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    Posted 2 months ago

    freiheit
    (1195 items)

    These two bracelets are a bit of a mystery: I bought one online from the US and one in a thrift shop in Canada. Both are in wonderful condition. The bracelets are large and heavy. Both have tested positive for Bakelite using Simichrome.

    I have seen bracelets like these online but with many different explanations. The one I bought online was listed as confetti Lucite. It appears to be a possibility. Another one stated that the bracelet was by the French designer Marion Godart. Looking at her plastic jewellery, I find this not likely. Her style is very different. I also found the same bracelet in green. This one stated that it was Prystal.

    Any ideas would be very much welcome.

    Thanks for looking:)

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    1. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 2 months ago
      The “reddish” color is beautiful! One for each arm!
      I love them!!
      As for info... where’s Mary?
    2. freiheit freiheit, 2 months ago
      Yes, Mary! Please have a look, Queen of Vintage Plastic!
      Thanks for your comment, Ms.CrystalShip:)
    3. freiheit freiheit, 2 months ago
      Many thanks for the love, kwqd, Ms.CrystalShip, and Vynil33rpm :)
    4. valentino97 valentino97, 2 months ago
      Hello Gudrun and Eileen! These are very nice!!
      Rootbeer, amber, translucent colors especially in stretch beads are a little harder for me to quickly ID. But, pretty sure you don't have confetti Lucite! So nice. Could you delete a pic and stretch out the bracelets so I can see the drill holes and back sides?
    5. freiheit freiheit, 2 months ago
      Mary, thanks so much for stopping by! I was really hoping you would.
      I will get a picture of the holes right today!
    6. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 2 months ago
      Beautiful bracelets! What ever they are. They obviously are imitating amber :) Love the color and shape! It is sometimes hard to tell plastic from plastic. I think the word lucite also is missused when sellers don't know what they have. Sounds better than "unknown plastic", because if you are not sure what type of plastic, how can you then be sure it really is vintage items you are selling? That is why I don't trust information about things being Bakelite or Lucite in adds. Bakelite is perhaps not that hard to figure out but clear vintage plastic like Lucite must be very very hard to id from other clear modern plastics, without being a chemist? Or what is your view on that Mary? I am not debating if these bracelets are vintage or not - but thinking that sometimes it is very hard to find sure answers to what type of plastic. The bracelets are still beautiful :)
    7. freiheit freiheit, 2 months ago
      Totally agree with you, Elisabethan:) I have become better in identifying Bakelite, with the help of Simichrome and a bit of my limited experience. I have a general idea about the celluloid items, too, but I don't trust myself totally. When it comes to other plastics, I usually can tell the cheap hard plastic with seems from the rest but that's a far as it goes. And there are so many other ones out there, besides Lucite...
      Thanks for taking the time to stop by:)
    8. freiheit freiheit, 2 months ago
      Mary, I took a photo of the holes. It appears to me that there are tool marks/lines visible, like the individual pieces have been cut and the outside has been polished. I put a q-tip to show the yellow result of the testing with Simichrome. It didn't turn very dark yellow, but yellow nevertheless. (The lighting in the picture wasn't very good)
      Thanks for having a look:)
    9. freiheit freiheit, 2 months ago
      Here are some links:

      https://www.rubylane.com/item/463317-RL-04949/Ex78tra-WIDE-Red-Confetti-Lucite-Stretch

      https://www.ebay.ca/itm/Vintage-Orange-Confetti-Lucite-Stretch-Bangle-Bracelet-Marion-Godart-Paris-Retro/401957617975?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649

      https://www.ebay.ca/itm/Vintage-Green-Prystal-BAKELITE-Confetti-Bangle-BRACELET-RARE-Apple-Juice-Lucite-/143646411135?_trksid=p2047675.m43663.l10137&nordt=true&rt=nc&orig_cvip=true
    10. valentino97 valentino97, 2 months ago
      Yes, agree with Elisabeth - just beautiful! And also that Vintage Plastic is a better term than Bakelite or Lucite, especially with all the wonderful plastics perfected over the years and hard to know which one you have! Thanks for posting the tool marks and holes and saying you had the faint yellow w/Simichrome. The faint test has happened to me many times on plastics that were old and dirty, but only faintly. Why? Well, Simichrome does clean plastic!
    11. valentino97 valentino97, 2 months ago
      AND, I love the links you provided! Great research, maybe you have 2 Marion Godart items? I like yours much better than the confetti filled examples though. Years ago Mooonstonelover gave me a stretch bracelet that has the same tool marks, drill holes and we both wanted it to be bakelite, but now I think it might be a Marion Godart - Yippee! Thanks for leading me to other plastic fantastic searches. I'll post it for you - and I hadn't because I didn't know what I had. I think it's a wonderful resin.
    12. freiheit freiheit, 2 months ago
      As always, I love and appreciate your comments so much. There is a lot of wisdom in your words, Mary! I cannot wait to see your bracelet! That's what I love about this site: Sharing!
      And I do remember Moonstonlover. She had the most beautiful jewellery posts and later switched to Czech glass. I have not seen/heard from her in a long time.
      Cheers and take care,
      Gudrun
    13. valentino97 valentino97, 2 months ago
      Gudrun, Moonstonelover was the BEST. Maybe she's here with another handle. I hope so. She had so many wonderful items. I wonder what happened to all her amazing glass and jewels. Cheers! Mary
    14. freiheit freiheit, 2 months ago
      Agree! I remember when I first found this site many years ago, her posts really stood out. She also was very kind to me helping me with some of my posts. I wish her all the best, wherever she is:)

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