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Tom Binns' Cube Collar, made of sterling silver.

The son of working class parents, Binns moved to London in his 20s to attend art school, then started working with Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren, making pirate-themed jewelry to go along with their New Romantic clothes. In 1981, he produced the first collection under his own name, all in rubber. His rubber fish bracelets that wrapped around the wrist were an instant hit. He went on to make pieces out of safety pins and nails, then, in the 1990s, to collaborate with several designers, creating minimalist beach glass and driftwood crosses for Calvin Klein, and over-the-top, twisted chains for Narciso Rodriguez. Cube Collar, made of sterling silver. More in Image: • Jewelry inspired by Mother Earth • Tom Binns' costume jewelry is trash and treasure • Flower jewelry, fresh and affordable • The gilded age of costume jewelry | Photos • Buying and collecting costume jewelry | Photos • How to sell your gold and diamond jewelry • Downtown L.A.'s jewelry district has bargains for the boldIrfan Khan / Los Angeles Times