Bakelite and Wood Violin Brooch
Black bakelite pin with chrome

Polyoxybenzylmethylenglycolanhydride is one of those words that can stop a person in his or her tracks. It’s also the formal name for one of the world’s most beloved forms of vintage jewelry, Bakelite. For those that may have never heard of Bakelite before, it’s a thermosetting plastic. It initially burst onto the scene in the early 1900s, thanks to one Leo Baekeland. At the time, he was rumored to have been trying to create a binder.


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