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Morning Glory Collects...
vintage jewelry we enjoy buying, wearing and sharing

 BAKELITE BRACELETS

circa 1930s to 1970's


Bakelite
Bangles

Dots,
Prystal &
Over-dyed



 

 

 

 
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, it was 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 or dissolve. It can only be worked by carving, sawing, tumbling, painting and gluing. One type of bakelite is called "Prystal", often described as a dichroic (color changing) bakelite, and also as a fully transparent bakelite.

Making Bakelite jewelry was at it's zenith from the late 1920s till the start of WWII in 1942, and even after Diane Von Furstenberg and Hattie Carnegie, among others, leant their names to this wonderful jewelry. 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.

Today, not only the vintage bakelite jewelry is collected, but also the work of contemporary Bakelite artisans who are fashioning different styles of jewelry using old stock and bakelite pieces and parts. Sadly, it is also being faked, like so many things these days, so buy from a reputable dealer. It is such fun to wear, and mixing and matching stacks of bangles is just part of the personalization of your own collection.


We have a wonderful selection on our web site and enjoy both buying and selling it.

See our bakelite feature in Jewel Chat.


BAKELITE BANGLES Page 1      BAKELITE BANGLES Page 2

BAKELITE BANGLE Page 3      BAKELITE BANGLES Page 4

BAKELITE BAN GLES Page 5      BAKELITE BANGLES for sale
 

 


Vintage SAMPLES of BAKELITE, CATALIN
and MARBLETTE COLORS

 

BAKELITE Marblette chain of color sample chips in a rainbow of colors, each chip is 3-1/4" by 2" by 1/4" thick and the entire chain is 36" long.   #B63411 BAKELITE Marblette chain of color sample chips in a rainbow of colors, each chip is 3-1/4" by 2" by 1/4" thick and the entire chain is 36" long.   #B63411  View   View   View    #B63411 BAKELITE Marblette color chips chain with 18 chips, many but not all disks marked with "Marbelette" and a color number. This chain is all transparent colors. Each disk is 2-1/8" by 1-1/4" and from 1/3" down to 1/8" thick. Gorgeous bakelite colors, circa 1950.   #B63852

 


BOWTIE, RANDOM & DOT BANGLES
Among the more rare of all the bakelite jewelry, these come in really wonderful colors and a stack of them creates a geometric delight.

 

BAKELITE purple and cream bow tie wide bangle and ring, bangle 2-1/2" by 1" by 1/3" thick, size 6 and 7/8" along the finger with a dome that rises 1/2" above it. This bangle is similar to the one shown on the cover of the July 1985 Connoisseur Magazine that contains the famous article about vintage bakelite jewelry.     View   #B35386 BAKELITE bow tie and random dots bangles and rings. Similar pieces can be seen in Matthew Burkholz's book "The Bakelite Collection" on page 9, 65 and 70.  #B35386 BAKELITE colorful random dot rings. These pieces can be seen in Matthew Burkholz's book "The Bakelite Collection" on page 70.   #B35386

 

  BAKELITE  caramel and cream bow tie dots bangle with bow tie dots, 2-1/2" by 1/2" by 1/3".  View    #B35234 BAKELITE peach and cream bowtie dots bangle bracelet, 2-1/2" by 1" by 1/3". This has one slight scratch on it, barely noticeable.     #B35387 BAKELITE black bangle with cream dots, angle cut and rare, 2-1/2" by 5/8" wide and 1/3" thick.   View  #B36508

 

BAKELITE mustard and cream random dot bangle, 2-1/2" by 1/3" by 1/2".   View   #B36022

 

 

 BAKELITE mustard and cream domed dots ring, size 5-3/4 and 7/8" across front. The famous BAKELITE article in July 1985 issue of Connoisseur Magazine shows rings like this one. You can also see one like this in Burkholz's "The Bakelite Collection" page 70, and in red on page 48 of "The Bakelite Jewelry Book" by Davidov & Dawes. Also shown in Pina's "Good-Better-Best" page 156. The famous BAKELITE article in July 1985 issue of Connoisseur Magazine shows rings like this one.     View   #B32126 BAKELITE green and cream random dots bangle, 2-1/2" by 1/2" by 1/3", can be worn but it does have an old crack in it. This piece is in the book "Collecting Art Plastic Jewelry" by Leigh Leshner on page 185. View   View   #B65505

  

 

BAKELITE purple and cream random dots ring, size 6 and 7/8" along the finger with a dome that rises 1/2" above it.    View   View   #B35386 BAKELITE green and butterscotch random dots ring, size 6 and 7/8" along the finger with a dome that rises 1/2" above it. This has one slight pin prick in the front, probably from when it was made.     View   View    #B35381 BAKELITE red and cream random dots ring, size 5-3/4 and 7/8" along the finger with a dome that rises 1/2" above it. The famous BAKELITE article in July 1985 issue of Connoisseur Magazine shows rings like this one.      View   View   #B35364

 

