Open your jewelry box and take a look around. Now ask yourself:
- How much of your jewelry do you actually wear?
- How much of it are you hanging on to for sentimental reasons?
- With how much of it can you honestly say, “I will NEVER wear this.”
Do you realize that you are holding onto assets that you are not using? This is an untapped resource for you. It’s possible to take jewelry you own and turn it into pieces you really love and will wear. I asked Jordan Clines of Jordan Clines Jewelers to walk me through this process, which made me realize that he wears many hats in his business: jeweler, artisan, gemologist, appraiser, scientist and therapist.
I realize that jewelry with sentimental value is hard to part with. But, I think that your Aunt Edith would be happier seeing you actually use her old jewelry rather than to relinquish it to the back of the jewelry box.
Let’s start with this thought: Consider your pieces of unworn jewelry as raw materials. Everything can be used in some form or fashion. And, as I see it, you have two main options for repurposing your jewelry. You can sell your jewelry and use the value to buy or design a new piece. Because you are not going out of pocket for the transaction, it feels more like a trade. Or, you can use the raw materials of your pieces, such as gold or stones, to design something custom.
Selling Your Jewelry
The estate jewelry market is booming right now. This means two things. One, a seller will garner a good price on what they are selling because the demand is up. Two, because there is so much estate jewelry on the market, buyers find greater selection and better quality — it’s a buyer’s market, in other words.
But the main point of this exercise is that NOTHING you own is junk. What looks undesirable to you may seem gorgeous to someone else. You’ll discover this for yourself and satisfy your curiosity when you take your old, unused pieces to a reputable jeweler. He or she can inspect and appraise your jewelry and help you make a sensible decision on what to do next. (And how to find a reputable jeweler, you may ask? Jordan says the best way be in the know is to ask friends for trustworthy recommendations. Word of mouth referrals are the way to go here.)
In terms of find a trusted jewelry to buy your jewelry,
After you sell your jewelry, take the money and use it to buy something you will wear. You can buy a new piece, a vintage piece or design something of your own. The best option is to use the money from the sale of your old jewelry as a credit, that way cash does not enter the picture and it feels more like an even trade. This way you will buy something you love and use the money for the purpose of jewelry.
Redesign Old Jewelry Into New
Custom-made jewelry is a great option for someone who knows what they want but just cannot find it. Everything in life can be customized and so can your jewelry. If you are already making an investment in a piece of jewelry, you might as well get what you want. You can use your old gold, platinum, diamonds and colored stones to make whatever you want. Think stackable rings, earrings, pendants, bracelets. Jordan Clines has his own personal book of sketches of ideas or he can design your piece according to your specifications.
The process is simple: You select a design, then select the stones and the metal components.
Here is melee. No, not “melee” which means a group fight. This melee is a term to describe loose, small diamonds in the jewelry business. These can be mined from your old jewelry pieces.
Your gold can be melted down and used for another piece, as well.
Voila. Look at what you can get from upcycling your jewelry — stackable diamond bands.
Or these beautiful chandelier earrings.
Aquamarine ring with diamonds. All made from old jewelry.
I have a feeling that any of these new options are things that most ladies would wear, and not throw back to the back of the jewelry box. So consider repurposing your jewelry. It is an asset, and you might as well be using it to its utmost capability by wearing and loving it. Don’t let it go to waste.
Jordan Clines is located at 2842 Frankfort Avenue, near Blue Dog Bakery. They offer everything from estate jewelry, to precious stones to custom designs. jordanclinesjewelers.com