[embed-1]Last summer, when a giant water oak tree fell in College of Charleston’s Cistern Yard, the school set aside four massive logs from the heirloom oak to be made into jewelry by local graduate and designer Katie Kozar Thompson, who runs Black Swamp.[content-1] [image-2]Today, those pieces, as well as several other pieces of memorabilia are available for purchase through the College of Charleston Alumni Association.

Alumni and Cougar fans wanting to own a piece of the old tree can buy earrings, cufflinks, a necklace, a bottle opener ($50 each), and an oyster knife ($100) made with wood from the tree, some bearing the school’s updated logo and wordmark (also the creation of a local, graphic designer Gil Shuler.)

Proceeds from the pieces will go to benefit the CofC Alumni Association’s scholarships and programs. [image-3]