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RARE SHULTZ CHECKERBOARD ( Vintage Bakelite Jewelry Shultz Checkerboard Bangle ): Contemporary designers, Ron and Ester Shultz, set the Bakelite world on its heels with their spectacular hand carved Bakelite and Lucite designs. They use only true Vintage Bakelite material that has been polished to reveal the stunningly bright color range that originally existed. The checkerboard squares in this domed bangle are all marbleized and spotlight the colors – purple, applejuice and butterscotch. A rare combination that is both sophisticated and fashionable. Checkerboards are dazzling because of their stunning precision and these are the artists who brought it all back. You are buying a handmade, signed work of art.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: 1” wide, 3/8” deep, 2 1/2” inner opening.



FASHION FAVORITE – SOBRAL ( Sobral Jewelry Acrylic Resin Bangle ): The hottest new designer in the plastic world is Brazilian Carlos Sobral. Longtime Bakelite and Lucite collectors are adding Sobral Bangles to their stacks of bangles to give them a new infusion of color and style. Each bangle is thoughtfully designed using vivid colors and patterns that give every piece a distinct look. For “ladies of style” who realize that “big is better” this is the bangle for you! Injected stripes and chunks give this bold bangle a multi-colored stripe effect. Vibrant, energetic and playful, this is the important “Now” look! Remember – Life is too short to wear boring jewelry.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: 2” wide, 3/8” deep, 2 5/8” inner opening.



DIVINELY DECO ( Vintage Art Deco Jewelry Necklace ): It was a great age of change – the war was over and young women “bright young things” bobbed their hair, roughed their knees, wore short beaded dresses and satin pumps. Everything was new, flashy and above all “Fun”. It was the era of jazz and flappers ruled. Every woman had her eye on Gatsby, but he saw only Daisy. The fashion of the day called for sautoir necklaces, a French term for a long necklace that suspends a tassel or other ornament at its end - the perfect complement for the frenetic dances of the day. This amazing black and carnelian necklace (c. 1920-25) has been in my personal collection for years. Pure Art Deco, it is made of early plastic and metal. (Does not test for Bakelite or carnelian stones.) The “all important” dangling ornament is gorgeous! Large oval disks of black with carnelian colored beads form a triangular centerpiece flanked by circular black pieces top and bottom with tiny rhinestones topped with round carnelian colored beads. The dangle ends with more tiny rhinestones, a carnelian bead and a black drop. The neck chain has black metal links. The effect of the total piece – simply eye dazzling!! These Deco pieces are in high demand and difficult to find. This necklace is most certainly fine enough for a party a Jay Gatsby's, where all of the careless people danced the night away. A unique treasure to own and to wear!

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Total length of necklace 20 1/2”, dangle 5 1/2” long, triangular center 3 1/2” long and 1 1/2” wide.



DOTS FOR DAYS ( Judith Evans Jewelry Dot Bangle ): Bold and uniquely colorful domed bangle by designer Judith Evans. This is a custom made bangle in the colors that I requested – there may not be another one like it. A lovely vivid green with various sized dots in rust, peach, orange, black and white dance across the surface of the bangle. Judith Evans pieces are made with her own special formula and do not test as Bakelite. The surface has a sleek polish and it feels so smooth and satiny on your wrist. A dynamite combination, this bangle creates a striking visual effect. The look of Bakelite at a price that will make your mouth water. Bangle is signed “J. Evans”.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: 1 1/2” wide, 1/2” deep, 2 5/8” inner opening.



MYTHICAL SEA HORSE ( Brad Elfrink Vintage Bakelite Jewelry “Sea Horse” Brooch / Pin ): A gorgeous brooch custom made for me by Bakelite Artist Brad Elfrink who never fails to amaze me! Using only Vintage Bakelite stock, Brad refinishes the pieces to bring back the fabled colors of the original Bakelite. The subject here is a Hippocampus, the fabled sea animal from Greek mythology. The chariot of Poseidon was drawn by a Hippocampus. It resembles a horse with the hind parts of a fish or dolphin. The name comes from the Greek “hippos” for horse and “kampos” a sea monster. The name was also used to classify one species of sea horse. A large pin, nice and thick to get the needed depth for Brad's carving. The horse portion is carved from a deep caramel brown and tail from a deep emerald green. The eye is black Bakelite inlaid and the hooves are black enamel. Just look at the detail in the tail and beautiful proportions of horse including the astonishing mane! The back has a large safety clasp pin back and is inscribed “Brad Elfrink” with the date “3-22-6”. If there is a “Master of Bakelite” that title would certainly belong to Brad. His pin is simply gorgeous!

Condition: Mint
.Size: 3” long, 2 1/4” high, 3/8” deep.



