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Tuesday, 01 December 2020 19:35

Day Job/Night Job: Metal and Creativity Collide at CRASH Jewelry

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Christi Schimpke created CRASH Jewelry in 2013, building it into a successful business that has produced 3,000 pieces in seven years. Christi Schimpke created CRASH Jewelry in 2013, building it into a successful business that has produced 3,000 pieces in seven years.

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...$50 to $1,100, but average between $100 and $150.

 

“Three years ago, the business became viable and I started making a profit,” she said. “I’ve created approximately 3,000 pieces overall since day one. I get a ton of return customers and many people buy items from us for corporate gifts or will purchase gift cards, so that people can pick the jewelry they prefer.”

 

CRASH Jewelry is committed to being all-in when it comes to being a green business by repurposing discarded metal.

 

“We also donate a portion of every sale to multiple charities, and love to participate in fundraising events such as animal rescue, free legal aid, education and hospice throughout the year,” she said. “If an artist can use their art to help nonprofit organizations and causes I believe in, that’s so satisfying.”

 

Every once in a while, Schimpke’s day gets a little brighter when she finds out about some prime Lamborghini, Ferrari or unusual parts, for example.

 

“The most unique and special items that I’ve ever made have to be from a Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera,” she said. “That one stands out, including the five cuffs I did for an Australian race driver with parts from a 1954 456 Porsche. He crashed it, so I got a ton of metal from that one vehicle.”

 

In 2019, Schimpke found out about Susan Purkhiser, a stuntwoman who lost her beloved BMW in the 2018 Woolsey Fire that hit Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

 

“Her friends sent me a piece of fire damaged metal from the vehicle, and I made a cuff with it,” Schimpke said. “She was moved when she received it, and, of course, we were delighted as well.”

 

As the media continues to embrace CRASH Jewelry and more and more high-profile celebrities buy her pieces, Schimpke sees a great future for her company.

 

“I love doing this, and as long as luxury car owners will get into accidents, I will never run out of parts to turn into jewelry.”

 

Browse CRASH Jewelry's website here.


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