An Edmonton artist who creates jewelry from retired musical instrument strings is celebrating two new collaborations.
Michelle Dall’Acqua is the lead designer of Heartstrings Jewelry. For several years, she’s partnered with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, repurposing used strings into necklaces, bracelets and earrings — the sale of which helps support the ESO’s Youth Orchestra of Northern Alberta (YONA) – Sistema.
She’s even designed a special piece of jewelry for the occasion: the Elevate Necklace. One-hundred per cent of the proceeds from it will go towards funding youth music programs.
“The D’Addario Foundation supports programs that are the most effective music education programs in the areas of highest need,” Dall’Acqua said.
“So they’re focused on social change through music education and really helping these kids who need it the most, and usually — almost always, I think — kids who would never have access to music instruction otherwise.”
Dall’Acqua explained how they named the necklace.
“It’s called the Elevate Necklace and what the D’Addario Foundation is doing is elevating quality of life through access to music education,” she said.
This particular necklace is made from used D’Addario guitar strings.
“We’ve got three different colours,” Dall’Acqua said.
“They’re sterling silver with either a gold plating, a black rhodium plating or a rhodium plating that looks silver. It has a piece of either electric or acoustic string on the pendant. And it’s engraved with the foundation’s symbol of community support, which is a heart.”
Dall’Acqua has also collaborated with Canadian band Walk Off The Earth.
“They were on tour this whole year, all over the world, and they sent me strings from their tour. I’m making limited edition commemorative necklaces… That’s the actual strings they’ve played on stages.
“It’s just a way we can have that connection between the band and the fans, and the fans get to have a little piece of the journey Walk Off The Earth is on.”
She said having a physical memento that represents a special musical moment resonates with a lot of people.