Eco Chic

Laura James wasn’t always into being green. But the constant influence by the media and even designers who incorporated eco-conscious looks in their work inspired her to add recycled materials into her jewelry lines. “Determination to get the word out that recycled jewelry can also be fashion forward was great motivation for me to create these lines,” says James, thirty.

Written by Amanda Stephan/Photo by Chris Edwards 

   

James wears some of her pieces including the Large Crystal Y Necklace ($160) and the Octagon Crystal, Pearl & Green Garnet Necklace ($170).

James wears some of her pieces including the Large Crystal Y Necklace ($160) and the Octagon Crystal, Pearl & Green Garnet Necklace ($170).

James’s several existing collections offer intricate carved jade, soft natural woods, and organic semiprecious stones such as aquamarine, chalcedony, and citrine. But it was only recently that she created her Soho, Cristalle, and Metals Collections by reusing vintage crystals, wooden rosary beads, and various found metals. Many pieces boast recycled etched brass discs coupled with a pearl chain and pink tourmaline ($118) or elegant hand-forged oval hoop earrings in silver- or gold plate (starting at $20). “I felt that there was a niche in the market for recycled jewelry that also had a fine-jewelry appearance,” says James.

Find many of James’s collections at Luca Lu, Fresh, Perris Boutique, Luxe, Ava Lilly’s, BeBe Gallini’s, and www.laurajamesjewelry.com .

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