Well, I had a great afternoon at the Northern Beaches Wedding Expo yesterday at Monash Country Club. And one of the questions that came up, and that always comes up, is the question of what to do with old jewellery. To answer that in one post is like trying to stuff a week’s worth of clothes into a carry-on (not going to happen when you travel like I do), so I’ll just hit one option for now: Redesign.
You can use the stones from your old jewellery (most anyway–opals are a bit tricky, as are some other organics, like turquoise) and reset them into new pieces–pieces that you will actually wear and that won’t grow tarnish like a disease in the back of your jewellery box. Some metals can be remelted into new pieces, as well. Yellow gold is fantastic for remelting, while white gold can be a bit tricky due to unfriendly alloys like nickel. A competent jeweller will be able to tell you which metals can be reused and which are best to melt for scrap.
I’ll use Lisa’s ring as an example:
Lisa’s engagement ring (on the left) had an unusual shape to it and she wanted something to fit around it to create an unique set. We used the diamonds from her existing ring in a new fitted wedding band, shown in the picture on the right. The engagement and wedding rings now fit together in a totally unique design, and Lisa was able to reuse a ring that wasn’t being worn. In this case we didn’t reuse Lisa’s metal, as she wanted her wedding band to match the white gold of her engagement ring.
Keep this in mind for some of your old pieces. Have a great week!