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VINTAGE BLACK WHITE CARVED ROSE LUCITE BANGLE BRACELET IN GIFT BOX
$24.00
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Vintage Bakelite Carved Flower Bangle Bracelet circa 1950s
$60.00
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Vintage Lucite Diamond Cut Chunky BANGLE BRACELET GREEN
$9.99
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VINTAGE Green Deeply Carved Bakelite Bangle TESTED w 409
$137.50
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VTG Lucite Sea Shell silver Confetti Clamper Hinged Cuff Bangle Bracelet
$30.00
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Vintage Bakelite Lucite Multi Colored Clamper Bracelet Set
$15.00
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Lucite Bangle Bracelet Pink Moonglow Wide Opening Vintage 1960s
$10.00
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Vintage Chunky Brown Marbeled Lucite Bangle Bracelet
$5.95
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Lucite Bangle Bracelet Spearmint Green Wide Opening Vintage 1960s
$14.00
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Vintage 3 Lucite Plastic Bangle Bracelets
$10.99
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Green Marbled Bangle 3 4 Wide x 1 8 Unknown Plastic
$17.81
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Vintage Translucent Black Lucite Bangle Bracelets 1960s
$14.00
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Bakelite Lucite Black Gold Cuff Bracelet 3 4 103 Grams
$35.08
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Bakelite Cherry Amber Translucent Disc 1 2 Thick 176 Grams
$35.08
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Bakelite Butterscotch Bangle 1 2 Wide x 1 4 Thick 21 Grams
$35.08
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Bakelite Butterscotch Bangle 1 2 Wide x 1 4 Thick 214 Grams
$35.08
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MEANINGFUL CROWN TRIFARI SIGNED WIDE LUCITE OR BAKELITE CLAMPER BRACELET WOW
$51.99
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PINK THERMOSET LUCITE BANGLE BRACELET VINTAGE 1960S VINTAGE
$48.50
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VINTAGE BUTTERSCOTCH FACETED CELLULOID BANGLE BRACELET IN GIFT BOX
$18.00
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Antique Vintage Green Yellow Bakelite Bracelet Bangle Costume Jewelry
$300.00
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VINTAGE Jewelry 80s CLEAR LUCITE PLASTIC BANGLE WITH RHINESTONES
$10.00
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Retro Rainbow Bangle bracelet
$5.00
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Vintage Lucite Bold Chunky Clear Base Red Glitter Wave Slip On Bangle Bracelet
$25.00
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Vintage Molded Off White Plastic Bangle Bracelet
$19.60
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Vintage Molded Plastic Flower Ivory color Bangle Bracelet
$24.50
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CINNAMON SPICE LOT OF THREE MARBLED VINTAGE BAKELITE BANGLE BRACELETS SPACERS
$51.30
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VINTAGE PUMPKIN MARBLED W BROWNISH BAKELITE BANGLE BRACELET MIDCENTURY 1960S
$36.00
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VINTAGE BAKELITE BANGLE BRACELET ORANGE SPICE COLORING TESTS POSITIVE CLASSIC
$35.10
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THIN BRIGHT GOLDEN CORN YELLOW BAKELITE BRACELET SPACER VINTAGE 1960S PLASTIC
$36.00
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BRIGHT LIPSTICK RED CLASSIC SHAPE BAKELITE BANGLE BRACELET TESTS POSITIVE
$32.40
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RUST MARBLED BRACELET BANGLE CHUNKY TESTS POSITIVE FOR BAKELITE VINTAGE 1960S
$36.00
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MUSTARD BUTTERSCOTCH COLOR DEEPLY CARVED BAKELITE BRACELET TESTS POSITIVE SMALL
$36.00
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VINTAGE RUST ORANGE MARBLED BAKELITE BRACELET THIN WEAR ALONE OR STACK TEST +
$36.00
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FAUX TORTOISE COLOR TEA MARBLED VINTAGE BAKELITE BANGLE BRACELETS SPACERS TWO
$32.40
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PRETTY WHITE LUCITE ANGLED VINTAGE THERMOSET BRACELET MID CENTURY CHUNKY SUMMER
$24.30
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Lot of 5 VTG lucite Acrylic and Bakelite bangle bracelets
$30.00
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OMBR BRAND RESIN BANGLE BRACELET YELLOW TO BEIGE
$8.50
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Vintage YELLOW PINK Lucite Bangle Bracelet
$10.00
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Lot of 5 Vintage Pink Red Plastic Gold Tone Crystal Bangle and Clasp Bracelets
$9.95
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Vintage Plastic Faux Tortoise Shell Cuff Bracelet
$101.50
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Vintage Childs White Rose Plastic Bangle Hinged Cuff Bracelet
$18.20
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Shiny Black Thick Retro Plastic Bangle Bracelet
$4.25
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Lot of 10 Vintage Jewelry Necklace Bracelet Pendants etc
$17.50
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Vintage Bakelite Over Dyed Horse Themed Charm Bracelet on Celluloid Chain
$200.00
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HUGE VINTAGE LUCITE BANGLE BRACELET
$20.00
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Vintage Bakelite Bangle Bracelet Carved Leaf Design Mustard Yellow Tested
$29.95
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Estate Vintage Round Graduated Links Unsigned Bracelet 75
$39.95
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LIGHT PINK AND GOLD TONE TRIM PLASTIC LUCITE VINTAGE BANGLE BRACELET VINTAGE
$17.10
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Vintage Costume Jewelry Silver Tone Open Link Bracelet 8 Long GLOBE WORLD CHARM
$19.49
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Vtg White Pearlized rhinestone Bangle bracelet ice and iridescent 3 rows
$25.00
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Vintage Chunky Lucite Marbled Maroon White Bangle Bracelet
$9.99
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Vintage Celluloid Bakelite Bangle Bracelet
$59.99
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Reddish Rootbeer Bakelite Bangle Bracelet 1 wide
$100.80
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Lot of 2 Vintage Best Plastics Lucite Tan Black Crme Bangles Book PIeces
$14.95
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MEDIUM THICK DOME ART DECO MIDCENTURY BUTTERSCOTCH BAKELITE BANGLE MO 102117
$18.75
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THIN SQUARISH ART DECO MIDCENTURY ICED TEA BAKELITE AMBER BANGLE MO 102117
$13.13
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THICK DOME ART DECO MIDCENTURY ICED TEA BAKELITE BANGLE BRASS WIRE 102117
$64.08
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NOS CHUNKY LUCITE PLASTIC BANGLE BRACELET BLUE OPAQUE CLEAR TAPERED
$8.50
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NOS LUCITE PLASTIC BANGLE BRACELET RASPBERRY PINK OPAQUE CLEAR TAPERED
$8.50
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Signed Shultz Bakelite Bracelet
$75.00
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2 Lot Bakelite Dark Yellow Round Tube Bangles Wrist Bracelet Vintage Old Narrow
$49.25
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Vintage flowers leaves creamy color celluloid bracelet bangle 3
$13.99
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Vintage Carved Blueberry Bracelet Vintage Jewelry
$12.50
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VINTAGE BROWN WHITE SNAKE WIDE CELLULOID BANGLE BRACELET IN GIFT BOX
$22.00
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One Lot Of 6 Plastic 5 Bangles 1 Stretch
$4.99
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Vintage Blue Lucite Rhinestone Bangle Bracelet 15x8
$38.99
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Bakelite Bangle Bracelet Brown Swirl Translucent Marbled
$12.00
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Vintage Bakelite Butterscotch Deeply Carved Bangle Bracelet Tested
$60.00
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Vintage Bakelite Translucent Green Chunky Bangle Bracelet Tested
$45.00
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Vintage Bakelite Moss Green Deeply Carved Bangle Bracelet Tested
$95.00
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2 Lot Bakelite Orange Tube Bangles Wrist Bracelet Vintage Old Narrow Solid Slim
$54.25
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Ippolita like Bangle Bracelet
$24.00
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Vintage Pink Mother of Pearl LUCITE Hinged Clamper BRACELET Leaf Shaped ESTATE
$85.00
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vintage bakelite braclet ribbed cranapple red
$14.44
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Pair Vintage BAKELITE Heavy Wide Black Black Bangle Marble Brown Bangle
$39.99
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Vintage Jade Green Lucite by Carolina Bangle Bracelets and Necklace Set NOS
$174.99
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Vintage Apple Juice Bakelite Large Chunky Bangle Bracelet Tested
$59.97
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Yellow Bakelite w Orange Stripes
$227.00
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Antique Gold Bakelite Bracelet
$366.00
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2 Narrow Green Bakelite Bangles
$232.00
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ESTATE JAPAN VINTAGE CORAL FLORAL MOLDED CELLULOID WIDE BANGLE BRACELET
$49.99
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Black and Cream Bakelite Bracelet
$377.00
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RARE VINTAGE CONFETTI LUCITE CLEAR BLACK TRIANGLE BANGLE BRACELET 1970s
$40.00
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ESTATE JAPAN VINTAGE HAND PAINTED FLORAL MOLDED CELLULOID WIDE BANGLE BRACELET
$39.99
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Black and Pink Bakelite Bracelet
$282.00
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Rafael Sanchez Bracelet and Earrings
$297.00
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DeGrazia Painted Bracelet
$317.00
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Bracelet w Semi Precious Stones
$227.00
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Vintage NAUGHTY or NICE Black Lettering On White Lucite Bangle Bracelet
$12.00
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Vintage Thick Chunky Milky White Lucite Bangle Bracelet Flower Design
$12.00
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Vintage Translucent Apple Juice Leopard Lucite Bangle Bracelet 15 Wide
$12.00
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Vintage Purple Lace Fabric Under Lucite Bangle Bracelet Stack Style 1 Wide
$12.00
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Bakelite Bracelet

