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Bracelets that pack a bang

This steel bangle, created from the melted remnants of illegal guns seized by the Newark Police Department, retails for $200.

This steel bangle, created from the melted remnants of illegal guns seized by the Newark Police Department, retails for $200.



There’s at least one jewelry line out there that’s sure to pack plenty of bang for its buck.

In the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting and the nation’s ensuing debate about gun violence, multiple news outlets have picked up on the story of Jessica Mindich’s Caliber Collection -- a jewelry line that transforms illegal weapons removed from the streets of Newark, N.J. into stylish wristlets.

The bracelets range from $150 for a silver steel cuff made from the melted remnants of firearms once used in murders, roberries and carjackings to $1,275 for a diamond-embossed brass bangle crafted from shell casings swept up from crime scenes. Each is engraved with the serial number of the seized weapon from which it came, meaning no two handmade pieces are alike.

Twenty percent of proceeds from each purchase help finance future Newark Gun Buyback Amnesty events, which let anyone trade in weapons – no questions asked – for up to $200 cash.

In a YouTube video on Caliber Collection’s website, Mindich speaks with Newark police director Samuel A. DeMaio, who says the program saves lives:

“Here’s weapons that were used in crimes throughout the city. And what we’re doing is trying to do something positive with those weapons. If you’re looking at the history of what these guns are, what they’ve done and then what they would have done if they weren’t taken off the streets, now to do something useful with it I think that’s a great thing.”

The jewelry line is part of Mindich's Jewelry for a Cause, a foundation formed in 2008 which includes creations that haved raise awareness and money for such causes as Alzheimer’s disease to suicide prevention to sexual assault in Tel Aviv.

Mindich, a former attorney and mother of two from Connecticut, told Shine Yahoo! she actually embarked on the Caliber Collection idea a year ago. Her preteen son chose the moniker, which refers both to the caliber of a gun and how the caliber of a city is raised when illegal guns are removed from its streets.

She plans to expand the Caliber Collection to other cities.

“Unfortunately, there are too many cities with this as a huge issue,” Mindich told the site, adding: “Sadly, I will never run out of the supply.”

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[Last modified: Monday, February 18, 2013 5:08pm]


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