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Vintage Bead Showcase

Vintage Lucite Links

We have found a limited stash of vintage Lucite chain in clear, white & jet – most was made in the mid-1980’s. Luckily we are able to have it re-stocked with new ‘reproduction’ chain when the vintage lot sells out as we know the original manufacturer. It comes from both Germany & the Far East. And we have a plethora of funk chain links, great for hooking together linked bracelets or long, cascading rope length Lucite bauble necklaces mixed with metal chain or your favorite beads. Most hail from the US manufacturer known as ‘Best Plastics’ that produced plastic and Lucite components from the 1960’s through the early 80’s, and others are Italian and German.

Vintage "Carved" Jade Pendants

We have some really nice vintage Japanese glass pendants in Jade green. These were made in the 1940’s war era where they worked hard in the Japanese glass houses to replicate the look of natural stone. You’ll find they made beads & pendants to look like Jade as well as Carnelian, Lapis, Turquoise and more. We’re featuring these Jade green lovelies because of their ‘carved’ nature. Many antique dealers will refer to this type of glass as ‘carved’ however it was actually pressed into molds to attain its intaglio motifs.

Vintage Metal Chain

We stock a wide range of unique and authentically vintage chain. Most was manufactured in the US, specifically in New York or Rhode Island between the 1950’s and early 1980’s. You’ll find finishes ranging from raw brass and copper to plated tones in gold, antique brass, nickel and silver. We found a stunner recently & sent it off to be specially plated using sterling silver & gold plate – it will go fast, so check it and it’s other fellow lovelies out.

Vintage "Carved" Cushion Glass Beads

These unique pressed glass beads were made ca. 1950’s in West Germany. They are a givre’ style glass: a term that refers to a interior color encased usually in clear glass but sometimes it can be encased in other light colors as well. These feature a pressed cushion square with markings design and come in 2 sizes: 9 and 12mm and quite a few colors for a vintage find.

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