Retro Bakelite Panel Link Studded Necklace
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 bold Bakelite statement necklace from the Retro era (ca1940)! This visually striking piece is comprised of large panel links that form a curved bib at the center. The surface of each triangular link is decorated with 2 metal cone studs, adding a 3-dimensional note to the design. The Bakelite is rich in color, combining warm sunset shades of golden yellow marbled with streaks of deep orange-red, mimicking the appearance of amber or tortoise shell. Alternating with each Bakelite link is a yellow glass bead. A strand of rose-colored Bakelite chain connects to either side of the bib, fastening with a large metal spring ring clasp in the back. Perfect for the Bakelite collector, this fantastic necklace is quite unusual, and would make a substantial eye-catching accessory!
Measurements: The necklace measures approximately 15.5" long. Each Bakelite panel link measures 1 5/8" tall, 3/8" wide at the top, 1 1/8" wide at the base, and 3/8" thick. The cone studs have a 3/8" diameter and protrude 1/4" high.
Condition: The overall condition of the necklace is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the Bakelite links, glass beads, or cone studs, all of which are intact. The strands of chain are secure, and the spring ring clasp is in good working condition.