- CRASH Jewelry

Automotive Jewelry

Making jewelry from unused bits and pieces of high-end luxury vehicles

3y ago

Founded by Christi Schimpke, CRASH Jewelry is located in Los Angeles and has been re-imagining unused sheet metal originally intended for cosmetic repairs on cars.

Christi’s husband, Dan Schimpke, is the co-owner of Beverly Coachcraft and together with his partner has been operating a high-end auto body shop for over three decades. As in most collision repair, many parts are removed and simply discarded. This is where Christi conceived her original idea to use undamaged pieces from luxury cars like Porsche, Bentley, Maserati, and Ferrari, to create artistic jewelry and fashionable items for both men and women.

Honestly, the work they do is nothing short of brilliant.

The technique she uses is impressive and allows her to bend the metal to her will. They cut the sheet metal into varying widths and lengths using a template. After that, they slowly heat the metal blanks in stages so as not to corrupt or ruin the factory finish. They then begin to gradually shape the blanks into a 'C' or what a cuff looks like, using a roller, their hands, and a rubber mallet. Sometimes even doing this doesn't work and the paint will crack, so it certainly requires attention to detail and a passion for creativity.

Originally an art history major, Christi certainly has the background knowledge to recognize a chance at creating something unique using the materials around her. And we are glad she did.

Using leftover body panels, all of these wonderful machines can decorate not only your garage, but also your person. My favorite piece they currently design, you ask? That cool Ferrari 612 Scaglietti Cuff for men. Awesome.

For more information about CRASH, please visit their website!

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Comments (10)

  • Hi congratulations - your post has been selected by DriveTribe Women-of-DriveTribe Ambassador for promotion on the DriveTribe homepage.

      3 years ago
  • I honestly am pretty interested in this method of recycling and I would definitely go for something from Porsche. Without question, I love Porsches and I think this is brilliant

      3 years ago
    • You are too kind. We love working with Porsche metal. Be sure to go to our website, crashjewelry.com, to checkout our Porsche lineup. - The CRASH Jewelry Team

        3 years ago
    • Definitely, I'm very interested in the whole idea and love what it is. I'll be sure to take a look and share it around as well. Very brilliant and thank you for reaching out! 😁👍

        3 years ago
  • I had a look at your website and think the jewellery you make is gorgeous. Is it possible to get to know the exact model of the cars, because sometimes the description only tells the car company.

      3 years ago
    • Hi Victoria - you should take a look at the website: Crashjewelry.com - they have all the detailed information for you there on make and model of each car.

        3 years ago
    • Oh that's brilliant! Thank you.

        3 years ago