Bubbly Art: Gorgeous Jewelry from Champagne Corks

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Bubbly Art: Gorgeous Jewelry from Champagne Corks

Champagne is a celebratory drink, used to mark events and moments in our lives that we wish to remember. Many imbibers keep the cork and muselet (champagne wire cap) to remember the celebration. But if you’re like me, those caps and corks just pile up and end up lurking in a drawer, diminishing the memory rather than honoring it. Enter Wearing Memories Kiron Barui, an Australian-based designer that crafts those muselets into memories you can wear. The ideas came about in 2011, when the Toowoomba floods destroyed her hometown. Kiron had been saving Champagne bottles for a special occasion, and while this wasn’t a child’s college graduation, there was a carpe diem moment of gratitude. After writing the dates and memories on the cap and shaping the muselet wire like a ring, an idea was born. Wearing Memories has been designing bespoke jewelry since 2012, and has made quite a splash, showing at Paris and London Fashion Week and being sold at Harrods of London’s Champagne Bar. Prices, like Champagne, are not low, starting at $350 a piece.

Madina Papadopoulos is a New York-based freelance writer, author and regular contributor to Paste. You can follow her drink adventures on Instagram and Twitter.