Spring is finally here, and that means many of us are elbows-deep in our annual spring cleaning frenzies. It’s that time of year when we also look at freshening up our spring-summer wardrobes, and that should include your jewelry collection. Whether it’s a simple cleaning of your jewelry itself, or a “deep clean” of your whole jewelry box, sorting through and, perhaps, parting with a few items to justify something new, it’s time to bring that sparkle back, and even make the old new again by repurposing unused jewelry pieces into a fresh, new custom design.
Spring Jewelry Cleaning and Inspection
Did you know that it’s recommended to have your jewelry cleaned and inspected at least once a year? And twice a year is better. While “home cleaning” of your jewelry is fine to keep it looking good in between professional cleanings, a professional jewelry cleaning is necessary to really get into all those tiny niches as well as to bring out the true shine and sparkle of diamonds and gemstones. In addition, your jeweler will thoroughly inspect the piece to ensure there are no weak spots or other concerns that may need repair to prevent further wear or loss of a stone.
Making the Old New again
We all have at least a few pieces of jewelry in our collection that simply aren’t worn very often, or ever. So, what’s the point of keeping them, hidden away from the world in a jewelry box? Instead, turn that old jewelry into cash or – even better – a brand new custom designed piece crafted from the repurposed materials of your old or unworn jewelry.
If your goal is simply to clear out some clutter, then you might just sell it. You can bring your old or unworn jewelry into just about any jeweler, who will appraise the piece’s value and often offer cash for jewelry on the spot.
If, on the other hand, the jewelry in question has any particular sentimental value, or if you just want to get creative and add a truly unique piece of jewelry to your collection, then you might consider repurposing that old, unworn jewelry into a brand new, custom designed piece. The piece itself might simply be reworked to incorporate new stones, etc., or you might choose to have the precious metals melted down and create a new design from scratch. Your jeweler can guide you through the custom jewelry design process to repurpose that neglected jewelry into something fresh and spectacular that you’ll want to wear every day.