Belgian immigrant Leo Baekeland invented Bakelite in 1907. It's an early form of plastic that is denser and sturdier than its modern counterparts. Bakelite was used in all sorts of applications, from toys to telephones. But in the 30s, women went wild for Bakelite jewelry. It was an affordable, fun way to adorn oneself during those lean years. This pretty example is a simple, carved bangle in a rich brick red.
Fiber/Care: Simichrome, 409, and friction all positive for Bakelite, clean with gentle soap and water
Condition: Great! There's a very tiny chip on the inside edge. Maybe actually be part of the carving.
Dimensions: scant 5/8" wide by 2.5" inside diameter
Note: Comes with a free pair of earrings. Not Bakelite, nor vintage, but they are a perfect match.