A vintage Galalith choker necklace that is carved deeply, multi-colored with graduated beads is presented..
Circa 1930's, this vintage Galalith choker necklace measures 17 inches in length. It is comprised of graduated multi-colored Galalith carved beads, in shades of ivory, brown and rust in varying shapes and carvings. The largest Galalith bead is in the front and is ivory colored with wonderful deep carvings in a free form pattern. The other carved Galalith beads are a mixture of wonderful unusual shaped Galalith beads. The carvings are just exquisite(see photos).
Galalith is made of casein or milk protein, thus its name "gala," which means milk and "lithos," which means stone. This wonderful material was stabilized by being dipped into formaldelphyde. It was invented in 1898 and was used extensively in Europe, most often in France, through the early part of the 20th Century. It was able to be colored, as can be seen in this fabulous Galalith necklace, because it was porous. Oftentimes it was used to imitate wood, tortoise shell, horn and even ivory. Galalith could not be molded as Bakelite could, but had to be cut or carved from sheets or rods. As can be seen in this amazing vintage Galalith necklace, it was beautifully glossy and had a long-lasting lustre. Prominent Art Deco designers who used Galalith were Jacob Bengel and Auguste Bonaz.
The closure is a rust colored Galalith barrel type closing (see photos).
This stunning example of a vintage Galalith choker necklace is in perfect condition free of any damage whatsoever.
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