upcycled jewelry

Michelle Pajak-Reynolds Crafts One-of-a-Kind Jewelry With a Mythic Bent

Tell us more about your brand and what inspired you to start it? My eponymous brand is a couture jewelry company that specializes in extraordinary jewelry for extraordinary women. In…

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Designer Turns Late Grandmother's Necklace Into Handcrafted Earrings

A lifelong legacy takes on a romantic turn in a new series of special earrings by Swedish jewelry line, All Blues. Founder Jacob Skragge created Project Marianne to pay homage to his…

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Central Saint Martins Student Wins Swarovski Sustainability Award

For twice the shine, just add water. That’s the tagline behind Lucie Davis’s winning concept: a pair of Swarovski crystal–studded rings, made from 100 percent compressed…

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31 Bits: Exquisite Recycled Paper Jewelry, Made by Ugandan Artisans

PAPER CHASERS The artisans behind 31 Bits repurpose paper from posters, advertisements, and even textbook pages, which they tear into long strips, roll into tight beads, and then coat…

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This Jewelry is Made of Recycled Coffee Grounds

Rosalie McMillan doesn’t have to look far for her coffee fix. The London designer creates jewelry from Çurface, an industrial composite derived from waste grounds and…

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Pyrrha Expands Line of Recycled-Metal "Game of Thrones" Jewelry

VALAR MORGHULIS But while the show—and the books on which it’s based—are fiction, the techniques Pyrrha employs are not. The company uses the traditional art of lost-wax…

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Meet K/ller, Winner of the 2014 CFDA/Lexus Eco-Fashion Challenge

Photos by Cicero deGuzman Jr. Looks like Ecouterre should have a side gig in soothsaying. Just six months after we K/ller Collection as an eco-fashion designer to watch, the Brooklyn…

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Detroit Company Repurposes Peeling Street Graffiti Into Gritty Jewelry

WEARABLE ART Peterson and Russell say that their primary goal is to restore confidence in the women they hire. Many of them left their jobs when they entered the shelter seeking refuge…

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Ethiopian Jeweler Entoto Beth Artisan Employs HIV-Affected Women

Entoto Beth Artisan bring together recycled materials and fair trade practices to create elegant jewellery designs. Based on the outskirts of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the social business…

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House Martell Joins Pyrrha's "Game of Thrones" Jewelry Collection

Still mourning the death of a certain swarthy Dornishman? Hold on to your hankies because Pyrrha has added the sigil of House Martell to its line of jewelry based on HBO’s…

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Wear a Piece of the Robben Island Fence That Imprisoned Nelson Mandela

The 10-foot-tall wire fence that once confined Nelson Mandela for 18 years is getting a do-over. Capetown designer Charmaine Taylor is salvaging pieces of barbed wire from the infamous…

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Pyrrha's Recycled-Metal "Game of Thrones" Jewelry is Coming

WIN OR DIE “We were thrilled when HBO approached us to create an official Game of Thrones jewelry line,” says Pyrrha designer Wade Papin, who employs the traditional art of lost-wax…

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Remedios Vincent Recycles Antique Tools Into Cunning Accessories

There once was a time before the appearance of big box stores when tools were crafted as both objects of utility and beauty. With not a speck in plastic in sight, these objects shone in…

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Top 7 Recycled Fashion Designs of 2013 (Vote for the Most Creative)

We couldn’t include all our refashioned favorites. Drop by our archives for any stories you may have missed…

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Upcycle Vintage Jewelry Into a Ladylike Camera Strap (DIY Tutorial)

MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES Old purse strap with a swivel clasp on each end Vintage necklace Vintage brooch Jump ring (or other jewelry clasps as needed for your necklace…

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Goat & Kettle Recycles Antique Keys Into One-of-a-Kind Rings

Keys are more than tools for unlocking doors. For Justin Marsh of Goat & Kettle, they’re also pieces of Americana that deserve more than a purgatory of dusty drawers. On his…

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Emi & Eve Recycle Cambodian Bullets, Bomb Casings Into Jewelry

To Emi & Eve founder Cassandra Postema, fashion is about adorning oneself with what resonates with what is on the inside. Each item should have a story and meaning behind its…

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Nasty Gal Teams Up With Reformation to Create Upcycled Cool-Girl Looks

REFORM SCHOOL A black-and-white polka-dot jumpsuit dares to bear a plunging V-neck halter. A satin bomber jacket is soda-fountain-ready with “Girls” embroidered in…

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