Colorful Bakelite still stylish and fun to collect
By Melody Amsel-Arieli
Mention Bakelite and colorful, vintage Bakelite jewelry comes to mind. Yet from the early 1900s, this synthetic, phenol-formaldehyde resin, an alternative to brittle, flammable celluloid, has played countless other roles as well.
In fact, some consider this versatile material to be one of the most important inventions of the 20th century.