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Upcycling Goes Uptown: Meet 6 Luxe Jewellery Upcyclers


By Chere Di Boscio

Decades ago when we thought of the world of Luxury Fashion, we thought of excess, of ostentation. It was the era of ‘greed is good’ and damn the consequences.

Since then, we’ve learned the consequences of that all too well – climate change, planetary destruction and inequality. Many luxury brands have since reformulated their approach to the industry to make their work gentler on the planet.

Take these three exquisite jewellers, for example. Rather than encouraging huge mining corporations to continue scarring the Earth for minerals and gems, these designers use existing materials and skillfully re-work them into unique fine jewellery creations. Whether they’re melting down existing metals to create something new or using components of old jewellery to make new pieces, or even taking objects we’d normally throw in the rubbish and turning them into treasures, these creative minds make

Meet the jewellery upcyclers.

1. Ludmilla Unconventional Jewellery

Vintage loving designer Ludmilla Navarro loves vintage shops, flea markets and any other hidden corners where she can find abandoned treasures and upcycle them into her wearable art.  “My jewels are a tribute to those women who know what they want, who are seductive, free, powerful and unique as my pieces,” she says, and we’d concur: Ludmilla’s unconventional jewels best suit unconventional beauties. Iris Apfel, are you reading this…?


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2. Dana Bronfman

Dana creates beautiful luxurious jewelry using only recycled 18 karat gold, sterling silver, conflict-free diamonds, and ethically-sourced gemstones. She carefully scrutinizes the source of each material, recycles all waste and aims to be transparent about her design and manufacturing processes.

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2. AnaKaterina Designs

Have a heirloom piece sitting in a safety deposit box that never sees the light of day? Send it to AnaKatarina’s atelier for a makeover, then flaunt it with pride. AnaKatarina not only refashions old pieces into new, but if you’d like some extra dazzle to your custom made design, she will ethically source extra gems and metals for you, to create highly personalised necklaces, earrings, rings and more that will be passed down through the generations.

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3. Crash Jewellery

Love the idea of owning a Ferrari or Jaguar but hate the price tag?  Crash Jewellery allows you to own a bit of the auto without having to worry about parking space. Each piece is comprised of upcycled parts of prestige cars, making Crash accessories for men and women the perfect gift for the petrol head in your life.

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4. Vena Amoris

Bespoke, ethical and sustainable are the three key words that describe Vena Amoris, the jewellery brand that upcycles old gems into new rings. A 2015 Martha Stewart American Made Finalist, the brand’s bohemian, whimsical designs are particularly inspired by Middle Age and Renaissance religious art.

5. Jean Joaillerie

Paris is one of the world’s most historical cities. It’s also one of the most beautiful. One jeweller who blends these two elements perfectly is Jan Roberts, the brain behind Parisian based atelier Jean Joaillerie. Using elements of vintage jewellery found in various flea markets around the City of Light, Roberts’ statement pieces have all those who see them gasping ‘ooh la la!’
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6. Wearing Memories

The day he popped the question. The birth of your child. The launching of a new business. There are plenty of reasons to open that special bottle and celebrate, and Wearing Memories can ensure that day will never be forgotten. They take an object you’d normally toss out – the champagne foil cap – and turn it into gorgeous earrings, rings and necklaces that are destined to become heirlooms. It’s an innovative, unique idea, and one that’s become popular with celebrities, aristocrats and anyone with much to celebrate in their lives.
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