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Bakelite Bangles


 

 
Leo Beakeland (1863 - 1944), a Belgian who had moved to America, was the inventor of Bakelite. 
Made by the condensation of phenol and formaldehyde in the presence of a catalyst and used for everything from tools and telephones to jewelry, "Bakelite" is frequently used as a generic name for all phenol formaldehyde, including Catalin and Marblette, which came later and in a wider range of colors.  Bakelite is a thermoset plastic, meaning that once cast or molded and hardened, it will not melt, burn, boil, or dissolve. It could only be worked by carving, sawing, tumbling, painting and gluing.  

Bakelite jewelry was at it's zenith from the late 1920s till the start of WWII in 1942. The lack of money and need for inexpensive fun during the Depression era of the 1930s gave the whimsy, colorful and cheerful look of bakelite jewelry the perfect market. The sophisticated Deco and machine age look of some of the pieces made them fashion-forward.

Bakelite had a renaissance in the 1980s. It was featured on the cover of "Connoisseur" Magazine in July of 1985, and in 1987 when the famous artist Andy Warhol passed away, his huge collection of bakelite jewelry went up for sale at Sotheby's Auctions and fetched record prices.
 

 


BAKELITE IDENTIFICATION
Sound, Smell, Testing
Once you have handled a good bit of bakelite, the feel alone will often tell you it is not plastic. It tends to be heavier, make a "clunking" sound when tapped together, and it usually has readily identifiable colors. If rubbed vigorously with your thumb until it becomes warm, it also has a distinctive smell. To further determine a bakelite piece, you can use a polish called Simichrome, which comes out of the tube light pink in color. Squeeze a cap-sized amount on a white cloth and rub the piece of bakelite. If it turns a mustard yellow, you have a positive test. A brownish-yellow result which may be dirt, so clean the piece and try again. Using a hot pin to test bakelite may leave a pin-prick which, however small, is damaging and has a negative effect on price so is not recommended.
 

 

 
   BAKELITE leaf carved hinged bangle and brooch in creamed corn,
    butterscotch side hinged 6-1/4" by 1-1/4" wide by 1/4" thick bangle and 3-5/8" carved veined leaves brooch. See Grasso's Bakelite Jewelry page 44.   View   View   View   Both colors   #B16247 and #B14558  
  BAKELITE carved apple juice hinged "stardust" bangle with flecks of gold leaf, circa 1937. This bangle is shown in Wassertrom & Pina "Bakelite Jewelry", page 49.   View   #B25434        BAKELITE lilac-apricot translucent hinged bangles, from top:
#B13691 back hinge, 6-1/2" by 1".
#B14004 side hinge, 6-1/3" by 1".
#B18090 side hinged with added safety, 6-1/8" by 1".
#B13692 back hinged, 6-1/4" by 7/8
Wonderful detailed carving and matched sets are always desirable. This apple juice "stardust" bangle is a very unusual piece. It was made by adding gold flakes to the bakelite as it was poured.    Colors that are uncommon, such as these apricot hinged bangles with a lavender tinge, are always in demand.

 

       BAKELITE heavily carved root beer bangle,  2-1/4" by 7/8" by 1/3".    #B16034     BAKELITE translucent pea green heavily carved bangle, 2-1/2" by 1" by 1/4".   #B29010   BAKELITE transparent red carved bangle, 2-1/2" by 3/4" by 1/3".   #B16033
Interesting color and excellent carving make this a piece of wearable art.  These matching bangles are the color of green that has heavily oxidized over the years, leaving the edges transparent and the centers translucent. Rich deep transparent apple red and well-carved and tumbled design create a jewel to wear.

 

 

 

 

BAKELITE cover and article in July 1985 issue of Connoisseur Magazine.

 

 


CARVED BAKELITE
 

 

  BAKELITE red carved bangle, 2-1/2" by 3/4" by 1/2". See page 66 of Davidov & Dawes "The Bakelite Jewelry Book".    View  #B17711

  BOTH caramel and red bakelite bangles.