BAKELITE polka dots spacer bangles, washed to create the dots rather than having inset dots, 2-1/2" by 1/3" by 1/4", set of 3. The wash is slightly worn at some edges.    #B35243 BAKELITE orange ring with random butterscotch dots, size 6 and the domed front is 7/8" wide and 1/3" tall.   View   View  #B36484 BAKELITE tortoise swirl and deep cream dots bangle bracelet, 2-1/2" by 1/2" by 1/3".   #B35379

 

BAKELITE octagonal M&M bangle in swamp and blue moon, a fabulous combination, each M&M set on a flattened oval, 8 total, 2-1/2" by 7/8" by 1/3".   View   #B63989 BAKELITE butterscotch M&M bangle with applied domed butterscotch swirl M&M dots, 2-1/2" by 1-1/4" by 1/3".    #B63746 BAKELITE chartreuse green M&M bangle with green M&Ms, 2-1/2" by 1" by 1/4".    #B64499

 

 
BAKELITE butterscotch bangle with medium butterscotch dots x 6, 2-1/2" by 1" by 1/4".   #B64492  BAKELITE orange translucent swirl octagonal bangle with red dots circa 1950s, 2-1/2" by 1" by 1/3".    #B63671  

 


REVERSE CARVED BANGLES,
STRETCHY BANGLES & Brooches

The reverse carving is hard enough, but to then delicately paint designs into the carving is even more difficult. These look a bit like paperweights in person, really fun. "Stretchy" bracelets are bracelets with segments strung on elastic, and they are often a bit smaller around the wrist than hard bangles are.
 

BAKELITE apple juice carved, reverse carved and painted bangle, 2-/2" by 7/8" by 1/3" walls. This is one of the two best bakelite bangles I have ever owned, with the reflectivity one of the most amazing features. The design changes when you turn the bangle, too, somewhat like a kaleidoscope. View   View   View   View   View   #B40361 BAKELITE These are probably the most spectacular bakelite bangles I have ever owned. Carved both inside and out, they reflect the painted colors in an absolutely amazing way. BAKELITE apple juice carved, reverse carved and painted bangle, 2-/2" by 7/8" by 1/3" walls. This is one of the two best bakelite bangles I have ever owned, with the reflectivity one of the most amazing features. The design changes when you turn the bangle, too, somewhat like a kaleidoscope.   View  View   View   View   View   #B40362

 

BAKELITE transparent red reverse carved bangle with floral designs, 2-1/2" by 7/8" with 1/3" walls. Bakelite bangles like this are in the "Bakelite Jewelry Book" by Corinne Davidov & Ginny Redington Dawes on page 93.  View   #B40339 BAKELITE transparent orange reverse carved bangle with floral designs, 2-1/2" by 7/8" with 1/3" walls. Bakelite bangles like this are in the "Bakelite Jewelry Book" by Corinne Davidov & Ginny Redington Dawes on page 93.   View   #B40340 BAKELITE transparent apple juice bangle with reverse carved and painted yellow flowers and leaves. Bakelite bangles like this are in the "Bakelite Jewelry Book" by Corinne Davidov & Ginny Redington Dawes on page 93.  View   #B40341

 

 
BAKELITE reverse carved and painted bangle stack. Bakelite bangles like these are in the "Bakelite Jewelry Book" by Corinne Davidov & Ginny Redington Dawes on page 93. BAKELITE apple juice and green reverse carved and painted bangle, 2-1/2" by 7/8" with 1/3" walls.   View   #B40364  

 

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. This piece can be seen in Matthew Burkholz's book "The Bakelite Collection" on page 127.   View   View   #B32504 BAKELITE reverse carved flowers green tinged tan marbled and apple juice stretchy bracelet, 6-1/2" by 1-1/4" by 1" wide at the back.   View   View   #B34768 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 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". This piece can also be seen in Matthew Burkholz's book "The Bakelite Collection" on page 127.   View   View   #B32506 BAKELITE reverse carved stretchy bracelets. Pieces like this can be seen in Matthew Burkholz's book "The Bakelite Collection" on page 127. BAKELITE reverse carved stretchy bracelet, red and apple juice, 7" by 1-5/8" front by 1" back.   View   View   #B32505

 

BAKELITE butterscotch and apple juice reverse carved stretchy bracelet, 7" wearable size, 1-3/4" wide at the front and 1" at the back.   View    #B36482

BAKELITE apple juice and orange reverse carved stretchy bracelet circa 1940, 7" by 1-3/16". This is beautifully carved and in excellent condition, a real treat to wear.  View   View    #B33497

BAKELITE apple juice and butter yellow stretchy bracelet with reverse carved pansy, flowers and leaves, rare color, 7" by 1-1/8" front and 1" back. See other bracelets like this in the fabulous book by Matthew Burkholz "Bakelite Collection" on page 127.   View   #B36706

 

BAKELITE apple juice and red reverse carved stretchy bracelet, 7" by 1" front and 7/8" band.   View   View   View   #B34565   R&R BAKELITE apple juice and red reverse carved dress clips, set of 2 (matches #B34565), each 1-7/8" by 1-9/16".  View   #B36590 BAKELITE   #B32505

