Bakelite jewelry is a highly prized collectible. Bakelite can be found in a wide range of colors and carved shapes. The jewlery usually has an overall Art Deco look to it.
This wonderful red Bakelite pin that I found, seems like it could have been influenced by the Surrealists. It has sort of a Salvador Dali/Elsa Schiapparelli look to it.
Pamela Wiggins has written a very helpful article about collecting Bakelite. She tells how to identify the real deal from what collectors call "Fakelite". It is a must read if you are considering purchasing a piece of Bakelite jewelry!
This post was originally published on February 23, 2006.