Hazel Studstill had always loved creating jewelry, but she never expected a cruise past a dumpster to prove so serendipitous. After discovering a cache of discarded plexiglass on its way to destruction, the industrious metalsmith decided to transform the hard, clear plastic into baubles fit for a fancy soiree. The collection, which was inspired by geode-hunting “out West” as a child, marries hand-carving techniques with gold and silver leafing for extra sparkle. Available as a single or double necklace or in the form of a cuff, no two pieces are alike. And unlike other cocktail adornments, your conversation starter comes with a built-in story.

+ Upcycled Plexiglass Jewelry $42-$74

+ HJ Designs