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    Default are these melo - i hope

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    They are some sort of bead, but not Melo, unfortunately.

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    IMO can be either amber or bakelite-like, because of the color and the closure so typical of these material, for sure not melo melo.
    I rather think amber imitation/bakelite or galalithe because the beads are too regular in color,

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    Don't think they are genuine amber, not translucent enough. Very cool beads, though, Pantone color of the year is "tangerine tango"! Love the bold graduated style!!

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    I have seen clasps like that before. From the color, I think it is original bakelite- very valuable/collectable in itself.

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    That would be one extremely valuable necklace if it were melo pearls.

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    Default closeup of center bead

    thank you for the responses--hope this picture shows it's not bakelite

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    I don't think the photo came through ...

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    It definitely isn't any sort of pearl, but I have no idea what it might be. Here is a good photo of a melo pearl.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisdo...n/photostream/

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    I was thinking Bakelite, but it could be celluloid. That is definitely not a naturally occuring stone or pearl, whatever it is. Love the color.
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    The picture confirms its a plastic. Most likely bakelite. Unfortunately the bakelite craze is over, but it is still worth more than regular plastic.

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    thank you for the responses

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