Posted 4 years ago
I want your opinion on this. I will show closeup-photos in the next post. I am wondering about age and type of plastic. If you have the time I´d love some ideas on this. Guesses are also welcome.
This necklace is heavy, it weighs 136 grams.
It´s 59 cm in length when closed, thats about 23.22 inches.
The largest bead is 3 cm (1.18 inches) long.
The larger beads are made of some sort of very dense plastic. They are cold to the touch and very even and smooth. The color is "yellowwhiteish". They are more yellow in real Life than in the photos, but still also whitish. The small beads inbetween and at the ends close to the clasp is made of glass. I have tested the bigger beads with a metall cream polish wich is very similar to simicrome (I have compared them online but haven´t been able to get hold of Simicrome here yet and I feel reluctant in ordering from abroad just because I´m not used to it). They didn´t pass that test. When I put them in hot water there is a strong cemical smell, maybe of formaldehyd but who knows for sure what that smells like, Miss Marple? And maybe these beads aren´t yellow enough to be bakelite anyway?
This necklace doesn´t feel new but ofcourse it could have been restrung or altered somehow. The claw-clasp isn´t old ofcouse but the ring that´s used to close with is bigger than I´m used to and to me it looks older than the clasp. The style and lenght of the necklace makes me think it could be from the 1920's, but what type of plastic could it be then if this isn´t bakelite? I can´t work this out. The only thing I know for sure is that this isn´t of organic material. Any ideas are welcome!