Bakelite Bracelet

Bakelite Jewellery

Bakelite was the first fully synthetic plastic, patented by Leo Baekeland in 1907. Bakelite was produced in a wonderful range of colours and affectionately given names such as "butterscotch" and "Apple Juice".  However the real value of Bakelite was that it was very easy to work with and could be intricately carved.  Delivered in rods, tubes, blocks and sheets, it was used in a multitude of products.

 After the depression in the United States, the new fun Bakelite jewellery became extremely popular, thanks to their very modest pricing as well as their novelty.  Even Chanel produced Bakelite bracelets set with large stones. However, the plastic's demise coincided with the United States entering the Second World War as production moved from luxury goods to necessities.  It never recovered.

Bakelite jewellery can fetch very large sums of money,.  Although originally sold as "penny" jewellery, this cheapness also made them disposable and most were thrown away. This means little Bakelite jewellery survives today and that which does is highly sought after,

Recognising Bakelite jewellery is extremely difficult due to the large numbers of copies and forgeries on the market. The only way to tell if a piece is genuine is through knowledge of design and materials.  Things that you should look out for are ; the colours at different times; the depth of colours; the internal texture and the sound as you gently tap the piece with a fingernail.

Bakelite has one other important disadvantage, and that is cracking and chipping.  For all it's virtues , it is a brittle plastic.  If you drop a Bakelite bangle, it is unlikely to survive.

About the Author

 

Fiona Johnson is owner of online jewellery store Taylor & Vine and has a wealth of experience buying and selling vintage and contemporary jewellery.

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