Art Deco 14kt Red Bakelite Teardrop Earrings
Bakelite is a resin material that was produced in the early 1900's and was the first plastic substance made of synthetic components. Initially used for its electrically non-conductive and heat resistant properties in radio and telephone castings, the material was also used in other products such as children's toys, kitchenware, and jewelry. Typically made of bright, beautiful colors, Bakelite has become very collectible over recent years and is appreciated amongst many vintage jewelry lovers worldwide.
Absolutely fabulous Bakelite earrings from the late Art Deco (ca1930s) era! These unique earrings, which are substantial in size, are crafted with deep red Bakelite and have a stunning teardrop design. Each begins with a riveted Bakelite bead set atop a 14kt yellow gold backing and attached to a simple gold earring wire. Dangling below the surmount is a wonderful Bakelite drop which is split in the center and separated by a faceted Bakelite disk. The Bakelite has a beautiful, rich red color that looks incredible in contrast with the yellow gold findings and the earrings look wonderful on. The earrings are lightweight and comfortable and are in beautiful condition. They would make a gorgeous addition to any Bakelite collection!
Measurements: The earrings hang approximately 2 1/2" long (including the wire). They measure 5/8" at their widest point.
The overall condition of the earrings is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold setting or to the Bakelite links.