After sitting at the bottom of your jewellery box for years, you find that sentimental ring from your grandmother. Now’s the time to repurpose it to fit your personality and flair.
“Let’s face it, as much as inherited jewellery is sentimental and cherished for its history and donor, most of it ends up stuffed away in a jewellery box because it’s outdated, broken, weak, distasteful, or doesn’t fit properly,” says Susan Walters, Digital Marketing Manager at Jeff Walters Jewellers in Barrie.
Inherited jewellery often carries many memories with its value, so it can be difficult to part with even though a piece doesn’t suit your taste.
“It can be incredibly overwhelming for customers not knowing what to do, wanting to do right by their inherited jewellery, yet wanting something that reflects more of themselves. It’s an emotional time, and one that can’t be rushed. I take a lot of time with my customers to get a sense of what they want and what they think they’re looking for,” says Jennifer Wolfe, Owner & Designer for Bliss Jewellery in Barrie.
Wolfe says the importance of repurposed jewellery is the personal story it tells. “I always try and use up as much of their materials as possible, which helps keep their costs down and maximizes what we can achieve.”
Preserving the authenticity of jewellery and where it was originally crafted is also important to consider when deciding what to do with a longstanding favourite piece.
“We love heirloom pieces and always try to talk people out of refashioning if we can. Most of these older items were made by hand by goldsmiths that learned their craft in traditional apprenticeships. We try to keep some of the original spirit of the ring and just update it, but regularly we end up recasting their sentimental gold and resetting their stones,” says Katie Wilton, Graduate Diamonds GIA & Designer Goldsmith at Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers in Barrie.
Oversized and colourful jewellery is trending this year, but jewellery trends can quickly change and are influenced by personal style.
“Sometimes it’s as simple as buffing it up, cleaning, and making some repairs. People are never sure what to do with it because it has such sentimental value to them, and they’re afraid of altering it to the point the sentiment is lost,” says Walters. She also said some people rather sell the gold and gemstones and use the money towards a more modern purchase.
If you’d prefer to create something from scratch and be environmentally conscious, recycle your old broken jewellery.
“We aim to only use recycled or repurposed gold in everything that we do as gold mining is very harmful to the environment,” says Wilton.
You can drop in at Jeff Walters Jewellers during store hours, or visit their website and book an appointment. Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers is open during the week by appointment only – call or email. You can reach Jennifer at Bliss Jewellery through her appointment app on her website.
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