The Plaza is seriously upping their recycling game

Crystals from the Plaza's chandelier
Crystals from the Plaza’s chandelier

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.

Later this month, you’ll be able to buy jewelry made from the crystals; the Legacy Collection will be sold in the hotel gift shop, and includes necklaces and bracelets.

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].”

Bracelet made from the chandelier's crystal
Bracelet made from the chandelier’s crystal