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Vintage Bakelite Chunky Green Marble Hinged Bangle Clamper Bracelet TESTED
$99.99
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JCrew Bracelet Faux Tortoise Shell Goldtone Links Chunky About 775L Signed
$17.50
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Lot 3 Bakelite Lucite Bracelets White Saucer Plastic Antique Mid Century
$23.00
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Turquoise frosted bangle bracelet
$25.00
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Vintage 1950s large red bracelet with large white polka dot
$19.99
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Jewelry Bakelite Plastic Price Values Book Rings Pins Earring Necklace Bracelets
$17.96
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2 5 cm Wide Chunky Lucite Cream Faux MOP Bangle Bracelet 795 grams
$25.00
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VINTAGE ART DECO CELLULOID LUCITE PINK AND BLUE RHINESTONES BRACELET BANGLE
$200.00
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Monet Gold Plated and White Bakelite Stretch Cuff Bracelet
$19.99
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MARBLEIZED VINTAGE green SWIRL THERMOPLASTIC lucite BANGLE bracelet 1 X SALE
$25.00
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VINTAGE BAKELITE CAST CARVED GEOMETRIC BROWN AND BUTTERSCOTCH RING
$300.00
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VINTAGE DEEPLY CARVED YELLOW BAKELITE BANGLE BRACELET TESTED
$555.55
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Retro Pink and Purple Lucite Bracelets
$9.00
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VINTAGE BLACK WHITE CARVED ROSE LUCITE BANGLE BRACELET IN GIFT BOX
$24.00
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GORGEOUS Vintage 1930s Translucent Marbled Green Yellow BAKELITE DOT BRACELET
$495.00
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GORGEOUS Vintage 1930s 40s Carved BAKELITE and Goldtone Floral Design BRACELET
$295.00
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HUGE Vintage 1980s Orange Lucite Inset Carved RABBITS Design Bangle BRACELET
$695.00
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Vintage Bakelite Carved Flower Bangle Bracelet circa 1950s
$60.00
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Vintage 1960s Thermoplastic Bracelet Earrings Demi Set LIPSTICK RED
$39.00
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Retro Acrylic Orange Marbled Bracelet
$6.00
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Vintage Butterscotch Bakelite Bracelets Three 3
$29.95
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VINTAGE Green Deeply Carved Bakelite Bangle TESTED w 409
$137.50
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CELLULOID Heavy Faux Bone Bangle Bracelet Cream with Brass Inlay line
$43.27
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Vintage Large Bracelet Bakelite Bangle Swirl Yellow Tested
$95.00
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Vintage Large Bracelet Bakelite Bangle Forest Green Riveted
$95.00
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Jan Carlin Designer Marble Bead Bakelite One of a Kind Deco Statement Bracelet
$166.25
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Vintage Large Bracelet Bakelite Bangle Honey Carmel Yellow Riveted
$95.00
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Vintage Large Bakelite Bangle Amber Tortoise Swirl Carved Bracelet
$95.00
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Vintage Large Bracelet Bakelite Bangle Carved Fun Yellow Tested
$95.00
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Vintage Large Laminated Bracelet Bakelite Bangle yellow and Orange ZIG ZAG
$232.75
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VINTAGE to recent MONSTER LOT OF Bangel BRACELETS Mixed materials
$19.99
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Vintage 2 White Yellow Sleek Lucite Old Plastic Slip On Bangle Bracelet Set
$15.29
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Bangle Bracelet Wide Chunky deep rich honey Color Gorgeous
$39.00
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Lucite Bangle Bracelet Pink Moonglow Wide Opening Vintage 1960s
$10.00
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Lucite Bangle Bracelet Spearmint Green Wide Opening Vintage 1960s
$14.00
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WONDERFUL VINTAGE ART DECO CARVED CELLULOID BANGLE BRACELET
$1.99
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Green Marbled Bangle 3 4 Wide x 1 8 Unknown Plastic
$23.75
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Vintage Pair of Green Bakelite Bracelets Pair 2 Two
$3.95
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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
$46.78
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Bakelite Cherry Amber Translucent Disc 1 2 Thick 176 Grams
$46.78
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Bakelite Butterscotch Bangle 1 2 Wide x 1 4 Thick 21 Grams
$46.78
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Bakelite Butterscotch Bangle 1 2 Wide x 1 4 Thick 214 Grams
$46.78
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Vintage Rootbeer Bakelite Bracelet 5 8 inch wide 25 inch diameter
$16.00
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Estate Bakelite Hinged Clamper Bracelet Cuff Gold Swirl
$39.99
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PINK THERMOSET LUCITE BANGLE BRACELET VINTAGE 1960S VINTAGE
$43.65
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VINTAGE BAKELITE OR CELLULOID CARVED BANGLE BRACELET VINTAGE PLASTIC
$62.99
