This is a wonderful Art Deco Bakelite five tone necklace circa 1920 – 1940. This piece is comprised of butterscotch (with a hint of green) oval and barrel beads accented with different mm and green color glass round beads. The best way to describe the oval and oblong color tone would be that it comes close to true olive/pale spinach and most have striations of honey/amber which give them a stony quality. There are three different smaller green beads in color and size. The smallest bead is 4mm; the next is 6mm while the largest glass bead is 8mm. The oblong semi-transparent bead measures 23mm x 8mm and the oval measures 17mm x 10mm. Between each and every bead is a small glass seed bead. What a beautiful color combination and at 38 inches you can where it long, layer it or wrap it around twice.
I just couldn't resist purchasing this piece and am very happy to present this to you today. I was told that it tested for Bakelite, but before I offered it to you I retested with simichrome and the tests were positive for Bakelite. You may view the positive results in my last photograph. The original color of simichrome polish is pink, I have shown you the before and after view.
This long Bakelite necklace is in great vintage condition and is ready-to-wear. There isn't any makers mark on the necklace, and no clasp (slides over neck easily). Strand is approximately 38 inches long, measures 5/8 inches at the widest point, and the total weight is 88.8 grams.
Item ID: 20260
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