Retro Large Sterling Silver & Clear Lucite Gazelle Pin
Lucite is a clear acrylic material that was developed in the 1930s. Its lightweight, resin-like properties made it an ideal material to incorporate into costume jewelry, since it could be dyed, polished, or carved, and is very durable when worn. Lucite was less expensive to produce than Bakelite and not as chemically unstable as Celluloid, meaning that by the 1950s, it had nearly obscured the production of all other plastic-based jewelry. Designers such as Trifari and Lisner incorporated lucite pieces into their collections, and its popularity grew to reach widespread appeal. Vintage lucite costume jewelry is still adored for its unique fashion, and it has now become valued by collectors!
A very unique lucite pin from the Retro (ca1940) era! This creative piece is quite substantial in size and depicts a gazelle, which has an elongated, 3-dimensional look. The body of the gazelle is made of clear lucite, which has a translucent appearance similar to rock quartz crystal or glass. The head, antlers, and tail are made of sterling silver, which represent the gazelle's features with very simple, angular shapes. Despite its large size, it is comfortably lightweight to wear. A long sterling bar pin rests on the back of the piece, allowing it to be easily fastened to a favorite garment. A wonderful and very unusual Retro pin, it would make a great conversation piece and is perfect for any lucite collector!
Measurements: The pin measures approximately 3 1/2" long, 1" tall, and 1/2" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the pin is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the clear lucite or sterling silver, and the pin clasp is secure and in good working condition.