CARVED STARBURST ( Vintage Bakelite Jewelry Bangle Bracelet ): This is a nice piece to slip into your bangle collection. A Vintage Bakelite Bangle (c. 1940) with medium carving all the way around. On two of the sides are elongated diamond designs; in between are more intricately carved curved and tapered starburst effects. Thick and graceful this creamed corn (with hints of peach) bangle is one that will blend in with many colors. I have noticed a recent trend of wear using just various shades of this neutral bangle. Some light, some dark, but all in the same basic tone seems to be catching on with many collectors. Guaranteed to make any day sunny and bright. A handsome bangle at an affordable price.

Condition: Excellent Vintage.
Size: 3/4” wide, 1/2” deep, 2 1/2” inner opening



SOARING HIGH ( Vintage Bakelite Jewelry Bird Brooch / Pin ): From my personal collection I am offering this delightful Vintage Bakelite and Lucite Bird in flight pin. The body of the bird is light Kelly green Bakelite with a lovely carved split tail and painted enamel touches on the neck, eye and beak. A true duo – the heavily carved clear Vintage Lucite wings give the airy feel of flight. This is a book piece from the 1940's. Birds were a popular subject for the Bakelite market at that time. The wings are secured by two screw pins and the riveted pin back has the original C clasp closure. Fun and Fabulous!

Condition: Excellent Vintage. One dot of paint is missing.
Size: 4” wing span, 3” bird length, 1/2” deep.



STRIPES OF A DIFFERENT COLOR ( Vintage Jewelry Early Plastic Clip Earrings ): Stripes are always in fashion and these Vintage Earrings (c. 1960) are a perfect example of why they never go unnoticed! The colors of rootbeer and cream make me think of a tasty rootbeer float. Good sized drops dangle from a ball shaped clip top. Alternating colors give them a long lean look. Purchased at the NYC Triple Pier Show about 25 years ago. These stripe earrings will work perfectly with your Bakelite Bangles and all eyes will be on you as these tasty treats dance around your face.

Condition: Excellent. Clips work perfectly.
Size: 2 1/4” long, drops are 5/8” in diameter at the bottom.



GREEN LUCITE WITH STERLING OVERLAY ( Green Translucent Lucite Bangle with Sterling Silver Overlay ): Made in France, this quite spectacular domed Translucent Green Lucite Bangle has a cut-out Sterling Silver overlay of modernistic design. Whimsy and elegance combine in this rare and high fashion bangle. Truly luscious and dramatic, if you are a collector of the unusual the addition of this bangle will instantly express your fashion creativity and enthusiasm to own the very best of glamorous accessories. (This is part of a set of three different designs and colors that you can treasure.)

Condition: Mint.
Size: 5/8” wide, 3/8” deep, 2 5/8” inner opening.



BLUE LUCITE WITH STERLING OVERLAY ( Blue Translucent Lucite Jewelry Bangle with Sterling Silver Overlay ): Made in France, this quite spectacular domed Translucent Blue Lucite Bangle has a cut-out Sterling Silver overlay of circles that resemble bubbles. Whimsy and elegance combine in this rare and high fashion bangle. Truly luscious and dramatic, if you are a collector of the unusual the addition of this bangle will instantly express your fashion creativity and enthusiasm to own the very best of glamorous accessories. (This is part of a set of three different designs and colors that you can treasure.)

Condition: Mint.
Size: 3/4” wide, 3/8” deep, 2 5/8” inner opening.



LAVENDER LUCITE WITH STERLING OVERLAY ( Lavender Translucent Lucite Bangle with Sterling Silver Overlay ): Made in France, this quite spectacular domed Translucent Lavender Lucite Bangle has a cut-out Sterling Silver overlay of modernistic design. Whimsy and elegance combine in this rare and high fashion bangle. Truly luscious and dramatic, if you are a collector of the unusual the addition of this bangle will instantly express your fashion creativity and enthusiasm to own the very best of glamorous accessories. (This is part of a set of three different designs and colors that you can treasure.)

Condition: Mint.
Size: 5/8” wide, 3/8” deep, 2 5/8” inner opening.



SHULTZ CHECKERBOARD LIZARD ( Vintage Bakelite Jewelry Shultz Lizard Brooch / Pin ): Present day Bakelite artists, Don and Ester Shultz, have created this delightful checkerboard lizard pin. I have had it in my private collection since 2001 and am now offering it to a new collector who will love and treasure it as I have. The colorful oxidized vintage pieces have been polished to their original bright, vibrant, rich and intense colors – and then laminated over a deep red base. This cute life-sized guy has inlaid yellow eyes with black pupils. (Shultz lizards similar to this one are pictured in Karima Parry's book “Shultz Bakelite Jewelry” as well as in her “Bakelite Pins” book.) The back has a safety clasp. Checkerboards are dazzling because of their stunning precision. You are buying a hand made, signed work of art. Just picture this fanciful guy on your favorite jacket. He looks great on denims too – all eyes will be on you!

