Vintage 1920s/30s Celluloid Ivorine Silhouette Necklace

Vintage 1920s/30s Celluloid Ivorine Silhouette Necklace


Beautiful Art Deco era Vintage 1920s/30s Celluloid Ivorine Silhouette Necklace featuring a lady with a parasol out for a stroll. Links are all in tact, hardware is original and as such has some discoloration but can easily be replaced, spring ring clasp. Necklace is slightly darker than it shows in photos, more of a bone/ivory tone.

Necklace 18” L

Pendant 1.25” x 2”

Celluloid is the second man-made plastic, created by an inventor named Wesley Hyatt who was working with nitrocellulose, whose main ingredient is a plant fiber called cellulose and whose soluble form is collodion. The first forms of celluloid were flammable, old movie film was made from this form. Other inventors worked with different additives to stabilize the volatile plastic, in the jewelry world, Leo Baekeland is well known for his version dubbed Bakelite. Once stabilized, this affordable material was used to make a wide variety of costume jewelry. During the 1930s, celluloid jewelry surged in popularity, with whimsical pieces becoming de riguer. These early plastic pieces have become highly coveted among collectors. The material on this jewelry is not technically celluloid, it is actually cellup. Ivorine or French Ivory is a term used to describe celluloid/cellup that has been made to look like ivory, it is a plastic.

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