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An “Upcycling” Legal Assistant Turns Junk into Jewelry

An “Upcycling” Legal Assistant Turns Junk into Jewelry

Legal assistants and paralegals have a talent for thinking outside of the box and taking scattered pieces of information and huge piles of unorganized paper – and turning them into something useable and beautifully effective, such as summaries, exhibits and narratives.

Mary Hummert, a St. Louis, Missouri legal assistant, takes this talent to a new level in her business, Pairabelles (, which in addition to antique furniture, sells beautiful “upcycled jewelry artistically fabricated from broken jewelry bits and pieces, vintage clip-on earrings and silver plated flatware.” Upcycling is the process of converting useless items into something better, and in this case something beautiful and wearable. The family-run business is located in a “charming stone cottage” behind her home.

The upcycled jewelry designed by Hummert is eye-catching and original, including charm bracelets, necklaces and belt buckles. I’m especially taken with this belt buckle, aptly titled “Green With Envy.” I’d wear this buckle with a pair of well-tailored dark wash jeans, heels, a cream t-shirt and my favorite tan blazer – to work. But I work in VerySmallLaw, where business casual is okay – unless you’re going to a mediation, deposition or hearing.

According to LinkedIn and the firm’s website, Hummert is a legal assistant to construction law attorney James Scott, at Greensfelder in St. Louis.

2 Responses to An “Upcycling” Legal Assistant Turns Junk into Jewelry

  1. Mary, thanks so much for commenting! It's always a welcome surprise to hear from the legal professionals I feature at Practical Paralegalism. Your art pieces really are creative and lovely.

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