This bracelet is one from a collection of "sparklies" that I recently purchased right from a collector who had been searching and hunting for decades. Since her daughter was getting married, she needed to sell her coveted collection. Right out of the Fabulous 50's is this vintage rhinestone & black thermoplastic clamper bracelet with blue rhinestones. Light just dances off all the brilliant clear round rhinestones in blue! Only slight wear to the color on the back of the bracelet as shown in the last image.
There are no dead or darkened stones. The bracelet is in perfect working order and the hinge is tight and snappy. It has a unique front opening. These bracelets are Circa 1950. They work well with Bakelite collections as well as lucite and celluloid too!
This gorgeous unsigned, probably Weiss costume jewelry Rhinestone Clamper Thermoplastic Bracelet is black with a purple cast in color with light blue colored faceted rhinestones throughout the front of the piece. It is likely made of polystyrene or cellulose acetate (both are thermoplastics - note these bracelets were not made of Bakelite - this according to Susan Klein, author of Mid-Century Plastic Jewelry.)
According to Susan, the most interesting point about these bracelets is that "the original ones were molded from umbrella handles. The company went to an umbrella handle manufacturer in Massachusetts to have the plastic pieces molded there. Weiss called them the 'Bon Bon' bracelet and produced them for about ten years." The bracelet measures approximately one (1) inch wide and 3/8 inch thick with an inner measurement of 2 3/8 inches. The clamper functions appropriately. Overall, the piece is in good vintage condition making it a beautiful addition to your vintage jewelry collection.
Take a look at the rest we recently listed in The Fair Mirror. The last picture shows a few of the bracelets from this new estate collection.