That Merlot Looks Quite Nice on You: Duo Makes Bottle Jewelry


Yount Street Glass isn't where you go for a glass of Merlot, Cabernet or any other drink for that matter. In fact, the wine itself has nothing to do with what's going on within the walls of the tiny Yountville (Calif.) business. 
The wine bottles that once carried your favorite varietal, however, are on center stage for two artists who transform used wine bottles into pieces of jewelry.
Their work was featured by reporter Susan C. Schena, a reporter for the Dixon Patch (Calif.), who marveled at the duo's handmade works. 
“There's a small garage studio on Yount Street in Yountville where something magical happens every day,” she wrote. “The two ladies who live there … are very environmentally conscious. Not only are they saving the world one wine bottle at a time, but every day they transform those wine bottles into pieces of art in the form of beautiful jewelry.”
According to the story, the two founders – Cindy Kapjian and Kay Lafranconi – got the idea to use wine bottles for jewelry when they were stumped after trying to search for a gift for Kapjian's niece. Remembering a Napa art studio they visited about five years earlier, the two decided to make their own jewelry, the first piece being for the niece.
“People liked our jewelry and we gave away whatever we had on us,” Kapjian said on the company's website.
They developed the idea further until they finally decided to make a business out of the endeavor. Family and friends joined the two both in spirit and financially. 
“Yount Street Glass jewelry creations include bracelets, earrings, necklaces, and accessories such as key chains and shawl pins,” Schena wrote in the Patch story. “They also produce a unique line of cork bracelets appropriate for both men and women.”
According to Yount Street Glass' website, 40 billion glass bottles are used every year. Napa offerings, of course, are about as wine heavy as you'll find anywhere in the glass-bottle world. 
“By using bottles from friends, local wineries, and anonymous recycling bins, the bottles are gently harvested,” the site said. 
From there, the bottles undergo a series of treatments. 
The jewelry exhibited on the site is surprisingly multicolored – pieces of various styles and sizes come in yellows, greens, reds, blues, clears and browns. 
According to the Patch story, several wineries in Napa feature the duo's jewelry. 

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