Sunday, July 26, 2015

Vintage Art Deco Bakelite Bracelets

I have posted below some interesting examples of early 20th century art deco Bakelite bracelets.


This fantastic 1930's era piece features a very modern-looking art deco shape in bright orange attached with large pewter links to a curved black half-moon bracelet.  


This fabulous Bakelite Hinged Philadelphia Bracelet sold for $3,550 on eBay and received 25 bids!
The elongated triangles in bold colors are typical art deco shapes representing speed and technology of the period.

 This last piece features an art deco "clamper" style bracelet in butterscotch yellow.   

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Hattie Carnegie Jewelry

Hattie Carnegie was an American fashion and costume jewelry designer of Austrian-Jewish descent.  Her famous vintage costume jewelry is now highly recognizable and collectible.  Take a look at the whimsical jewelry pieces below.    Her jewelry featured what appears to be rhinestones and silver or gold-tone, along with celluloid, Lucite and Bakelite molds and beads. 
The second picture below shows a sweet owl brooch with art deco headdress and crystal or rhinestone eyes.   It is simply adorable.  
I love the fanciful jade-colored rooster which is so full of personality and texture.
The third picture is her snail jewelry designed with elegant rhinestone and gold detailing. 

Friday, June 26, 2015

Jakob Bengel Art Deco Modernist Jewelry

Jakob Bengel was a German costume jewelry designer who produced his experimental industrial pieces from 1924-1939.   Bengel's jewelry was highly influenced by the Art Deco and Bauhaus movements, emphasizing modern design in art and architecture.

The pieces below have a highly stylized industrial feel.  Red, black and silver features prominently in these designs, accentuating modern shapes and angular forms which were characteristic of the art deco style.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Animal Instincts Bakelite Jewelry Brooches

Whimsical animal jewelry is part of the classic Bakelite repertoire!   Popular Scottie dogs can be seen in many Bakelite pins and jewelry.   The unusual pin listed below actually has kitschy red cherries dangling from the Scottie pin!   This design is just too adorable!

Source: LizyStuff

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Studded Bakelite Bangle Jewelry

What makes Bakelite so intriguing to so many collectors?   

For me, its the fascinating colors used in Bakelite designs.   Rich Purples, Butterscotch, Applejuice, Stardust, Lime Greens, Cherry Reds, and Sunny Yellows all make up the kitschy colors of Bakelite jewelry!   The modern hardware found on these vintage finds shows their lasting appeal to so many people.

Can you believe these bangles are from the 1930's?   The studded hardware on a Butterscotch background look so modern.   The would easily fit in today's runway fashions. 

Source: Pinterest.

This amazing 1930's Bakelite bangle can be found at VaudevilleGypsy on Etsy.  The hardware is designed in a geometric Art Deco pattern.  What a splendid find!

This third fantastic find is on sale at ReclamationShop on Etsy.   The seller says it is 1950's stock and I am taking the liberty of saying it has wonderful brass hardware studs attached to and chocolate brown/vanilla Bakelite.

These jewelry pieces are terrific examples of the vintage finds still out there, waiting for new homes!  With so many appreciative buyers, it won't be long until these pieces are off the market!