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Posted 3 years ago


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I found this necklace some months ago. Its one HUGE bakelite centerbead and a matching bakelite screw lock and the other beads are all glass. Its not a long necklace, more like a choker lenght. The center bead is really big: about 3,5 cm, (+/- 1,4 inches). You could compare it to the egg of a dove. I put a chocolate egg next to it to give you an idea. (The chocolate egg dissapeared soon after) :-)
The color of the bakelite is called tortoise.
Anyway, I m not sure about this necklace. Could it be original like that? I must say I have never seen anything like this. Its really well made, and the one who made it put a lot of effort into it. I put some matching bangles next to it.
So, what do you think? Old or not?

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  1. valentino97 valentino97, 3 years ago
    I think it has been remade w/old beads and very well done. My guess because of largest egg bead! - and thank you for the chocolate egg to compare it with... is from the 1950's. Why? Haven't seen many examples w/this large of a bead from 1930's - but they were more popular in the 50's, sometimes on 3 strand and sometimes just one bulky lovely strand. What do you think?

    I went to a HUGE antique mall today and didn't find ANY bakelite. Basically there wasn't any costume jewelry older than the 70's. Most of it was 80's and not impressive. It took me 3 hrs to get thru the place but I could not find any jewelry to tempt me - that's okay I have so much.
  2. Newtimes Newtimes, 3 years ago
    @ Nutsabotas: I know it shouldn't matter but I m really curious and I always want to know the age of my stuff.
    @ Val: thank you very much for your opinion. I think you are spot on about the age of it. I visited a flea market myself today and I only found one MOP star of bethlehem without any findings for one euro. There was some bakelite: a necklace and two earrings...but the seller thought it was amber and her prices were high. I didnt feel like educating her and still pay more than I normally would...-sigh-
  3. Newtimes Newtimes, 3 years ago
    Thanks for the love Val, DrFluffy, geo26, racer4four, vetraio50, kerry104, kyratango, nutsabotas, aghcollect and Moonstonelover for loving all my bakelite jewelry!

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