 

 
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 BAKELITE apple juice reverse carved and painted fishes center with round with orange beads stretchy bracelet, 6-7/8" when relaxed by 2" at the front and 1" at the back, circa 1940. See this in green in Davidov & Dawes "Bakelite Jewelry" page 88.   View   View   View   #B32501 BAKELITE green and apple juice reverse carved flower links bracelet, 7-1/4" by 1-3/16" wide.   View    View    View    View    View   #B32127 

 

BAKELITE red and apple juice stretchy bracelet with reverse carved flower bouquet, 7-1/3"by 1-1/4" at front and 1" at the back.   View   View   View    #B34033 BAKELITE apple juice and red reverse carved dress clips, set of 2 (matches #B34565), each 1-7/8" by 1-9/16".  View   #B36590 BAKELITE reverse carved red and apple juice pansy stretchy bracelet, pin and earrings, bracelet 7" by 1-1/8" front by 1" back, brooch 2" and earrings 1". See Burkholz "Bakelite Jewelry Collection" page 127 and Davidov & Dawes "Bakelite Jewelry" page 94.   View   View   View   View   View   View   #B32507

 

 
BAKELITE apple juice reverse carved and painted hinged bangle bracelet with flowers, 6-1/4" by 1".   View   View   #B34203

 

BAKELITE apple juice reverse carved brooch with painted flowers, 2-1/8". Bakelite pieces like this are in the "Bakelite Jewelry Book" by Corinne Davidov & Ginny Redington Dawes on page 92.  View   #B36526   Both BAKELITE apple juice chunky fish bangle with reverse carved and lightly painted swimming fish all the way around, circa 1940, 2-1/2" by 1" by 1/3" thick. It always amazes me how three-dimensional these look, like a paperweight. The paint may have worn off a bit over time, and/or it may have just been painted lightly in the first place.  View   View   #B31118 

 

BAKELITE reverse carved apple juice and butterscotch stretchy bracelet and screw back earrings, circa 1940. Intricately carved, highly polished and lovely color combination. See other bracelets like this in Burkholz' "Bakelite Collection" on page 127.   View   View   View   View   #B13100 BAKELITE reverse carved and painted stretchy bracelets. BAKELITE apple juice with reverse carved little flowers clamper bracelet, wearable size 7" by 1".  View   #B37217

 

BAKELITE translucent green and apple juice reverse carved brooch, 3-1/8" by 1-1/3".   View   Viewd    #B36743 BAKELITE reverse carved and painted flowers bar brooch, 3-1/8" by 7/8".    View    #B64118 BAKELITE pearlized butterscotch swirl and apple juice reverse carved and painted flowers on an oval brooch, 2-1/2" by 1-3/4".   View    #B36336

 

BAKELITE apple juice bangle reverse carved and painted with two orange and yellow flowers and green vines and leaves, 2-1/2" by 1/2" with 1/4" walls.  View   View   #B40515 BAKELITE stack. BAKELITE apple juice and caramel reverse carved stretchy bracelet with rose and dots design, the caramel color is achieved by a resin wash over butterscotch so it has a lovely translucence, one scratch on the front, relaxed size 6-1/2" and it is 1-1/3" wide at the front and 1" at the back.   View   View   View   #B35528

 


PRYSTAL & TRANSPARENT BAKELITE

Prystal was specifically not a "Bakelite Corporation" innovation. They actually occurred after the patent lapsed in 1914 and were released to compete with the phenolic jewelry market. Bakelite eventually would follow suit and create a formula and release translucent phenolics of their own.

The early Bakelite formula did not have the clarity that the material known as Prystal would come to be associated with. It was either "Marblette" or "Catalin" who created the super pure formula that allowed true translucent to be made, I think it was Marblette who coined the term. I believe Catalina played into this notion with their new "Gem of Plastics" ad campaign. Ranging from water clear to all the colors of the rainbow, Prystals have an almost optical clarity to them, no marbling, no fogginess and especially no inclusions or little bits of dust or debris trapped inside.  I would say that Prystals are phenolics with the visual quality of colored glass.

copyright by Brandon Welch
at Brandon Welch Bakelite 

 

  BAKELITE apple juice chunky bangle with reverse carved horizontal lines, 2-1/2" by 1" by 1/3". This can be seen in the wonderful book by Burkholz' "The Bakelite Jewelry Collection" on page 58.  #B63337 BAKELITE apple juice well carved and tumbled bangle, 2-1/2" by 5/8" by 1/3".   View   #B34399 BAKELITE wide Prystal green changer carved bangle, 2-5/8" by 1-1/4" by 1/3" thick. The green has an apple juice tint at the edges. Terrific color and carving!    #B35122.

 

   
 BAKELITE heavily carved root beer bangle,  2-1/4" by 7/8" by 1/3".    #B16034. BAKELITE apple juice and red transparent carved bangle, 2-1/2" by 1" by 1/3", one small nick at an edge.   View   View   View    #B35438 BAKELITE apple juice and red transparent carved bangle, 2-1/2" by 1" by 1/3", one small nick at an edge.   View   View   View    #B35438.

