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christi schempke

CHRISTI SCHIMPKE

FOUNDER/DESIGNER, CRASH JEWELRY

 

Bio:

CRASH Jewelry makes sustainable uni-sex jewelry from the metal of luxury automobiles like Aston Martin, Porsche, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, Lamborghini, Audi, Bentley, and more. I came up with the idea to create fashion jewelry from cars when I moved my studio into my husband’s Los Angeles body shop, Beverly Coachcraft, which specializes in collision repairs for late-model European cars. Although I worked for years in art historical research, I began working with metal when I discovered my passion for jewelry fabrication after taking metalsmith courses a few years ago.

The vision for CRASH materialized when I was working in my garage studio. During breaks from work, I observed the gorgeous cars that arrived at the shop for repair and wondered what happened to the cast- off metal. After many months of experimentation, I discovered my own unique process of cutting, bending, and sanding the scrap metal, and CRASH Jewelry started to take shape.

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 discarded hood, door, or quarter panel from a luxury automobile. After learning its pedigree, everyone either smiles or laughs in disbelief.

Each piece of CRASH jewelry is made by hand from cars with their original factory paint. Every item comes with a CRASH Jewelry Registration Card that states the type of car it came from and the date it was made. We take pride in ensuring that every CRASH cuff or necklace is of the highest quality, craftsmanship, and design. We also take pride in knowing that we are repurposing materials to create beautiful, luxurious, eco-friendly jewelry.

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