In one of my past blogs I confessed to collecting Russell Wright dinnerware. But Russell Wright is not the only thing that gets my collecting juices flowing, Bakelite is another. As someone who works in the decorative arts field, I look at beautiful things daily but most of them are unattainable (for me, at least). However, a collector by nature, over the years I have fallen in love with Bakelite jewelry. It fulfills all of my requirements for collecting: it is affordable enough, easy to find ( although offers a chase for the really good pieces), and practical because I do not need to put it away, like a rare book, but wear it and, most importantly, find pleasure in it. Last week I was able to put my knowledge of Bakelite to use and even place my first bid with an auction house.