Imelda Marcos, the former First Lady of the Philippines who was known for her 5,000 or so shoes, has launched her own line of jewelry collection using old accessories and flea market finds. Rep. Imee Marcos, Imelda’s daughter, told the press that her mother shops at flea markets and retains earrings with missing pair or brooches that don’t have stones. The 77-year old widow of deposed former President Ferdinand Marcos uses guns, scissors or pliers and combines them with her vintage collection to come up with gorgeous pieces. “The Imelda Collection” will be launched Nov. 18 in Manila. During the promotional photo shoot, Imelda wore a set of matching earrings and brooch made of blue imitation tiger eye stone. She told reporters, “This thing I wear now is something I recycled.” She explained that the jewelry collection came about upon the promptings of her grandson, Martin “Borgy” Manotoc, who told her, “You are creating beautiful things, like jewels from practically garbage.” Later, Imelda plans to expand her collection beyond jewelries and include shoes, clothes and even furniture. “What we are selling is not something valuable, but … it is something invaluable because it’s only beauty that can feed the spirit,” she said. The Marcoses were accused of amassing ill-gotten wealth which led to a peaceful revolution in 1986 driving them out of Malacañang Palace after 20 years of rule. The Philippine government has recovered about $1.6 billion in cash and assets from the Marcoses and their associates, including Swiss bank deposits now worth about $680 million.

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