Your Options for Reworking Old Jewelry and Creating Custom Jewelry Pittsburgh
We all have a jewelry box packed with our favorite pieces in addition to some dated pieces we’ve acquired over the years. Relatives frequently hand down their favorite, most meaningful pieces of jewelry to younger generations in hopes that they’ll love and cherish the jewelry as much as they once. While this jewelry is meaningful, it’s not always in style or aligned with your tastes. So what do you do? Many people choose a jewelry redesign from a custom jeweler like Lisa Marie Kotchey Designs: a leader in custom jewelry Pittsburgh. Why should you choose to redesign outdated jewelry, and what does this process look like? We’re here to break it down for you.
There are a variety of reasons people choose a jewelry redesign from Lisa Marie Kotchey Designs. Among the most common reasons to redesign heirloom jewelry are:
At the core of almost all jewelry redesign, however, is the desire to preserve the sentimental value that each piece of jewelry carries. This creates a fine line to walk in preserving this sentimental value and redesigning to be something you’ll be able to wear for years to come. Lisa Marie Kotchey - a leader in custom Jewelry Pittsburgh - works with you when redesigning your heirloom jewelry to find the delicate balance of preserving the sentimentality and beauty of the existing piece.
It’s clear that custom jewelers have their work cut out for them when tackling an heirloom jewelry redesign. However, the same basic process takes place each time a piece of custom jewelry is made from an heirloom piece, and it looks a little like this:
Your custom heirloom jewelry redesign, like all good things, begins with a plan. Lisa Marie Kotchey will work with you to dream up the perfect piece of jewelry for you. She’ll help you verbalize your vision for your piece, get it down on paper, and envision what your piece will look like at the end. Whether your piece will change from a ring to a necklace, rework a necklace into a pair of earrings, or put a timeless twist on an existing piece, Lisa Kotchey will help you create the custom piece you love.
Before getting started, it’s important to make sure your jewelry is clean. This helps ensure the purity of your metal and allows for a proper valuation if you have any extra metal leftover (or need to add more metal for the design). This is always a fun step because it gives an old piece new life that it may not have had before.
Once clean, it’s time to begin disassembling the jewelry. This will almost always entail removing the gemstones from the mounting, and will often include melting down the metal so it can take a new form.
Next, it’s time to rework the metal. Recreating the metal into a new chain or band is common, but sometimes people decide to swap out for a different alloy or color altogether for a more modern look.
Next, your custom jeweler will switch out and recut the gemstones. Some people look for a chance to re-establish the brilliance or modernize the cut when reworking heirloom jewelry, which Lisa Kotchey works with you to decide in the design process. Additionally, sometimes people will add additional gemstones to complement the heirloom stones or upgrade the stone in general, making for a more valuable, beautiful piece of jewelry.
Once everything is ready, it’s time to assemble the reworked heirloom jewelry. Once the stones are mounted, and everything is properly sized, you’ll have an unbelievably beautiful and meaningful piece of jewelry that you’ll cherish for years to come.
Ready to redesign a piece of heirloom jewelry that means a lot to you? Get in touch with Lisa Marie Kotchey Designs - a leader in custom jewelry Pittsburgh - to learn how we can create stunning jewelry redesigns for you.