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cymbal of love pendant

by Wesla Bay Weller $75.00
Handmade
Recycled
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Symbolic Love

UncommonGoods proudly presents the winner of the first Uncommon Jewelry Challenge. Chosen from over 225 entries, designer Wesla Bay Weller's piece hit a high note with our community for taking an upbeat approach to recycling. Possessing a desire to work with recycled materials, Wesla struck upon the idea of using discarded and broken drum cymbals and guitar strings to create a one-of-a-kind pendant with heart.

To Wesla, musical instruments have more than one story to tell the world: Craftspeople shaped the instruments; musicians dreamed with them; and listeners cherished those dreams. The Cymbal of Love Pendant serves as a personal talisman for the musician, the music-lover or any style-savvy person with an eye for the extraordinary. These used and discarded materials, now reclaimed and reimagined, can still help us share the music we feel in our hearts.

The heart is made from repurposed broken cymbals made of a bronze alloy of copper and tin. The circle is made of a wound recycled guitar string made out of a combination of nickel and steel. The chain is made of antique-silver finish rhodium-plated brass. Each piece will differ to some small degree due to using found, recycled materials and the handmade process. Handcrafted in California.

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Handmade
Recycled
Community Voted
Item ID
22009
Made from
silver, nickel, bronze, rhodium plated brass, guitar string, steel
Measurements
Chain: 24" L, Love Pendant 1.25" dia.
Notes
The cymbal and guitar string are sealed with a coat of Renaissance Wax, which protects the metals from moisture and oxygen, to help prevent tarnish. Polish gently with a soft cloth. Keep away from excessive moisture. Some darkening of color of cymbal and brass wire will occur naturally over time.
  • the maker
Wesla Bay Weller

Wesla Bay Weller

Captivated by the process of creating jewelry, Wesla Bay Weller came to jewelry design after she took a metalsmithing class for fun. A graphic designer and illustrator by trade, Wesla studied illustration at Parsons School of Design and earned a BFA in graphic design at Cooper Union in New York.

Wanting to work with recycled materials, she hit upon the idea of using discarded and broken parts from musical instruments. The Upbeat Jewellery collection combines recycled and repurposed musical instrument materials with Wesla's love for music, narrative and craftsmanship to make playful, wearable art. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her partner.Wanting to work with recycled materials, she hit upon the idea of using discarded and broken parts from musical instruments. The Upbeat Jewellery collection combines recycled and repurposed musical instrument materials with Wesla's love for music, narrative and craftsmanship to make playful, wearable art. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her partner. collection

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Cymbal of Love Pendant
 
4.6

(based on 31 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (1)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Unique (28)
  • Good quality (21)
  • Good length (12)
  • Meaningful (12)
  • Stylish (11)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Everyday (24)
  • Dress up or down (6)
  • Going out (6)
  • Dates / night out (4)
  • Office (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Comfort-oriented (9), Practical (7), Stylish (7), Classic style (6), Career (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (33), No (3)
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Wife (5), Other (3), Self (3)
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Anniversary (3), Birthday (3), Valentine’s day (3)

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5.0

she loved it!

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from california

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    Cons

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        Comments about Cymbal of Love Pendant:

        Birthday for a girlfriend, she loved it!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes
        • Who was the recipient of this product?:
        • Other
        • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
        • Birthday

        Comment on this review

         
        5.0

        Great Gift!

        By 

        from Tupelo, MS

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Beautiful
        • Good Length
        • Good Quality
        • Stylish
        • Unique
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Tangled Chain

        Best Uses

        • Everyday
        • Formal Occasions
        • Night Out

        Comments about Cymbal of Love Pendant:

        The necklace is gorgeous and my girlfriend loves it! She wears it everyday! She loved that it is made from recycled instruments and thinks it is so unique and beautiful. Can be formal or everyday.

