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Updating and Remounting Your Old Jewelry

Published December 27th, 2019 by Annapolis Jewelers

There's over $270 billion worth of jewelry floating out there in the world today. What if you want to sport new sparkles without spending a lot of cash?

New jewelry purchases continue to rise without signs of stopping. If you have a vintage piece of jewelry, you don't have to break the bank to look good.

A beautiful inherited piece of jewelry is timeless, and you should make sure it looks brand new. However, if it's not your style, you can still make it work.

Here's your guide to updating old jewelry to bring new life to pieces you already own!

Great Reasons for Updating Old Jewelry

Why should you look into getting new gemstone mountings for old pieces? There's a lot of great reasons.

Honor the person who gave you the jewelry while making it your own. You can keep the sentimental piece and still express yourself.

Updating older pieces is sustainable. Recycling your vintage jewelry is also a great way to be eco-friendly. By creating a custom piece, you can make over your jewelry to suit your unique style.

If you have a bad association with the person who gave you a piece of jewelry, you can also get rid of any negativity by giving it a fresh new look.

Lastly, it will help you save money. You can have a brand new piece of jewelry without spending a lot on money on new gems and metal.

Before Re-Mounting Your Jewelry

Not all jewelry is fit for re-mounting. Here are a few things to consider when thinking about resetting your rings.

First, make sure the gem isn't damaged from years of wear and tear. Different stones have different hardness ratings and might need some TLC to repair scratches and dents.

Then consider whether the stone will be difficult to remove. Some settings, like bezels, complicate their removal. This can increase the cost and creates a possibility that the stones could be damaged in the process.

Do you have any gold that can be melted down and re-used? If you have mismatched or broken pieces, that metal can be repurposed and save you money.

Your jeweler can give you a good idea as to what's possible with your old pieces.

Ideas for Updating Your Jewelry

Ready to upgrade your jewelry? Here are some ideas to get you started.

  • Think about resetting stones in a different way, like a necklace into earrings.
  • When resetting engagement rings, upgrade them with new stones or a different colored metal for the band.
  • Merge different pieces of jewelry into one unique creation.
  • Add colorful gems to clear diamonds for more pizazz and flair.
  • Add smaller diamonds or gems to the band of older engagement rings to boost their sparkle power.
  • Repair your piece instead of giving it an entire overhaul.

Once you start thinking about the possibilities, you'll feel inspired!

Remake the Old into Something New

Updating old jewelry is eco-friendly, more affordable than buying a new piece, and gives you an opportunity to be creative. There are countless ways to turn something old into a new addition to your jewelry box.

Don't throw away your old pieces just because they're broken or not your style. Reach out to us with your ideas and we'll make it happen for you!

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