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Acetate hoop earrings
Material: Acetate and surgical steel
Origin: United States
Looking for a piece of jewelry that will set you apart from the crowd? Then you’re in luck, because each bauble in this eclectic mix is the last of its kind. You’ll find everything from turquoise enamel bangles and crystal drop earrings to diamond-studded ceramic watches and tassel pendant necklaces. But be sure to have your trigger finger ready — all of these coveted finds are sure to go fast!
Bellissima’s Augie Moschitto saw a future in plastics — Italian Rhodoid plastic, to be precise, also known as acetate — when Benjamin Braddock was still in diapers. Having worked as a stone setter for a large jewelry house and as an optical laboratory technician, Augie was the first of three generations to own and operate fashion jewelry company Bellissima by Moschitto Designs in Jamaica, Queens. For more than 50 years, Augie, his three children, and now his granddaughter, Lisa, have made handcrafted pendants, cocktail rings and bracelets with acetate as a base. Their staying power stems from Bellissima’s clever blending of references, from the colorful bangles sported by club kids in the’80s all the way back to the Art Deco and Bakelite designs of Augie’s heyday.