It all began in the 1930s when acrylic businesses ICI and DuPont joined to create Lucite International. The company pioneered commercial technology processes for acrylic, registering the name PERSPEX® (which means, "to see through" in Latin) for their product. The material itself is lightweight and shatter-resistant, especially when compared to glass.
|The creation of this clear durable acrylic provided opportunities in all manner of business and engineering. In the 1940s, during World War II, acrylic glass was used for submarine periscopes, windshields, canopies and turrets for airplanes. By the 1960s, Lucite had even made more of the world available to humanity. Deep-sea diving suits were equipped with acrylic visors, allowing for maneuverability and a clearer view than the clunky suits of the past. It didn't take long for the fashion world to also see how useful Lucite could be.|
|Not long after the Second World War, Lucite acrylic found its place among high-end and luxury fashion items including handles on purses and accents on jewelry. Stylish interiors sported brightly colored bathtubs and interiors made from the durable glass-like material. Later in the century, Lucite catwalks became what models strutted their stuff on, once again providing designer beauty to match its practicality.
Today, Lucite and all manner of acrylic products continue to show up in light fixtures, furniture, interiors and in the accessories market. Acrylic is beneficial to use in jewelry designs because of its resemblance to glass but its sturdier chemical makeup. Be bold and fearless with Fire Mountain Gems' line of acrylic and vintage Lucite-inspired product lines.
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