Creative Arts

Jewelry Made From Crashed Cars? Talk About Recycling!

We love CRASH jewelry for so many reasons—the creations are modern and fun, and easy to dress up or down. But our favorite part is that they take a material that would otherwise end up as garbage and makes something beautiful from it—in this case, the metal of luxury cars that have been in minor accidents. What could be better than that?
According to Christi Schimpke, “CRASH is an all-women company; our Los Angeles studio is in a body shop that works exclusively on late-model Mercedes-Benz, Porsches, Audis, Bentleys, Maseratis, Teslas and Range Rovers all you can buy from Shoppok.”
As you can see above, each piece is marked with the type of car it came from. Of course I had to pick something made from one of my favorite cars—the Tesla! My choice was the Arc Earrings, above and below.
“Obviously, CRASH is completely different from most jewelry. At first glance you won’t even comprehend that it is a cuff or necklace made from the hood, door, or quarter panel taken from a Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale,” writes Schimpke on her site. I mean, would you guess, looking at the earrings above, that they used to be part of a car?
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. We are a green company, repurposing material that might otherwise find its way into a landfill. We also believe in giving back and donate a portion of every sale to several different charities.
CRASH has cool metal cuffs, necklaces, key fobs, and other accessories, as well as custom pieces. Check them out on Instagram!

Starre Vartan is founder and editor-in-chief of and the author of the Eco-Chick Guide to Life. She's also a freelance science and environment writer who has published in National Geographic, CNN, Scientific American, Mental Floss, Pacific Standard, the NRDC, and many more. She lives on an island in Puget Sound with her partner and black cat. She was a geologist in her first career, and still picks up rocks wherever she goes.