We're huge fans of Bakelite (collected for decades) and we love the ethnic colorful beauty of Tibetan / Nepal jewelry. Seeing this huge bracelet that seems to have combined the best of two jewelry worlds left us (me) with jaw on the floor.
After regaining composure and testing the butterscotch color interior of the bracelet, it appears to NOT be Bakelite but some type of resin that may have some Bakelite mixed in, as there was a color reaction to the test. So NOT Bakelite but sure looks like the real thing.
The exterior of the bangle is covered with handcrafted silvertone metal, some parts inlaid with genuine crushed turquoise and red coral. There are three 'windows', each with a repousse figural of birds and something that looks like a display platter of fruit and/or fish.
The bracelet measures 2 1/2 inches across the opening. It's 2 1/4 inches wide. It's big, bold, and truly makes a statement with color and size.
Anything similar we've seen on the internet (not much of it) calls this 'Bakelite' and 'sterling silver', neither of which this is. It's resin and silvertone metal or 'Tibetan silver' which doesn't contain any silver in it. The turquoise and red coral are genuine stone.
What an amazing bracelet and what a piece of ethnic wearable folk art this is.
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Tibetan Butterscotch Resin Bracelet Covered w/ Turquoise Coral Metalwork
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