Chandeliers probably aren’t high on the list of things you’re really worried about recycling. But perhaps you’d sport used ceiling furnishings in the name of fashion? And what if they were really sparkly, to boot? Eda & Betty — a vintage jewelry company whose various lines carry glam titles like Benefit Wear, Romance in the City, and Baubles, Brooches, and Bracelets — acquires and unstrings old chandeliers and uses the tear drop crystal beads to make these fabulous, draping necklaces.
It’s not the most aggressively eco purchase we’ve ever recommended, but reusing chandeliers is a heck of a lot better than buying new jewelry, or (worse) blood diamonds. Plus, you’ll never know whose chandelier you’re wearing — very 19th century romance. Prices range from $74-$300; www.edaandbetty.com.
Story by Tobin Hack. This article originally appeared in Plenty in October 2007. This story was added to MNN.com.