The Caliber Collection: Upcycling Recovered Guns into Jewelry

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Since 1979, 116, 385 children and teens have been killed by guns. The number of U.S. teens and young adults killed by guns is 43 times higher than the 23 industrialized nations combined. Now, the massacre of children in Newtown appears to be galvanizing the broadest support for stricter gun laws in about a decade, according to a recent New York Times/CBS New Poll.

No matter where you stand on the heated issue, you can’t argue this statement: the caliber of a city is raised when illegal guns are taken off its streets. brass caliber collection

A piece from the Brass 250 Collection made from shell casings swept from crime scenes by the Newark Police Department.

With that in mind, the Caliber Collection was created. Jewelry for a Cause, a philanthropic Greenwich-based company teamed up with officials in Newark, N.J. to take their recently seized firearms and bullet casings and repurpose them into high-end bracelets. The collection features steel bangles and cuffs, each engraved with the serial number of the illegal gun it was fashioned from. jessica and cory

Newark mayor Cory Booker and Jewelry for a Cause founder Jessica Mindich.

A portion of the proceeds from the Caliber Collection go back to the Newark Police Department to benefit their gun buyback amnesty program.

Find out how the project works:

About Lindsay E. Brown
Lindsay E. Brown is the managing editor of Eco-Chick, the world's first sustainable living site for women. She created the long-running interview series “Heroines for the Planet” that features groundbreaking women who share courage and a deep passion for protecting people and the Earth. Lindsay previously served as Director of Communications at the social enterprise CBS EcoMedia where she was awarded CBS Corporation’s Share-the-Vision award. She has written for Whole Living Magazine, Edible, Cottages & Gardens, From The Grapevine,,, and for environmentalist Laura Turner Seydel. Lindsay has been featured as an ethical fashion and beauty expert on Z Living and was named in Ecover’s “30 Under 30″ contest which recognized those who are making a sustainable difference in their community. Lindsay holds a BS in Global Business Studies and Marketing from Manhattan College, and received the 2012 Honors Award at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

One Comment

  1. 210
    This weekend 210 guns were taken off the streets of Newark; 8 of them
    were high-powered assault rifles.

    These are 210 stories that
    that will now have
    different endings.

    This weekend’s Amnesty/Buy Back marked one of the proudest moments
    of my life. It is a moment that would never have been possible
    without all of you who heard about the Caliber Collection and wanted to be a part of
    real change.

    You helped give $60,000 to Newark so they
    could take more guns off the streets.

    Some of you may never walk the streets of Newark, or see the faces of
    those whose lives you have played a role in, but know, that today marks
    a new day for many families.

    Thank you for your continued support and for
    joining me in the belief that together we can work to change the
    caliber of America’s cities.

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