Set it Right, 5 Tips for Restyling Jewellery by Tamara Kronis
People sometimes come to me with fine jewellery they don’t wear, wondering what to do with it. Often, it’s jewellery they’ve inherited that just doesn’t suit their personal style. Occasionally, I’m called on to arbitrate between siblings, or to help estate trustees figure out what to do. The first two questions are usually the same: is this valuable and what can I do with it?
If you’re thinking about restyling jewellery, here are five tips you can think about in advance to make your project a success:
1. What do you really want–a ring? Necklace? Earrings? There is no point replacing jewellery you won’t wear with jewellery you won’t wear. Thinking about it in advance will help your jeweller make something you’ll love.
2. If jewellery you want to restyle has sentimental value you have to ask, can it be repaired, resized, or modified without being totally destroyed? Last year, I turned a client’s grandmother’s ring into a pendant. It was inexpensive, and she now wears it every day.
3. If you’re considering remodeling your engagement ring, consult your partner. Involving them in the design process may be the way to go, or it might be the last thing you want to do, but please think about it before you take your ring apart. If you’re thinking about restyling a family heirloom, consider whether there are family members who will care.
4. Be realistic. You can’t make a round stone square, change its colour, or make it bigger. Pretending you can will only make you unhappy with the result.
5. Share your budget. If you can give the jeweller you’re working with a sense of what you are willing to spend, they can come up with designs that will work within those constraints.
Diamonds may be forever, but their settings don’t have to be. If you put some thought into it in advance, restyling your old jewellery could transform it into a beloved heirloom.