 BAKELITE butterscotch carved "tire tracks" bangle, 2-1/2" by 5/8" by 1/4".  View   #B28290  

In general, the deeper and more elaborate the carving, the more desirable the piece. Exquisite matched set are always sought after. While this is a very nice bangle, it is less wide and not as deeply carved, so would not bring as high a price as those on the left.

 

BAKELITE black leafy design well carved bangle, 2-1/2" by 3/4" by 1/3".  #V29013

BAKELITE black carved bangle, 2-1/2" by 1/2" by 1/2".   #V28006

    BAKELITE black carved bangle, 2-1/2" by 3/4" by 1/4".   #B17707 

Size counts, and this thick chunky bangle has wonderful carving.  This bangle, which is not quite as chunky, would be a mid-range piece. While this is a very nice bangle, it is less wide and not as deeply carved, so would not bring as high a price as those on the left.

 

  BAKELITE pea green translucent changer type carved bangle, 2-1/2: by 1" by 1/4".    View    #B24295 BAKELITE pea green translucent changer type carved wave, 2-1/2: by 1-1/8".   #B24294 BAKELITE  2-1/2" by 1" by 1/4"  sunflower carved butterscotch bangle.   #B19216

 


REVERSE CARVED BAKELITE
 

 

BAKELITE apple juice stretchy bracelet with reverse carved apple juice floral front, 6-1/2" when relaxed by 1-1/4" wide at front and 1" wide at back.   View   View   #B32504 BAKELITE green and yellow marbled stretchy bracelet with reverse carved apple juice floral front, 6-5/8" by 1-1/3" front by 1" back.   View   View   #B32502 BAKELITE green stretchy bracelet with reverse carved apple juice floral front, 6-5/8" by 1-1/3" front by 1" back.   View   View   #B32503
Carving is done from the back of the piece and it is then painted.  Clean crisp carving with a design that can be seen easily from the front is a sign of quality. This style of bracelet is being reproduced and so far, the repros I have seen are cloudy instead of clear like these. These are sometimes called "stretchies" because they are strung on elastic.

 

 
BAKELITE reverse carved stretchy bracelet, green and apple juice with square center, 6" by 1-1/4" front by 1" back, a few tiny smooth flea bites at edges. This bracelet was featured in the October 2001 "Victoria Magazine".   View   View   #B32506 BAKELITE reverse carved stretchy bracelets. BAKELITE reverse carved stretchy bracelet, red and apple juice, 7" by 1-5/8" front by 1" back.   View   View   #B32505

 


RESIN-WASHED & OVER-DYED BAKELITE
Dye or glaze wiped over bakelite tints the underlying color and highlights the carving.

 

 

   BAKELITE black cherry saucer-shaped marbled slash carved and black overdyed bangle, 2-1/2" by 1" by 1/3".  #B12433    BAKELITE carved and over-dyed bangles BAKELITE bangle in caramel and chocolate marbled with black resin washed interior, 2-1/2" by 5/8" by 1/3".  #B16602  
Resin washed marbled burnt sienna bakelite.

A whole arm full of resin washed bangles in different vintage colors.

Good color, warm tones, and easy to mix with other pieces.

 


TRANSPARENT BAKELITE
circa 1935 to 1942

 

 

   BAKELITE apple juice faceted chunky bangle, 2-1/2" by 1" by 7/16". See Grasso's "Bakelite Jewelry" page 33.   #B17850

   BAKELITE apple juice faceted bangle, 2-1/2" by 1/2" by 3/8".   #B17849

  BAKELITE apple juice faceted wide bangle2-1/2" by 1-1/4" by 3/8".   #B16378

  Apple juice is one of the most popular colors of bakelite, as it mixes well with almost every other color. The faceting on this bangle gives it an added brilliance.  

 

   BAKELITE PRYSTAL transparent ruby red bangle, 2-1/2" by 1/2" by 1/3".  #B24335

  BAKELITE PRYSTAL transparent apple juice bangle, 2-1/2" by 1/2" by 1/3".  ALL #B24337

  BAKELITE PRYSTAL  transparent pomegranate bangle, 2-1/2" by 1/2" by 1/3".  #B24336

  Prystal is transparent bakelite with a secondary "flash" of color when it is held to the light.  

