What is tackier than plastic turquoise!?
Beyond imitation, these plastic (and some glass) gems have a unique quality all their own.
If you still hold dear to the notion that it's tacky you might want to drop your mouse and slowly walk away because you might change your mind after looking at some of my favorites:)
Wood Rose BeadsEurekaEureka. I have used these Lucite beads in some of my jewelry and they really do look and feel like hand-carved wood!
Faux Turquoise cabochons
Tiny plastic faceted cabs from Brassgoldbeads that I am wearing at this very moment in the form of stud earrings. Some of the best faux turquoise coloring I've seen - they would cost a fortune if they were real turquoise!
Faux Elephant Ivory BeadsDestashWalrus these beautiful celluloid beads have incredible veining like that of real ivory!
Faux Jade Cabochons
The color in these cabochons from vintage bead supplier yummytreasures are mouth watering! They have subtle color washes that you'd find in real Jade. Made of glass but made to look like carved Jade.
Faux AmberVintagebeadnut are amazing! What's even more interesting is that they have more in common with real amber than do other faux stones with their counterparts: Amber comes from ancient plant material that has been spared the decomposition process like petroleum (hey it's organic!) from which plastics like Lucite are made.
Amber is even warm to the touch like plastic!
Faux verdigrisblacksheepbeads and I can attest to their similarity in color and texture to a natural verdigris patina on metal but they have the added advantage of being much lighter!
Faux Rutilated Quartz
How awesome are these!? These gorgeous cabochons from stdymphnasupplies have tiny lengths of metallic thread embedded in clear Lucite. Beautiful!