Metal From Illegal Guns Used To Make Fashionable Jewelry

Category: Society / Jan 23, 2013 12:55PM EDT
Out of the devastating criminality that is the illegal gun industry, a Connecticut businesswoman has created objects of beauty. Jessica Mindich, CEO and founder of Jewelry for a Cause, has created a line of jewelry fashioned from melted down illegal guns and shell casings seized by the Newark Police Department. The jewelry line is called "The Caliber Collection" and it features steel and brass bangle and cuff bracelets, each engraved with the serial number of the illegal gun from which it came. "The Caliber Collection is a line of jewelry made in part from illegal guns and brass shell casings taken off the streets of Newark, New Jersey and a portion of the proceeds go back to Newark Police Department to benefit their gun buy-back/amnesty program.” Mindich said 20 percent of the money earned from the sale of the bracelets is given back to the police department to help fund their crime fighting efforts. The first series of bracelets went on sale in late November 2012. The line was created using the steel from 250 handguns, rifles and shotguns. The brass pieces were made from casings swept from crime scenes. The price of the bracelets range from $150 for the steel cuff to $375 for the brass bangle with diamonds. And each jewelry piece comes packaged in a simulated police evidence bag. She added other cities in the U.S. and around the world have contacted her regarding similar lines of jewelry created from their illegal weapons.