 


BAKELITE "STRETCHIES"
BRACELETS STRUNG ON ELASTIC

 

 

     BAKELITE lipstick red bakelite stretch bracelet, a wonderful 2" wide. The matching necklace for this can be seen on page 50 of Davidov & Dawes "The Bakelite Jewelry Book".   #B13102   BAKELITE chunky butterscotch segments with celluloid cameo elastic strung bracelet, extra thick and chunky, 1-3/4" by 1-1/4" cameo panel, band 1" wide.    View   #B28896      BAKELITE root beer colored elastic strung belt buckle bracelet, 6-3/4" by 7/8". See a similar bracelet on page 57 of Davidov & Dawes "The Bakelite Jewelry Book".     #B11434  
Strung on three rows of elastic, this wide bracelet is a lovely color of lipstick red. Thick chunky bakelite segments are carved and strung on elastic, cantered with a celluloid cameo. Transparent and marbled translucent root beer segments are strung on elastic and closed at the front with a buckle.

 


EUROPEAN BAKELITE
BAKELITE & CHROME

 

 

       BAKELITE green marbled round 2-1/2" disk mounted on a chrome hinged 7" bangle.   View   View   #B25435

 BAKELITE red and black bakelite beads necklace with silver bead spacers,  16".   View   #B11612

  BAKELITE reverse carved apple juice and silver tone chrome plated metal bird brooch, probably European, 3-1/2". See Grasso's Bakelite Jewelry page 75.  View  #B13439

The combination of bakelite and chrome is a typically Deco style. Many pieces of European bakelite jewelry included the use of metal as well as bakelite. The apple juice body on this bird brooch is reverse carved to add dimension.

 


LAMINATED BAKELITE
 

 

BAKELITE and wood square bangle set of 4, green, caramel, caramel marbled and black, each 2-5/8" by 5/8" by 1/2".   View   View    #B20851   

  BAKELITE laminated bangles, circa 1940. These were originally patriotic red, white and blue, and have oxidized over the years to these colors. 

BAKELITE red, cream and black laminated bangle.  #B20230

  Laminated with special glue and then polished as one piece, bakelite could be combined colors, or laminated with wood or metal. Although it has aged over time, originally this bangle would have been a patriotic red, white and blue.

 


FACETED BAKELITE
 

 

BAKELITE black wide faceted bangle, 2-1/2" by 1-1/8" by 1/8".   #B29024
 

BAKELITE red and black faceted bangles group, wonderful worn together.   #B29024-6

BAKELITE red faceted bangle, 2-1/2" by 5/8" by 1/4".   #B29025

  As with gem stones, facets add reflective brilliance to bakelite.  

 

BAKELITE faceted greenish-butterscotch bangle, 2-1/2" by 1/3" by 1/4".   #B29023 BAKELITE faceted translucent mahogany-wine-lavender bangle, 2-1/2" by 3/4" by 1/3". See faceted bangles in Burkholz' "The Bakelite Jewelry Collection" on page 27. View   #B29030 BAKELITE faceted translucent burgundy bangle, 2-1/2" by 1" by 1/4". Burkholz' "The Bakelite Jewelry Collection" on page 27.  #B29031

 


CLAMPERS
Hinged Bakelite Bangles

 

 

 BAKELITE green transparent reverse carved hinged bangle with three rows of clear rhinestones, 6-1/3" by 1-1/4".   View  #B24329 

   BAKELITE red pierced back hinged 6-1/4" by 1" bangle with double rose carved front. See page 68 of Davidov & Dawes "The Bakelite Jewelry Book" and in Burkholz' "The Bakelite Jewelry Collection" on page 56.    View   #B13975  

BAKELITE Royal Dynasty 17 jewel butterscotch hinged bangle wrist watch, keeps good time, 6-1/3" around the inside, 1-1/8" wide at the front and 1" wide at the back. The face is a milk-chocolate brown with white hands, and it is hinged on the back and opens on the side for ease of wearing. See Grasso's "Bakelite Jewelry" page 50.  View   View   #B16583 

Reverse carved bakelite in combination with clear rhinestones demonstrate the versatility of bakelite jewelry. This carved double flower motif was also used in brooches and clips.  

