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Many women have jewellery which they never wear, for one reason or another. It could simply be that the style has gone out of fashion or does not appeal, the rings are now too small (did you know that our fingers expand as we get older?), or they have a collection of broken, mismatched, or damaged pieces which they cannot wear but refuse to discard. This could be due to sentimental attachments or the jewellery being too valuable to sell. It could be a desire not to let go of a family heirloom, yet knowing that it will never be worn and will remain locked away in a safe – which is surely not the intention.
Jewellery is often passed down through the generations, from grandmothers to mothers to daughters, and there is always a very sentimental value attached to such jewellery, but it may never be worn, especially rings and brooches. Bracelets, watches, necklaces, lockets and pendants may be worn with pride through different generations, especially in our modern world where beautifully crafted older jewellery is valued and admired, particularly fine filigree and detailed articles. But what about those other, less charming pieces which you don’t want to part with but will never wear? Keep them, wear them by all means – but in a style which suits your personality, and which fit properly.
There is nothing wrong with redesigning and repurposing old jewellery into a more modern style or using broken items which may have stones missing or are missing their “other half” such as cufflinks and earrings, to create something new and precious to you personally. You don’t even have to have jewellery itself; perhaps you have precious loose gems such as diamonds, sapphires, emeralds, garnets, rubies, tanzanite, etc. which you want to have incorporated into a new piece of jewellery such as a ring, pendant or brooch. Whether you have a design in mind or need inspiration to create something which is unique you will find a manufacturing jeweller who will create the right piece for you.
He may well come up with ideas and designs which you would never have thought of yourself. His knowledge, expertise and artistic capabilities will enable you to make the best use of the gold, silver, stainless steel and precious gems which you have available.
Jewellers are specialists in working with many different metals and precious gemstones and will be able to translate your vague idea into something bespoke and beautiful to you. Many jewellers use computer-aided design programmes which can effectively show you the “finished” product before it is even made, and which can be manipulated to produce exactly what you want. Even if you only need repairs to jewellery – a new clasp, re-setting the stones in a more secure setting to avoid loss, re-sizing a ring (either bigger or smaller – it’s all the same to the expert jeweller), repairing necklaces and re-stringing pearls, etc., a manufacturing and jewellery repair specialist will tackle the job with ease.
Jewellers can be found in shopping malls and on the high street everywhere you go. Whilst they may not all be individual manufacturing jewellers, but local outlets for national jewellery chains, there will be someone who can direct you to the specialist you need. Not all jewellery shops are equal, as the saying goes, and some are able to offer a wider variety of services than others. You may find them through adverts in the Yellow Pages, in women’s magazines and local shopping brochures and publications. You will also find them through internet searches using sites such as Uptasker, which lists in geographical areas, making it easy to find the specialist you need in your local area. Uptasker also provides online ratings and customer reviews, which is extremely useful in gauging the quality of the services on offer. The site also offers ‘one-click’ links to suppliers’ websites, if available, making your search even quicker, and allowing you to immediately see the services, quality and style of jewellery offered. And, of course, never forget traditional word-of-mouth referrals, where possible.
These days, there is absolutely no reason for valuable jewellery to languish in drawers or safes, not being worn as intended because its style is outdated, it needs minor or major repairs, it no longer fits your fingers, or you inherited or were given a piece of jewellery which is absolutely not something you would ever wear. Revamp and re-use! For those who are getting engaged or celebrating a special event and finances are not a problem, why buy off-the-shelf when you can have something specifically designed to suit your unique style? Engagement, wedding, and eternity rings will be worn – hopefully – for many years, so ask a manufacturing jeweller to design one which suits your personality and lifestyle. For more tips and information, see Uptasker’s jewellery design, manufacture and repair specialist articles and suppliers’ listings.
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