 

BAKELITE transparent red and apple juice bangle set of 2, both well carved, circa 1940. The apple juice bangle has a few lightly rough places that you can feel with your fingers only. Each bangle is 2-1/2" by 7/8" by 1/3".  View   View   View    #B37185 BAKELITE transparent red and apple juice bangle set of 2, both well carved, circa 1940. The apple juice bangle has a few lightly rough places that you can feel with your fingers only. Each bangle is 2-1/2" by 7/8" by 1/3".  View   View   View    #B37185 BAKELITE transparent red and apple juice bangle set of 2, both well carved, circa 1940. The apple juice bangle has a few lightly rough places that you can feel with your fingers only. Each bangle is 2-1/2" by 7/8" by 1/3".  View   View   View    #B37185

 

BAKELITE red transparent ribbed bangle with carved horizontal lines inside the bangle, 2-1/2" by 3/4" by 1/2".   #B36222  BAKELITE Prystal green carved transparent bangle, 2-1/2" by 7/8" by 1/4". In this case, the bangle is a changer green with plum tints, really wonderful and circa 1940.  #B37186 BAKELITE apple juice rope carved bangle with diagonal carving on every other segment, 2-1/2" by 3/4" by 1/3".   #B36229

 

BAKELITE Prystal flower carved bangles, rare set of 3 in the same carved design, green bangle is 2-1/2" by 1-1/8" by 1/4", orange is 2-1/2" by 1-1" by 1/4", iced tea tube is 2-1/2" by 1/2".   View   View   View   View     View   View     #B34837 BAKELITE flower carved bangles, rare set of 3 in the same carved design, green Prystal bangle is 2-1/2" by 1-1/8" by 1/4", orange is 2-1/2" by 1-1" by 1/4", iced tea tube is 2-1/2" by 1/2".   View   View   View   View     View   View     #B34837 BAKELITE flower carved bangles, rare set of 3 in the same carved design, green bangle is 2-1/2" by 1-1/8" by 1/4", orange is 2-1/2" by 1-1" by 1/4", iced tea tube is 2-1/2" by 1/2".   View   View   View   View     View   View     #B34837

 

BAKELITE carved apple juice hinged "stardust" bangle with flecks of gold inside, circa 1937. This bangle is shown in Wassertrom & Pina "Bakelite Jewelry", page 49.   View   #B25434  PRYSTAL and rhinestone hinged bangle and clip in a 1938 advertisement. BAKELITE Prystal green transparent reverse carved hinged bangle with three rows of clear rhinestones, 6-1/3" by 1-1/4".   View  #B24329|

 

BAKELITE apple juice faceted bangle in a nice thick size with deeper apple juice tones, 2-1/2" by 3/4" by 1/2".   #B36228 BAKELITE apple juice faceted bangle with nice width and reflectivity, 2-1/2" by 1" by 1/3".   #B35856 BAKELITE apple juice faceted bangle, 2-1/2" by 1" by 1/3".   #B35857

 

BAKELITE apple juice chunky faceted bangle with lovely reflective quality, 2-1/2" by 1" by 1/3".   #B36362 BAKELITE apple juice faceted bangles set, as perfectly matched as you can get for hand made pieces, each 2-1/2" by 5/8" by 1/2", set of 2. Pieces like these can be seen in Matthew Burkholz's book "The Bakelite Collection" on page 119.   View  #B65972    BAKELITE transparent red carved and tumbled bangle, 2-1/2" by 3/4" by 1/3". This one always reminds me of Jello!  #B16033.

 

BAKELITE reverse carved fish and sea weed bangle circa 1940, 2 1/2" by 1" by 1/3".  #B31118. BAKELITE apple juice reverse carved and painted fish ring.  View   #B35936.   BAKELITE apple juice reverse fish bangle, reverse carved and painted, age unknown, 2-1/2" by 1" by 1/4".  View   #B35797

 

  BAKELITE green Prystal transparent bangle with clear rhinestones, 2-1/2" by 1" by 3/4".   #B11518

BAKELITE apple juice and green transparent marbled bangle, sometimes called "ink spot", 2-1/2" by 3/4" by 1/3". I would NOT call this a Prystal.   #B64490

BAKELITE darker apple juice bangle with a very slight orange tinge, 2-1/2" by 3/4" by 1/2".    #B64714

 

  BAKELITE apple juice wave carved bangle, 2-1/2" by 1-1/8" by 5/16".   Both    #B36223. BAKELITE apple juice and translucent green wave carved bangles, each 2-1/2" by 1-1/8" by 5/16".   Both    #B36223 and 24294 BAKELITE apple juice and translucent green wave carved bangles, each 2-1/2" by 1-1/8" by 5/16". While this matches the apple juice bangle at the left, it is NOT a Prystal.   Both

 

 
BAKELITE apple juice with a green tint bangle that is beautifully rope carved, 2-1/2" by 1" by 1/3".  #B36227  BAKELITE transparent deep apple juice bangle with rope carving, 2-1/2" by 3/4" by 1/3". A bangle like this one can be seen in the book "Bakelite jewelry, the Art of the Carver" by Deborah Lyons and Lyn Tortortiello on the opening page and on page 77.   #B36226.   