 


MAIDEN's or CHILD's BANGLES
The standard bangle is 2-1/2" in diameter, but I collect these smaller 2-1/8" to 2-1/4" diameter bakelite bangles because they are just my size, and I am always in the market for them.
 

 

  SPACERS...  I am always looking for the small 2-1/4" diameter bangles to buy... especially the chunky or the well-carved ones like these. Each is 2-1/4" by 1/4" by 1/4".   View   View    #B16686

  BAKELITE golden clad black maiden's bangle,2-1/4 by 1-1/4" by 3-16". Circa mid-1930s.   View  #B27556

   BAKELITE green carved "maiden's bracelet" only 2-1/4" diameter for a smaller wrist, and 5/8" wide by 3/16" thick.   View   #B24363  
 BAKELITE red carved "maiden's bracelet" only 2-1/4" diameter for a smaller wrist, and 5/8" wide by 3/16" thick.   #B24364

Well carved sets are particularly hard to find in the smaller size. Gold overlay is hard to find in any size, especially in good condition.  

 


CONTEMPORARY BAKELITE JEWELRY MAKER-
SHULTZ

The Shultzs use vintage bakelite and by carving, cutting, inlaying, gluing and polishing, they create new designs of old pieces. Their work is collectible in it's own right, and is usually signed.
To learn more about Shultz Bakelite, click HERE.

 

 

SHULTZ  bakelite apple juice bangle with large marbled translucent dots, 2-1/2" by 1-1/4" by 1/4" and  bakelite apple juice bangle with large marbled translucent dots, 2-1/2" by 7/8" by 1/3".  #B31834 and #B31835   View

SHULTZ bakelite red and green two-row checked octagonal bangle with overlaid translucent dots and stripes, 2-1/2" by 7/8" by 1/2".    View   View    #B31913. 
SHULTZ bakelite two-row checked bangle with clear and curved pastel checks, 2-1/2" by  1-1/8" by 1/2".   View   #B31914  View

SHULTZ bakelite white bangle with multi-colored dots, 2-5/8" by 1-1/2" by 1/3" with Shultz green marbled bangle with oval double dots in red, black, pink, orange, yellow, green and purple.  #B31544 & #B31520 

One of the most asked questions about SHULTZ is,
"How does he DO that?"

The answer is... I do not know! His methods have been perfected over years and years of work, as as you might imagine, they are not to be shared.

One thing I do know is that vintage bakelite is always used, and since it cannot be melted, all his work is done by cutting, carving, gluing and polishing. 

 

         BAKELITE creamed corn thick chunky bangle 1/2" by 3/8" by 2 1/2".   #B13744

  SHULTZ bakelite white with multi-colored dots bangle, 2-1/2" by 1-1/2" by 1/2".   #B25016

  SHULTZ bakelite cream dotted bangle, 1" x 2-1/2" x 3/16".  View   View   #B13757

The SHULTZS may use a vintage bangle such as the creamed corn colored plain bangle shown above.

After adding multi-colored dots and polishing the bangle, it will return to it's original color, in this case, white.

Over the years, depending on the light and air to which it is exposed, the bangle will oxidize and return to the creamy color again, and sometimes even the dots will change color a bit.

 

 .SHULTZ bakelite multi-colored stripes bangles on a green and a yellow base, 2-1/2" by1-1/8" by 1/3".    View   SHULTZ   View   View  #B31874 and #B31875 SHULTZ stack of bakelite checked bangles. SHULTZ bakelite bangles in primary colors and black & white.

Not only are the vivid colors a part of the bakelite fun for SHULTZ pieces...

...but so are the ways they can be mixed and matched, giving each bangle a whole new look...

...and allowing a marvelous way to personalize a collection.

 

SHULTZ bakelite "Ron's Special" bangle with vintage carved bangles on either side.   View   #B31464 SHULTZ bakelite black octagonal bangle with pink edges and black and cream dots, 2-1/2" by 1" by 1/4" to 1/2" thick..   View   View   #B29795   SHULTZ bakelite checks and dots mixed with beautifully carved 1940 vintage pea-green and golden bakelite bangles.

