CRASH Jewelry is based in Los Angeles and specializes in creating sustainable cuffs, bangles, earrings, necklaces and accessories from the metal of luxury automobiles that have been in minor accidents. Christi Schimpke, the founder of CRASH Jewelry, was inspired to create custom jewelry from cars when she moved her studio into her husband’s body shop that works exclusively on collision repairs for late-model Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi, Bentley, Porsche, and Maserati vehicles.

The vision for CRASH materialized when Schimpke was working in her garage studio as a silversmith. During breaks from her work, she noticed the gorgeous cars that arrived at the shop for repair. The jewel-like sheen of the luxury paint and chrome finishes fascinated Schimpke, and, inspired, she imagined jewelry emerging from the pieces of discarded metal. After months of experimentation, Schimpke discovered her own unique process of cutting, bending, and sanding the scrap metal, and CRASH Jewelry started to take shape.

Initially, it surprises people that such a beautiful cuff or necklace can be made from the hood, door, or quarter panel of a Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale. Upon learning its origin, everyone smiles in disbelief and wants to learn more about the process. We’ve developed manual techniques that allow us to manipulate steel and aluminum, yet preserve the car’s original paint. The end result is a one-of-kind masterpiece.

CRASH has a broad and diverse demographic. Our distinctive pieces appeal to the eco-centric, car enthusiasts, fashionistas, artisanal crafters, and those who simply enjoy a good story about something handmade. We take pride in our collection, and often embellish our creations with quality gemstones and cabochons. In this age of mass production, handmade craftsmanship seems to be a thing of the past, which is what makes CRASH Jewelry so special. 

CRASH is committed to staying green by repurposing discarded metal that might otherwise find its way into a landfill. We also donate a portion of every sale to multiple charities of your choice, and love to participate in fund-raising events such as animal rescue, free legal aid, education, and hospice throughout the year.

Since day one in 2013, our sales have increased by 400% and our inventory has grown from 30 to over 100 items. CRASH has been featured in several publications, radio and television programs, and on the runway  --  simply because of popularity and sincere interest. 

Visit our website to view our collection and join our loyal online customer base. You can also find CRASH in fine retail stores in California, Nevada, Arizona, Florida, and Georgia, New York and New Jersey. 

 