 

BAKELITE cherry juice Zia sun carved bangle, 2-1/2" by 1" by 1/4".  Circa 1940, this looks great with other bangles as well as alone.  #B40307 BAKELITE milk chocolate brown Zia sun carved bangle, 2-1/2" by 1" by 1/4". Circa 1940, this looks great with other bangles as well as alone.  View   #B62499
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BAKELITE black cherry juice Zia sun carved bangle, 2-1/2" by 1" by 1/4". Circa 1940, this looks great with other bangles as well as alone.   #B40308

 

   
     


PRYSTAL & TRANSPARENT BAKELITE


One type of bakelite is called "Prystal", and people seem to have differing ideas of what the definition of "Prystal" really is. Wonderful contemporary bakelite jewelry artisan Kent Mundy of Butterfly Workshop shares his definition here. We thank him for his information, as well as for the wonderful bakelite treasures he makes!
Kent says:

PRYSTAL
These were original color formulations of the Catalin Corporation, post patent acquisition from the Bakelite Corporation in 1927.  They are TRUE TRANSPARENTS, with zero marbling. (Some may show unintentional inclusions, darker spots of unmixed dye streak etc.)

THERE ARE 3 TYPES... 
~~~~~1.  Colors you can see through unaided, or without backlighting. Over 50 distinct color variants are known in US production, with many more possible. Also, many dozens more from the very sophisticated French production.

   ~~~~~2.  Colors that are very deep, saturated colors. These were early US production, 1930s, and meant to mimic the finest saturated / deep color gemstones. These are found in ruby, sapphire blue, cobalt blue, emerald, amethyst and others. These have been mistakenly misattributed and incorrectly described as "CHANGERS" but THEY ARE NOT. These are simply the sumptuous family of dark prystals, which had only a few years production, as the oxidation proved to turn them into a disappointment in a few short years.