Condition: Excellent.
Size: 4 1/4” long, 1 3/4” wide, 3/8” deep.



LUMINOUS MOTHER-OF-PEARL ( Vintage Bakelite Jewelry Inset with MOP Carving Clamper Bracelet & Pin Set ): Here is another rare Vintage Bakelite set from my personal collection. Executed in superb detail, I am offering a Vintage Black Bakelite Set (clamper bracelet and matching pin) inset with hand carvings of luminous Mother-of-Pearl. (c. 1960) The bracelet and pin are hand carved as well with deeply scalloped edges. The hinged bracelet has a circular centerpiece with scalloped edges framing the exquisite carving of a chrysanthemum and forget-me-nots. The large oval of MOP in the matching brooch displays a larger version of the same floral theme. There is a safety catch on the pin closure. I have seen Vintage Bakelite set with figural metal decorations, mirrors, watches and even feathers! (Josephine Baker owned that piece.) But this set, using a black and white color scheme is strikingly dramatic and brings to mind the Art Deco period. You will be the center of attention wearing this rare set with luminous iridescent Mother-of-Pearl in sleek black Bakelite. They make a memorably glamorous pairing. You won't see this again!

Condition: Excellent. Tight hinge. Sold only as a set.
Size: Bracelet: 1 3/4” circular center piece with 1 1/4” circular MOP inset. Bracelet tapers from 1 3/8” wide in front to 3/4” in back, 1/4” thick. 2 1/2” inner opening. Brooch: 2 7/8” wide, 2” high, 1/4” deep. MOP inset 1 7/8” wide, 1 5/8” high.



CHECK-MATE: (Judith Evans Resin Jewelry Checkerboard Bangle ): This bold and wide three row checkerboard domed bangle is by designer Judith Evans. Black and white checks are accented by red rims. These three row checks are top of the line pieces. The colorful red trim adds to the sleek polish of this beautiful bangle and it feels so smooth and satiny on your wrist. (This bangle is made without formaldehyde and does not test like Vintage Bakelite.) Black, white and red is a dynamite combination and creates a striking visual effect. The look of Vintage Bakelite at a price that makes your mouth water!

Condition: Excellent. Mint! (Frog not included. Sorry!)
Size: Ladies, this bangle has a larger inner opening of 2 5/8” instead of the 2 1/2” of Vintage bangles. 1 1/2” wide, 1/4” thick.



YUMMY LEAVES OF BAKELITE ( Vintage Bakelite Jewelry Brooch / Pin ): What a fabulous vintage find – a Bakelite Dangle Pin. (c. 1930-40) These pins have become very scarce. I think that collectors are hanging onto them because they realize that they have very desirable pieces. This delightful pin has thick hand carved leaves at the top and six gracefully curved caramel hanging leaves with pea soup colored bell shaped dangles at each leaf center. They all hang from a caramel colored celluloid chain. The “bells” are strung on white knotted cords. Time has not dimmed the luster of this scarce dangle pin. The original pin back includes a safety clasp closure. Colorful and appealing, this collector's brooch brings the pulse of the past into your life. Everything old becomes new again and adds a quick fix to update your fashion style. Fun and Fabulous!

Condition: Very good. A few very small white spots and some wear on cords. (Price reflects these.)
Size: Total length 4 1/2” long, hangs 3” wide. Each leaf 1 3/4” long, 1” wide. Bells 1/2” long.




RARE RUNWAY PARADISE ( Vintage “Isadora” French Bakelite Jewelry Necklace ): This large Vintage French “Isadora” necklace is a truly exceptional and important piece to add to any collection. (c. 1979) The theme of this bit of tropical paradise includes an exotic bird, a branch of coral, a large black blossom and – most special of all – a black celluloid perfume bottle containing the newly created perfume “Isadora”. (The glass perfume bottle inside the black container is still almost full of the original perfume.) I just love the colors! The tropical bird is peach and vanilla, the branch of coral is also those colors. Made of Galalith (often called French Bakelite), the exotic black blossom and black celluloid perfume container add drama to the peach, salmon and black circular and tubular beads. The perfume container is marked “ © Isadora 79” on the top and the back of the bird is marked “Isadora Paris” with the double art deco nude logo. There is a screw style closure. This necklace – typical of Isadora pieces, uses big bold elements to enhance the incredible necklace design. Isadora always wanted to give her pieces on exclusive, limited production so that her clientele had the feeling that they were wearing a rare jewelry piece. This is an early and rare runway necklace, not the simplified versions you see now. I feel that this conveys the best of Isadora's work. An unforgettable necklace that you will not see again.

