One of my favorite things to collect is vintage lucite costume jewelry. Many people think of lucite as being clear, but it actually can be tinted many different shades. I especially love all the various colors and shapes because they remind me of candy! Except for pieces like the highly collectible “Jelly Bellies”, it’s still somewhat plentiful and not anywhere near as pricey as bakelite.
After doing a little research I discovered Lucite was invented by the Dupont Company around 1936. It was used extensively by the military during World War II. After that it was marketed strictly for decorative purposes.It’s a type of acrylic resin referred to as a “thermoset plastic”, which means, like bakelite, it cures irreversibly into a stronger form once it has been heated and molded.
Below are a couple of sets I picked up recently. These fun pieces look quite fabulous with vintage sundresses. But this type of jewelry would also add an interesting and whimsical touch to a contemporary outfit.
Here’s an unusual pink lucite bracelet with flamingoes. Offered by Bitz of Glitz for $75.99
Having these two shows on the same week make it a vintage collectors’ heaven. The textile show has hundreds of dealers offering an amazing selection of top quality vintage clothing and decorator fabrics and the antique show has thousands of dealers selling every kind of antique and collectible imaginable. You literally cannot shop the whole thing in one day.
So if you love all things vintage or antique, and you’re going to be anywhere near western Massachusetts next week, this is the place to be. Oh, and brings lots and lots of cash because there’s sure to be too much stuff you’ll have to have!
June is the traditional month for tying the knot, so I thought I’d feature some wedding related vintage goodies. I just happened to stumble upon this spectacular collection of restored and redesigned vintage wedding cake toppers from a company called Gulden and Brown. The perfect touch to a vintage themed wedding, these beautiful recreations are sure to be a treasured memento of that special day.
This cupie doll 1920′s cake topper is, without a doubt, one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen! Meticulously embellished with tulle, venetian lace, pearls and organza. The porcelain bride and groom are wearing their original chemise and tuxedo.
1930′s porcelain couple decked out in their deco finery beneath an arch with three silverized mercury glass bells.
1940′s Hollywood glamour from the Coast Novelty Co. of Venice, California, meticulously decorated with hand cut embossed velvet flowers, corded sequins and pearls.
There are several other heirloom quality toppers, including one in a magnificient gothic style. Unfortunately I was not able to copy the picture of that one. This website also offers stunning vintage wedding gowns and accessories.