Newark, New Jersey mayor Cory Booker has been leading an initiative to get illegal guns off the streets of the city with police seizures and gun buyback programs. So far, the Newark Police Department has collected and cataloged more than 250 firearms and countless shell casings found at crime scenes, and now they’ve come up with an innovative way to recycle the weapons: melt them down and turn them into a series of steel and brass bracelets called The Caliber Collection. “The result,” according to the website, “is a series of pieces that embody the gun’s transformation from a destructive weapon to a powerful symbol of renewal.” Each of the handmade bracelets (which are surprisingly lovely) are etched with the serial number of the gun it used to be, along with the word “Newark.” Prices start at $150, and proceeds from jewelry sales will be used to fund gun buyback programs to get even more guns off the streets. “This [buyback program] is not a cure-all,” Booker recently explained on The Rachel Maddow Show, “but everybody has the power to do something small to make a difference.” [Buzzfeed]
Maybe you’re mean, or maybe you’re just sassy. Maybe it’s Monday morning and you haven’t gotten your caffeine intravenously yet (three shots, please). Maybe it’s Saturday night and you feel like going to a trashy dive with your girlfriends without being approached by the lechers that generally come with it. Hell, maybe it’s Wednesday, and you just want to make it clear to your fellow subway riders that you are not in the mood to be shoved (are you ever?). Whatever the circumstances, let your wrist do the talking so you don’t have to: seriously, fuck off. [$44, Screwords]
A few years ago when fashion bloggers and stylish starlets started stacking tons of bracelets on their dainty wrists I was pretty sure it was a passing trend. Fast forward to today and the look is more popular than ever. Whether you’re just starting a bracelet collection or want to add some variety to your daily rotation, click through to check out seven bracelets that look fabulous worn alone, but even better all at once!
We know how to change a tire — but we much prefer to show off our gearhead skill fashionably. This trio of gear-shaped gold bangle bracelets for C. Wonder gives a harder edge to a soft look, or a more dainty look to an edgy ensemble. There’s also a big, thick gold gear-shaped bangle if all that rattling will drive you crazy. What an easy way to do moto chic! [$38, C. Wonder]
Amelia sent me the link to these chain friendship bracelets and now we are both obsessed and have sworn to make them this weekend. I love how the chunky chain adds some edge to the traditional woven friendship bracelet, and I’m excited to choose yarn colors and get started. Care to join our bi-coastal crafting bonanza? [RTR On Campus]
One awesome cuff bracelet can be as effective an accessory as ten slight, skinny bangles. Behold, 10 thick, totally terrific statement bracelets that do the talking for you.
I’ve never seen anything quite like this elk bracelet. Everything about it — from the the rhinestone face to the majestic antlers and four chunky gold chains encircling the wrist — is so delightfully strange. Wear it with your sweet sundresses to hit up parties and concerts this summer. Not only will it add a dose of bling to your outfit, I’m sure you could use those antlers as a weapon if things got out of hand. [$7.80, cutecharmjewelry] Keep reading »
We love this woven palm bracelet from Free People. The tribal pattern is totally on point and, since they’re handmade, each cuff varies in design. This statement bracelet will liven up the dreariest of outfits and can be paired with other patterned pieces to create a look with depth. Fantastic find!
If you’re a lover of costume jewelry, like we are, then you’re going to want to bookmark PNKElephant.com. Not only does this accessories site have of-the-moment rings, bracelets, earrings, and necklaces, but it also has really affordable prices. Everything is $30 or less, with many pieces priced between $7 and $10. Yes, you read that correctly. I sampled the fall collection yesterday, and can also tell you that the quality of PNKElephant jewelry is very high, unlike some of their competitors. The fall collection features military-inspired pieces done in matte silver and gold, but the PNKElephant team assured me that there will be more glitzy jewelry items for holiday. Take a look at this affordable and chic jewelry after the jump. Keep reading »
Russell Greenberg from Cameo by RUX has created his idea of a modern cameo. He carves resin bangles and 18-karat gold and platinum rings into 3D portraits of anyone’s profile. And all he needs is a photograph. While personalized jewelry is usually an awesome gift, these bangles are so clunky they’re ugly. And really no one is going to notice it’s someone’s profile. A large amount of craftsmanship and work goes into each of these pieces, I’m sure, but I can think of many more things to spend $350 on rather than a portrait bracelet. The rings are actually beautiful, though, and would make a meaningful wedding band, but cost $1,700 a pop. What do you think? Are these portrait bangles and rings awesome gifts or a phenomenal waste of money? [Refinery 29] Keep reading »