Vintage Clamper Bracelets

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2015-06-26 10:31:32

Vintage Clamper Bracelets are a style of bracelet which fixes around the wrist with a spring-operated clasp.

Brief history and description

Although the origin of the clamper bracelet dates back to 1940s, vintage clamper bracelets still remain popular today, and are still considered to be highly sought after jewellery items for not only vintage
collectors, but fashionistas as well.

Vintage clamper bracelets can feature a wide range of materials such as plastic, rhinestones, silver, diamonds, gold, plastic or metal, and may come with other matching jewellery items as well such as a brooch or a pair of earrings.

Clamper bracelets that were bright neon and plastic were incredibly fashionable during the 1960s.

Guide for collectors

Vintage clamper bracelets that come with a matching brooch or earrings are considered to be the most rare and valuable, as well as clamper bracelets that feature elaborate and decorative jewels such as rhinestone or crystal.

Restoration of a vintage clamper bracelet is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage. However, restoring a vintage clamper bracelet may decrease its value.

For more information regarding vintage clamper bracelets, visit Jackson Jewels or Jazzle Dazzle.

Value

Skinner in Massachusetts sold:

  • A bakelite-carved daisy butterscotch clamper bracelet for $500 in March of 2006.
  • A bakelite-carved fish butterscotch bangle clamper bracelet for $1,000 in March of 2005.
  • A bakelite-carved elephant bangle clamper bracelet with a matching brooch for $1,600 in March of 2005.
  • A bakelite-carved dog clamper bracelet with a matching brooch for $750 in March of 2005.
  • A bakelite-carved Asian theme bangle clamper bracelet with a matching brooch for $600 in March of 2005.
  • Two bakelite-carved apple juice bangle clamper bracelets for $550 in March of 2005.
  • A red, black and yellow bakelite and metal bangle clamper bracelet for $1,900 in March of 2005.

Morphy Auctions in Denver, Pennsylvania sold a five-coloured apple juice bakelite clamper bracelet with an inset brass and matching brooch for $1,400 in July of 2010.

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