Since its development in the mid-1700s, fine bone china has been a cultural fixture in many English homes. Of course, over time, these delicate items do chip, but artisans like Brighton, UK-based Abigail MaryRose Clark are transforming unwanted porcelain wares into gorgeous accessories like bracelets and jewelry, under the banner of StayGoldMaryRose.
Aiming to highlight the history of British vintage china, Clark takes seconds or damaged specimens from wherever she can find them and converts them into thick, floral-themed bracelets or pendants.
To add a touch of whimsy, Clark adds on satin ribbons to her bracelets.
Aside from the flowery designs, there's also more geometric-inspired offerings like these stunning examples of recycled china.
Of course, it's important to note that bone china is not vegan-friendly, due to the fact that it is made with phosphate derived from animal bones. Nevertheless, there's still value in the fact that these creations are repurposing what would have otherwise been thrown away -- like recycled fur, it's better to reuse rather than waste what has already been produced.
Clark has been making her upcycled jewelry since 2004 and selling them in stores like Anthropologie, boutiques, galleries and craft fairs in the UK, United States, Europe and Canada. To check out more or purchase one of her pieces, see her Etsy shop StayGoldMaryRose, or keep updated via her Facebook page.