Literary Necklace

Tattered tomes are transformed into recycled accessories with a rich literary past.


created by

Laura Bruland Shields

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Wordsmithed Wearables

Laura Bruland Shields breathes life back into discarded books by transforming tattered tomes into recycled accessories with a rich literary past. Each snippet is laser cut and assembled in her Oakland, California, studio. Bearing delicate embossing, textural paper wears, and unique passages excerpted from well-loved stories, each piece embraces literature's power to endure through the ages. Handcrafted in Oakland, California.

Due to the recycled and handmade nature of this item, each is unique and will vary.


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
sterling silver, paper
2.25" L X .375" W; Chain 18"L
Handle with care. Avoid contact with water. If your piece gets wet, allow it to air dry, and touch as little as possible until completely dry. Clean gently with a slightly damp towel.
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within 2 days, arriving 3 business days after the order was placed.
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within 1 day, arriving 2 business days after the order was placed.
Express shipping:
will ship the same day and arrive 1 business day later.

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I would buy this product again and again


from New Jersey

About Me Career, Classic, Modern, Stylish

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  • Good Quality
  • Meaningful
  • Unique


  • Too Delicate
  • Too Short

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    Comments about LITERARY NECKLACE:

    Loved the pendant, changed the chain to a longer cord. Chain made it look cheap and just did not fit the product.

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    • Yes, Yes

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