Alexis Bittar is described as "one of the greatest jewelry designers of the 21st century." Alexis started selling his hand-carved Lucite and gemstone creations on the streets of New York before quickly being discovered by the fashion world.
The Metallic Maji collection features molten textures sculpted into Lucite and metal that parallel the aqueous effects of reflection. Gradients of color, like those found in an oil slick, inspire the integration of color-change effects in the rainbow IP (PVD) plated styles. For a similar Lucite effect, Black Beetle is a unique color developed using customized layers of interference paint.
Lucite, or polymethyl methacrylate, is a transparent thermoplastic that dates back to the early thirties when it was developed as acrylic safety glass. Lucite is light and shatter-resistant and lends itself well to molding, cutting and carving.
Costume jewelry design and production exploded during the Depression where modern manufacturing methods and affordable materials provided an alternative to fine jewelry. Costume jewelry became an independent art form as designers discovered new uses for plastics, such as Lucite, glass crystals and metal plating.