Lucite is an acrylic resin created by DuPont in 1937. Its hey day was during the 40s and 50s. Initially it was created as a replacement for glass windows, but was also marketed to jewelers who took full advantage of it affordability and its shimmery beauty.
I've always taken great pride in only working with "real" materials, no plastic or fakes stones. I've had a small hand full of these beads, I knew they were lab made, but didn't know anything beyond the fact that they were some sort of plastic material. I've hesitated to use them in my work...but now that I understand what they are, it changes everything. I've been wearing earrings I made from some white round vintage moonglow lucite beads for about a month. People often comment on them. I have grown to really like them, but was sheepish about falling for some "plastic" beads, but that was before I knew their provenance. Get a pair of earrings for yourself at my next art show. These are guaranteed to go fast. As the very sweet older gentleman told me where I purchased my first pair of high heels, "May they bring you much happiness."
Wrap your wrists with Love!
I've completely given into my lifelong love of beads, stones, making stuff and stories, not particularly in that order.