More Bakelite Than You Can Shake a Stick At!

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Double Take, through years of consistent service, has attracted pieces from some of the nation’s best dealers and collectors. Owner and staff have become knowledgeable and savvy about methods of authentication, seeking print and online confirmation of our assessments. Double Take welcomes interest and exchange of knowledge, ideas and collectibles from other dealers and enthusiasts.

Facts about Bakelite are widely known and easily researched. Rather than a redundant list of Bakelite facts, we share some facts you may not know: For instance, did you know that “Bakelite” jewelry is actually made from a very similar plastic called Catalin. True Bakelite is only found in Black or Brown while Catalin can be found in a wide variety of colors. Catalin is produced the same way as Bakelite, but without extra fillers.


 

 

Check Out Our Native American Turquoise Collection!

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Whether you are shopping online or visiting our storefront, we have got the turquoise gifts that you are looking for.

Our turquoise jewelry collection features vintage Fred Harvey pieces as well as modern works from the Lovato family and Herbert Ration.

If Native American Jewelry isn’t your thing, check out our collection of carved fetishes. This stunning Corn Maiden from Colvin Peina would look fabulous in any collection.

If you happen to be in Santa Fe, you can check out all of the turquoise available online in the store. Try it on, and fall in love. If you are out of town, we have way more than whats on the webstore. Give us a call and let us help you find the perfect gift this Christmas!

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Chavelas Jewelry

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Yvette Lopez, a Santa Fe native, grew up with some of the most influential artists in the world. She has taken that knowledge and her life experiences to pave a career path in the world of jewelry and fashion. Chavela’s jewelry is a combination of turquoise, gold, silver and a blend of unique stones. All materials that are used in this collection are believed to have meaning. This collection is made for women of any age. Yvette’s eye for color, visual expertise and individual artistic style lends a unique approach to Chavelas Jewelry.

Stephanie Benson Jewelry

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Stephanie Benson has been making jewelry since 1995, when she started attending classes at the University of New Mexico. Born in New York City, she moved to New Mexico when she was five and grew up in the desert landscape of Northern New Mexico. Influenced by the earth tones of the surrounding area and the rich culture of New Mexico, creating jewelry with her own personal esthetic has seemed very natural.

The daughter of Alma Dankoff, who also made jewelry for 13 years, Stephanie was around wearable art since she was young. Her mother was her first teacher, giving her lessons in her studio before she graduated high school and this is where her love for her craft began.

After completing many jewelry courses at UNM, Stephanie apprenticed with Estevan Garcia, a local goldsmith in Albuquerque, NM. The work done with Estevan helped refine her technique and prepared her for the business side of the art world.

Following some time off for traveling, Stephanie returned to Santa Fe and began working for a small clothing store, Timbavati. Working with the owner of the store, Stephanie created a line of jewelry made exclusively for the store. During this time, Stephanie continued her education by taking courses in techniques in gold-work by Holly Stultz and forging and fabrication by Harold O’Conner. These workshops, combined with the previous work experiences helped develop a strong sense of design and form which can be seen in the bold and simplistic lines of her work.

Stephanie has also collaborated with local sculptor, Arlo Namingha, to create a group of Jewelry made from tiny wood and stone pieces. Now working exclusively on her own, Stephanie is represented by Double Take and Cruz Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and continues to create one-of-a-kind jewelry with semi-precious stones and combined silver and gold.