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    Posted 5 months ago

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    So I have several pair of earrings that have obvious black "string" in construction and today I noticed that these green ones from Hong Kong do as well. Over the past year I have off and on looked for images/articles on this method. But to no avail. I am truly hoping that someone on here can help me ID these. I love these green stones but am clueless what they are or even how to find out!!! Lastly, today I decided to pull out this set if burgundy colored earrings and wondered if they are Bakelite? There have been ALOT of necklaces sold recently on ebay that have gone for high dollar that closely resemble my earrings. Hoping for some input!!!

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    1. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 5 months ago
      I’m not sure what you are asking. These earrings were known as “button” earrings..circa 1950’s (?) From Haskell to Hobe’ to Vogue, these earrings were mostly “wired” together. I would gather makers that used “string”, found a more inexpensive way to put the beads together.
      No expert here by far, just my two cents. I love the burgundy earrings with the tiny purple crystals ( or are they plastic?) Either way, they are very becoming :)
    2. tharless62 tharless62, 5 months ago
      Crystal, i was asking about these string earrings..i think it's string! Haven't really investigated that, yet! Maybe it is wire. I know need to learn more about bakelite and plastics etc..after my Schreiner find last year i have learned that value does not just lie in real gemstones!! that Schreiner piece was plastic and rhinestones valued at $500. I might think this last pair of earring might be bakelite?
    3. tharless62 tharless62, 5 months ago
      i have these jewels with me today at work..YES! it IS wire ot string. that said i can not conclude if the small purple sones are glass or plastic...yet! Will be making a COLLECTION on here today i hope...are people able to comment on collections? OMG i have soooo much OLD stuff from the estate of WW2 people.Have been holding on to it..trying to research and educate myself...i have many ppairs of wired earrings..some are marked JAPAN on the ear clip, some like the red ones above no marks but i do know they are old...
    4. tharless62 tharless62, 5 months ago
      do you think the red button pair resembles bakelite? I will do the tests but leary to do the lemon test for risk to the piece
    5. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 5 months ago
      Mary ( Valentino97) is our bakelite collector. It’s hard to make a determination just by a photo. I do know bakelite makes a “clunking” sounds when knocked together ( at least my two bracelets do). Those little purple stones are most likely plastic, but one way to determine plastic from glass is to feel it. Put a piece up to your cheek...if it’s cold, it is most likely glass. Warm to the touch...plastic.
    6. tharless62 tharless62, 5 months ago
      Thanks Crystal! I ALWAYS look forward and appreciate your knowledge & input! You are a great help to my brain! I will check for clunking, however I'm not sure I can achieve this with earrings!

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