        Service and delivery comments:

        The necklace arrived in good time, but when I opened the box to inspect the necklace, I found that the chain was all tangled in many knots. It took me about 15 minutes to untangle the chain. It needs to be shipped in a better package where the chain is stationary and not free to move around.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes, Yes
        • Who was the recipient of this product?:
        • Other
        • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
        • Valentine’s Day

        Comment on this review

         
        4.0

        Thrilled with my purchase

        By 

        from Lancaster, PA

        About Me Career

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Beautiful
        • Good Length
        • Good Quality
        • Stylish
        • Unique
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everyday
          • Night Out
          • Travel

          Comments about Cymbal of Love Pendant:

          My life loved it. So unique and artsy.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes, Yes
          • Who was the recipient of this product?:
          • Wife
          • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
          • Valentine’s Day

          Comment on this review

           
          5.0

          great gift for the hard to shop for

          By 

          from Rockford Illinois

          About Me Comfort-Oriented

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Great Gift For A Musician
          • Great Gift For Musicians
          • Stylish
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Can't Find Any Negatives

          Best Uses

          • Everyday
          • Night Out

          Comments about Cymbal of Love Pendant:

          This is a very unique gift .I purchased this for my girlfriend for her birthday along with the guitar string bracelet. She loves them both.little did she know I would ask her to marry me that night, she said yes.Thank you uncommon goods for making her day special. Sincerely Erik in Illinois.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes, Yes
          • Who was the recipient of this product?:
          • Other
          • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
          • Birthday

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          4.0

          Excellent purchase for my wife

          By 

          from Pelham, AL

          About Me Classic

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Beautiful
          • Good Quality
          • Unique

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Everyday

            Comments about Cymbal of Love Pendant:

            My wife and I had our 11th anniversay last weekend and she loved it. She has always been into music and I knew right of the bat this was for her!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes, Yes
            • Who was the recipient of this product?:
            • Wife
            • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
            • Anniversary

            Comment on this review

             
            5.0

            Awesome piece of wearable art

            By 

            from North Texas

            About Me Classic, Comfort-Oriented, Modern, Practical, Stylish

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Beautiful
            • Good Quality
            • Stylish
            • Unique

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Everyday
              • Night Out
              • Office

              Comments about Cymbal of Love Pendant:

              Great product for any music lover

              Service and delivery comments:

              Speedy shipping

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes, Yes
              • Who was the recipient of this product?:
              • Mother
              • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
              • Mother’s Day

              Comment on this review

               
              5.0

              Too Cool !!!

              By 

              from Daytona Beach, Florida

              About Me Father Of 18 Yo Girl

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Beautiful
              • Made For The Music Lover
              • Unique

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • All of the above
              • Everyday

              Comments about Cymbal of Love Pendant:

              My daughter simply loved it!

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes, Yes
              • Who was the recipient of this product?:
              • Child
              • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
              • Birthday

              Comment on this review

              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Cymbal of Love Pendant

              By 

              from St Paul, MN

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Beautiful
              • Good Length
              • Good Quality
              • Stylish
              • Unique
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday

                Comments about Cymbal of Love Pendant:

                She wears this almost every day. As a long-time drummer who took up the guitar a year ago, this pendant is especially meaningful to her---and to me, after watching her grow as a musician and a person for over 30 years.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes
                • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                • Wife
                • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                • Anniversary

                Comment on this review

                 
                5.0

                She loved it!!!

                By 

                from Harrison, AR

                About Me Practical

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Beautiful
                • Good Length
                • Stylish
                • Unique

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Everyday

                  Comments about Cymbal of Love Pendant:

                  This necklace is an awesome piece to have. My wife and I were in the high school band together for many years and finally started dating senior year. Here it is 13 years later and we still are crazy for each other. Since the traditional gift for 7 years of marriage is copper, and I could not think of many copper ideas that were good, I saw this and though "Cymbals are made of brass, and there is copper in brass." She loves it. I did good this year thanks to you. Now to prepare for year 8.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes
                  • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                  • Wife
                  • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                  • Anniversary

                  Comment on this review

                   
                  4.0

                  Happy Valentine's Day

                  By 

                  from Effingham, IL

                  About Me Classic, Comfort-Oriented, Practical

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Length
                  • Good Quality
                  • Stylish

                  Cons

                  • Too Expensive

                  Best Uses

                  • Everyday

                  Comments about Cymbal of Love Pendant:

                  Wife loved it so I guess that's worth the money but I thought the price and shipping were too high. The unique nature of this piece is worth a premium price for a gift on a special occasion but not as a casual purchase.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes
                  • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                  • Wife
                  • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                  • Valentine’s Day

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                  Q and A

                  When our community voted on this product, some also shared comments - read them below:

                  547votes, 94 comments

                  Julia, Community Organizer

                  Wesla Weller, a semi-finalist in the Uncommon Jewelry Design Challenge, turns old instrument parts into creative jewelry designs. Does her cymbal pendant resonate with your fashion sense? Let us know if you think she should move on to the final round of judging!