Condition: Excellent. Never worn. Used only in a display of perfume bottles.
Size: Length 19”. Height of pendants/drops – Bird 4 3/4”, Coral 4 1/2”, Blossom 2”, Perfume container 1 1/2”.



PIERROT & ISADORA! ( Vintage French Bakelite Jewelry “Isadora” Necklace ): Pierrot & Isadora – what could be more French! This all black and white Vintage French Bakelite “Isadora” necklace is a truly exceptional piece to add to any collection. (c.1980) Besides the Pierrot figure whose arms move independently of the the body, you can see it has 3 stars and a white modular container which unscrews to reveal a vial of “Isadora” Perfume still 40% full. The perfume was named after the famous American barefoot modern dancer, Isadora Duncan. The rest of the necklace, all made of French Bakelite (Galalith, a milk based plastic), consists of black spherical beads except for the four cone shaped ones on each side of Pierrot. The necklace fastens with a screw closure within what looks like an oblong black bead. The back of the Pierrot figure is hot stamped “ISADORA PARIS” & “© ISADORA 1979”. Her trademark of twin Art Deco ladies is in the center. This necklace – typical of Isadora pieces – uses big, bold elements to enhance her necklace designs. I had searched for information about the creator of ISADORA for years. In 2011 I received a lovely email from her husband, Pierre Dinand. Here is part of what he said: “ISADORA was created by Danielle Poullain in 1976 and still exists in Paris today, she has never stopping her activity. Her Store is located in the St Germain area......She created jewelry for many Fashion designers including Karl Lagerfeld, Yves Saint Laurent, Missoni, Tiffany and Givenchy.” I am so grateful to him for writing so I could add this information for all of you who are fascinated by the lady and her jewelry, just as I am.

Condition: Excellent. Small defect in molding on side of one star point – see photo.
Size: Pierrot figure 4 1/2” high, 1 3/4” wide at arms. Stars 1 1/8” long. Perfume container 2 1/2” long, 5/8” in diameter. Beads 1/2” in diameter. Necklace 20” long.



SUNRISE / SUNFLOWER ( Vintage Bakelite Jewelry Carved Bangle Bracelet ): Vintage Bakelite collectors love these deep, heavily hand carved patterned bangles. (c. 1930-40) I can’t decide if it’s a sunrise or a sunflower design. Call it what you wish – this is the real thing. Imagine the master craftsman who held this round bangle against the cutting wheel to produce this complex design. The color is almost a light butterscotch or, if you prefer, a deep creamed corn. From my personal collection, I have always loved the way this Vintage Bakelite Bracelet made any day sunny and brighter. Match it up with black, brown, green, rootbeer – or for a very “today” look – try it with burgundy. You can add plain colored bangles on either side and this carved beauty will take the spotlight even more. If you are a serious collector this bangle will instantly express your fashion creativity and enthusiasm to own the very best of Vintage Bakelite.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Just over 1” wide, 1/4' deep, 2 1/2” inner opening.




EGYPTIAN WINGED BEAUTY ( Brad Elfrink Vintage Bakelite Egyptian Scarab Beetle Pendant ): One of today's most talented Bakelite artists – Brad Elfrink – uses only Vintage Bakelite in the most clever and artistic manner to create his bangles and pins. I was lucky enough to know him and his work before he became popular with other Bakelite collectors. Here is a scarab pendant carved from vintage blue moon Bakelite with insets of tequila sunrise and marbleized red Bakelite. The design is borrowed from ancient Egyptian artifacts with the beetle in the middle surrounded by outstretched wings that meet at the disc of red Bakelite which symbolizes the sun. The ancient Egyptians believed that the sun was rolled across the sky in its orbit by a scarab beetle. A beautiful piece of jewelry with the dark swirled blue moon looking similar to lapis lazuli. Blue is a color that you no longer see in Vintage Bakelite pieces from the 1930's and 1940's since it turns brown with time. Brad buffs off the patina to show you the original beautiful colors of this and his other pieces. This pendant hangs from a Sterling bale and 24” Sterling chain. The back is inscribed with Brads name and the date 10-4-06. This is a one-of-a-kind beauty. Remember to keep all of your Vintage Bakelite in dark drawers or boxes to help maintain the original colors.

Condition: Excellent. Chain included.
Size: 2” wide, 1 3/4” high, 1/8” deep.



** Frog not included and is for display purposes only**


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