   ~~~~~3.  Colors with foil inclusions, the "Stardust / Confetti" prystals. By definition, also purely transparent, but with addition of a variety of types and sizes saturation of metallic foils and pastilles. No, real gold was never used. It is myth these pieces can be dated to a of couple short years.

We venture next into the inks spots and remaining "transparent marbles". Then "translucent marbles" and "opaque marbles and "solid color translucents". Then "true, solid color opaques". Both tone and hue are also relevant to any scrutiny of color. Most people avoid this depth of technical analysis of color. All these factors are complicated by "original color" (that color as originally cast, or restored to via abrasion and polish)  versus "mature state" colors. 

Only original color can be accurately quantified as the many factors affecting surface oxidation color alteration are incalculable. One single formula of white, for example, can result in dozens of variant depth tones from the various oxidation factors. Apply this concept to the literally thousands of known formulations and you have endless color variety potential from this gem, like no other.

copyright by Kent Munday, 2005
@butterflyworkshop / Atelier Papillon 

 

 


BAKELITE TRANSLUCENT
 

BAKELITE super wide carved bangle, translucent medium green with red-orange tints, especially at the edges. It is leaf carved, 2-1/2" by 2" by 1/4" thick, 8" around the inside. Bangles carved like this can be seen in the wonderful Matthew Burkholz book, "The Bakelite Collection" on page 24.    View   #B39437     BAKELITE bangles.   #B39437 BAKELITE wide carved bangle, translucent yellow green with amber tints, leaf carved, 2-1/2" by 1-1/2" by 1/4" thick, 8" around the inside. Bangles carved like this can be seen in the wonderful Matthew Burkholz book, "The Bakelite Collection" on page 24.   View   #B39438

 

 
BAKELITE apple juice and translucent green wave carved bangles, each 2-1/2" by 1-1/8" by 5/16".   Both    BAKELITE translucent fresh green heavily carved bangles with apple juice edges, 2-1/2" by 1" by 1/4".   #B29010  

 

 
BAKELITE golden translucent leaf carved bangle, 2-1/2" by 1" by 1/4".   View    #B33390. BAKELITE golden translucent leaf carved bangles, 2-1/2" by 1" by 1/4".   View    #B33390-1
 
BAKELITE golden translucent leaf carved bangle, 2-1/2" by 1" by 1/4".    #B33391.

 

BAKELITE translucent apple juice bangle with beautiful carving, 2-1/2" by 7/8" by 1/3".  View    #B37403.  BAKELITE darkened apple juice carved bangle, 2-1/2" by 1" by 1/2" .   View   #B36648. BAKELITE apple juice cloud beautifully carved bangle, rare and fabulous, 2-1/2" by 1" by 1/2" thick.   View   #B36416

 

BAKELITE apple juice translucent beautifully carved bangle, rare and fabulous, 2-1/2" by 1" by 1/2" thick.   View   #B36394. BAKELITE translucent deep apple juice deeply carved leaf bangle, wonderful color like dark honey, 2-1/2" by 7/8" by 1/2" thick.   #B33809 BAKELITE green translucent carved bangle, 2-1/2" by 1" by 5/16".   View  #B36901

 

BAKELITE pumpkin translucent flower and leaf carved bangle 2-1/2" by 1-1/8" by 1/3".  View   #B32371  BAKELITE pumpkin, butterscotch and green translucent flower and leaf carved bangle 2-1/2" by 1-1/8" by 1/3".  View   View   #B32372 BAKELITE butterscotch translucent flower and leaf carved bangle 2-1/2" by 1-1/8" by 1/3".  View   #B32372 

 

 
BAKELITE darkened apple juice carved bangle, 2-1/2" by 1" by 1/2" .   View   #B36648 BAKELITE translucent marbled mint green rope carved bangle, 2-5/8" by 7/8" by 1/3" wide.  View   #B40228  

 


OVERDYED or RESIN WASHED BAKELITE
and REPOLISHED Bangles
Some Bakelite jewelry was finished with a layer of a darker or different colored wash, creating what is called "resin washed" or "overdyed" bakelite. These pieces are some of my personal favorites. But testing resin washed pieces can be difficult as the wash tends to stop any oxidation at all. These are genuine bakelite though.

 

 BAKELITE black cherry marbled saucer-shaped carved and black overdyed bangle, 2-1/2" by 1" by 1/3".  #B12433 BAKELITE green and brown resin washed swirl carved saucer bangle, 2-1/2" by 1" by 1/3".  #B37947  All 3 BAKELITE green and brown resin washed swirl carved saucer bangle, 2-1/2" by 1" by 1/3".  #B37947  All 3

 

BAKELITE denim blue carved and overdyed saucer bangle, 2-1/2" by 1" by 1/3". It has been recently polished again to reveal the color it was when it was new, circa 1940. A re-polished bakelite bangle similar to this can be seen in the wonderful book by Matthew Burkholz, "The Bakelite Collection" on page 49, top right.   View    #B37947 BAKELITE bangle stack showing four different colors.

 

BAKELITE bangle in Mississippi mud color with wide slash carved and overdyed saucer shaped walls, 2-1/2" by 7/8" by 1/3" walls.  View   #B40242

 

BAKELITE bangle in caramel and chocolate marbled with black resin washed interior, 2-1/2" by 5/8" by 1/3".  #B16602 BAKELITE resin washed pea green and brown bangles, each 2-1/2" by 5/8" by 1/3". These can be seen in the book, "Collecting Art Plastic Jewelry" by Leigh Leshner on page 101.   #B16602b BAKELITE resin washed pea green and black bangle, 2-1/2" by 5/8" by 1/3".   #B33315

 

