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Recycled Tech Jewelry from a 14 Year Old

Taylor Burghard is making a buzz in central Missouri for her innovative jewelry designs, which incorporate pieces from old computers and other electronic devices.

Though she is only fourteen years old, making this up-cycled jewelry is more than a hobby.

Instead, Miss Burghard has utilized her talents to create her own business designing and selling this jewelry.

Like other entrepreneurs, her ideas stemmed from an early passion. Along with a love for jewelry, Burghard has had a great deal of experience with computers. From age two, she was already getting a taste of entrepreneurship helping out at her parent’s shop, MacXperts, which is an Apple retail store in Columbia, Missouri.


Though she grew up around computers it wasn’t until April of 2011 that she began to think about recycling old computer pieces to be used in jewelry designs. The idea struck during an art contest her family decided to hold at an annual recycling drive. Naturally, being a venue for recycling, the contest involved each contestant using old computer parts in their design.

After testing her skills, it seems the bulb went off and has only gotten brighter since. Using parts from her parent’s store, Burghard makes keychains, necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. In addition, she sells brooches, which she makes from computer chips. All the while keeping good grades in school. Another example of her craftiness is the use of keyboard keys to spell out messages like, “I Ctrl U” and “MY option”.

Her jewelry line may still be in its infancy, but if you live in the U.S., you just might find pieces from her line nearby. This is because Burghard has already signed a contract with a computer parts distributor to sell her jewelry to 40 stores nationwide.

Already successful at juggling a green business and scholastic career, I’m sure we can expect to see more from Taylor Burghard in the future.

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