Celluloid jewelry, otherwise referred to as French Ivory, is a type of thermoplastic capable of creating countless color combinations as well as being easily pressed and stained with precision. The invention of celluloid in 1869 set the stage for the making of costume jewelry from synthetic materials. The production of these pieces was inexpensive, and done in large quantities during the depression era. If anyone knows what design houses manufactured celluloid jewelry, please share with us. We are always learning!
Fabulous Fakes showcases some of the most brilliant and beautiful vintage costume jewelry ever designed – from the Victorian era to the present. Curator and connoisseur Carole Tanenbaum invites you on an unforgettable tour of her private collection, complete with stunning photographs and an insider’s look at the history of costume jewelry.