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How to Slenderize With Jewelry

Depending upon your body type, certain jewelry looks better than others and accentuates your good points. I know you know that already!

To look thinner, I recommend long chain style necklaces with dangling pendants. Do not wear a necklace where the bottom rests on the boobs. It needs to be a little shorter than that or you’ll look as wide as a battleship in your side view.

Symmetrical pins, worn alone on a coat collar or lapel or used to anchor a scarf, are an excellent look.

For earrings, long chandelier style earrings are a good look. Hoops look good on everyone. I’d avoid round, button style earrings. They tend to widen the look of the face.

Stacked bangles in a variety of patterns and colors draw attention to the wrists and can hide a thick wrist. I’d avoid tight cuffs. I also wouldn’t waste my time with a delicate bracelet, like a tennis style bracelet. If I’m going to wear a tennis style bracelet, I try to wear several constrasting looks.

When I wear rings, I tend to go for the larger stones. I want to draw attention to my hands.

I’d avoid anything tight, tight choker necklaces, tight bracelets, tight rings, cuff bracelets, tiny pins, button style earrings.

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Stack Those Bangles As Far As They’ll Go!

This 1920s era photograph by famed photographer Man Ray shows Nancy Cunard with African bangles up to her elbows. I would call this jewelry “bohemian” style jewelry.

I can see how boho jewelry could fit into today’s fashions. A spring outfit with a tunic top would be complemented by a chunky amber & bone necklace along with loads of bangles. I’m going to try it if the snow ever melts and when I can finally unbundle.

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I Like My Bakelite CHUNKY!

I went to a local small-town antique store today to see if the owner had any jewelry for sale. I ended up buying this pair of wide carved bakelite bangles. Each one is close to 1 inch wide and is carved with a neat “barber pole” design.

I have a hard time resisting any bakelite if the price is right. My favorite bakelite, though, is super-chunky.

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How To Find Real Bakelite — Not Fakelite

Everything, it seems, is made in China these days. Even fake vintage costume jewelry is coming out of the Far East. Fakelite (fake Bakelite) bangles are being imported into the US and these copies are quite good. The carving is excellent and of the same quality as old bakelite. How do you tell if the vintage Bakelite bangle sold online is real?

First, where is it coming from and how many Bakelite bangles are being sold by one seller? If a seller is selling too many similar items, I would have to wonder how they are able to come up with an unusually large selection of hard-to-find Bakelite. On eBay, a seller’s history and feedback mean a lot to me. A reputable dealer will not mind answering questions. I would feel comfortable buyer Bakelite from a reputable antiques/jewelry dealer but not from a flea market or from someone in the Far East on eBay.

Real Bakelite has a clunky look and feel to it. It’s heavy but not as heavy as the fakelite. Because it is “old”, it will usually have tell-tale signs of slight wear. If a bangle is too perfect, ask yourself if it’s too good to be true.

Real vintage Bakelite will usually show up in certain colors — reds, yellows, oranges, greens, black, browns. No neon colors here.

Real Bakelite will not have mold lines. The interior of a bangle will be sommth with no mold line evident. The back of a pin will be smooth.

Hardware will be affixed to the piece, not glued on.

These are some clues that will help you diagnose whether your bakelite is authentic vintage jewelry. Again, my main advice is to stick with reputable dealers and beware of bargains too good to be true.