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Vintage Bakelite Fashion Jewelry

April 30, 2012

 

Is Bakelite Fashion Jewelry part of your jewelry collection?  For those of you unfamiliar with Bakelite jewelry here is some information we what to share with you.

Bakelite is a castable, fire resistant plastic that was invented by Leo Baekeland in 1909. It was originally used for industrial purposes, until jewelry makers found that its light weight made Bakelite perfect for manufacturing inexpensive bracelets, rings and pins. It can be carved into different shapes and colors can be mixed to create interesting color combinations.

Bakelite jewelry became popular in the 30’s and 40’s, after a wider assortment of colors was introduced. The new batch of Bakelite colors captured the imagination of more and more jewelry companies. Coco Chanel was one famous designer who offered Bakelite jewelry and accessories. (About.com Guide)

Is your  Bakelite real?  Here is a 409 Test we recommend.

First, dip a cotton swab in 409 household cleaner and touch a small area of the piece, such as a back that won’t be visible when worn.  If the piece is vintage Bakelite, the accumulated patina will show up as a yellow stain on the cotton swab. Rinse the cleaner off the tested spot right away.

Enjoy collecting, wearing and shopping for vintage Bakelite jewelry but careful when shopping online or retail.  Be sure to only purchase from reputable stores, experience jewelry sellers and be sure they can verify the Bakelite is real.

Here are a few of our favorite Bakelite pieces.  All are currently available online, click on a picture to view details about the item and to visit our jewelry online store.

Rare 40s Bakelite Bracelet
Rare 40s Bakelite Bracelet
Vintage Brown Bakelite  Bracelet
Vintage Brown Bakelite Bracelet
Cute Vintage Bakelite Earrings
Cute Vintage Bakelite Earrings
Unique Vintage Bangle Bracelet
Unique Vintage Bangle Bracelet
Vintage Bakelite Bangle Tequila Sunrise
Vintage Bakelite Bangle Tequila Sunrise
Best Vintage Bakelite Bangle Bracelet
Best Vintage Bakelite Bangle Bracelet
Exceptional Bakelite Bangle Bracelet
Exceptional Bakelite Bangle Bracelet
Exceptional Vintage Bakelite Bracelet
Exceptional Vintage Bakelite Bracelet
 Vintage Screw Back Bakelite Earrings
Vintage Screw Back Bakelite Earrings

Nelda and her staff welcome your comments and we appreciate your Likes.  Visit Nelda’s Online Store at  http://www.neldasvintageclothing.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One Comment leave one →
  1. May 3, 2012 4:35 am

    Thanks for your useful tips,and above shown Bracelets are so cute,people always encourage innovations.

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