The Fashion Circuit: Recycled Gadgets Make Rad Jewelry

Disposing of old technology has become a big problem – the more gadgets we create, the more we need to get rid of. But designer, researcher and art director Paola Mirai turns the insides of old gadgets into something infinitely more beautiful and useful than the heaps of trash they normally end up in.

After leaving her job as an art director in Milan, Mirai decided to do some research into Orotransperante, a super-light transparent material used in jewelry making. She carefully takes apart old electronics piece by piece and reassembles them into a line of incredible tech jewelry called Cirkuita.

The tiny gears, shiny circuits and bendy wires embedded in the transparent material are like little gems or reminders of our technology-obsessed culture.

This unique line of jewelry takes the most interesting bits of gadgets – the guts – and puts them on display rather than hiding them away as usual. Each hand-made piece is a one-off and no two pieces are ever the same.

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