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Unsigned Juliana (made by DeLizza & Elster) Bracelet with Aurora Borealis Rhinestones

Unsigned Juliana (made by DeLizza & Elster) Bracelet with Aurora Borealis Rhinestones, Ca. early 1960s

- Jay B. Siegel
Definition: an iridescent rhinestone finish developed by Swarovski (a maker of fine rhinestones and Austrian crystals still in business and known for their superb quality) in 1955; these rhinestones were widely used in costume jewelry manufacture in the late 1950s and early 1960s in numerous colors; sometimes attributed erroneously to earlier beads made with an iridescent or referred to as carnival glass in error; aurora borealis stones are still being used in costume jewelry manufacture although those used in mass produced imports are not usually of high quality
Pronunciation: ah-roar-ah bor-e-al-us
Examples:
Amber learned that her grandmother's rhinestone bracelet was worth less than expected because the aurora borealis finish was heavily scratched and worn.
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