When the iconic Plaza hotel began renovations in 2005, they were left with 24 Baccarat-crystal chandeliers, worth, according to the New York Post, somewhere between $2,500 to $4,000 each.
The extravagant light fixtures were packed away after having hung above guests for decades, and there they remained until recently. The Post reports that in 2014, the Plaza dusted off the crystal-laden chandeliers and showed them to Heather Morra, a New York-based jewelry designer, who immediately saw potential.
Only six of the 24 lighting fixtures were turned into jewelry. “We could probably make jewelry for the next 10 years,” said Kristin Franzese, executive vice president of retail at the hotel, told the Post. “We literally have a bucket filled to the top [with crystals].”