We all have a piece of jewelry that we inherited and only keep for sentimental reasons. But never wear this broken jewelry. Or jewelry that is out of fashion, or worn out, or… In this age of ‘recycling’ in combination with the Marie Kondo mania, we have to wonder ourselves ‘how to repurpose that old, outdated jewelry and broken jewelry’!
Repurpose old, outdated, and broken jewelry
When you are divorced or widowed you might still have your wedding ring in your jewelry box. Or maybe you inherited the wedding rings of your parents or grandparents.
If you have a few wedding rings you bead them on a string together with larger colored gemstone beads. Finish it with a clasp and you have a very modern necklace, that feels like a sentimental journey.
When you have a few chain necklaces of different lengths and materials. And I’ll bet you find some larger beaded necklaces in your jewelry box too.
At the moment it is a trend to wear those chain necklaces and larger bead necklaces together. Just watch the colors a bit, you are not a Christmas tree. But when you have different beaded necklaces of the same color, together with golden or silver chain necklaces, you look great.
The only thing you have to care about is that the sweater, blouse, or shirt you wear under those necklaces does not have too much color or design. Keep is elegant and ‘low-key’.
Earrings are sometimes a menace. You tend to lose only one of them and what can you do with the ‘left-over’? Or your earrings are a piece of really outdated, old-fashioned, or broken jewelry. Here the modern time is giving you a helping hand too!
First of all: who says that you have to wear two earrings that are exactly the same. When you lost a long earring, you can combine it with a stud of the same color. You can match a ‘left-over’ with another one in the same color scheme. It is more beautiful when you have two earrings in the same length though.
Some jewelry is so beautiful and timeless that they don’t outdate. Most of the so-called fashion jewelry will get outdated according to the mainstream opinion. I want to add one more insight into this subject.
Fashion lasts a short time but returns regularly. You can decide to keep your fashion jewelry until it comes fashion again!
Stories of the jewelry that came alive again
One day Petra, a dear colleague, phoned and told me that her mother died recently and that she inherited quite a few pieces of jewelry. Her family was not very wealthy and the pieces had no real value, in terms of gold, silver, or gemstones. And the pieces were very outdated and often broken. She asked me whether I could use the material and make one piece of jewelry, preferably a necklace of it. As a remembrance of her mother.
We started working on it, by demolishing all the jewelry, sorting the material out, and suggesting who we could make something new and good to wear out of it. I loved doing this since you know that something very special comes out of it. With some extra material, I could make more than one necklace and when I see her she still wears them.
Another example is the story of Marlène. She traveled quite a lot and bought jewelry everywhere. Most of it was broken, due to the bad quality. But then I found a rather large amount of gorgeous smoky quartz beads, in all shapes and sizes. The necklace that came out of it, and a bracelet and a pair of earrings, is stunning
Repurpose your broken jewelry
Reusing broken jewelry needs some creativity and skills from your side. But you get great results and contentment when you hear the compliments you get for your creations.
- You cut a necklace or bracelet into a few pieces. Attach the pieces to a large clasp and attach it to your bag, your phone or when it is not too large, attach it to the zipper of a coat. A great solution for your broken jewelry.
- Your broken jewelry has no value anymore. So why not use that broken jewelry to glue the beads and pieces on a photo frame or on a lampshade. Using quartzes and crystals glued on a lampshade and your light will be very romantic.
- And when you are not skilled at all or the material of the broken jewelry has some value, like silver, gold, or gemstones, you can try to sell it to a jeweler. In this case, you have to set your emotions aside, because the jeweler melts the gold and silver and you don’t recognize your broken jewelry anymore.
- Another solution is to bring your broken jewelry to the jeweler and ask for a repair.
Remake old, outdated, and broken jewelry
To remake old, outdated, or broken jewelry is a great challenge for jewelers and designers. You can put all your skills, creativity into making something special and beautiful out of these old pieces.
Give me your old beaded jewelry and I cut all the pieces and design new modern pieces of jewelry with this old material. Using new combinations of beads, new color combinations, and adding some new material to make beautiful new pieces of jewelry.
Precious and natural materials are getting rare and therefore more expensive. Anyway, in the Netherlands, we are very aware of this problem, which will grow and grow. We divide the materials that can be reused in our recycle bins and the government takes the valuable materials out and sell them to manufacturers.
So why leave your unused broken jewelry for any reason in your jewelry box? If not for emotional reasons, then for environmental reasons repurpose your old, outdated, and broken jewelry.
Have a look and decide what you can do with it. Above are some ideas. Let me know when you come up with another idea to reuse your jewelry.
If you are a little bit like me, you really have a bad day when you lose a piece of jewelry or you find broken jewelry in your jewelry box. The best way to avoid your jewelry getting broken is to store and clean it properly. It does not help if one of your earrings is gone, or when you think that a piece of jewelry is outdated.
Hug, Florence from FlorenceJewelshop