YoushiDesign's Shop Announcement

My new product line - unique and sometimes weird looking cuff bracelets that can expresses your mood, your attitude and your personality has been launched. Check out its beauty, unmatched with any other you've seen before.

The history of Lucite/Plexiglas and Jelly Belly Jewelry:
Lucite - nearly unbreakable transparent thermoplastic that have the qualities of glass and plastic was invented in 1931 by chemists at DuPont. Around the same time, the Rohm & Haas Chemical Company invented a similar methyl methacrylate and named it Plexiglas. As part of their War efforts, Lucite and Plexiglas were used extensively in war supplies for periscopes, windshields, gunner turrets, cockpits, and the noses of bomber planes. Because Plexiglas was the main focus of Rohm & Haas Chemical Company, whereas Lucite was not DuPont's primary product, Plexiglas was able to sell at more competitive prices and did better than its competitor, but DuPont was clever enough to freely license its new material to jewelry makers. Head Trifari designer Alfred Philippe was the first who embrace Lucite. He produced a famous Jelly Belly menagerie of chicks, roosters, poodles, ball-balancing seals, bumble bees, and elephants from recycled World War fighter windshields and other unusable acrylic Air Force materials. What gave them the Jelly belly name was the body or belly made from domed clear Lucite. Lucite rings, necklases, bangles and bracelets were highly popular during the war years of 1943-1945 and after the war, when the US could no longer import rhinestones. Classy high fashion jewelry pieces made of Lucite today are called Resin, Acrylic resin, Plexiglas and Polymethyl methacrylate.