In this day and age, we are all familiar with the term “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.” Well we here in the jewelry business have our own take on this. Curious now? Read on to learn about how we inure no jewelry goes to waste!
We have all lost someone special. We long to have a piece of them back, those people that changed the way we think, changed the way we see the world, and changed our lives. There is a reason that so much of what we refer to as an “heirloom” are pieces of jewelry, passed down from generation to generation. Unlike other heirlooms such as a picture, dresser, or book, jewelry is worn. We wear it through different circumstances in life, both the easy and the hard, and it reminds of the person that wore it, helping us think, “Maybe this ring has been through this situation before?”
Dawn came into our store one day with a ring that had been loved and cherished for many years. It was her grandmother’s engagement ring and had recently been passed down to her. It had clearly been well loved, which presented itself in the visible wear and tear of the piece. She brought it to us in hopes that we could create something similar to the ring so that she could give the original to another family member and keep the copy to remember her grandmother by. After some deliberation, we suggested that we make a ring that would look as close to what the original ring may have looked like when it was first bought. She loved the thought of a ring almost identical to what her grandmother’s would have looked in its original glory!
This is where the “three R’s”, if you will, of the jewelry industry come in.
Refurbishing your jewelry means we will take the existing piece and do our best to restore it back to what it may have looked like when it was first purchased. How amazing would it be to look at a piece of jewelry and think about how that was what your mother or grandmother would’ve seen when she looked down at her hand.
Recreating a piece means that we will make a copy of the piece that you already have to the best of our ability. If you, like Dawn, wanted the opportunity to share your memories with another family member, this is a great way to be able to do that.
Recycling heirloom jewelry is becoming more and more popular as we see customers bringing in pieces that have great sentimental value but aren’t their style. I think that we can all agree that we don’t go into a clothing store and buy clothes that we would never wear. Jewelry is no different. We want it to match our own style and personality. In this case, we can use the stones and metal from a piece, or several pieces, which retain their sentimental value, and use them to make a brand new heirloom.
Whatever the case, we give you several ways to get the most value out of every piece you own! Our passion is helping people create something that they will enjoy wearing for years to come. Something to bring back memories of a simpler time. Something that will stand the test of time.