The process of remodelling or redesigning old jewellery can be a fun and rewarding experience. There are many different reasons that people choose to do this. Here a just a few…..
If you have old jewellery that you no longer wear, resetting it can give it new lease of life. Resetting refers to taking the stones out of your jewellery and setting them into a new piece. This can be a great way to keep sentimental jewellery in your family, while still having something new to wear.
The subtle approach
You may have an heirloom piece that is very stone heavy & is a bit too ‘blingy’ for your taste. We could remove the Diamonds (or any other gemstones) & reset them into more than one more subtle pieces. Spreading the stones over more than one item of jewellery means that the new pieces automatically have a more toned down appearance.
You could also do the exact opposite of the above idea. You may want to take several different pieces of jewellery and have them melted down and made into one stunning piece like one of our “strand rings” for example. This is ideal if you have more than one piece with stones missing, or pieces with small stones.
You may have inherited a piece of jewellery that you love but you may not like the colour of gold that it is made from. If you are not keen on yellow gold we could remove your gemstones and reset them into a different setting, perhaps in rose gold or white gold.
For sentimental reasons
Sometimes a remodelling project is undertaken purely for the sentiment. It may be that there are no gemstones, not a huge amount of value & you may not even like the colour of the precious metal of the jewellery you have inherited. At these times the remodelling is purely for sentimental reasons. So you can feel like you have a little piece of a beloved late family member with you. A great example of this is when a yellow gold piece of jewellery is melted down & used as a ‘liner’ inside a Platinum wedding ring. This means the ring looks white when worn but when it is removed & you look inside, you will see the yellow gold of the inherited piece. This is there purely for the sentiment.
An offer you can refuse
Often people have a piece of jewellery that is not needed like an engagement ring from a break up or an inherited piece that is not to their taste. The first thing people think of is to sell the item to a 2nd hand jewellery store. What they do not realise though, is how incredibly low the offer is from a 2nd hand jeweller will be. It is not unusual for a jeweller like this to offer just 25% of what was originally paid for the piece of jewellery! Although it obviously costs money to remodel a piece like this it will at least retain, or even increase its insurance value.
Many people have jewellery that has sadly been damaged over time. We can remove your gemstones & reset them into a brand new piece. This could be a replica of the original piece of jewellery, a piece that makes a sympathetic nod towards the original, or a totally new jewellery design.
A fitting piece
You may have a ring that is too small for you. Usually resizing a ring is quite straight forward. Sometimes though, this is not possible. It may be because the ring is badly worn, has stone wrapping too far around the shank. Or it may be that you have inherited a ring that is too far away from your finger size. If any of these reasons apply it can be remodelled so your treasured piece of jewellery doesn’t go to waste.
As many people get older they start to consider their son’s & daughter’s inheritance. This often involves jewellery. Jewellery can be difficult to pass down though. You many have an engagement ring, wedding ring & a Diamond eternity ring. These items obviously to not divide easily. Many people choose to remodel their jeweller to make a new set of rings that they can not only wear every day, but than can be passed down in a fairer way.
The break up make up
This reason for remodelling is not for everyone. Sometimes an engagement is sadly called off. When this happens the engagement ring leaves it’s owner with a real dilemma. You may not want to sell the ring for the small amount of money that a 2nd hand jeweller will offer. Or the break up may have been amicable & the ring holds happy memories. Sometimes the answer is jewellery remodelling. The ring will retain it’s insurance value & can be changed beyond recognition so it looks nothing like the original piece (in case things weren’t so amicable!).
So whether you are looking for a subtle update, want to keep your jewellery within the family, or simply want to try something new, there are many reasons to remodel your old jewellery. With the help of our skilled jewellers, you can transform your beloved pieces into something that is perfect for you and reflects your style.
If you would like any advice or a quote for a jewellery remodelling project get in touch via one of our website enquiry forms or give us a call on: 01273 773544.