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Bead Necklaces17 of 29Help I have the beadnecklace disease!Probably Maroccan berber or berberstyle filigree eggyolk amber color bed necklace, probably 1970's
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    Posted 5 years ago

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    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!

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    1. mikelv85 mikelv85, 5 years ago
      This is a good example as well Elisbethan :)
    2. kyratango kyratango, 5 years ago
      Ha, just commented on your other post about corozo. Here I read you talk about strong chemical smell... So, a bit puzzled by your necklace :-)
    3. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 5 years ago
      Thanks friends! Those necklaces are really nice Mikelv85 and there are resemblance even if the ones you refered to had a pattern mine lack. I always thought celluloid was light in weight? I red it somewhere. Thanks for giving a thought on my necklace!
    4. valentino97 valentino97, 5 years ago
      It could be celluloid which was popular in 20's and 30's. Most of those necklaces were 16"or 18" and this is longer. Also it doesn't have the delicate 20's-30's look. Are you sure it isn't bone? Bone is stinky when put in hot water. I am not sure and hate to say that being the plastic snob I am!
    5. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 5 years ago
      I looked on lite Kyra and agree that it looks like that, red interesting info on this page The smell under warm water is puzzling though unless it's been treated with a coating/polish on the outside? Thanks for helping me figure this out.
    6. valentino97 valentino97, 5 years ago
      Oh - we all posted and cross-posted comments at the same time.
      Love you!
    7. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 5 years ago
      Thanks Valention97 for joining in trying to figure this out. I'm very unsure about what to think. Is celluloid that heavy? It looks like bone but the smell doesn't smell organic to me in any way. I would think bone in warm water would smell like burnt hair or like if you rub your nail against something hard?
    8. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 5 years ago
      Yes I love you too :) - I can manage the crossposting if you can :)
    9. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 5 years ago
      My husband, the hunter he his, sais clean bone doesn't smell the way I described here (I was guessing) in fact there should almost be no smell at all. Antler material would smell though. I am sure if tested he wouldn't think my necklace smells of that either. But he can be my miss Marple anyway for the 'maybe' formaldehyd smell.
    10. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 5 years ago
      What a mystery! I agree that it probably isn't Bakelite, as white Bakelite darkens to a different color than this, at least to my eye. Some contemporary plastics are heavy, I know a lot of my Avon jewelry pieces were fairly hefty, this piece looks 60s, to me. I love the soft glow of this finish, Elisabethan.
    11. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 5 years ago
      Thankyou very much Katherinescollection!
      Thanks PhilipDavidAlexandermorris!
    12. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 5 years ago
      Thanks Sean!
    13. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 5 years ago
      Thanks PatSean!
    14. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 4 years ago
      Thankyou kyratango!

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