Prior to launching her jewelry collection, Eve Lynn Kessner had a line of reworked vintage T-shirts named eve*lynn. She considers her new endeavor to be no different. “I started thinking about taking the [same] idea of finding things with a specific history and modernizing [them] and translating that into jewelry,” says Kessner. So instead of resurrecting old Grateful Dead T’s (she gave up that gig in 2007), Kessner now refashions vintage baubles for her Kessef by Eve Lynn line, the bulk of which retails from $900 to $1,500. The real highlights, however, are the pendants and bracelets made from run-of-the-mill pocket change. Kessner turns dimes, pennies and half-dollars into gemstone-studded peace signs, while the Chinese yuan and Israeli 10 agorot are cut, respectively, into Buddha- and chamsa-shaped charms. Her label, then, couldn’t be more appropriate. “It’s a play on my last name,” says Kessner, “and kesef, the Hebrew word for ‘money.’”
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