The first step in creating Smart Glass Recycled Jewelry is…. dumpster diving. I go almost every day to save bottles from landfills and get what I need to make your jewelry.
Well, a few months ago I started noticing something new in the dumpsters… a new water I hadn’t heard of: Topo Chico. And every day when I went to collect bottles there were more and more Topo Chico bottles. Wow I thought, people really like this water.
According to Bloomberg Business, Topo Chico is a cult favorite in Texas and was acquired by Coca-Cola in 2017 for $220 million. It is a naturally fizzy mineral water that has been bottled from the same underground source since 1895 and takes its name from the Cerro del Topo Chico springs, which rises nearly 4,000 feet above the outskirts of Monterrey. According to legend, an Aztec princess was cured by its thermal waters and was a bathing destination for centuries.
Once Topo Chico was purchased, Coca-Cola boosted the water’s distribution in convenience stores by 25 percent within months - which explains why it felt like I was seeing it everywhere!
POP POP FIZZ FIZZ: THERE ARE SO MANY REASONS TO LOVE TOPO CHIO
When I finally tasted it myself, I knew why I had been seeing so many empties: Yum!
Just as this article from states, Topo Chico is good for so many reasons -- it's extra sparkly, slightly salty, it makes a mean cocktail and it has a great retro look and feel.
And lucky for us, this delicious, extra fizzy drink is bottled in glass as opposed to aluminum. So in honor of my new favorite summer drink we are doing a limited run of Topo Chico jewelry!
Image: Process photo of cutting the Topo Chico bottles
Image: Process photo of Topo Chico bottles freshly melted to perfection in the kiln
LIMITED EDITION TOPO CHICO JEWELRY
Now through July 30th, scoop up 3 of our classic styles made out of Topo Chico recycled bottles! I’m sure you know someone who loves Topo Chico as much as I do now, so don’t miss out on this special collection.
Small earrings with sterling silver French wires $48.00
Simple necklace on sterling silver satellite chain: $42.00
Large necklace on large sterling silver chain (fully adjustable) $82.00
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ABOUT SMART GLASS
Smart Glass Jewelry is an artist's studio based out of Atlanta, Georgia specializing in upcycling post-consumer glass bottles into wearable, beautiful jewelry. Smart Glass Jewelry reclaims glass beer, wine, saki, vodka, whiskey and gin bottles to create their colorful and sustainable designs.
ABOUT KATHLEEN PLATE
Kathleen Plate is the talented artist behind Smart Glass Jewelry. Born and raised in Cathlamet, a small town in Washington State, her small-town roots are evident in her minimalist, “keep it simple” design philosophy. Now residing in Atlanta, Georgia, you’ll find her every day in her studio, tinkering and creating, and hitting the occasional dumpster at night.