                  Jinny
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  This artist is my good friend Wesla Weller, who I have known since Jr. High. Her work is amazing, check it out and vote!

                  Laurie
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  Beautiful piece! Are there earrings to match?

                  Jane
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  Stunning pendant, and so cool that part of the proceeds helps a worthy cause: donating musical instruments to schoolkids.

                  Wesla
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  Laurie - yes, there are matching earrings.

                  Diana
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  I have one of Wesla's Christmas ornaments made out of her same exact attention to detail as this pendant. I love it. It is a unique addition to my tree. She does really fine, interesting work.

                  ashley
                  Vote: Thumbs down!

                  I could make that. I think it's cute tho.

                  Kelli
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  Love this necklace!! I think it is wonderful on so many levels what you are doing. A. your recycling and recycling discarded parts of musical instruments and b. What a great Foundation to give a percentage of the sales to. I firmly believe in music changing and shaping people's lives I know it did mine.

                  Laurie
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  How cool!! LUV the re-purposing concept!

                  Victoria
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  Very unique and love the recycling!

                  Beadznbling
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  Very good use of recycled goods. Priced well, great textures and love the mixed metal/colors

                  Lynn
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  Not a terribly clever design but unique in the sense that she uses discarded musical items.

                  Linda
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  I love the idea of reusing musical instruments!

                  Minxia
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  Very nice that its philanthropic the design is just ehh.

                  Deborah
                  Vote: Thumbs down!

                  Just seems a little 'ho-hum' to me.

                  GAIL
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  I like that it's recycled material and I'd like to see more. Wesla? Come on!

                  Sheila
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  Love that she used items musical instruments .. interesting and a beautiful piece.

                  Michell
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  New life to old instruments...I love it.

                  Mallory
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  Very cute idea and great price!

                  pam
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  original looking. A little pricey but I'd probably buy it.

                  Kat
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  The design is meh, but I love that recycled materials are used.

                  Lauren
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  I love heart shaped things and the detail involved in the way the heart hangs and is surrounded is awesome- I love how textured each piece within this necklace is. I hope to be able to buy one soon!

                  diane
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  Love love love this one!

                  Megan
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  I love that this is recycled from instruments! The price seems a little high but other wise--love it!

                  Allyson
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  I just wish something this funky/cool could have a design other than a heart...but I'm impressed with the creativity! And, the philanthropy!

                  amy
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  I like that it is recycled and that it is music related and I have never seen this design before.

                  Seneca
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  I love the different textures!

                  Damian

                  Very good idea and quite nice I am sure younger people would by this. Not my cup of tea.

                  Maureen
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  Pretty.

                  Kim
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  I'm not usually a "heart" person but I love the design and I think it is a great price for the piece!

                  Maile
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  Different and unique. A great gift for a musician.

                  Stephanie
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  My favorite piece of jewelry I've seen so far today. :)

                  SUSAN
                  Vote: Thumbs down!

                  Looks like something I could make. I like the idea of re purposing items but the price is a little high. Kudos to donating to the Opus Foundation though.

                  Jennifer
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  I love the mixed metals, and the price isn't too high - I'd put this on my wish list!

                  Mary
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  Very cute! Would make a great gift!

                  Megan
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  Wesla is so talented and such an awesome person! I've known her since junior high! The jewelry she creates is outstanding - Uncommon Goods is a perfect fit for her!

                  mindy
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  good price point, can wear with silver/gold jewelry, understated. Well done!

                  Elizabeth
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  Am always impressed with anything like this that has thought and purpose behind it. Thanks for making the world a more beautiful (and meaningful!) place. :~)

                  Lolie
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  I love the concept and the unique materials. I would totally buy this. I would love to see what else this artist has to offer.

                  Cortney
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  Beautiful idea! It would be fun to have different shapes inside the ring- and maybe they could be personalized? Like having initials inside?

                  Robb
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  Supercool!

                  crystall
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  Really cute and fun piece.

                  Wesla
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  Thank you for your votes and comments, everyone! RE: What Cortney and a couple other people mentioned about other designs/shapes: I do have several more designs in this "Cymbalism" series, and even more in the overall Upbeat Jewellery collection. I appreciate your interest.

                  Jan
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  I would consider buying this because a percentage of the funds is donated to a good cause.

                  Tara
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  Cute design, great use of recycled materials, bonus of charity giving, altogether a good piece.

