What is Lucite?

I've had a few customers ask me what lucite is because they've heard the term recently in conjunction with jewelry -which piqued their interest in the topic.

Remember when you were a kid and your mother gave you your first pieces of 'jewelry'. Oh so colorful and you thought you'd been inducted into womanhood with your new accessories. Well, what you probably didn't know then was your new fabulous jewelry pieces were in fact, lucite. But, respectfully, you were a young child. It's not like your mother would have given you expensive diamond jewelry to go play dress up in!

So, exactly what is lucite? Lucite is transparent thermoplastic acrylic resin. In short, it is plastic. Nowadays it is being used for bags, shoes and jewelry of all sorts. Lucite was invented by duPont in 1931. In 1937, lucite was used to make costume jewelry. By the late 1940s, the lucite trend had hit the designer purse market. To date, lucite has continued to be used in all forms of costume jewelry with older constructed pieces being labeled 'vintage'.

But to be really honest, I just can't do it. I just can't buy plastic accessories! Now that I am an adult and active consumer, it seems wrong on so many levels. So remember, IF you purchase a lucite piece of jewelry, the price should equal the quality of the material (ie., depending on the intricacy of the design...it should be very inexpensively priced).

Crystal Allure has never used lucite in their jewelry designs. We strictly incorporate quality gemstones, crystals and metals for the most exquisite pieces to add to your jewelry collection.


The Beading Gem said...

I on the other hand do like the vintage plastics particularly Bakelite. But I agree modern plastics - yuck!

Stephanie said...

Hmm...bakelite? I'll have to check some of them out and I would have to agree -the more modern plastics are not so nice. Great comment Pearl -thanks!