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vintage jewelry we enjoy buying, wearing and sharing

 BAKELITE BRACELETS

circa 1930s to 1970's


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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 BANGLES Page 5      
BAKELITE BANGLES for sale
 

 


BUTTERSCOTCH & CREAM CORN
 

BAKELITE deep butterscotch stylized flower and leaves carved bangle, 2-1/2" by 7/8" by 1/3".   View    #B63120 BAKELITE deep butterscotch leaf and flower carved bangle, 2-1/2" by 7/8" by 1/4". #B61718 BAKELITE butterscotch tire track or slash carved bangle with a frosted over-glaze, circa 1940, 2-1/2" by 1/2" by 1/4".    #B60851

 

BAKELITE butterscotch carved spacer bangles, a set of to. Each is 2-1/2" by 1/3" by 1/4".  Circa 1940, the bracelets are in excellent vintage condition.   #B61637 BAKELITE butterscotch carved spacer bangle, 2-1/2" by 1/3" by 1/4". Circa 1940, this bracelet is in excellent vintage condition.    View   #B35145 BAKELITE medium butterscotch bangle with slash carved rays, 2-1/2" by 7/8" by 1/4". Circa 1940, it is in very good vintage condition.  #B64711

 

BAKELITE gouge carved bangle with deep rich color, 3/4 inch wide, 2-1/2 inch in diameter and 1/4 inch thick. Circa 1940, there are three light marks inside the band, original in the marking. Otherwise, this bracelet is in excellent vintage condition.   #B18837 BAKELITE butterscotch gouge carved bangle, 2-1/2" by 7/8" by 1/4". Circa 1940, this bracelet is in excellent vintage condition..   #B64495 BAKELITE deep matte butterscotch gouge carved bangle, 2-1/2" by 3/4" by 1/4". Circa 1940, this bracelet is in excellent vintage condition.   #B35288

 

BAKELITE butterscotch bangle with close herringbone carving, 2-1/2" by 1" by 1/3". Circa 1940, it is in excellent vintage condition.   View   #B65435 BAKELITE butterscotch bangle with cross-hatched designs, 2-1/2" by 1-1/8" by 3/16". This circa 1940 bracelet is in excellent vintage condition.   #B63112 BAKELITE lemon colored bangle with star and ferns carving that repeats 3 times, 2-1/2" by 5/8" with 1/4" walls.  View   #B42069

 

BAKELITE butterscotch spacer bangle with vertically carved line and rays out of them, 2 repeats in all, 2-1/2" by 1/2" by 1/4" .  View   #B40275 BAKELITE banana yellow spacer bangle with diagonal slash carving all the way around, 2-1/2" by 1/2" by 1/4".  View   #B40267 BAKELITE cream corn bangle with 4 slash carved small flowers, 2-1/2" by 1/2" by 1/4.   View   #B62570

 

BAKELITE butterscotch with milk chocolate marbling domed bangle, 2-1/2" by 1-1/8" by 1/4".   View   #B61714   BAKELITE butterscotch spacer bangle with carving and pierced areas, just lovely! It is 1/2" by 1/4", circa 1940. It has a bit of brown wash to highlight the wonderful carving.  View   #B40287 BAKELITE set of two slanted bangles, one a yellow-green color and the other butterscotch. Circa 1940, each one is 5/8" at the widest by 1/3" thick.   66510b   View   View    #B65510

 

BAKELITE medium butterscotch bangle with leaf and buds slash carving, 2-1/2" by 1-1/8" and 1/4" walls.  View   View   #B40700 BAKELITE medium butterscotch bangle, slightly domed and slash carved with buds and leaves, 2-1/2" by 7/8" with 1/4" walls.  View   View   #B40702 BAKELITE corn colored bangle with cross hatch and ferns carving all the way around.  NOTE there is a tiny chip on one edge, very small, so this is priced accordingly. This bangle is 2-1/2" by 1" with 1/4" walls.   View   View   #B40446

 

BAKELITE butter yellow wavy carved bangle 2-1/2" by 5/8" with 1/3" walls.   View  View   #B40701

 
BAKELITE matte finish butterscotch bangle with pineapple, petals and leaves carving. This is a 1940s vintage bangle that was later carved, probably by an artisan whose name is Young, in about 1970, or so I am told by one of my bakelite expert friends. It is genuine vintage bakelite.  View   #B35358 BAKELITE goldenrod yellow wavy shaped bangle, 2-5/8" by 2-1/3" with 1/3" tube walls. The aqua "stripe" in the photo is actually my price tag, which comes right off. Circa 1940 and in excellent condition.   #B17826

 


