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Isadora Necklace with Perfume Bottle

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Isadora Necklace with Perfume Bottle

Galalith (plastic)
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Artist is Danielle Poullain. She started making jewelry for runway shows. Made of special plastic called Galalith (also known as French Bakelite, but is not Bakelite, actually a milk protein resin). Isadora perfume was launched in 1979. Trademark on necklace is 1979 copyrighted and consists of two lounging ladies facing each other in gold outline and script "Isadora Paris." Perfume bottle in the attached box does not appear to come out but the top pops off. All pieces appear to be Galalith although some say that the beads are Bakelite. History has it that Chanel made costume jewelry popular by showcasing similar pieces against her LBDs (little black dress) during runway shows. This new plastic was presented at Paris Universal Exhibition in 1900. It became very popular in jewelry in the 1930s.