recycle jewelry


Fordite, also known as Detroit agate, is old automobile paint which has hardened sufficiently to be cut and polished. It was formed from the built up of layers of enamel paint slag on tracks and skids on which cars were hand spray-painted (a now automated process), which have been baked numerous times. In recent times the material has been recycled as eco-friendly jewelry.


etsyfindoftheday | BLACK FRIDAY GIFTS | 11.25.16

gift idea: jewelry
featured: amazing fine jewelry by mineralogydesign

  • champagne diamond dot ring
  • pear rose-cut yellow diamond earrings, OOAK
  • recycled gold baguette diamond earrings
  • rose quartz + hammered disc crescent necklace
  • kyanite + druzy arc necklace
  • sodalite rectangle double curve necklace, OOAK


This is my new challenge to witches: a year of building your altar/tools/workspace/self by adding a little bit every month that is outside of your “normal” needs.

This challenge is secular, but for me I will probably lapse into saying “altar” a lot - please forgive me. My craft is mostly secular, but I do still spend a lot of time working on my relationships with various Gods and Goddesses and other beings. If this does not interest you, please ignore it. 

The challenge is divided into months and it focuses on growing the things that you have and want for your craft but often ignore because you usually need to buy herbs or paper or whatever. That’s totally fine, but sometimes you just need something a little extra, just because. We’ve all been there.

The best part of this challenge is there are many, many ways of participating and they are pick and choose. If you can’t afford to spend money this month, you can choose one of the other challenges! 

The main goals of the challenge are to recycle materials, even if it’s just moving something second hand into your home and making sure you don’t spend too much money or time.

The challenges include:

1. Shop from your own home! Recycle something you use in another part of the house and bring it into your craft. Maybe it’s a chair you don’t use in the livingroom or an old sheet you can use as a reading cloth.

2. Spend less than $5 in a thrift or charity shop.

3. Spend less than $10 in a thrift or charity shop.

4. Spend less than $20 in a thrift or charity shop.

5. Trade something! A service or an object or both!

6. Make something from recyclable material, such as water bottles or cans.

7. Learn to make something new from the things you have in you home, like a book!

8. Recycle some jewelry you don’t wear anymore.

9. Learn to make paper from scraps.

10. Break down something you are going to throw out. Maybe there is a couch that is too damaged to keep using - save the fabric!

11. Find an old book you can recycle into something new.

12. Plant your own herbs.

13. Search for rocks outside.

14. Make something using old paint.

15. Shop from a friend’s house. Allow them to do the same!

16. Have a garage sale! While it’s not bringing things into your home, you can use what you make to go to other garage sales and get what you need.

Each month pick one of these challenges to do. Try to pick early in the month before you have a chance to go shopping or looking around and finish it by the end of the month. Tag it as #thriftcraft challenge so I can see all the cool things you guys are able to do, make and find!


etsyfindoftheday 3 | 11.21.16

recycled gold + gemstone jewelry by mineralogydesign

sorry for the late post guys … not sure where my original 3rd post went!! anyways, mineralogydesign is always a beautiful solution. i can’t get enough of their sparkle.


etsyfindoftheday 3 | 7.2.15

theme thursday: red, white and blue accessories

red, white, and blue gemstone rings by onegarnetgirl // 1 | 2 | 3 

royal red garnet prong-set solitaire, white moissanite bezel-set in recycled gold, or a grouping of five stunning blue sapphires all in a row … one of onegarnetgirl’s beautiful fine jewelry rings would be ready to rock this 4th of july.


Copper mining is polluting and devastating, that why I use almost only recycled copper in my jewelry

It take effort to gather and clean the recycled copper, but it’s worth it.

Some of the major issues with copper mining are:


land degradation;

ground water pollution;

habitat destruction: large areas of natural habitat are destroyed during mine construction, forcing animals to leave the site;

animals hazard: animal can be poisoned directly by mine products and residuals, bioaccumulation in the plants or the smaller organisms they eat can also lead to poisoning; elevate toxicity for aquatic life;

hazard to the health of the mine workers;

hazard to the health of those who are living around the mines;

acid rain: resulting from the smelting, it can cause damage to crops, trees and buildings for many miles.

So choose recycled when you can!

etsyfindoftheday | wedding week | 6.14.15

DAY TWO BLITZ: unique engagement rings from mineralogydesign
feature: recycled gold diamond curve band (and prong-set yellow diamond ring)

soooooo i totally didn’t get enough rings yet … so here are a few more finds from one of my former shop feature sellers, mineralogydesign. they’ve recently come out with some GORGEOUS new designs, including this curvy diamond band that would pair super well with any number of solitaires. plus, they’re made from recycled gold. love.

If you like the idea of recycled jewelry and helping a trans college student be slightly less broke, you should go here and buy one of these groovy bracelets. Because therapy is expensive and being kind to the planet is cool beans.

All bracelets are hand-made 100% from recycled soda tabs (in case you weren’t sure). They’re cheap, lightweight, unique as frick and you guessed it— recyclable! So if you decide you hate it you can just toss that mess in your nearest bin/box/dumpster/other assorted recycling receptacles. 

I only just made my etsy store a week ago, so for the time being this is the only product available. However, I would like to add more things with time, and hopefully when I’m working again this summer and don’t need the extra money anymore the proceeds will go towards buying binders and gaffs for other trans people who need a hand.