RED, BLACK CHERRY, WINE & BURGUNDY
 

BAKELITE red apple bangle with pineapple and slash carving, 2-1/2" by 5/8" by 1/4".   View   #B34206 BAKELITE red deep cherry carved bangle with leaves design, 2-1/2" by 1" by 1/4".   View   #B34205 BAKELITE red carved bangle, 2-1/2" by 1/2" by 1/4".   #B34348

 

BAKELITE apple red roses and leaves carved bangle, translucent when held to the light, 2-1/2" by 1" by 1/4".    #B35263 BAKELITE apple red carved bangle with dots and commas, 2-1/2" by 1/2" by 1/4".   #B35265 BAKELITE apple red slash carved bangle, 2-1/2" by 3/4" by 1/4".   #B35264

 

BAKELITE transparent red bangle carved with three horizontal lines that are thicker than the bangle, 2-1/2" by 1" with 1/4" walls. The last photo shows how fun these are when stacked with other similar bangles, but the price is just for this one bracelet. This is also called Prystal bakelite.   View   View   #B40692 BAKELITE translucent red bangle with five rows of horizontal carving, 2-1/2" by 1" with 1/4" walls. What a yummy color and how fun to wear and mix with other stacks.  View   View   #B40694 BAKELITE wider translucent red faceted bangle, 2-1/2" by 1" with 3/16" walls.   View   View   #B40706

 

 

BAKELITE thick black cherry swirl bangle, 2-1/2" by 1" by 5/16".  #B16786  BAKELITE  red carved bangle, 2-1/2" by 1" by 3/16".   #B18905 BAKELITE red woven design carved bangle, a great design to go with lots of other bangles, 2-1/2" by 1" by 1/4".   #B35859

 

 
BAKELITE rich red really chunky bangle with 4 dots around it, each a colorful glass millefiori held in place by a silver tone rim, 2-1/2" by 2-1/2" by 1-1/3" with 1/3" walls. There is some wear on the silver settings and also a very tight crack above one round that's very difficult to see and does not go through to the back side. That's why it is priced as-is.   View   View   View     #B66766 BAKELITE black cherry marbled and rib carved bangle, 2-1/2" by 1" with 1/3" walls.   View   #B40419  

 

BAKELITE red flat-sided bangle with horizontally carved grooves, 2-1/2" by 3/4" with 3/16" walls.  View   #B66673 BAKELITE wide red bangle, 2-1/2" by 1-1/2" with 3/16" walls.  View   #B40271 BAKELITE apple red octagonal bangle, 2-1/2" by 7/8" by 1/4" walls.   View   #B40272

 

BAKELITE red carved expansion bracelet, a smaller maiden size at 6-1/3" relaxed by 3/4" by 1/3". It is slightly loosely strung which makes it really comfortable to wear. This is a maiden's size bracelet.   #B35611. BAKELITE apple red swirl carved bangle, a luscious color and circa 1940, 2-1/2" by 7/8" by 1/4".   #B65805 BAKELITE apple red simple bangle that is 2-1/2" by 5/8" with 1/8" walls.  View   #B40273

 

 


BLACK & NAVY BLUE
 

BAKELITE black carved pineapple and leaves bangle, 2-5/8" by 1" by 1/4" thick. If held to the light you can see that while it definitely looks black when worn, the leaf tips are a deep translucent green.   #B61706 BAKELITE black flower and leaves carved bangle, 2-1/2" by 7/8" wide by 3/16" thick.   View  #B32804  BAKELITE black slash carved bangle, 2-1/2" by 3/4" by 1/4".   #B18836

 

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

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 3/4" by 1/4".   #B17707 

 

BAKELITE black carved 4-segmented elastic bracelet, 6-3/4" by 3/4". This is a maiden's size bracelet.   View   #B32739

BAKELITE black carved bangle, 2-1/2" by 1/2" by 1/4".   #B29014

BAKELITE black chunky heavily carved floral and cross hatch bangle, 2-1/2" by 7/8" by 1/2".   #B29012

 

 BAKELITE black carved criss cross and scoop carved bangle, 2-1/2" by 7/8" by 1/4".   #B63925 BAKELITE black well carved wide flower bangle, 2-1/2" by 1-1/2" by 1/4".   View    #B63888  BAKELITE very deep green swirl flower carved bangle, 2-1/2" by 1" by 1/4".   View   #B63887 

 

 
BAKELITE set of matching hand-painted translucent navy octagonal shaped bangles, each measures 1/2" wide with 2 1/2" wrist opening and varying wall widths. Painted bakelite bangles similar to these can be seen in the wonderful book by Matthew Burkholz, "The Bakelite Collection" on page 49.   View   View   View   #B40285 BAKELITE black wide ribbed bangle, 2-1/2" by 2" by 3/16" . This piece can be seen in Matthew Burkholz's book "The Bakelite Collection" on page 121.    #B64488  

