We recently came across a very interesting business, www.CRASHJewelry.com which 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. The creative Christi Schimpke, founder of CRASH Jewelry, was inspired to create custom jewelry from cars when she moved her studio into her husband’s body shop that works exclusively on collision repairs for late-model Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi, Bentley, Porsche, Tesla, and Maserati vehicles. During breaks from her work, she noticed the gorgeous cars that arrived at the shop for repair. The jewel-like sheen of the luxury paint and chrome finishes fascinated and inspired Schimpke.
After months of experimentation, Schimpke discovered her own unique process of cutting, bending, and sanding the scrap metal, and the gorgeous CRASH Jewelry pieces started to take shape. Schimpke manual techniques allow for manipulating steel and aluminum, while preserving the car’s original paint. The end result is a one-of-kind masterpiece. Not everyone can afford to drive a dream luxury car, but with CRASH, you can wear it. For more information call 310-415-606 or follow @crashjewelry.