Giving new life to old diamonds

Looking to redesign some of your old jewelry or revamp an inherited heirloom piece to better fit your style? We can help.

These days it seems as if everyone is looking for ways to reuse or recycle their belongings into something more useful. Whether it's reupholstering antique furniture to fit into your living room or recycling old wine bottles as kitchen d├ęcor, upcycling is on the rise. But have you ever considered how that can play out into your jewelry collection? Taking a closer look at the items in your jewelry box may inspire you to breathe new life into old pieces so that you can start wearing well-loved jewelry in an exciting new way.

One of the most magical things about heirloom or inherited family pieces is their ability to bring people together across generations. Using stones of sentimental value to create a new piece of jewelry will give you a story to tell for years to come. If you're luckily, you might be able to find a new ring and have your old diamond set into it on the spot so that it never leaves your sight. Or you can use this as a chance to create a more custom design.

A design that rings true for you

Can you really have too many rings? Many jewelry fashionistas think not. Whether it's part of a stacked style or worn to shine on its own, investing in a ring redesign will be like a breath of fresh air to those inherited pieces sitting in your jewelry box.

There are many styles to choose from when looking at ring designs. Colorful, large stones (such as tanzanite, garnet, or citrine) work best when incorporated into elaborate, bold styles, perfect for a night out. Diamonds are an obvious choice if you're trying to create a sentimental wedding set. Or you may even consider a floral design or an abstract motif if you're looking for a ring that can truly make a statement.

Create a meaningful necklace

A necklace or pendant is another great option for upcycling old or heirloom diamonds. Start with a chain in the metal of your liking such as yellow, rose, or white gold. Then look into the different ways to display your stone. Meaningful charms like an initial, Star of David, or a flower may fit your taste. Or go for a more modern look with a diamond surrounded by a sleek bezel setting.

Bracelet beauties

If necklaces and rings aren't your thing, consider an heirloom bracelet. Bangles inlaid with pearls or using your diamond to create a delicate solitaire adorned chain are both lovely options. If you're already a charm bracelet wearer, contemplate turning your stone into a charm that can commemorate anniversaries, hobbies and more.

In it to pin it

It's true, pins are back in style! And if you're looking for a unique way to repurpose smaller stones, a pin is the way to go. The best thing about pins is their versatility. They can be classic and round or abstract like a pineapple or peace sign. And they can be worn with sleek blazers, pinned onto button-downs, or even used to spice up a casual T-shirt. They're also work well on hand bags or used as hair accessories.

However you choose to repurpose your old stones, you're creating special new memories that'll last for years to come.