What To Get The Woman Who Has Everything

crash jewelry

There’s no need to panic over this, the answer is simple: you should get her a car. Duh. I don’t know why you didn’t think of that. Get her a Bentley! Get her a Porsche! Get her a Ferrari! Women love Ferraris. No, really, get your woman some CRASH jewelry.

I first discovered CRASH and its founder, Christi Schimpke, online. Her premise is simple, turn tragedy into triumph by crafting earrings, cuffs, and necklaces from damaged vehicles. I recently bought myself a Maserati:

Me and my Maserati GranTurismo

If you think this is simply a bored car chic noodling around with spare parts, think again. Christi is a former art historian, who began studying jewelry design after leaving her position at the Getty.

CRASH jewelry shop

After leaving her day job, she set up a little studio in the back of her husband’s body shop where she started a jewelry business. Then one day, she eyed a stunning colored panel that the shop guys were working on. You see, Christi’s husband just happens to own LA’s premiere body shop for the rich, famous, and automotively blessed. A day at his office includes repairing Mercedes, Ferraris, and Lamborghinis.

CRASH jewelry
Lambo Leggera & Lambo Aventador? Yes, please!

Christi has two rules for her creations 1) use only materials where no one was critically injured or killed in the vehicle (who wants a haunted cuff?) and 2) keep the car’s original patina. The results are gorgeous:

CRASH jewelry Ferrari

For obvious reasons, her creations appeal to Motorheads and aspirational car owners alike.

BMW Speedometer
What’s that? A BMW Speedometer, of course.

Now that she’s gaining recognition, clients from all over the world turn to Christi for a cure for their automotive heartbreak.

Porsche jewelry

This Australian guy wrecked his Porsche and sent some panels to Christi with a simple message, “Make me something cool.” She’s on it.

CRASH jewelry Maybach
Christi and her next creation– a two toned Maybach

As I visited Christi’s West LA workshop, I found myself oogling dented cars like never before. “Ooooh, is that a totaled Maybach?” I squealed. This was a new feeling for me, for I literally teared up when they crashed the ’69 Mercedes in The Hangover.

CRASH jewelry
Each piece comes with a certificate of authenticity.

Each piece comes with a certificate of authenticity with details about the original vehicle and its additional contents.

Don’t tell Ava.

I even bought my daughter Ava a Porsche.

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