Cuban costume jewelry

cuba zip tie bracelet

Women’s bracelets made with what appears to be zip ties.

cuba man bracelet

Man’s bracelet with telephone wire.

back of fork bracelet

Back of the cuff bracelet showing the detail of the fork and spoon. Mark says ALPA CCA SILCO Made in USA.

They say necessity is the mother of invention and that’s certainly the case in Cuba.  Here are some pieces of costume jewelry I found for sale around Havana last month.  Some were incorporating colorful telephone wire, others what appeared to be plastic zip ties, and the elaborate cuff bracelets were repurposed forks and spoons.  I think my millennial friends call this “up cycling”!

Fork and spoon bracelet with abalone shell

Fork and spoon bracelet with abalone shell

Cuba women bracelets

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