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How to Modernize Your Sentimental Vintage Jewelry Pieces

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How to Modernize Your Sentimental Vintage Jewelry Pieces

Fine jewelry has been passed down for generations all over the world. There’s something so special about a piece of jewelry that has been passed down for generations, especially if it’s a family heirloom. Gold, silver, diamonds, rubies, and other materials are constantly in demand and never go out of fashion. However, the pieces that include them might go out of style, especially if they were trendy pieces at the time they were made. Fortunately, updating older pieces is possible and a great way to make your heirlooms wearable again! Here are a few ideas to modernize your sentimental vintage jewelry pieces.

Before You Get Started

Before you start making changes to the pieces, it’s best to take the items to a jeweler or appraiser. They’ll be able to confirm that your ruby earrings or diamond ring really are genuine stone. However, if the piece is sentimental enough, this may not matter that much to you. Still, it’s a good idea to start off knowing the value of your jewelry before you start the process of updating.

Repair and Clean

After you’ve gotten your pieces appraised or inspected, give them a good cleaning. You might be surprised how much this can change the appearance of an older piece, and you might find that you don’t actually need to do that many changes. A simple repair of clasps or chains may be all you need to get the piece wearable again!

Repurpose the Stone

If you do want to change things up for a new style, one easy way is to repurpose the stone in the piece of jewelry. For example, a fine sapphire pendant can be turned into a beautiful statement ring that is more to your taste. A bracelet that’s missing a stone or two can be turned into a pair of delicate earrings. An item with mixed stones that you don’t love together can be separated to create two (or more) entirely different pieces as well.

Update the Metal

Love the stone and style of the piece but not a fan of the metal? Have a jeweler change that gold band in your grandmother’s ring to more modern platinum. An added bonus is that you get to have the ring sized to your finger at the same time!

Add More Elements

A pair of emerald solitaire earrings can be lovely, but if you prefer to make more of a statement, consider combining several pieces together for an entirely new look. Or, have a custom jeweler add elements like more metal or stones to create a whole different design that’s more up-to-date. 

Contact Bostonian Jewelers for Jewelry Restorations 

As expert jewelers in the Boston area, we have the expertise and necessary tools to bring your vintage jewelry collection into the twenty-first century. Stop by today to ask us about how we can help you with restorations, repairs, and updates to make your special piece of vintage jewelry wearable again for modern times!