At the ROADSHOW event in Louisville in 1998, expert Gloria Lieberman appraised this bracelet that the guest believed was made of Bakelite.

Bakelite or Fakelite? Learn the Difference!

Made of a combination of phenol and formaldehyde, Bakelite is a type of plastic that became popular during the 1930s and 40s as a material not only for jewelry, but for other consumer goods like hairbrushes and radios, too. Here are a couple of helpful hints from our experts, including appraiser Gloria Lieberman, when testing your favorite plastic accessories!

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