It’s the kind of jewelry that begs the question – “Where did you get that?”  And if you hit the streets at Dally in the Alley this weekend, you won’t want to miss this new jeweler on the market.

Unlike anyone else around, Rebel Nell makes their jewelry out of a unique, but abundant, Motor City resource: graffiti. Founded by Amy Peterson and Diana Russell, the business also offers something more – an opportunity to improve the lives of others.

The jewelry is made from graffiti that has fallen from the walls due to the weight of layers of paint, or damage caused by mother nature. After being cut to appropriate size, Amy and Diana hone in on their design skills to treat the graffiti pieces in a way that highlights and reveals their various colors and layers, and affix the pieces to necklace pendants, cufflink backings and ring settings. Others are crafted into earrings.

However, purchasing a piece from Rebel Nell goes far beyond walking away with a unique piece of jewelry.

“Rebel Nell creates defiant jewelry with a purpose,” said Amy Peterson, co-founder of Rebel Nell. “Rebel Nell will employ disadvantaged women in Detroit to make jewelry from unique local resources starting with graffiti, educate them on business and life management skills and empower them to transition to an independent life.”

Right now, Rebel Nell is working on funding their start-up costs through a crowd-funding campaign page you can visit here. When you make a donation, you can feel great about the fact that you’re helping to employ a disadvantaged woman in the city, and giving her a fresh start.

“We want to provide them with more than just a job,” said Peterson. “We want them to learn life management skills like how to set up a bank account, how to establish credit, the ins and outs of business, etc. so that one day they too will have the knowledge and skills to be entrepreneurs, work in a field that they are passionate about or be promoted internally at Rebel Nell.”

Rebel Nell’s Dequindre Cut Collection debuts at their booth at Dally in the Alley from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 at Second and West Forest avenues in Detroit (just south of Wayne State University’s main campus). Previews are also available at theirwebsite and their Facebook page.

Written By: Clare Liening / Photo credit: Facebook


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