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    Posted 1 year ago

    Elisabethan
    (270 items)

    I bought this bangle on an online auction as vintage bangle. Where I live bakelite jewelry is not known and therefore wouldn't say bakelite even if it was and therefore no one would benefit from trying to cheat you. It is just a lot of vintage plastic and you will have to figurer it out yourself. It didn't cost a lot so it was a chance on my part, can still wear it whatever it is. When it has now arrived I am quite puzzled by it. It has a sort of orange/mandarin color, weight is the same as my yellow bakelite bangle, same sound to it and yellow comes up when you rub some cromepolish on (I tryed it on in- and outside surface with same result). The swirls look ok in shape, I think. What makes me confused is the inside. It has a strange glittery inside that I have never seen and the color seem a bit bright? If I rub it very very hard I think there is that smell to it but not as strong as from the yellow one - or maybe it is my arm burning upp from rubbing the bangle?! :)

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    1. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 1 year ago
      Thanks Broochman! I don't know if that is sure. It makes me wonder because the inside is something you always look at to make sure it has the right stripy type of pattern that you would see on a swirl bakelite bangle.... and why change the inside that is not visible when you wear it? The only effect I can see from the outside is maybe that it is still translucent like the yellow one but not as much...? I am glad you like it though, it has a cool color.
    2. Pencil-necked-geek Pencil-necked-geek, 1 year ago
      No matter what color the bakelite, if you rub it with a paper towel soaked in Scrubbing Bubbles bathroom cleaner, it will leave a nicotine-like brown stain. Other plastics will not stain like that.

      Best test for authenticity, IMHO. Nice bangle - sure it isn't an earring from the HooToo tribe?
    3. valentino97 valentino97, 1 year ago
      You have an old phenolic bracelet - bakelite. Some of the company names were "bakelite, catalin, marbelette" . The chemical formula has been used since 1920's on up to 1970's. After that only designers used the original formulas because resins, acrylic and lucite were cheaper and looked great and sold. Hey, I love those too, I'm not a "bakelite" snob. But the difference is "bakelite" is very strong. Jewelry looks brand new! Resins and lucite scratch or warp.

      Love both your bangles - I think they are from the 1950's.

      The inside of a "bakelite" bangle is lighter and closer to the original color of the item. Red, black and brown are exceptions but
    4. valentino97 valentino97, 1 year ago
      oops, but the inside is another way to test that it is a phenolic "bakelite" item.
    5. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 1 year ago
      Thanks Pencilneckedgeek for your coment even if I don't get the last part of it :) - no it is not an earring.

      Thanks Valentino! I also think that bangles can be nice even if it is not bakelite, but I don't want to say here that it is bakelite if I am not very close to sure. Are you saying that you think this is actually bakelite?
      I haven't seen another bakelite bangle with this "glittery" inside and or with this color.

      When testing with the polish it comes off yellow even when I test the inside of it.
    6. valentino97 valentino97, 1 year ago
      Yes it is phenolic formula plastic described many yrs ago by mfg as bakelite, catalin, marbelette - these 3 companies used the formula to create beautiful jewelry and also radios, car and airplane dash boards, desk accessories, cameras, silverware handles, store displays and much more because it was THE plastic of the era.
    7. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 1 year ago
      Ok, thanks. Have you seen the glittersurface on the inside? Don't know if it shows well in photos. Have you seen that before on bakelite Val? :)
    8. valentino97 valentino97, 1 year ago
      Also, your items are similar to this post from a few years ago. I think mine are from the 50's or up to 1970's. They look like a match to your bracelet. :-)

      https://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/238783-bakelite-hoop-earrings
    9. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 1 year ago
      Thanks Valentino, they are very nice. But they don't have the inside that I am tolkning about. The goldish glittery inside that makes me question mine.
    10. valentino97 valentino97, 1 year ago
      Hello dear friend! Our comments are crossing in real time. Maybe share another photo, but I am pretty sure your bracelet is phenolic plastic - generally known as "bakelite" and from 50's-70's.
    11. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 1 year ago
      Hello MY dear friend :).
      I have emailed you more photos. Thanks!
    12. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 1 year ago
      I love both of these and think they look great together! Nice close up shots and I love the swirls in them. I don't see the glitter you are talking about though. You never know, maybe someone that owned it before put glitter nail polish on it thinking it would show through, who knows?
    13. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 1 year ago
      Mary, thanks for my dictionary lesson today! ;)

      Phenolic | Definition of Phenolic by Merriam-Webster
      https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phenolic

      Phenolic definition is - of, relating to, or having the characteristics of a phenol. 1: a usually thermosetting resin or plastic made by condensation of a phenol with an aldehyde and used especially for molding and insulating and in coatings and adhesives — called also phenolic resin
    14. jbingham95 jbingham95, 1 year ago
      Very nice.I just bought my daughter a coral color bangle that I think is made of glass but it looks a lot like yours that are a really nice color.I think you did real good buying these.
    15. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 1 year ago
      Thankyou Shareurpassion for nice coments and inputs! I thought about the nailpolish but I think it is not. With polish on it it comes of with the yellow as when I rub the rest of the bangle :)

      Thankyou Jbingham! A glassbangle sounds beautiful and rare! This is not glass though. Thanks for nice coment and ideas. :)

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