Developed in the 1930s, the clear acrylic plastic branded as Lucite became a wildly popular for material for costume jewelry starting in the 1950s. Less expensive to produce than Bakelite, Galalith, and Catalin and more chemically stable than celluloid, Lucite made these earlier jewelry plastics obsolete.
In its pure form, Lucite is translucent, resembling glass or rock crystal, but it can be dyed in a wide range of colors and opacity, making it the perfect material for bold blocks of Mid-century Modern colors. Hard, water-resistant, and lightweight, Lucite can be carved and polished, and it is easy to wear.
This lovely lucite bracelet & earrings set, circa 1950's, will add zing to your jewelry collection and receive rave reviews when worn. The hinged cuff bracelet is composed of light-amber lucite with a mother-of-pearl lucite overlay on one section. The MOP section is decorated with pastel shades of blue, green, pink, amethyst and diamond rhinestones in several sizes. The bracelet measures 1" in width and 2" across when closed; the hinge works fine. The clip-style earrings are MOP lucite over a clear lucite base and are decorated with the same colored rhinestones as the bracelet. The earring measure 1 1/4" across and have firm clips. Wonderful vintage condition with no damages.