Dating lucite jewelry
December 15, 1942, Colliers Vermeil is a base of silver which is then plated with gold, giving a warm golden finish.
Due to austerity restrictions during this decade, vermeil became a popular choice for costume jewelry.
White metal and rhinestones provided the base for larger color gemstones to be featured.
New, cheaper materials such as wood, shell, glass, plastic, and fabric were transformed into elegant works of art.
The idea of vermeil was that it gave the appearance of being gold, when of course it was merely coated with a very thin layer of gold.
Designer, Marcel Boucher, created abstract animal figures combining gold vermeil and cut stones.
Morning Glory Antiques has a wonderful jelly belly album of pins, fur clips and earrings that incorporates both early vintage jelly belly designs up through designs of the 1960s.
Dress clips were worn in the center of a V or square neckline. It was often the only feminine detail on a woman’s entire ensemble.
Patriotic symbols, flowers, bows, and whimsical animals dominated most jewelry themes.
Studying 1940s jewelry requires a look at both the materials being used and the purpose.
Lucite, developed by the Dupont Company in 1931, made its first appearances in the jewelry world toward the end of World War II.
Prior to that time Lucite, as well as its cousin Plexiglas (developed by Rohm & Haas Chemical during the same general time period) was utilized as part of the war effort in the manufacture of windshields for war planes and on submarines, since it has high transparency, high water resistance and is lighter weight than glass.