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Collecting Plastic Jewelry - Bakelite, Celluloid, Lucite

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Collecting Plastic Jewelry - Bakelite, Celluloid, Lucite

Collecting plastic jewelry has become tremendously popular. Most jewelry lovers have heard of Bakelite and know it can be very valuable, but there are many different types of plastic jewelry that are also fabulous and collectible. Plastics are materials that can be heated and molded into different shapes, making it very versatile to work with. They also come in every color of the rainbow and can be perfectly crystal clear to opaque. Celluloid was patented in 1868 and was among the earliest types of plastic. It is often seen in pastel colors and was heavily carved and embellished with rhinestones. Celluloid was...

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Care and Storing of Coral and Pearl Jewelry

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Care and Storing of Coral and Pearl Jewelry

Wearing & Caring for Coral and Pearl Jewelry Pearls and Corals are both organic gems, therefore they need special care. Genuine coral and pearls can be expensive, so we have some recommendations for their wear and care. Be sure and take your jewelry off when applying cosmetics, skin care products, and especially hair sprays or perfume that have alcohol. These beauty products are composed of chemicals and acids which can harm the coral and pearls. You should wait a few minutes after using these products before you putting on your jewelry. Most importantly take off your jewelry while exercising, swimming or bathing....

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What are African Trade Beads? Where were they made?

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What are African Trade Beads? Where were they made?

Beads are among the most common objects that have been traded in our earliest civilizations. They were long considered valuable possessions and were often buried with other treasures. Beads have been made by every culture for thousands of years and were being produced in Africa for trade and commerce long before Westerners brought their imported goods. When sellers and collectors talk about "African Trade Beads" they are most often referring to European Glass Beads, such as the Venetian Chevron (Star beads), millefiori, prosser and Russian Blues. These are among the most beautiful, recognizable and collectible of all of the "African Trade Beads"....

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Standard Jewelry Lengths

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Standard Jewelry Lengths

Use this guide to help you determine the length for your necklace and bracelet creations. Remember to allow for the length of your clasp and spacer beads. Beads are normally sold on 16" strands.   Choker: 15-16"Princess necklace: 18-20" Matinee necklace: 23-27"Opera necklace: 26-36" -The name refers to the now antiquated tradition of wearing this length necklace with formal evening dress. Rope necklace: 44-49" Bracelet: 7-9"Anklet: 9-11"

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