Recently I received a lovely email from Christi at CRASH Jewellery. They make eco-friendly jewellery (for men and women) from the metal of luxury cars that have been in slight fender-benders. Their Los Angeles studio is in a body shop that works exclusively on late-model Mercedes-Benz, Porsches, Audis, Bentleys, Maseratis, Teslas and Range Rovers.
Every piece of CRASH Jewelry is made by hand and comes with a certificate of authenticity that lists the make and model of the car, and the date it was made. They are a green company, repurposing material that might otherwise find its way into a landfill. They are also a philanthropic business and donate a portion of every sale to several different charities.
Of course I wanted to know more and invited Christi tell her story on Ethical Tuesday:
“Eco-friendly CRASH Jewelry is based in Los Angeles and specializes in creating sustainable cuffs, bangles, earrings, necklaces and accessories from the metal of luxury automobiles that have been in minor accidents.
I was motivated to create custom jewelry from cars when I moved my studio into my husband’s body shop that works exclusively on collision repairs for late-model Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi, Bentley, Porsche, and Maserati vehicles.
The vision for CRASH materialized when I was working in my garage studio as a silversmith. During breaks from my work, I noticed the gorgeous cars that arrived at the shop for repair. The jewel-like sheen of the luxury paint and chrome finishes fascinated me, and, inspired, I imagined jewelry emerging from the pieces of discarded metal.
The inspiration for CRASH came easily, but finding a way to work with such a difficult medium took time. After months of experimentation, I discovered my own unique process of cutting, bending, and sanding the scrap metal, and CRASH Jewelry started to take shape. Working with car metal is a challenge. Cars are made from steel alloy and aluminum, which was a completely new medium for me. Harvesting swatches of metal is surprisingly physically demanding. I spend countless hours sanding, grinding, polishing, drilling and riveting each piece of jewelry that I make. I also integrate my silversmithing skills. I adorn many of my pieces with one-of-a-kind cabochons, which I attach to the metal with handwrought sterling silver settings. I’ve also begun to view the car paint as a canvas of sorts, which I can engrave into to create patterns and motifs.
We are in our third year of business and we’re thankful to see how much we’ve grown over the years. Our distinctive recycled pieces appeal to the eco-centric, car enthusiasts, fashionistas, artisanal crafters, and those who simply enjoy a good story about something handmade.
CRASH is committed to staying green. We repurpose discarded metal that might otherwise find its way into a landfill. We also donate a portion of every sale to multiple charities of your choice, and love to participate in fund-raising events such as animal rescue, free legal aid, education, and hospice throughout the year. For me, CRASH is about creating beautiful pieces of jewelry that celebrate craftsmanship and sustainability. I feel like I have a responsibility to give back through charity, and I work with eco-friendly materials in order to make the world a more accessorized and better place. “
Here are some fab pics of them being made:
I am beyond chuffed with my cuffs made from cars. I have never had a cuff that fits my tiny wrist and this one does perfectly. What a special piece of eco jewellery I will treasure forever!