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Dec 28, 2012 5:55 am

Five Tips to redesigning JewelryIt can be hard to sell old jewelry, especially if it doesn’t fit into today’s fashion or even your own style.  So why not redesign it?  Redesigning a piece of old jewelry can make a big difference in the amount you receive for the piece.  Here are a few tips to keep in mind when redesigning:

1.      Keep an open mind.

You may have bracelets or rings that you don’t like to wear or were family heirlooms.  The stones or charms on the jewelry could be used to make a necklace or earrings.  Let your imagination run wild! You can give your jewelry a new life to someone who will appreciate it.

2.      Do your research.

It’s good to research the style and fashion of today, as well as what your jewelry could be worth as is.  If you feel your jewelry might receive more attention after a redesign, then figure out what piece of jewelry your stones could be more eye-catching as.  Find out today’s value of what you plan on redesigning it as, you might be surprised if your jewelry is worth more as is.

3.      Look for inspiration.

There are many places that you can find inspiration to create new and unique pieces.  Play around with the jewelry.  For rings try it on different bands, or try a bracelet as a necklace.  You can often find inspiration looking through magazines or even going on a walk.

4.      Get an opinion.

It always helps when you can get a second opinion on your new creation.  Ask someone you trust to give an honest opinion and what you should change or not change.

5.      Try it on.

There might be an easy explanation as to why a piece does or does not work in your style.  Try wearing it after you’ve redesigned it and see how it feels.  This is a true test to see if the piece works or what you need to fix.  Even replacing a clasp can make a difference.

Using different beads or adding more stones to a piece can be enough to change your opinion of it.  Make sure you look into the new value of your redesigned piece.  Simple redesign changes can change the life of the jewelry.


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