Repurposing

Don’t banish your old jewelry to the back of the closet.

repurposing-processWe all have those pieces of jewelry hidden away that we no longer wear for whatever reason—rings that don’t fit, earrings that are not really your style any longer, or maybe a bracelet you just never really liked.

All the jewelry you store in safe deposit boxes or hide in drawers or the back of your jewelry armoire and never wear, can be re-purposed into something you really love. Mary Seramur, East Towne Jeweler’s owner is an expert at creating amazing new pieces out of stones and components of existing jewelry.

         

A ring, is a ring…is a necklace?

A ring doesn’t have to be a ring. Just as a necklace, earrings, pendant, brooch, hair pin, watch, or other piece of jewelry doesn’t have to remain as they were originally designed. East Towne Jewelers can create and entirely new piece. Your old ring can become a beautiful pendant, earrings, or even a different style ring. Repurposing an old and unworn piece of jewelry can become an irreplaceable treasure.

For me, it is a thrill, to be entrusted with the process of taking old jewelry and transforming it to wearable art with a connection to the past.

— Mary Seramur, Designer

From old jewelry to new.

Here is a great example of how we were able to repurpose a single bracelet into several pieces of new jewelry for a customer of ours. In the first two photos below you can see the original bracelet, which had both sapphires and diamonds. You can see the red and green wax we used during the design process to create the new rings.

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Examples of recent re-purposed jewelry pieces.

A brooch becomes a necklace.

This platinum and diamond antique brooch gets worn more often as a necklace with a 18kt white gold chain.

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A compact becomes a cuff bracelet!

This was a fun piece of jewelry to create. We turned a solid gold compact into a beautiful cuff bracelet.

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 Pendant change-up.

We took the original diamond pendant (on the left) and modified it slightly, then added diamonds from an engagement ring and a tennis bracelet.

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Citrine stone repurposed.

This client had a loose citrine and we designed a gold setting to really bring out the gorgeous color.

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Oops! She accidentally broke the stone while wearing the ring. What to do with the setting? We found a beautiful pearl to replace the citrine for an entirely new look.

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From one ring to another.

Here we took triangular-shaped diamonds from the cluster right on the lower left and put them in an entirely new band.

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Use the stones from multiple pieces to create one beautiful pendant.

Here we took the stones from all of the pieces of jewelry on the left and designed a new pendant necklace.

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A bracelet becomes two rings!

Don’t get much use out of an old piece or jewelry, but love the stones? Let’s make something new together! Below the stones were used from the bracelet pictured and we designed two new rings.

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