th century

Green Bakelite Beads c. 1930's
Green Bakelite Beads c. 1930's

These beads courtesy Travels with my Aunt

Lucite Beads c. 1940's
Lucite Beads c. 1940's

Cherry Bakelite Beads
Cherry Bakelite Beads

early 20th century

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Bakelite and Vintage Plastics

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Bakelite invented in 1907 by Dr. Baekeland and has become the "generic" term for thermoset phenolic resins.

Bakelite jewellery flourished particularly between the years 1933-41, Depression era costume jewellery. With a richness of colour, a delicious glow, translucence and an incredible depth there is no other material quite like it.

Beads come in a variety of colours often to imitate natural materials, such as Amber both butter and cherry, lovely greens and toffee shades. They come in many shapes and sizes both faceted and smooth.

Best plastic beads won't have any seam, are of very high quality and are highly collectable.

Thermoset plastics also include Catalin, Marblette and Caisene.

Other plastics include Vulcanite, late 19th century. Celluloid , early 20th century and Lucite invented in 1937 and used into the 40's and 50's.

 

 

 

Baltic Butter Amber Chunks
Baltic Butter Amber Chunks

Organic shapes, picked up on beaches etc. polished and drilled.

Amber Cube Beads
Amber Cube Beads

Translucent with floating layers of colour.

Carved Tagua-Nut Beads
Carved Tagua-Nut Beads

c. 1920 -30's Dimensions 1.2cm x 1.2cm

Baltic Butter Amber Chunks
Baltic Butter Amber Chunks

Organic shapes, picked up on beaches etc. polished and drilled.

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Amber and other Natural Materials

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This section includes Ambers of different shades and cuts. Natural materials such as Ivory, Bone, Coral, Meersham,Tagua Nut, Pearls, Shell and others.

 

 

Read more in Natural Materials page.

Pebble Jade
Pebble Jade

found in the river beds of Afghanistan, picked up by herders, polished and drilled.

Citrine Faceted
Citrine Faceted

Large more irregular chunks of faceted Citrine with smaller flattened rounds of faceted Citrine.

Citrine -  step cut
Citrine - step cut

Love the shapes and colours of this unusual step cut, faceted Citrine.

Pebble Jade
Pebble Jade

found in the river beds of Afghanistan, picked up by herders, polished and drilled.

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Gemstone Beads

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Including beads such as Citrine, Amethyst, Smokey Quartz, Rubies, Garnets, Carnelian, Iolite, Jades, Lapis Lazuli, Malachite,Banded Agates and others.

Faceted, cut or polished in a myriad of shapes, colours and sizes.

 

Many more to be added.