 


GREENS
 

 

BAKELITE blue-green marbled bangle with ribbed design, a set of two, each 2-1/2" by 5/8" by 1/4".   View   #B63123 BAKELITE green carved bangle with yellow marbling, 2-1/2" by 3/4" by 1/3".   View   #B66716 BAKELITE evergreen with translucent edges bangle with fern and line slashed carving all the way around, 2-1/2" by 7/8" by 1/4". When held to the light, the edges are a translucent blue-green.  View   #B66717

 


ORANGE & MUSTARD
 

BAKELITE deep orange wide bangle with faint cream marbling, 2-1/2" by 1-1/3" by 3/16" walls. It has a tiny dent on one edge that looks like it happened in the making because it is smooth, not cracked.  View   #B40265 BAKELITE sunset orange bangle with red marbling, 2-1/2" by 1" with 1/8" walls.  View   #B61379 BAKELITE bangle in a color between a dull mustard and pea green, 2-1/2" by 5/8" with 1/4" walls.  View   #B40268

 

 
BAKELITE swamp green marbled bangle with butterscotch and mustard tints and simple carving, 2-1/2" by 1" by 1/3" walls.  View   #B66715 BAKELITE peach marmalade marbled and carved bangle with deep diagonal carving, 2-1/2" by 1" with 1/4" walls.   View   #B40421  

 


SWAMP, CARAMEL, BROWN & PAPRIKA
 

BAKELITE swamp marbled flat sided spacer bangle, 2-1/2" by 1/3" by 1/4".   #B34863 BAKELITE translucent swamp swirl tumbled octagonal bangle, 2-1/2" by 1/3" by 1/3".    View    #B35084  View BAKELITE  bangle, caramel with black marbling  "Mississippi mud", 2-1/2" by 1-1/4" by 1/3".  #B24282  

 

BAKELITE swamp octagonal wavy bangle, 2-1/2" by 3/4" by 1/2" thick.   #B35108 BAKELITE swamp octagonal wavy bangle, 2-1/2" by 3/4" by 1/2" thick, set of 2.    #B35108 BAKELITE swamp octagonal wavy bangle, 2-1/2" by 3/4" by 1/2" thick.  #B35109

 

   BAKELITE  bangle, Mississippi mud with deep cross-hatch carving on three sides, 2-1/2" by 1/3" by 1/3".   View   View   #B31987

BAKELITE caramel marbled bangle with carved lines and flowers, 2-1/2" by by 7/8" by 1/4" thick.    #B61433     

BAKELITE bangle, Mississippi mud with slash carving on three sides, 2-1/2" by 1/3" by 1/3".   View   #B31986   

 

BAKELITE carved and pierced marbled brown bangle, 2-1/2" by 3/4" by 1/4".   View   #B60775 BAKELITE caramel brown carved bangle, a yummy color, 2-1/2" by 7/8" by 1/4".   View   #B61150   BAKELITE reddish brown rope carved bangle, 2-1/2" by 1/3" by 1/3".   #B16514

 

BAKELITE octagonal marbled swamp bangle, 2-1/2" by 3/4" with 1/3" walls.  View   #40470 BAKELITE chocolate brown leaf and cross hatched carved bangle, 2-1/2" by 3/4" with 1/4" walls.  View   #B40439 BAKELITE dark chocolate brown bangle that is carved and pierced, 2-1/2" by 7/8" with 3/16" walls.  View   #B66792

 

BAKELITE peach translucent carved and pierced bangle, leaves design, 2-1/2" by 1" by 1/4".   #B33880 BAKELITE peach and brown marbled bangle with stylized carving, 2-1/2" by 3/4" by 1/4".   #B61451 BAKELITE caramel translucent carved bangle, 2-1/2" by 2/3" by 1/8".   #B62667

 

BAKELITE green spacer bangle with bakelite charms in butterscotch, burnt sienna and green, 2-1/2" by 1/4". This piece is in the book "Collecting Art Plastic Jewelry" by Leigh Leshner on page 113.  #B63733 BAKELITE green bangle with dangling charms, 2-1/2" by 1/4".   #B63734 BAKELITE green bangle with dangling charms, 2-1/2" by 1/4".   View   #B65515

 

BAKELITE black with pea green swirl carved ovals tube bangle, 2-1/2" by 1/2".   View   #B63104  BAKELITE milk chocolate carved bangle, 2-1/2" by 3/4" by 1/4".   #B60740  BAKELITE unusual dark brown and tan bangle, 2-1/2" by 1/2". This is not painted but the colors were rather molded together in the making.   #B63024

 

