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Bakelite Arts is a vintage jewelry and home collection that spans the 20th century with an emphasis on pieces that showcase innovation, are remarkable for their dramatic beauty, and utilize a range of materials such as plastics and resins (bakelite, celluloid and lucite) or special coatings such as those developed by Daniel Swarovski and Christian Dior to produce an iridescent effect when applied to crystal stones.

The collection has been hand picked by Ruth Ann Gordon who earned her degree in Fashion Merchandising from the Tobé-Coburn School in the 1950s, started out as a buyer for Neiman Marcus and has sold bakelite at flea markets in Los Angeles, Seattle and New York since the 1970s. She chooses pieces for the beauty, glamour and joy they evoke and loves the fact that each piece of vintage jewelry has its own unique story…

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  • Female
  • Born on July 1
  • Joined May 7, 2012

Favorite materials

Bakelite, Celluloid, Resin, Glass, Crystal, Silver, Gold, Lucite

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About

Bakelite Arts is a vintage jewelry and home collection that spans the 20th century with an emphasis on pieces that showcase innovation, are remarkable for their dramatic beauty, and utilize a range of materials such as plastics and resins (bakelite, celluloid and lucite) or special coatings such as those developed by Daniel Swarovski and Christian Dior to produce an iridescent effect when applied to crystal stones.

The collection has been hand picked by Ruth Ann Gordon who earned her degree in Fashion Merchandising from the Tobé-Coburn School in the 1950s, started out as a buyer for Neiman Marcus and has sold bakelite at flea markets in Los Angeles, Seattle and New York since the 1970s. She chooses pieces for the beauty, glamour and joy they evoke and loves the fact that each piece of vintage jewelry has its own unique story.

Featured Items:
Huge and Chunky Bakelite Charm Necklaces
Bib Necklaces
Celluloid Cameos
Heavily Carved Clampers
Bakelite Bangles
Gold Tone Bangles

Bakelite Flatware
Fenton Glass
Antique Silver

Inspiration:
Modernism
Female Designers such as Gabrielle Bonheur "Coco" Chanel, Claire McCardell and
Elsa Schiaparelli

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