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Green Jewelry: Fashionable, Recycled Jewelry Gains Popularity

When it comes to jewelry, I envision diamonds, rubies and sapphires. I never imagined wearing newspaper, industrial waste and  instrument strings around my wrists, neck and fingers.

I should have known better. Anything is possible, especially when it comes to recycled, reused and salvaged jewelry.

Green jewelry, like recycled fabric clothing, is in style. Emeralds are no longer the only way to green your treasure chest. Choose conflict-free diamonds, eco-friendly gold jewelry or fair-trade gem jewelry to green your jewelry box. For the daring among us, there are a few more eco-friendly options.

Newspaper jewelry

Not only does green jewlery designer Holly Anne Mitchell use newspaper to create bracelets, brooches, cufflinks, earrings and neckpieces, but she has added sweetener packets, unlucky lottery tickets and expired coupons to her assortment of green jewelry designs. To protect the papers from rain and body moisture, she coats the beads with a moisture resistant sealant. Holly Anne Mitchell’s green jewelry ranges in price, from $59 for a comic strip brooch to $599 for a crossword puzzle bracelet with sterling silver trim.

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Newspaper jewelry is becoming increasingly popular. Photo by feltrinella/Courtesy Flickr. 

Wired jewelry

The handmade green jewelry from Wired are crafted from salvaged materials from the waste piles of several local Chicago industries. The salvaged material used to create these one-of-a-kind pieces determines the design. The green jewelry collection features necklaces, earrings and bracelets. Wired produces green jewelry in limited quantities and the jewelry costs $25 to $125.

Instrument string jewelry

Combining her passion for music and the environment, Xavior, founded green jewelry company, Strings and a dare. Taking the strings from guitars, violins, pianos and cellos, she constructs and revives these once-retired instrument strings into pieces of green jewelry. Prices range from $40 to $200.       

What are your thoughts on green jewelry? Tell me what you think in the comments section.