A Jewelry Line With a Vintage Feel—And a Reasonable Pricetag

Chicago designer Lana Nikolenko casts vintage finds in bronze to create her unique baubles.

Photograph: Courtesy of Lana Nikolenko

I used my grandmother’s brooch to fasten the sash I wore to my wedding reception on Saturday. You’d better believe I was feeling proud of my craftiness until yesterday, when I came across this stroke of genius: a vintage brooch cast in bronze to take on a new life as a gorgeous necklace.

For the past year, Chicago artist Lana Nikolenko has been repurposing objects such as cuff links, pins, and other vintage finds (even the occasional shark tooth) to handcraft such baubles and sell them on her Etsy page. She recently debuted her line, MadeIn, at the Do Division fest. If we’re lucky, we’ll be seeing her creations at more festivals this summer.    

$60 at MadeIn

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