Rebel Nell uses graffiti to create jewelry

Posted at 4:54 PM, Jan 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-12 16:54:14-05

When buildings in Detroit fall a part, a company in the city uses the scraps.

Rebel Nell uses graffiti from the buildings to create unique pieces of jewelry. The process to make the items takes 3 to 5 hours and includes more than a dozen steps - from processing the graffiti to polishing the finished product. 

"It’s beautiful, because every single piece is one of a kind and unique,” says Amy Peterson, Rebel Nell CEO.

The company also employs women from homeless shelters and provides them with resources to help them get on their feet. Those resources help with financial literacy, business education and life wellness. 

"They have your back through any situation, whether it’s personal, whether it’s schooling, whether it’s just life period. It’s very important because it’s not common to have jobs that support you,” says Brittany Johnson, who works at Rebel Nell. 

Every purchase helps disadvantaged women in Detroit.