  BAKELITE  green marbled resin washed thumb carved bangle with black resin wash, 2-1/2" by 5/8" by 1/4".  #B18906    BAKELITE resin washed or overdyed slash and thumb carved saucer shaped bangle stacks.    View    #B16602 BAKELITE blackberry or wine & custard overdyed thumbnail bangle with black accents, 2-1/2" by 3/4" by 1/3".   View   View   #B40229

 

BAKELITE butterscotch and black resin washed carved bangle, 2-1/2" by 1/2" by 1/3"  #B35360 BAKELITE  carved and resin washed stack of bangles.  #B35360 BAKELITE bangle stack.

 

BAKELITE flame colored slash carved and overdyed bangle, 2-1/2" by 3/4" by 1/3" thick.   View   View   #B40230 BAKELITE flame colored slash carved and overdyed bangle, 2-1/2" by 3/4" by 1/3" thick.   View   #B40230 BAKELITE resin washed swamp bangle with black highlighted slash carving, 2-1/2" by 1/2" by 1/3". "Swamp" is a color name in bakelite for this tan- pea-green swirl color.   View   View   #B12768

 

BAKELITE gouge carved rope bangle in chocolate brown with a tint of red overdye on butterscotch, 2-1/2" by 1/2" with 1/3" walls.  View  View   #B40379 BAKELITE gouge carved rope bangle in chocolate brown overdyed on butterscotch, 2-1/2" by 1/2" with 1/3" walls.  View   View   #B40378 BAKELITE olive gouge carved rope bangle with darker over dye, 2-1/2" by 1/2" with 1/3" walls.  View   View   #B40380

 

 BAKELITE rope carved and resin washed or overdyed bangle stack. BAKELITE rope carved overdyed bangle in a swamp color, 2-1/2" by 1/2" by 1/3". Circa 1940 and in excellent vintage condition.   View    View  #B40314 BAKELITE over dyed or resin washed bangle stack.

 

BAKELITE green with black and yellow swirl carved and black resin washed bangle, 2-1/2" by .   #B34996 BAKELITE bakelite resin washed bangles.   #B34996 BAKELITE deep butterscotch marbled bangle with slash carved and black resin wash, 2-1/2" by 3/4" by 1/3". One like this was on another web site and it had a Hattie Carnegie foil hang tag on it.    #B64323

 

   
  BAKELITE on our family cherry dresser from the mid-1800s, my favorite piece of furniture. The bangles rest in a Victorian glove box of which I am also especially fond.  

 

BAKELITE butterscotch bakelite with an olive green wash. You can see the underlying color rubbing through giving this bangle some definite interest. Random slash carving. A chunky bangle at 2-1/2" by 5/8" by 1/3".   View   #B40359 BAKELITE BAKELITE Hattie Carnegie chunky line carved overdyed swamp bakelite bangle, 2-1/2" by 5/8" by 1/3" thick. It still has the original Hattie Carnegie hang tag.  View   View   View   #B40249

 

BAKELITE marbled paprika bangle with black over-dye and leaf carving, a wider version of a popular bakelite bangle style, 2-1/2" by 3/4" by 1/3" walls.  View   #B40246 BAKELITE stack of over-dyed carved bangles. The blue one 4th from the left has been re-polished back to it's original 1940 era color. BAKELITE green swirl bangle with black resin washed carving, 2-1/2" by 1/2" by 1/3".   #B64326

 

BAKELITE black overdyed bangle with three windows of carved marbled lime and yellow green ovals, 2-1/2" by 1/2" with 1/3" walls.  View   View   View   #B40519 BAKELITE stack.
BAKELITE duo.
BAKELITE black overdyed bangle with three windows of carved marbled tan and caramel ovals, 2-1/2" by 1/2" with 1/3" walls.  View   #B40520

 

 BAKELITE burnt sienna swirl tube bangle with black resin wash carving, 2-1/2" by 1/3".   #B16792      BAKELITE paprika and pepper colored bangle stack, most marbled and some over dyed. BAKELITE paprika and pepper marbled bangle with black resin wash, 2-1/2" by 1/2" by 1/3".   #B16687

 

 
    BAKELITE dark green swirl slash carved bangle with black resin wash, 2-1/2" by 1/2" by 1/3".    #B64259    BAKELITE bangle, medium butterscotch with pineapple and slash carving and resin wash, 2-1/2" by 1/2" by 1/3".     #B63722  BAKELITE butterscotch carved and black resin washed bangle, 2-1/2" by 1/3" by 1/4".   #B34997

 

BAKELITE overdyed or resin washed bangle with lined carved thumbprint dots, 2-1/2" by 3/4" wide and with 1/3" walls. Inside this bangle is what may have been a signature of some kind, but it's illegible now.    View   View   #B40329   BAKELITE bangle in olive color with a burnt orange overdye, cut back and carved with lined thumbprints and diagonal lines, 2-1/2" by 3/4" by 1/3".   View   #B40312 BAKELITE eggplant, deep purple or magenta thumbprint bangle with dots and slashes, 2-1/2" by 3/4" by 1/3".   View   #B40363

 

  BAKELITE stack.  View
So many fun ways to wear the same bangles!
 

 

BAKELITE burnt sienna bangle with black resin washed slash carving, 2-1/2" by 3/4" by 1/3".   #B35240 BAKELITE butterscotch wide bangle with dramatic resin washed black carving and lining, 2-1/2" by 1-1/8" by 1/4". This piece can be seen in Matthew Burkholz's book "The Bakelite Collection" on page 29.   #B34727
 
BAKELITE brown bangle with black resin washed slash carved design, 2-1/2" by 3/4" by 1/3" thick.    #B63245

 

BAKELITE gray bangle with black resin washed finished and slash carved design, 2-1/2" by 3/4" by 1/3" thick. Circa 1940s, it is in excellent vintage condition. It has been polished again to reveal the color it was when it was new in the 1940s.   View   View   #B40251  BAKELITE bangles similar to these can be seen in the wonderful book by Matthew Burkholz, "The Bakelite Collection" on page 226. BAKELITE brown bangle with black resin washed slash carved design, 2-1/2" by 3/4" by 1/3" thick. #B63245

 

