*I don't know why the pictures won't show up. If anyone has an idea, I'd love to hear it!*
Oh, such technical difficulties this morning. I almost put a kabash on the whole so I could look up all the historical fiction recommendations from the lovely Wendy who, by the way, has some amazing jewelry over at Gigi Caron, most of it inspired by torrid English history.
Anyhow, now that Mozilla solved my linking issues, I'm trying to decide what to post! Wendy alerted me to some amazing medallion related bits but I was already heady with ideas about Lucite for today. I think I'll post the pewter medieval badges tomorrow under Favorites For Friday because I love them quite dearly!
About two years ago, I stumbled into Lucite, most likely on ebay (also known as Land of Lost Hours). I began a small collection of vintage pieces, ranging from embedded to confetti (I'll explain in a sec), but ultimately realized that I never wear them. That doesn't stop me from picking up the odd piece now and again, but it has significantly expanded my budget! (Alas, to waste instead on vintage dresses that will never fit me properly. But that is not a topic for this blog...)
If you are thinking, hey! Is that a pendant necklace of three Tic Tacs embedded in Lucite? then, well, wow. You are good. If I hadn't seen the listing, it might've taken hours and whatever drugs they were on in the 60's (when this was made) to figure it out.
Lucite was introduced in the 40's as acceptable accessory oriented material to replace metals, which all needed to go to the war effort. It's most popular inceptions were probably the moonglow pieces, called such because they had an unearthly, pearlescent glow:
This brooch is nice enough, but I chose it because it really exemplifies the moonglow look. The necklaces were a bit more adventureous (perhaps a touch gaudy?):
Speaking of gaudy, my heart went out to the embedded lucite pieces. Most of these were found on ebay and at some point or another I wanted to give them all a home. I didn't (not because I didn't try though, some people just have more money to expend on this stuff), but here are some of my favorites:
Amazingly from TWO DIFFERENT SELLERs on ebay!
Watch pieces. Another 60's artifact,
I've seen flowers, shells, bugs, sea creatures, small scenes, cameos, lanterns... It's truly amazing what people will make jewelry out of. The Eiffel Tower and confetti!
Oh, confetti is another style on it's own, and pretty self-explanatory. Lucite embedded with different kinds of confetti.
A fairly tame cuff and it's detail.
You may have seen the modern version of these Lucite pieces at Alexis Bittar or even Forever21 (my jaw just about dropped when I saw confetti Lucite there!) but the modern things really don't have a chance against the vintage. Well, maybe they do... I'll post some recent Lucite jewelry later and we'll compare.