1930s Art Deco Machine Age Black Galalith Plastic Paste Glass Link Bracelet
This sleek and minimally designed bracelet, has a distinctly modern look and shows the influence of the industrial age on design during the Art Deco era. Black galalith plastic has an opaque color with a high sheen to the surface. The connecting links are inset with bright paste stones that give a touch of sparkling contrast. With a light weight and feel, the links pivot gently to drape smoothly across your wrist.
Condition: Excellent. This piece is fresh looking and was well taken care of, the minimal amounts of wear are noticeable only on close inspection.
* The silver tone setting has a bright patina without any darkening or discoloration and a modest amount of surface wear.
* The paste has a smooth and gleaming surface without any chipping and the faceting is still crisp and refractive.
* All of the paste is intact and looks original
* There is the tiniest bit of yellowing to the foiling at the back of the paste but it is minimal and the paste is still bright and sparkly.
* There is a soft amount of surface scratching to the plastic that is noticeable only on close inspection.
* There are no irregularities to the setting or signs of repair and the piece has a solid shape.
Length 7 1/8"
Width Just under 3/4"
Mark No mark
Clasp Secure, and original,
Weight 20 grams
Material Alloy (if the piece is not marked it is tested for silver content), plastic and glass
On paste jewelry. Paste is a term that refers to the glass stones crafted prior to the 1930's that was made to simulate the sparkle of natural gemstones. The techniques for creating these glass stones were sophisticated, and quality paste pieces were desired by high society members and even royalty. At the fundamental level, the technique involved leaded glass that was cut, foiled at the back, and polished until it shimmered in light. For colorful gemstones, the foil would be hand-tinted to very accurately capture the hue of a natural gem. During the Georgian era, a technique emerged called "black dot," which was a painted tiny black dot on the pointed end of a paste stone to create the illusion of diamond-like depth. Specialty paste pieces include the paste stone riviere necklace and the doublet paste pieces. Today, antique pieces that feature paste stones are loved by collectors for their period-specific and difficult technique.
On Art Deco. Art Deco is one of the first truly international styles, that influenced the design of buildings, furniture, fashion and of course, jewelry. The movement was given a name from the international exposition of Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes, that was held in Paris in 1925 and largely dedicated to the jewelry arts. Born out of ideas of modernism and the Industrial Age, this manifested into designs that used Cubism's bold abstraction and rectilinear shapes and combined them with intricate patterning, bold color and symmetry. High-end jewelry design houses like Cartier and Boucheron set the trends in gold and gemstones, which were then emulated by costume jewelry companies in glass or perhaps plastics, and brought to the masses.