Simple, elegant, eco-friendly.
Bluce specializes in industrial-chic, reclaimed guitar string jewelry. My aim is to create jewelry that obscures its recycled nature. To transform it into something new. Sourced from local repair shops, family, and friends, all of the strings have been previously played and were bound for the landfill. After sorting the usable strings, each one is hand cleaned, cut to length, and worked into a usable segment.
The designs feature proportions inspired by my background as an architect. Movement, inspired by my childhood as a ballet dancer. And the strings, inspired by my parents who are lifelong musicians. I combine the strings with high-quality sterling silver and/or 14K gold-filled chain, semi-precious gemstones, and mixed metal accents.
"Their journey began by bringing joy in the form of sound and is allowed to continue, by bringing joy in the form of art."
ABOUT THE DESIGNER
Brianna Luce grew up in Northern California in the small, foothill town of Paradise. She has been actively designing jewelry since 2005 and has been working with used instrument strings since 2011. In 2014 She graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a degree in architecture that honed her eye for geometry and proportion while expanding her understanding of the importance of connections and detail in constructed design, large and small. She was raised by two active musicians. Her father operates a brass and woodwind repair business and her mother keeps them both involved in multiple hobby bands at a time.
"I grew up in a musically rich and artistic environment. Instruments hung on the walls and were picked up daily. We painted old newspaper rolls to make wrapping paper, tie-dyed in the garage, and poured cement stepping stones into molds we made in the sandbox. My sister and I gravitated towards ballet and various visual arts over band and playing instruments. I might have broken my dad's heart a little when I quit the clarinet after just one year of practice. In 2005, I began experimenting with jewelry design and the idea of repurposing other art techniques and materials. I made stain glass pendants, soldered stones, and shell pieces I found at the river and eventually made my mom a pair of earrings out of her old mandolin strings. Since then I've fallen in love with the unique story and amazing detail that the instrument strings give to each and every piece."