Vintage 1930s Celluloid Bell Charm Necklace

Vintage 1930s Celluloid Bell Charm Necklace


This Vintage 1930s Celluloid Bell Charm Necklace is one of my prize finds, a beautiful array of celluloid plastic bells dancing from a silver tone chain. They make the most delightful, subtle sound when worn. Autumnal tones of orange, yellow, brown, and sage are combined for a stunning effect. The necklace comes with a coordinating pair of earrings, I will convert the screw-on clips for French wires upon request.

Necklace 50” continuous chain (no clasp)

Earrings 2” L with silver tone screw clips

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.

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