My Bakelite Collection


bakelite jewelry collection from va-voom vintage

I'm a collector of many things but one of my main obsessions is bakelite. I started collecting bakelite about 2 years ago. When other wives want diamonds from their husbands, I want old plastic. I love the clack noise that they make and all of the beautiful colors.  Many of my bangles and earrings were found digging through antique mall booths and flea markets. I found several of them marked "plastic bracelet" at the cost of a few bucks and a blister from the rub-n-sniff test.  I find such excitement and suspense, digging through piles of junk, looking for my plastic treasures, inspecting, rubbing, smelling them like a lunatic and finally striking gold. I am so thankful to have a husband with rough hands and a keen sense of smell to help me!

bakelite earring collection from Va-Voom Vintage

carved bakelite earrings from Va-Voom Vintage

carved bakelite bangle bracelets from Va-Voom Vintage

blue bakelite bracelet

red bakelite bangle bracelets

green bakelite bangle bracelets

pink bakelite spacer bracelets
bakelite earring hoops
the dangling butterscotch earrings were my first Mother's Day gift from Pj and Olivia

bakelite necklace and hat pin
                                      a bakelite necklace and hat pin, both a surprise find!
bakelite button stud clip earrings

bakelite rootbeet bangle bracelet
My first bakelite
red and green bakelite bangle bracelet
Christmas gifts from Amanda (red) and Pj (green)


  1. Such beautiful colors! I've always been afraid of bangles. I have a wide palm and am afraid that I would break them. The hat pin is pretty awesome.

  2. Wow, such an amazing collection, those colors are so gorgeous. I love that jewelry box, too!

  3. So pretty! I love the look of Bakelite. I don't own any yet, though, because I don't know how to identify it. I'm sure I read somewhere before, but I guess I need to go Google it again. :)


  4. Delicious collection! Love all of it! I can just picture you sniffing thruogh the bangles searching for bakelite hehehe yeah I will admit it I would probably do the same hahaha Thanks for sharing!! xox

  5. Gosh what a beautiful collection! I've never owned any bakelite as I've never found any at an affordable price and it's not terrible common in the UK sadly

  6. I think that like all vintage lovers I love bakelite but prices became so crazy for it!!!!
    I can be also really happy with cheap plastic or lucite jewelery much more cheaper and with a dreat design.
    Nice collection!!!

  7. Love it all, I don't know what it smells like, interesting, it's beautiful.

  8. WOW what a stunning collection!

  9. Oooh! So pretty! I've been scouring the thrift shops of late for Bakelite (or even Fakelite--I'm not too picky. hehe!), and so far haven't found any jewelry pieces. Although I recently got some clip earrings that I suspect are Bakelite, but I haven't really tested them (I'm not too good with the rub and sniff test!). I did, however, thrift a vintage sewing tool that has a Bakelite handle! For a whopping $1. ;) My first piece of Bakelite!

  10. You must be an expert - and I love your bakelite collection box. very tidy. Can you post about the technique of identifying bakelite? I've read about it but never had the opportunity to try it out...

  11. You have many great colours, very nice collection.

  12. I'm wretched at the rub and sniff test, I really need a mentor to guide me! "Yup, that's bakelite, no, that's funky smelling plastic". I don't have the confidence to buy it online for fear I'll be scammed! Your collection is so beautiful; I adore the colours.

  13. You have a good collection.Mine is pretty small sadly cause I always forget I sell so many more than I take in sometimes!

  14. You have more willpower than I do! I often think about selling some but don't have it in me to part with them! I did part with one butterscotch spacer and a matching pair of earrings, but they were a gift for a friend :)

  15. oh la la! what a treasure trove! I don't any, but one day I hope too, it makes the cherry on top of an outfit.

  16. Beautiful collection....mine too is growing slowly, my most treasured is a polka dot piece I bought at a Florida antique store last year :)

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