Photo Credit  :  Philip Cohen

Photo Credit: Philip Cohen

Photo Credit  :  Philip Cohen

Photo CreditPhilip Cohen


Bracelets fabricated from recycled tin cans; brass detail; plastic core. 

This set of bracelets are available for purchase or exhibition. Scroll down for detail images, & more information. 

Retail Price: $3,850 for set of three 


Bracelets 'Prestige, Value and Identity" featured in this book Fabulous Jewelry from Found Objects: Creative Projects, Simple Techniques (Lark Jewelry Books)

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Close up of Prestige Bracelet
Oval with two sloping points, “Frangelico” in oranges and crème, curved pinks
Reverse: colorful faceted jewels rare vintage material gold
Outside edge: “Prestige” in crème color with “Soft and Fruity” detail
Inside wrist: “The Finest Chocolate Selection”, orange map image, purple, oval wrist, tall brass rivets on both outside edges and wrists
5.75”L x 5.75”W x 2” D

Photo Credit  :  Philip Cohen

Photo CreditPhilip Cohen

Value Bracelet: Three lobed shaped with vintage Pepsi image and lady against turquoise, “Certified Quality”
Reverse side: “Famous Danish” cookies in blue and golds
Outside edge: jewels in star burst pattern against red violet
Inside wrist: vintage art nouveau girlinmuted orange, soft triangle, tall brass rivets on both sides, graduated sizes of rivets
6.2”L x 6.5”W x 2.38”D     

Photo Credit  :  Philip Cohen

Photo CreditPhilip Cohen

Identity Bracelet: Japanese Medallion form, three lopes rounded with vintage “Coca Cola sold here” in reds and white
Reverse side: “Ritz crackers” and “Snackwells” floating crackers against blue
Outside edge: colorful faceted jewels vintage rare material against crème
Inside wrist: silver UPC segments with gold rivets, hex wrist, brass rivets on both outside edges, graduated sizes of rivets 5.75”L x 5.75”W x 1.38”D  

Throughout the ages and spanning many cultures, jewelry identifies prestige, value and identity. Much of the jewelry also carries a message.  In our society today, we can all read the meaning of a large diamond ring; it says, “I am special and worth so much.” A wedding ring says, “I am married.” Class rings show belonging to a particular college or university. 

Similarly a more familiar sense of identity is often cultivated by brand name products which promise to enhance the consumer’s life by association with the product. Buying a premium brand of coffee, shampoo, or chocolate identifies the buyer as part of an elite group. On every such consumer package, a more mysterious encrypted sequence of lines and spaces identifies every food product, every item of clothing, and every appliance that we buy. However slightly regarded, bar codes pervade our consumer society. 

This set of bracelets symbolizes a personal search for prestige, value and identity in our material culture. Bar codes and brand name material from post-consumer tin containers recycle our unconscious consumption of advertising, marketing, and possession as identification. In a society so transitory and hyper-marketed one may wonder who we really are, for how much of our own identity is derived from what we consume and why we consume it.

© Harriete Estel Berman 2001 - 2005