Alyssa Smith Carbon Collection
Proudly presenting a series of carbon fibre miniature masterpieces in partnership with Racing Gold. Taking used Formula one cars and upcycling them to give them a new life, we’ve combined the carbon with sterling silver so you can enjoy this piece of history now, and for years to come.
Sustainability and Upcycling were the key goals for this partnership… And doing it in style was also key!
Proudly presenting the Alyssa Smith Carbon collection. First released in Spring 2019, this iconic collection of jewellery takes upcycling to another level. Alyssa had been looking for new ways to explore the theme of motorsports jewellery- but as something completely different from her usual style of ‘miniature’ replicas. She also became extremely keen on the concept of upcycling and re-using, as we all try to become more sustainable in our daily lives.
Both agreed from the early stages of their brain storming, that whatever the collaborations final pieces ended up looking like, the focus would be on upcycling, and being able to turn something that was otherwise useless and discarded, and give it a new life to be enjoyed for years to come.
The duo began combining meticulous design work and prototyping with precision engineering, and the first Carbon pieces were released in 2019.
Taking it back to basics…one part at a time
The first carbon collection was an absolute hit, and the pair of creative minds realised the demand for something really unique, such as this concept of re-using, and ‘wearable history’ was definitely there, and something they would like to explore further, and so they began to put their mind to creating more designs (armed with lots of coffee and biscuits of course!) Pushing the boundaries of what they had already made, and what they could do to surprise people even more was so exciting.
Taking the cars apart bit by bit to see exactly what can be used is one of the best bits of coming up with a new concept, because it is at this stage that the brainstorming really begins. Of course, some design ideas never make it to release, but many of them do.
Design and manufacture of Carbon
Like snowflakes… but not snowflakes
Each and every carbon piece to be created into this stunning jewellery has been hand made by Racing Gold and Alyssa Smith Jewellery, meaning that no two creations will ever be exactly the same….Just like snowflakes or fingerprints. But saying that, each piece of carbon jewellery receives the exact same amount of attention and care during the cutting, drilling, manufacture, assemble and packaging process – from start to finish, this upcycled collection is something a bit extra special. Each carbon piece comes complete with a carbon information card, which is ideal for keeping as a reminder of where your piece came from.
Carbon designs have ranged from small and chunky beads, to framed carbon squares and circles, and even incredible shapes including stars and hearts, and have been featured in publications including MOTORSPORT magazine.
Taking used and redundant car parts, and turning them into something tiny, beautiful and wearable that can be enjoyed right now and also in years to come is an absolute passion of Alyssa’s. And what’s more is that the jewellery created by Alyssa all has one thing in common- it’s a talking point.