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VINTAGE BUTTERSCOTCH FACETED CELLULOID BANGLE BRACELET IN GIFT BOX
$18.00
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Vintage carved BAKELITE Butterscotch bracelet
$30.00
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VINTAGE BLACK CELLULOID RHINESTONE BANGLE BRACELET
$20.00
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Retro 1980s Chandelier bracelet Lucite crystal lampwork bead prism charm Silver
$49.95
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Vintage Monet Bakelite Rare HTF Blue Moon Green Swirl Gold Tone Bangle Tested
$29.99
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Vintage Marbleized Green Bakelite Bangle Bracelet
$10.50
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VINTAGE BAKELITE BRACELET OR BANGLE CARVED BLACK CLAMPER STYLE
$285.00
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Lot of 5 VTG lucite Acrylic and Bakelite bangle bracelets
$30.00
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VTG ESTATE MOD 60s YELLOW ORANGE LUCITE ACRYLIC STONES GOLDTONE CHARM BRACELET
$24.95
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Lot of 5 Vintage Pink Red Plastic Gold Tone Crystal Bangle and Clasp Bracelets
$9.95
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4 VINTAGE 40S BAKELITE BANGLE BRACELETS SPACERS CREAM CORN BUTTER YELLOW
$30.00
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Vintage Golden Yellow BAKELITE Bangle Bracelets 2 Tested
$18.99
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Vintage Celluloid Buckle Enameled Beaded Cat Bracelet
$25.00
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Vintage Lucite Wide Chunky Stretch Panel Bracelet Black Silver w Tags
$7.99
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Vintage Lucite Beaded Stretch Bracelets 2 1 Black 1 White w Original Tags
$9.00
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Beautiful antique coffee color bakelite plastic bracelet
$45.00
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Vintage Bakelite Bangle Bracelet Carved Leaf Design Mustard Yellow Tested
$29.95
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Multicolor Bangle Bracelet
$20.00
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Vintage marbled amber Bakelite bangle bracelet metal wrap Tests positive
$24.75
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Vintage 1 4 Domed Bakelite Bracelet Spinach Green Yellow Marbled Colors
$15.29
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Vintage Gorgeous Red Marbled Bakelite Bangle Bracelet
$350.00
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Super Chunky Butterscotch Lucite Plastic Bangle Bracelet Orange Retro Kitsch
$20.00
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Lot Of 20 Vintage Plastic Bangle Bracelets Red Black Blue Yellow White
$35.00
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Vintage Hawaiian Punch Lucite Bangle Bracelet
$22.50
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Vintage Costume Jewelry Silver Tone Open Link Bracelet 8 Long GLOBE WORLD CHARM
$19.49
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FABULOUS VINTAGE 1950S FALL LUCITE ACORN NUTS LEAVES CHARM BRACELET
$48.00
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Vintage Natural Branch Coral Triple strand Bracelet and carved bakelite earrings
$5.00
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NOS CHUNKY LUCITE PLASTIC BANGLE BRACELET BLUE OPAQUE CLEAR TAPERED
$8.50
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Vtg Modern Stack Lucite Plastic Bracelet Set Bright Colors Boho Chic 5
$49.99
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NOS LUCITE PLASTIC BANGLE BRACELET RASPBERRY PINK OPAQUE CLEAR TAPERED
$8.50
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3 VINTAGE END OF DAY BAKELITE GREEN and BUTTERSCOTCH BANGLE BRACELET lot
$18.58
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2 Lot Bakelite Dark Yellow Round Tube Bangles Wrist Bracelet Vintage Old Narrow
$39.40
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Vintage Carved Blueberry Bracelet Vintage Jewelry
$25.00
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VINTAGE BROWN WHITE SNAKE WIDE CELLULOID BANGLE BRACELET IN GIFT BOX
$22.00
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Vtg Bakelite Rootbeer Swirl Bracelet Earrings Set Tst+
$169.99
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2 Lot Bakelite Orange Tube Bangles Wrist Bracelet Vintage Old Narrow Solid Slim
$43.40
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vintage chunky black cherry red faceted waffled lucite bangle 7 8 wide
$9.99
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Vintage Pink Mother of Pearl LUCITE Hinged Clamper BRACELET Leaf Shaped ESTATE
$85.00
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Vintage Mah Jong Tile And Bakelite Bracelet
$100.00
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bakelite 3 piece bangle set Small black Bangle Perfect for a collector
$115.00
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Vtg Acrylic Feather Thick Bangle Bracelet 125x8
$24.99
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Vintage Apple Juice Bakelite Large Chunky Bangle Bracelet Tested
$59.97
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Vintage Bracelet Jewelry Lot Plastic Bakelite More ab954
$17.50
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Vintage Bakelite Bangle Bracelet Butterscotch Tested
$35.00
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Vintage bracelet lucite bangle wide colorful banded Lucite abstract modern 1960s
$27.50
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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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