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Celestin creates one-of-a-kind jewelry with recycled guitar strings

Naomi Celestin, 41, is just one of the artists who is gearing up to bring her products back to Oxford’s Double Decker Arts Festival April 22-23.

She is the creator of the company ReStrung Jewelry.

“Last year, was our first time at Double Decker,” said Celestin. “It was a very successful event, so we are very excited to be back for year two.”

ReStrung Jewelry is created with recycled guitar strings donated by some of the world’s most talented musicians. Celestin designs and handcrafts each piece in her New Orleans studio with the help of a small group of production assistants, many of whom are stay-at-home moms.

“Since our strings are donated, we pay it forward by donating a portion of our annual profits to the New Orleans Musicians Clinic, which helps to keep our musicians healthy and performing,” Celestin said.

ReStrung is available at nearly 300 retailers worldwide. The company was founded in 2011 by the artist and New Orleans resident, who wanted to combine her passions of art and music.

She came up with the idea after looking at old guitar strings at a friend’s house and created a few designs that incorporated wire-work, used guitar strings and semi-precious gemstones.

She said she realized musicians break strings often and change them out, so she began calling the musicians she knew to collect their used strings.

“Our Gemstone Bangles and Leather Eternity Bracelets are our top sellers,” she said. “Our collections are affordable, ranging from $15-$150.”

For more information, visit restrungjewelry.com.

About LaReeca Rucker

LaReeca Rucker is a writer, reporter and adjunct journalism instructor at the University of Mississippi's Meek School of Journalism and New Media.

A veteran journalist with more than 20 years of experience, she spent a decade at the Gannett-owned Clarion-Ledger - Mississippi's largest daily newspaper - covering stories about crime, city government, civil rights, social justice, religion, art, culture and entertainment for the paper's print and web editions. She was also a USA Today contributor.

This year, she received a first place award from the Mississippi Press Association for “Best In-Depth Investigative Reporting.” The story written in 2014 for The Oxford Eagle chronicles the life of a young mother with two sons who have epilepsy, and details how she is patiently hoping legalized cannabis oil experimentation will lead to a cure for their disorder.

Her website is www.lareecarucker.com.

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