Old into new: transforming unworn jewellery
Many clients come to Jeppe Leon with a jewellery box full of pieces that they no longer wear and they don’t know what to do with. Maybe you have inherited some pieces that aren’t your ‘style’ or are in a poor state of repair, or maybe you have been given items of jewellery that you liked once but find that they now sit around unworn.
We can advise you on how to make the most of these pieces, which might involve repairing some items, re-polishing stones to restore jewellery to its former glory, selling other items, remounting a piece to make it more wearable or creating something new out of an inherited piece to give to your daughter or god-child so it can continue to be enjoyed and the sentiment of family history continued.
Typical remodelling projects have included:
- Converting an inherited brooch into a centrepiece for a pearl choker
- Designing a diamond set centre panel for a gold watch strap which had belonged to a beloved grandfather
- Re-polishing a worn sapphire and refurbishing the ring setting to extend the life of the piece
- Dismantling an unworn Victorian diamond brooch and transforming it into a pair of wedding day earrings
- Selling old signet rings and putting the money towards new ones for the next generation
- Transforming two pairs of client-owned studs into a single pair of evening earrings
- Taking several pearl necklaces and re-stringing them to make a necklace and bracelet suite
There is no charge to discuss through such ideas and often it can lead to transforming jewellery that you thought was unusable into new creations that can continue to bring much enjoyment for years to come.
Pictured here is an important pair of pendent diamond earrings with detachable top stud sections. All the diamonds were taken from a brooch and two rings owned by the client who wished them to be re-modelled into a pair of earrings.
The jeweler allows me to wear the sapphire blue lake on my finger, the emerald green leaves around my neck, and take the citrine sunset with me wherever I go… there’s nothing like diamond stars and a pearl full moon against an onyx night sky.
~ Astrid Alauda