Art Deco Graduated Cherry Amber Bakelite Bead Necklace 40"
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 kids' toys, kitchenware and jewelry. Typically made of bold, beautiful colors, Bakelite has become very collectible over recent years and is appreciated amongst many.
A fantastic strand of Bakelite beads from the late Art Deco (ca1930) era! This stunning necklace is comprised of graduating Bakelite beads which mimic the look of luscious cherry amber. A total of 63 beads form this bold necklace which is particularly long in length. Hand strung on rich, knotted red string, the piece does not clasp and is long enough to wear as a single, long strand, or could easily be doubled. The color of the Bakelite is absolutely magnificent with a wonderful, vibrant, deep cherry red color. The beads are large in size and the necklace is very long in length and makes a true statement when worn. It would be a perfect addition to any collection!
Measurements: The largest bead, which is in the center of the strand, measures approximately 1 1/8" wide and 3/4" thick and the smallest measures 1/2" wide and 1/4 thick. The overall length of the necklace is 40".
Condition: The overall condition of this necklace is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage or chips to the Bakelite and the stringing is in fine condition.