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Exploring Mark Davis’ Workshop

by on May 1st, 2012

Visiting Mark Davis’ workshop is an experience that can only be described as heavenly. Housed in an old rope factory building on the water in Brooklyn, stark white walls give way to the most glorious sight imaginable- a wall of color-coded bakelite!

Due to the vintage nature of the material, Mark has taken to buying it up whenever a “new” stockpile becomes available. Whether it be a full uncut, bakelite tube, or a collection of well-worn bangles, he has managed to amass quite a lovely hoard over the years. All in various stages of production, one can witness the transformation from ordinary to extraordinarily fabulous as the time-consuming process of sanding and polishing progresses.

Years of exposure to the elements oxidizes outer layers of the bakelite and causes it to change color. A brown piece might actually turn out to be blue after Mark has had his way with it. Who knew bakelite was so multifaceted? Mark did!

Before Mark Davis came onto the scene, bakelite had been largely forgotten. Now, many try to imitate his unique style using resin and other colorful materials. Only bakelite however is heat-resistant, impervious to moisture and shatterproof- it’s actually so durable that it was used for some bomb-casings during World War II.

After seeing the amount of work that goes into the making of each and every piece bearing his stamp, one cannot help but fall madly in love with Mark’s jewels. While this material might no longer be in vogue militarily-speaking, Mark Davis’ bakelite beauties always hold the top three spots on my jewelry wishlists.

Mark Davis Designer Showcase, November 26-27

by on November 5th, 2010

Mark Davis 'Leontine' Tortoise Bakelite Bangle with Citrine, $6,070

Mark Davis bakelite jewelry is akin to postmodern “ivory” masterpieces. The exacting techniques of working the bakelite are similar to those employed for natural ivory, but without ivory’s associated ecological devastation. In addition, the bakelite offers a range of colors and patterns that are unique and remarkable in their own right.

Mark’s expert use and adaptation of alternative materials is one reason that his jewelry is so special. By applying the exacting techniques of the haute joaillerie to materials not traditionally considered “fine,” Mark has created collections remarkable for their freshness and exceptional distinctiveness.

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Mark Davis Jewelry – Bakelite is Back

by on May 1st, 2010

Mark Davis Bakelite Bangles, from $3,990

Made from reclaimed vintage bakelite, 18k gold, diamonds and colorful gemstones, Mark Davis’ creations are as beautiful as they are unique. Splashy and fun, yet painstakingly handcrafted and meticulously finished, vintage bakelite is back and better than ever!

After buying my own Mark Davis bangle over a year ago, wearing it almost daily, and enjoying every minute of it, I knew it was time to share these spectacular creations with our friends.

Pieces range from $400 for a pair of 18k and gem-set earrings to $1,430 for a set of 3 pink sapphire studded stackable bangles to $12,000 for a wide cutout bangle bedazzled to the nines!

Let the collecting commence…