BAKELITE paprika marbled saucer bangle with beautiful marbling, 2-1/2" by 1/2" by 1/3" thick. This is circa 1940 and in excellent vintage condition.    #B40220 BAKELITE paprika slightly marbled tube bangle, 2-1/2" by 1/3" by 1/3". This is circa 1940 and in excellent vintage condition.   #B40221 BAKELITE paprika marbled bangle with beautiful marbling, 2-1/2" by 5/8" by 1/3". This is circa 1940 and in excellent vintage condition.   #B40222

 

BAKELITE sienna and caramel stardust bangle, 2-1/2" by 3/4" by 1/3".  #B24312 BAKELITE translucent zig-zag bangles in paprika red, set of 5, each 2-1/2" by 1/3" by 1/4".   View   View   #B35863 BAKELITE paprika marbled bangle with inset metal bands, 2-1/2" by 1" by 1/4".    #B63110

 

BAKELITE tortoise colored bangle with 3 horizontal ribs carved into it, 2-1/2" by 7/8" by 3/16" walls.   View   #B65439  BAKELITE chocolate, caramel and cream beautifully marbled bangle, 2-1/2".  #B39210  BAKELITE root beer marbled bangle with 5 brass surrounded black dots, 2-1/2" by 1" by 1/4".  View   #B66714  

 


BAKELITE RECENTLY POLISHED BANGLES
These bangles are bakelite that had mellowed over time to the colors we associate with today's bakelite. They have now been polished back to the original 1940s colors from when they were first made. The work was done by the wonderful Brandon Welch of Brandon's Bakelite, who began his work in 2007, and he did a great job! It can be difficult to tell what colors are underneath today's bakelite colors, but there can be some fun surprises when the polishing is done.

 

BAKELITE chunky bangle gray with black and white marbling carved bakelite bangle, measures 2-1/2" by 1" by 1/3" thick. I recently sent it to "Brandon's Bakelite" Welch to be restored, as it had mellowed over the decades to a peanut and cream marbled color. He restored it to this amazing color that it originally was when it was first made. It is a great one to wear alone or to mix with other bangles. The last photo shows the color it was before restoring.    View   View   View   #B40250  BAKELITE amazing purple pineapple and leaves carved bangle, 2-1/2" by 5/8" by 1/3". It had mellowed to a brownish-apricot color over the years, but when it was polished again, look what was underneath! The man who polished it is Brandon Welch of Brandon's Bakelite, and he did his usual wonderful job. What a lovely surprise.  View View   View   #B35250 BAKELITE bright blue marbled rope carved bangle, 2-1/2" by 1/2" by 1/3". It has been polished again to reveal the color it was when it was new circa 1940, and what a gorgeous color it is! Brandon of Brandon's Bakelite" polished it for me, and the last two photos show the oxidized bangle before it was polished.  View   View   View   #B35861

 

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 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 dramatic blue bangle with ruffled carving all the way around, 2-1/2" by 1" by 1/3" thick. This is a 1940's bakelite blue overdyed bangle that has been polished, removing the overdyed finish. And what a luscious color was underneath!   View   #B40219   

 

BAKELITE carved bangle in blue moon with black marbling, 2-1/2" by 1/3" tube shaped. In 2018, it has mellowed to a green marbled color (see the last link) but it has now been polished again back to it's rich blue 1940s color. View   View  #B63124


 
BAKELITE blue moon bangle with black and cream swirls, carved and black resin washed. It had mellowed to green, but it has now been polished back to it's original 1940s color of blue. It is 2-1/2" by 1/2" with 1/3" walls. The resin wash process is also called "overdyed". .   View   View    #B34996

 

BAKELITE blue moon with black and cream swirl carved and black resin washed bangle that has been polished back to it's original 1940s color of blue. It is 2-1/2" by 1/2" with 1/3" walls. The resin wash process is also called "overdyed". On another web site, I saw this bangle in resin washed butterscotch and it had a Hattie Carnegie foil hang tag on it, but this has no identification at all. I don't like making attributions by hang tag only because it is so easy to move them from one piece to another, so let's call this a lovely vintage bangle.    View   View  #B64326

 

BAKELITE stack. BAKELITE spectacular blue marbled and thumb carved bangle, circa 1940. It is 2-1/2" by 3/4" by 1/3". I recently sent it to Brandon Welch to be restored, as it had mellowed over the decades to a deep green marbled color. He restored it to this amazing color that it originally was when it was first made. It is a great one to wear alone or to mix with other bangles. The last photo shows the color it was before polishing.   View   View    #B40223  BAKELITE deep raspberry bangle that has a lovely polish on it by Brandon Welch, 2-1/2" by 1/2" with 1/3" walls. This looks yummy enough to be a berry!   View   #B66676

 


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