Looking for some good bling without the expensive price tag? One artist in China is creating colorful gemstones from broken glass bottles! The artist uses their creativity to turn shards of broken glass into imitation sapphires and emeralds that look like the real deal. Using a rotary tool, the artisan reshapes and polishes the shards, and then sets the new gemstone into a metal band:
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While there are still people who prefer real gemstones, others online are championing the alternative, upcycled material. One Redditor even shared an entire list as to why they would choose the glass bottle gemstone over any other. Theywrote, “It’s pretty, it sparkles, no one had to die to make that, no one had to slave over it, either, [and] no one had to go into debt for it.” They add, “Also, if someone made rings and earrings out of recycled glass bottles and sea glass, I’d buy that sh*t, in every color. All the colors.”
image credit: Jacek Dylag