Guns Into Gold
A line of jewelry is helping take illegal weapons off East Bay streets.
By Kyle Norton
Glance at the Caliber Collection, and you’d never suspect that the jewelry—with its smooth edges, polished finish, and androgynous appeal—is made from rather unorthodox materials. But designer Jessica Mindich creates the collection of bangles, bracelets, and cuff links from an ugly reality of city life: crime.
Working closely with Captain Michael Perry of the Pittsburg police department—who first shipped disabled guns to her from the department’s buyback program in 2013—Mindich melts down and repurposes the shell casings swept from crime scenes into jewelry.
She stamps each piece with the name of the city (“San Francisco,” to represent the Bay Area as a whole) and a serial number from one of the illegal firearms. A portion of the sales from the collection goes toward Pittsburg’s future gun buyback programs.
“It shows that you can do something with firearms that will have a positive impact and show the community you’re there for them—that you’re working to ensure their quality of life,” says Perry. shop.calibercollection.com.