Bakelite Jewelry Obsession?

Bakelite Jewelry Display at Mittagong Antiques CentreMy Bakelite jewelry display at Mittagong Antiques Centre

What is it that is so wonderful about Bakelite jewelry?

I asked myself this question when I was recently interviewed for the local rag and they asked me this question. I came out with a rather silly answer - "It's almost good enough to eat!"  Since then, I realised that this kneejerk response was possibly not so stupid.

Caramel, butterscotch, applejuice, cherry amber, root beer, mustard - these are just some of the edible words I've seen to describe this marvellous jewelry, and some of my beads really do look and feel like toffee or caramel sweets. 

Newspaper clipping featuring Lesley Postle, Bakelite CollectorMe in the local paper!

I was never that much into jewelry until I met Bakelite. Who would have thought that mere plastic would hold so much more fascination for me than gold or diamonds? 

Marbled Caramel Bakelite BeadsMarbled Caramel Bakelite Beads

Delicious Colours

Maybe its the colours - earthy colours like burgundy, lilac, emerald green, tortoiseshell and all shades of honey and amber, or brighter shades for summer like red, orange, brilliant yellow and grass green. 

Not to mention all the marbled, swirly mixtures of colours, or the transparent pieces with reverse carving and painted flowers, fish, animals and other fanciful designs that inhabit the world of Bakelite. 

Or perhaps it's just the beauty of early plastic, its history, its connection with that lively, elegant and sophisticated period we call Art Deco.

There are lots of pages here for you to learn about the different types, or read here about Bakelite Jewelry History.

Selection of colourful Bakelite rings

More on rings coming soon!

The great thing is that there is a piece for every occasion.  For frivolous occasions you can wear a brooch with cherries on it, or even a pin with a set of tools dangling.  There are necklaces with a whole fruit salad dancing on a Celluloid chain. 

Translucent Red Bakelite Egyptian Style CollarTranslucent Red Bakelite Egyptian Style Collar

If you want to be elegant, an Egyptian style collar or geometric shaped necklace will bring a touch of sophistication to any outfit. 

An arm full of bangles is great fun, or a big colourful ring will get you noticed when you hand over a ticket to the theatre.  Whether you like to be different and make a statement, or just like to wear a gorgeous coloured bead necklace to blend in with your outfit, there is something for everyone.

Have you got a really cool look when you wear your collection?  Tell us about your favourite buys here.

Marbled yellow and caramel Bakelite BeadsMarbled yellow and caramel Bakelite beads

Check Out My Selection of Great Bakelite Jewellery Books

Click on the books to see inside!

UK viewers might like to browse this selection of Bakelite jewelry books

Buy from Me at the New Decolish Store!

including the latest collectable Erstwilder

Or choose from the current listings on eBay USA, UK or Australia:

Check out the seller's feedback rating before buying and be careful of which currency the prices are displaying in, if you are not on your home country site.  Not all sellers ship overseas, so do check with them before purchasing. 

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