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Best Recycled Jewelry 

Yes & Yes Designs

The ultimate way to make sure you won't show up somewhere and see fifteen other people wearing the same earrings (damn you, Forever 21!)? Make sure they're one-of-a-kind. Laura Bruland laser-cuts her earrings, necklaces, and pins out of recycled books, making for designs that are whimsical, unique, and remarkably — how to put this delicately? — unsalvaged looking: Think colorful, geometric drop earrings; intricate initial pendants cut from book covers; pins that are made to look like robots or cameras and are 100-percent sure to prompt compliments and where-did-you-get-thats. Plus, all the books she uses are falling apart, old, or otherwise unwanted, meaning that this stuff isn't just cute — it's veritably green.

(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)


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