                  Carol
                  Vote: Thumbs down!

                  nice but lacking something

                  Diane A.
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  Love this necklace! Wow, it's beautiful. The contrasting tones and textures are really appealing!

                  Kelly
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  Love this and the price is perfect! I also love that you are recycling/re-purposing musical instruments. The two-tone is also beautiful.

                  Wendy
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  Very fun and very creative!

                  Melissa
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  cute vintage feel

                  Lea
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  Beautiful jewelry, creative artist, worthy cause--it doesn't get better!

                  hillary
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  awesome upcycled idea Wesla. way to go.

                  virginia
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  simple is beautiful

                  Audrey
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  Very creative one of a kind pieces!

                  Gia
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  Love Upbeat's word play, use of materials, and sheer beauty of its jewelry!

                  Wesla
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  Simplicity!!!!!

                  Elizabeth
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  This reminds me of Sundance jewelry but it's interesting. I like it.

                  elena

                  I love this piece! However, I wouldn't get it because of the gold chain..would it possibly be available with a gold chain, leather string chain, and silver so customers would have choices?? And not to mention the price being very reasonable!

                  Wesla
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  Elena - RE: your question about options - I have done this necklace with a silver chain, too and would certainly consider offering that as an option. To everyone: Thank you for your votes and comments! And I love that I am not the only Wesla who's posted here. How often does that happen?! :-)

                  kelly
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  Love it! And reasonably priced.

                  fran
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  Love that you used some other item to create a new one, recycling I guess but I love the resourcefulness besides it being a very cool and unique necklace at a reasonable price. NICE!

                  Wendy T.
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  I like this because it is simple, elegant and tasteful.

                  Kevin
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  imaginative and original==love it

                  Mitra
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  Absolutely lovely and creative.

                  Kat
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  I like this piece. It is simple yet unique. It is affordable and I love that it uses recycled items.

                  Christine
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  This is such a great idea!

                  terry
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  love it! so creative and beautifully done!

                  julie
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  love the mix of materials....it sings to me!!!

                  Monica (Rock Chick Designs)
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  This is fantastic! I also make jewelry and accessories from repurposed musical items, and this is both original and adorable.

                  Jennifer
                  Vote: Thumbs down!

                  I just hate hearts, too cuts.

                  Marie
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  Love that these are recycled instruments!

                  Michelle
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  eclectic and pretty

                  Pam
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  clever... but pricey

                  Frieda
                  Vote: Thumbs down!

                  It's cute but it seems a tad pricey

                  Jane
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  I like this a lot but I am not a gold person - I'd buy it if it came in silver!

                  Heather
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  I think this is a great idea and it's cute. I can't give it a thumbs down although I wouldn't purchase it for myself. It's way too expensive for a piece like this.

                  Sue
                  Vote: Thumbs down!

                  It's too expensive, and too "cheap" looking.

                  Mary
                  Vote: Thumbs down!

                  kinda dorky actually....

                  Melinda
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  Fabulous idea!

                  gayle
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  This not my style but would give as a gifts to someone else

                  Kathleen
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  I love shopping with Wesla Weller...she is creative and thoughtful in her designs as well as her outlook on the environment. She is a local artist and interested in creating change. This appeals to me when giving my money to anyone for their product. Thank you Wesla for your artistry and living and working by example!

                  Tom
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  The best thing I've seen. I hope it wins!

                  Heidi
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  Love! I have so many musician/music loving friends who would also love this line. Perfect gift for my drum playing daughter as well.

                  lg
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  Love the unique materials used and for a "cause", no less! Wesla is a gifted artist.

                  lgnelson
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  Love the unique materials and for a "cause", no less. Wesla is a gifted artist!

                  Diane A.
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  Love it!

                  Diane A
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  Voting, love it!!!!

                  Edward
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  This looks like a present Ricky Ricardo would give Lucy!

                  Linda
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  Very cool idea and a beautiful piece of jewelry!

                  Wesla Bay Weller, designer
                  Vote: Thumbs up!

                  Just wanted to say thank you to everyone for your votes and your comments about my pendant. I appreciate you taking the time to weigh in.

                  Laura

                  Cute.

                  Mary Margaret

                  MIssed on voting..not a necklace person, though this is nice. Would like earrings better.

                  Emily

                  I love it. Wish it wasn't quite so expensive.

                  Lindsay

                  Minimalistic, simple, elegant and beautiful. I love this piece! If I can afford it, I'll be sure to be sporting one of this myself.

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