Do you own a piece of jewelry that you loved … but just don’t wear anymore? Or perhaps you were given a piece of jewelry, or received it from a dearly departed loved one, and it’s just not your style and you can’t enjoy it as it is. Well, that was the case with Jen, a client who approached us recently to remodel her mother’s bridal set. Jen loved her mom, and had a tremendous sentimental attachment to her rings but she just couldn’t see herself wearing them.

During our initial consultation we discovered that she wanted a necklace in yellow gold, she wanted to use all the diamonds from her mom’s rings, and she wanted to incorporate the gold from her mom’s rings into the piece as well. She also indicated that she preferred symmetry over asymmetry and that she wanted something with a natural sensibility. All of her preferences were distilled into sketches that were presented to her for her consideration.

Once she had selected the design we dismantled the original rings and began preparing the materials to be incorporated into the new piece. The finished product was a whimsical botanical inspired re-imagining of her beloved mothers rings. The design incorporated all of the diamonds, incorporated the gold from her mother’s rings, and checked all the aesthetic boxes too. She now wears and enjoys her necklace daily.

It is obvious from this project why this client chose to remodel her jewelry but there are countless other reasons why someone would as well. Curious to learn more?

Here are the top five reasons why someone might decide to upcycle and remodel their old jewelry:

  1. Sentimental value: Jewelry can hold a lot of sentimental value, whether it was inherited from a loved one, given as a gift from a significant other, or purchased as a memento from a special occasion. However, if the style of the jewelry no longer fits the wearer’s taste or it is damaged in some way, they may feel reluctant to continue wearing it. By remodeling the jewelry, they can preserve its sentimental value while updating its appearance or repairing any damage.
  2. Cost-effective: Remodeling old jewelry can often be more cost-effective than purchasing new jewelry. Depending on the materials and design of the original piece, it may be possible to incorporate some or all of the existing materials into the new design. This can save money on materials and labor costs, making it an affordable option for those on a budget.
  3. Sustainability: In today’s environmentally conscious world, more people are looking for ways to reduce waste and minimize their environmental impact. Remodeling old jewelry is a sustainable option that can help reduce the demand for new materials and minimize the amount of jewelry that ends up in landfills.
  4. Fashion trends: Fashion trends come and go, and what was once in style may no longer be fashionable. By remodeling old jewelry, individuals can update the look of their jewelry to fit current fashion trends. This can help them feel more confident and stylish while also preserving the sentimental value of the piece.
  5. Personalization: Remodeling old jewelry can provide an opportunity for individuals to create a piece of jewelry that is truly unique and personal to them. By working with a jewelry designer, they can incorporate their own ideas and preferences into the design, resulting in a piece of jewelry that is one-of-a-kind and meaningful to them.