I’m so excited to share my latest jewelry purchase with you – an actual piece of Detroit history. That’s right, the beautiful pendant is (wait for it) made from remnants of Detroit graffiti! The company behind this amazing jewelry is social start-up Rebel Nell. The company was founded by Detroiters Amy Peterson and Diana Russell with one clear goal – to make jewelry with a purpose. Not only is Rebel Nell preserving pieces of Detroit’s history, the company also makes it a point to hire disadvantaged Detroit woman.
So where can you buy your own piece of Detroit history? Visit Rebel Nell’s Facebook page for information on the markets and galleries carrying their jewelry. In addition to pendants, the company sells earrings, cufflinks and rings. The price point is a bit higher than I usually spend on jewelry (the pendant & silver chain cost $130.00), however it seems like a small price to pay for a one-of-a-kind piece. Plus it’s important to support businesses, like Rebel Nell, that empower women through employment.
If you’re interested in learning more about Rebel Nell, like where the company got its name and how the two founders scavenge for graffiti remnants, watch this video.