When Something Old Becomes Something New: Restyling Heirloom & Family Jewelry

It may be that you have jewelry you never wear. Sometimes people inherit or are given family jewelry that’s precious because of the relationship the recipient has with the giver, but is the wrong size or the style is no longer in fashion. If that’s the situation you find yourself in, you should know that there’s a way yesterday’s look can become today’s favorite: custom jewelry redesigning.

Redesigning – sometimes called restyling – is the art of transforming a piece of estate jewelry into a contemporary look. This is something that’s been happening since the beginning of time: ancient jewelers would regularly use the gemstones and precious metals they collected from one piece of jewelry to create another. Today, this tradition is commonly seen when couples upgrade their wedding jewelry: the diamonds from the original engagement ring often have a starring role in the new set.

Honoring a Family Legacy & Your Own Personal Style

Jewelry styles change with the times. Let’s say you have Great-Grandma’s cocktail ring. During that era, it was very, very common for jewelers to create rings by setting multiple small stones together – a clustered look that can be too busy or ornate to be worn now.

As part of the redesign process, our master jewelers will examine your piece and let you know what your options are. All the small stones in a vintage cocktail ring can enjoy new life as a pendant, or be transformed into earrings, or used to create a one of a kind pin. The process works the other way around too: if you’ve inherited a necklace, bracelet, or earrings you would never wear, they can be restyled into a stunning ring you love. There are countless options, and if you need additional diamonds or colored gemstones to create your new design, the Mark Peter’s team is expert at procuring superior stones at very reasonable prices.

The nice thing about having family jewelry redesigned into a custom jewelry piece is that you maintain the meaningful connection to previous generations. Many times jewelry is passed along with the idea that it will be sold, but it’s nice to keep it in the family. Jewelry is meant to be worn and enjoyed. Restyling makes this possible, and it can be a very satisfying emotional experience. One bride we worked with had her great-grandmother’s engagement ring made into a pendant she wore on her own wedding day; in the future, she plans to pass it along to her children so a beautiful tradition can continue.