Sophia Davison, from Sydney’s College of Fine Arts (COFA) created five handmade, eco-friendly necklaces made from broken chains, brooches and beads which she purchased from Australian charity St Vincent de Paul.
In collaboration with the Vinnies, Davison’s innovative collection will be auctioned by eBay this month with funds raised going to the Vinnies Christmas Appeal.
Davison, an avid ‘op-shopper’ told Jeweller that she wanted to create something unique, which could in turn benefit society and allow people to see the beauty in pre-loved jewellery.
“I bought all the recycled jewellery at Vinnies for about $900 and managed to get donations to help me conduct the project,” Davison said. “I thought why not spend my money somewhere that can benefit others.”
Part of her major assessment at COFA, Davison’s collection encourages jewellers’ to think outside the box and provides jewellery retailers and suppliers with an innovative method of reducing old stock levels.
David Geller, one of the world’s foremost authorities in jewellery retailing believes jewellery retailers and suppliers are well positioned to help charities and one way is by donating old jewellery stock to local charity auctions.
“While no money changes hands, there are plenty of benefits for the retailer who no longer has to contribute time and effort into moving old stock, and whose brand will get a community boost for contributing to charity,” Geller said. “Most importantly, contributing to charity is actually a very noble and worthwhile activity.”