Profondo Rosso. Deep red bakelite beads, such a dark red they almost read as black. The oval beads are softly faceted creating a subtle flashing glow. These graduated bakelite beads are hand knotted on dark red silk and finished with a gold filled C-clasp. The red silk highlights the red tone of the beads. Circa 1930.
Bakelite was the first plastic made from synthetic components. It was developed by chemist Leo Baekeland in Yonkers, New York, in 1909. Bakelite jewelry became fashionable in the 1920s due to its sleek, modern look and its substantial, high-end feel. The wide variety of colors and visual textures made available by Bakelite kept it popular through the 1950s.
Details.....Necklace is 25" long. The smallest bead measures 7.7mm by 5.2mm, the largest is 19.7mm by 14.8mm. In Very Good Vintage condition. You should always expect some wear on your antique and vintage jewels, we consider it part of their charm.