BAKELITE bangle with black carving like the two I have, one of which is gray, 2-1/2" by 5/8" with 1/3" walls.  View   #B40360 BAKELITE stack. BAKELITE olive overdyed and crescent carved bakelite bangle , 2-1/2" by 5/8" with 1/3" walls.   View   #B40353

 

BAKELITE burnt sienna bangle with black resin washed slash carving, 2-1/2" by 3/4" by 1/3".   #B35240 BAKELITE   View   View   #B34727 BAKELITE brown carved and resin washed spacer bangle and matching ring, 2-1/2" by 1/2" by 1/4". I once had a bangle like this with a Coro tag on it.  View   #B34034
BAKELITE brown and black resin washed spacer bangle, 2-1/2" by 1/2" by 1/4".   SET  #B35630

 

BAKELITE bakelite brown carved and resin washed bangle with Coro tags, 2-1/2" by 1/2" by 1/4". Tag says "Coro 47 West Collections by Coro".  View   View   #B37158 BAKELITE bakelite brown carved and resin washed bangle with Coro tags, 2-1/2" by 1/2" by 1/4". Tag says "Coro 47 West Collections by Coro".  View   View   #B37158 BAKELITE brown carved and resin washed bangle, 2-1/2" by 1/2" by 1/4". In excellent condition circa 1940. These are terrific in stacks or as spacers. I once had a stack of these bangles that came to me with Coro tags, but this one has no tags at all.   View   #B39512

 

BAKELITE chunky bangle with a peach overdyed butterscotch with starburst carving on the front and lines on the sides, 2-1/2" by 1" by 1/3".   View   View  #B40290 BAKELITE stack. BAKELITE orange marmalade overdyed bangle with a starburst carving on the front and lines on the sides, 2-1/2" by 7/8" by 1/3".   View   #B40311

 

BAKELITE overdyed groove carved bangle in marbled tangerine marmalade with red grooves, 2-1/2" by 5/8" with 1/3" walls.  View   #B40317 BAKELITE stack   #B BAKELITE overdyed groove carved bangle in marbled light caramel with deep red grooves, 2-1/2" by 5/8" with 1/3" walls.  View   #B40318

 

   
BAKELITE bangle in butterscotch with black resin-washed carving and edges, 2-1/2" by 1" by 1/4". This is circa 1940 and in excellent condition.   #B39938 BAKELITE tube bangles in yellow and sage green with resin washed carving, set of 2, 2-1/2" by 1/3".    View   View    #B35285    BAKELITE butterscotch bangle with brown resin wash, tube shaped, 2-1/2" by 1/3". This is circa 1940 and in excellent condition.  View   #B39945

 

BAKELITE overdyed and carved orange spacer bangle, 2-1/2" by 1/4". Similar but a bit wider spacer bangles can be seen in Matthew Burkholz's book, "The Bakelite Collection" on page 226.  View   #B40323 BAKELITE spacer bangles BAKELITE overdyed and carved paprika spacer bangle, 2-1/2" by 1/4".  View   #B40324

 

BAKELITE well carved spacer bangle in overdyed caramel, darkest wash, gouge carved with carved dots, 2-1/2" by 1/4".    #B40319 BAKELITE well carved spacer bangle in overdyed caramel, medium wash, gouge carved with carved dots, 2-1/2" by 1/4".  #B40320 BAKELITE well carved spacer bangle in overdyed caramel, lightest wash, gouge carved with carved dots, 2-1/2" by 1/4".   #B40321

 

  BAKELITE well carved spacer bangle in caramel with gouge carving with carved dots, 2-1/2" by 1/4".   #B40322  

 

 
BAKELITE deep butterscotch over dyed bangle with carved small dots, 2-1/2" by 3/4" by 1/4".       Both   #B63119  BAKELITE deep butterscotch over dyed bangle with carved small dots, 2-1/2" by 3/4" by 1/4".       Both   #B63119   BAKELITE over dyed bangle with faceted design, textured alternate sides, 2-1/2" by 5/8" by 1/4".   #B63102 

 

BAKELITE burnt orange and resin washed carved and bangle, 2-1/2" by 3/4" by 1/4".    #B33376 BAKELITE black and green marbled and overdyed bird carved bangle with a bird on each side. Circa 1940s.  View   #B63889 BAKELITE bangle in a butterscotch with a deep green overdye. Beautifully carved and pierced, it is circa 1940, and is 2-1/2" by 5/8" by 1/4". Because it has a dark resin wash, probably over butterscotch bakelite, it will not test positive with Simi-chrome.  View   #B40447

 


DIANE von FURSTENBERG BANGLES
circa 1970s

 

BAKELITE Diane von Furstenberg black and yellow cut back bangle, 2-1/2" by 3/4" with 1/4" walls, marked on a silver metal tag inside, "DVF" with the copyright symbol. Circa 1970.  #B40346 BAKELITE BAKELITE Diane von Furstenberg burgundy and yellow cut back bangle, 2-1/2" by 3/4" with 1/4" walls, marked on a silver metal tag inside, "DVF" with the copyright symbol. Circa 1970..  View   #B40347

 

BAKELITE Diane von Furstenberg black and yellow cut back bangle, 2-1/2" by 3/4" with 1/4" walls, marked on a silver metal tag inside, "DVF" with the copyright symbol. Circa 1970.   #B40344 BAKELITE Diane von Furstenberg black and yellow cut back bangle, 2-1/2" by 3/4" with 1/4" walls, marked on a silver metal tag inside, "DVF" with the copyright symbol. Circa 1970.  #B40345 BAKELITE Diane von Furstenberg black and green cut back bangle, 2-1/2" by 3/4" with 1/4" walls, marked on a silver metal tag inside, "DVF" with the copyright symbol. Circa 1970.   #B40343

 

   
  BAKELITE DVF bangle in carved and cut back red with black overdye. This one is 2-1/2" by 5/8" by 3/16", and it has a paper tag only.  View   #B40352  

 


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