 


BAKELITE & "FAKELITE"
 

 

  NEW "BAKELITE" CARVED & CHECKED BANGLES
Often called "fakelite"
These are contemporary pieces made of a slightly different formula than the vintage bakelite and hand carved in the orient or made in Europe. They are chunky bangles and can be fun to mix with older bakelite. Some are meant to fool the public into thinking they are vintage, so they should not command prices as high as vintage pieces. Some of them do have lovely caving and colors, but some are a bit awkward and there is often an almost gummy feel to them with rounded edges in the carving and sloppy joints. There are also many new dotted bangles and figural brooches currently being imported from France and Asia as well. Most but not all will not test positive using the Simichrome test. These are NOT the same quality or desirability and contemporary artists like Shultz and Pantti.
 

 

  NEW BAKELITE heavily carved bangle from the Orient, inexpensive and fun to wear.   #B24324

   NEW BAKELITE heavily carved bangle from the Orient, inexpensive and fun to wear.   #B24322

  NEW BAKELITE heavily carved purple bangle from the Orient, inexpensive and fun to wear.   #B23014

 

   NEW BAKELITE heavily carved bangle from the Orient, inexpensive and fun to wear.   #B23018

   NEW BAKELITE heavily carved bangle from the Orient, inexpensive and fun to wear.   #B23019

     NEW BAKELITE heavily carved bangle from the Orient, inexpensive and fun to wear.   #B23016

 

NEW BAKELITE Asian hand carved green and yellow bangle.  #B23017

NEW BAKELITE Asian hand carved navy bangle.  #B23015

    NEW BAKELITE Asian hand carved carnelian colored bangle.  #B22878

 

      BAKELITE new bakelite oriental hand carved bangle, iced tea colored with reverse carved fish, 2-1/2" by 1-1/4" by 1/3".   #B24402

    BAKELITE new bakelite oriental hand carved iced tea colored bangle, 2-1/2" by 1-1/4" by 1/3".   #B24401

     BAKELITE new bakelite oriental hand carved avocado bangle, 2-5/8" by 1" by 1/3".  #B24400

 

NEW "BAKELITE" contemporary dot bangle.  View   #B31814 NEW "BAKELITE"  contemporary dot bangles.   #B31813 NEW "BAKELITE" contemporary dot bangle.  View   #B31814 

 

   PLASTIC transparent dotted bangle, orange with black dots, contemporary, 2-1/3" by 1" by 1/3".  #B28165

   PLASTIC transparent dotted bangle, green with yellow dots, contemporary, 2-1/3" by 1" by 1/3".  #B28166

   PLASTIC transparent dotted bangle, cranberry with black dots, contemporary, 2-1/3" by 1" by 1/3".  #B28167

 

   CHERRY swirl contemporary bangle bracelet, black cherry and white marbled with lavender dots, 2-5/8" by 1-1/3" by 5/16".   #B29982

BANGLE two-row bracelet checkerboard black and "gold dust" swirl, 2-1/2" by 1-1/4" by 7/16".   #B29983

   BANGLE bracelet checkerboard black and white marbled to gray and mustard yellow, 2-1/2" by 1-1/4" by 7/16".   View   #B29984

 

   BANGLE checks cloud and red with aqua bands, 2-5/8" by 1-1/4" by 1/4".   #B29985

BANGLE bracelet checkerboard cloud and red with aqua bands, 2-5/8" by 1-1/4" by 1/4".   #B29986

   BANGLE bracelet checkerboard cream blue green, damaged.   #B29987

 

   BANGLE bracelet checkerboard mustard and lavender 3-row, 2-5/8" by 1-7/8" by 1/3".   #B29988

BANGLE bracelet checkerboard red-orange & white, seam slightly split.   #B29989

   BANGLE bracelet checkerboard tan and lavender marbled with white and silvery "cloud dust", 3-row, 2-5/8" by 1-7/8" by 1-1/3".   View    #B29990


 

 

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