I don't know if I have been living under a rock or what, but I am new to the concept of upcycling. If you don't know what upcycling is, here is the definition according to Wikipedia:
"Upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or a higher environmental value."
Kind of like recycling, but better.
In Metal Jewelry is totally committed to upcycling and here is a good example of a piece of jewelry that had a former life as something else. This glass rosette was part of a mirror previously and is now a rockin' pendant that just says summer and sun to me.
Long live upcycling!