Exquisite Antique Art Deco Celluloid Shell Earrings
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Directory: Vintage Arts: Decorative Art: Jewelry: American: Pre 1930: Item # 688327
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The ethereal pastel colors of these earrings instantly endeared them to me. The calla and buttercup forms are exquisite, too, and strongly remind me of Victorian floral shell art. That, I believe, was the idea. The first Victorian Revival got underway in later Art Deco times -- largely because people resorted to wearing older family jewelry during the Depression years. Also because there was little money to buy new things, ladies tried their hands at making shell jewels, often composing them on celluloid disks identical to the backing of the creations you see here. Shells (or celluloid ornaments) could be glued to the disk, which in turn was glued to the fastener.
These screw-on fasteners appear original, as does everything about these earrings. They've obviously been treated with great care, to be in such lovely condition, given the delicacy of celluloid. Under high magnification, you can search out a few flakes and hairline cracks, but the naked eye (at least mine) reveals only surface wear to the metal and the absence of one very tiny leaf. Something I particularly enjoy about these is the textural contrast. Notice how the iridescence of the creamy callas and the sparkle of the pink rhinestones stand out against the powdery matte finish of the fresh yellow-green buttercup petals and darker green accents. These charmers date from around 1930, measure about an inch tall and reached us from a West Coast estate.
BTW, we have a couple of celluloid necklaces now that would look fantastic with the earrings. If you're interested in a set, please let us know and and we'll work out special pricing for you.
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