You may have picked up from me by now that I really REALLY adore bakelite jewelry. I love it’s casual, but quality, look, and they way it stands up to the test of time. I don’t often worry about wearing out my bakelite pieces, even though some are close to 80 years old. But I recently purchased a piece that required some repair. I always buy bakelite at the Antique Weekend and this spring was no exception. My favorite bakelite vendor didn’t have anything that knocked my socks off and I was feeling a little let down at the idea that I might actually not go home with any new pieces this time. All of the sudden I said to my shopping buddy “In here!” like I had a bakelite divining rod or something. Sure enough, inside the building it was waiting for me. A bakelite cherry necklace. It was glorious, and it was mine in under 5 minutes. The only problem is that the cherries were held on by wax covered strings that were beginning to fray, like the one in this picture:
Photo credit: Morning Glory Jewelry
The first and only time I wore it cherries were falling off like it was picking season. Luckily I didn’t lose any and headed straight for my favorite jewelry repair guy. I was nervous because he had no idea what bakelite was and concerned that the cost to fix it ($65) was going to be more than what the necklace was worth. Um, no. I took this opportunity to educate him on the value of bakelite. Anyhoo, I was kind of worried that I would ruin the necklace – that it would look too new, or repaired. So, Betties, tell me what you think! Did I ruin it or is it ok?
He replaced all the fraying string with green copper wire. I really don’t think it’s too noticeable, and now I’ll be able to wear it without fear! The cherries still lay pretty well too – here’s a terrible shot of them on: