Lucious Lucite. Why I fell in love with vintage plastic…
I have a confession to make:
Since I first laid eyes on some Lucite beads in a basement in southern Germany, I have become a plastic snob.
- It is firstly, true to our sustainable values
- it is weightless which is great if you love chunky jewellery like myself,
- it is Vintage so there is only a limited supply and
- it is the best quality glossy plastic you will ever find.
What is it?
Lucite Plastic (circa 1960s-early 1980s) is a material that has both properties of plastic and glass and mirrors the clarity of glass. Lucite is heavier in “feel” compared to traditional plastics and is of the highest quality. Lucite was discovered in 1931 by Du Pont chemists. It was among the first plastics derived from petrochemicals and was sold to jewellery manufacturers after the war. Beads were mass produced in the 1960’s – early 1980s using this material.