There's nothing more special than a piece of jewelry that has been passed down from generation to generation, carrying years worth of memories and stories. Heirloom jewelry holds a sentimental value that a new piece simply can't replace. It often holds an emotional attachment to the original owner, whether it be your mom, grandma, great-grandma, aunt, or close family member. However, often these heirloom pieces sit in the back of a jewelry box for years untouched. Sometimes it just needs to be cleaned and shined, or there might be a missing gemstone or broken piece, or maybe it's just not in style anymore. Luckily, there are many different ways to restore or repurpose these heirloom pieces to make them more modern and fit your style! Here are a few ideas to breathe some new life into your special jewelry.
Tune it Up
If your piece of jewelry is covered in cobwebs from sitting in the closet for years, maybe all it needs is a quick tune-up to make it wearable again! A proper cleaning can work wonders. Bringing it to a jeweler for a professional cleaning and inspection to ensure there are no loose gemstones or pieces may be beneficial.
Change the Metal
While gold was typically the most popular metal choice back in the day, as it symbolized elegance and wealth, today, it's not necessarily everyone's first choice. Remounting the diamond of an heirloom ring onto a white gold or platinum band could give the piece a trendy and modern look!
Repurpose the Piece
Let's face it; A vintage brooch that your grandmother wore in the '40s might not be in style right now, but that doesn't mean you can't find a way to make it stylish! Consider repurposing the gemstones to recreate your own unique piece of jewelry, while carrying the sentimental value of the heirloom. You can even take a larger piece, like a statement necklace, and turn it into several smaller pieces such as stud earrings so that multiple family members can enjoy the sentiment. This way, you can still have an heirloom piece with ties to the past, and can still be passed down and worn for years to come.
Contact us for Jewelry Restoration
At Bostonian Jewelers, we specialize in jewelry restorations, and love being able to breathe new life into your special pieces of jewelry. If you're unsure how to make your heirloom jewelry wearable again, we'll help you reimagine and design a piece that beautifully suits your style, while maintaining its integrity. With nearly 50 years in the industry, you can feel confident leaving your valuables in our hands. We treat every piece with delicacy and care. Get in touch with us today to set up your consultation, and together we'll create something amazing!