Ampersand Pin

Celebrate a storied symbol with this pin made from an upcycled vintage encyclopedia.


created by

Laura Bruland Shields

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A good encyclopedia will tell you that the ampersand was a stylization of "et," Latin for "and." Celebrate the storied symbol with this pin made from an upcycled vintage encyclopedia. Bookish artisan Laura Bruland Shields selects a page and section of the book's cover, glues them together, and laser cuts them into the shape of an ampersand. Finally, she coats the design with multiple layers of protective clear acrylic. Because every pin is made from different pages, each is a one-of-a-kind creation great for book lovers, typophiles, favorite teachers, and librarians. Handmade in California.


Made in California

“I like to think of it as a collaboration between me and the books: I aim to showcase their individual personalities into one-of-a-kind jewelry.”

With a formidable collection of wool felt she inherited from her late grandmother, Laura Bruland Shields began her design journey. She started by toying with laser cutting and a wide range of fabrics, and ended up discovering a way to repurpose one of her favorite objects: books. Now, Laura laser cuts literary works and fuses them into one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry. With the help of her husband, Julien, and their small team, she designs from her studio in Oakland, California.

Learn more about how Laura's pins are sustainable solutions to a growing recycling problem in our interview with her on the blog.

Handmade Recycled Made in the USA
Made from
metal alloy, reclaimed books, acrylic coating
2.75" L x 2.75" W x 0.25" H
Wipe clean.
Pin is water resistant, but not waterproof.
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