I love the idea of recycling, and I try to incorporate recycled elements into my jewelry whenever possible (i.e., the floppy disk hubs). The African beads in these necklaces are made from recycled brass, using the lost wax process. It is an arduous procedure that involves destroying the mold to retrieve the newly created bead:
Here's another necklace made from African beads:
The crimson beads are made from faceted carnelian, which is about as fancy as I get ... with tangerine gold aluminum chain. And the patterned beads are wood.
In this era when we are told to constantly grasp for more, maybe what we really need to do is transform what we already have; to make it new and fresh. Just a thought.