Press coverage
"The innovative designs of CRASH Jewelry from discarded luxury vehicle repair parts are unique jewelry accessories to celebrate and support sustainability in our every day lives."
CRASH Jewelry Gets the Green Light for Unique, Sustainable Jewelry From Luxury Cars
Jewelry Navigator - April 21, 2017
"Christi Schimpke, the founder of CRASH Jewelry, came up with the idea to create fashion jewelry from cars when she moved her studio into her husband’s Los Angeles body shop."
CRASH Jewelry
The Gentleman Racer
"Not only is this up-cycling a great solution to reducing waste and resource use, but it gives the product a story – making each piece all the more special."
FROM LUXURY CARS TO CHIC CUFFS: A LOOK AT CRASH’S UNIQUE UPCYCLED JEWELRY
Conscious Life & Style - November 08, 2016
" To top it all off, I added this unique cuff, designed by CRASH Jewelry. This cuff was repurposed and made out of late model BMW 7 Series, and the single strip of stainless steel that runs across the middle, is from a Mercedes-Benz G550. How's that for cool?!"
TOP 10 MUST HAVE SWEATER DRESSES THIS SEASON
Ashley Nicole Style - November 08, 2016
"CRASH is something so unexpected! I mean, a bracelet made from a Porsche? Pretty amazing. "
Vroom-Vroom | Luxury Automobiles to Eco-Friendly Jewelry
Sustainably Chic - July 06, 2016
" I am beyond chuffed with my cuffs made from cars. I have never had a cuff that fits my tiny wrist and this one does perfectly. What a special piece of eco jewellery I will treasure forever!"
CRASH – Upcycled Jewellery Made from Luxury Cars
City Girl at Heart (UK) - June 28, 2016
"Love the idea of owning a Ferrari or Jaguar but hate the price tag? Crash Jewellery allows you to own a bit of the auto without having to worry about parking space. Each piece is comprised of upcycled parts of prestige cars, making Crash accessories for men and women the perfect gift for the petrol head in your life. "
Upcycling Goes Uptown, Meet 6 Luxe Jewellery Upcyclers (European Publication)
ELUXE Magazine - April 17, 2016
CRASH Jewelry worn on the Runway Fashion Show in Los Angeles
Style Fashion Week LA - March 20, 2016
"It is literally made from a sleek SLS Mercedes-Benz Roadster in matte Designo Magno Sylvanite Grey – talk about some serious upcycling! "
Toes in the Sand with Liberty 61 & Crash Jewelry
Allyn Lewis Gem Nation Blog - November 06, 2015
As seen on Shawn Killinger, QVC, TV host of Isaac Mizrahi's 'Anything Goes' and "Shawn Says Accessorize"
QVC - April 09, 2015
Shop Tinseltown's Hottest Picks! Eco-Friendly Beauty Bargains
Life & Style Magazine - April 20, 2015
For the Unassuming Enthusiast
Automobile Magazine - January 01, 2015
"You would be amazed at how much metal will need to be replaced simply by bumping into a lamppost!"
The Ultimate Arm Candy: Jewelry Made From Crashed Ferraris, Maseratis, Lamborghinis And More
Forbes Life Magazine - February 15, 2015
Gregg Sulkin, Your Next Leading Man and Man of Style with Byron Mann: The Best of Both Worlds
Regard Magazine
"Not everyone can afford a Bentley, but aficionados can wear a piece of one on their wrists, thanks to CRASH Jewelry designer Christi Schimpke, who creates eco-chic cuffs like this one with discarded metal from luxury automobiles including Bentleys, Ferraris, Maseratis and Corvettes."
Handmade for the Holidays: Gifts for Fun
Niche Magzine: The Business of Art, Design & American Made - September 15, 2015
"Enter Christi Schimpke, purveyor of wrecked exotic cars, or rather the discarded sheet metal from exotic cars “up-cycled” into unique, attractive jewelry that has graced celebrities on the red carpet. It’s cleverly called…what else? “CRASH”"
Ferrari on Your Wrist
Vintage Racecar/Vintage Roadcar - November 17, 2015
"“I had to tell her, ‘Sweetheart, we're just going to repair that panel, not replace it,'” said Dan, co-owner of the block-long shop that specializes in late-model European luxury vehicles. “It's pretty entertaining. I just have to keep her mitts off my customers' cars.”"
Jewelry by Accident
Orange County Register - February 14, 2014
Salvaged (and Fit for a Princess)
Automobile Magazine - February 01, 2014
Pretty Pieces in 'Just for Mom' Style Page
Kiwi Magazine: Growing Families the Natural and Organic Way
Crash Course in CRASH Jewelry: Radio Interview with Alan Taylor
The Drive with Alan Taylor - December 16, 2013
Interview with Leon "The Motorman" Kaplan
790 KABC Radio - September 15, 2013
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"I just love Crash Jewelry. I have several beautiful pieces, that I often wear. Christi’s color and design skills are phenomenal. Using metal from scrap is recycling at its best."
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"In the Crash Collection, Christi has created stunning designs that can be worn for both casual and more elegant events. By recycling metals from wrecked cars, she not only provides environmentally friendly jewelry, she provides an instant conversation starter for all of us gear heads who appreciate fine cars along with wonderful jewelry. "
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"I stumbled onto Crash a year and a half ago when looking for Christmas ideas for my wife. Not only are the designs stunning, but the parts with which they are created are perfect for anyone that has a love of cars. We are Porsche fanatics so Crash’s designs are a perfect fit! There is not a single occasion in which my wife is wearing a piece of Crash jewelry that she does not get a compliment. Christi is an absolute joy to work with and clearly takes great pride in her products. Even if your significant other is not a car fanatic, you cannot go wrong with one of these pieces. The pricing is incredibly fair considering the craftsmanship and uniqueness of the product. I will be a client of Crash for many years to come!"
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" love that Christi Schimpke can see beauty in a slab of wrecked metal. Her imagination and craftsmanship are extraordinary. I have several Crash cuffs, a pair of crash hoop earrings, and even got a his and hers pair of Crash rings. And out of all the things I have given him over the years, my man wears his crash cuff and crash ring the most! Her pieces are unique and make a statement: be prepared to chat if you wear them. People always inquire, introverts be forewarned!"
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