These upcycled jewelry brands demonstrate that reusing can be ravishing!
By Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
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 seven 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.
Upcycled Jewelry Brands Taking Upcycling Uptown
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…?
Dana creates beautiful luxurious jewelry using only recycled 18 karat gold, sterling silver, conflict-free diamonds, and ethically-sourced gemstones. She carefully scrutinises the source of each material, recycles all waste and aims to be transparent about her design and manufacturing processes.
Each piece reflects something that inspired the designer, from the strong angles taken from industrial bridges, to the layered sparkles of diamonds seen sprinkled across the night sky. Basically, her pieces all tell a story. One that’s strong, beautiful, and unique.
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.
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.
Whether it’s a Ferrari bumper cuff, Mercedes logo pendant or Lamborghini door cufflinks, the upcycled jewellery made by Crash is bound to be a hit – pardon the pun!
4. Vena Amoris
Bespoke, ethical and sustainable are the three keywords that describe Vena Amoris, another one of the upcycled jewelry brands that repurposes old gems into new rings.
A 2015 Martha Stewart American Made Finalist, the brand’s bohemian, whimsical designs were apparently particularly inspired by Middle Age and Renaissance religious art. But for us, they carry more of an organic, temporary vibe!
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!’ This is definitely one of our – and apparently Oprah’s – favourite upcycled jewelry brands.
When you think of jewelry, you automatically think of precious metals and diamonds. The last thing you’d think of is plastic. But one designer is taking the material – which would otherwise litter the planet – and is turning it into luxurious pieces of statement jewellery. Meet Jing Wang, founder of Upcycle with Jing.
Each piece of Upcycle with Jing jewelry is handcrafted from PET plastic bottles that have been found on the streets of Helsinki.
Inspired by nature, the bespoke pieces are a tribute to the beauty and delicateness of various flowers. With each piece is handcrafted to perfection, and they make the perfect accessory. Whether you choose a headband, ring or earrings, you’ll see in Jing’s work that there is beauty in simplicity.