Lucite beads are definitely gaining in popularity, but what are they? Lucite is a form of thermoplastic resin developed by chemical companies over 80 years ago. In the 1950’s, it became the more affordable alternative to bakelite for costume jewelry. In addition to being less expensive, it is much lighter and can be produced without seams. In the last five years, the choices for lucite beads have exploded. At the Reno Bead Shop, we carry tons of different flower beads and leaves all made from lucite. So if you want to add an explosion of color without a lot of weight, give lucite a try.