Revitalise

Inherited jewellery is often the most cherished and treasured of our possessions.

Jewellery is personal in a way that few other things are- we wear it on our person, often for many years.

So it is unsurprising that it strikes an emotional chord when jewellery is inherited from someone significant in our lives.

Revitalise

Inherited jewellery is often the most cherished and treasured of our possessions. Jewellery is personal in a way that few other things are- we wear it on our person, often for many years.

So it is unsurprising that it strikes an emotional chord when jewellery is inherited from someone significant in our lives.

Re-invigorate

A strong but intangible thread is unquestionably created when jewellery is passed from one person to another.

It’s a connection which seemingly continues to bind us. It is not uncommon for clients to become radiant when discussing a piece of jewellery, or conversely tearful.

Almost every piece tells a story and speaks of the person who wore it. We intrinsically understand this bond, as is evidenced by a sense of inconsolable despair in the event of its loss.

There are many ways to breathe new life into these heirlooms and enable them to continue to be enjoyed by future generations.

Restore

Jewellery often exhibits signs of damage or wear and tear after years of use, which if unaddressed, will compromise the setting and ultimately lead to the loss of stones or the piece itself.

At the very least, settings should be checked to safeguard and secure stones.

Ensuring that ring sizes have been adjusted is also sensible.

The surfaces of stones on jewellery worn for many years are often dull due to excessive abrasion, with worn facet edges and stone edges scratched or chipped.

Very often the stone can be removed from the setting, surfaces repolished and their magnificent lustre restored.

Claws can be re-tipped to secure gemstones, the shank re-sized and repolished. The results are typically breathtaking.

Restore

Jewellery often exhibits signs of damage or wear and tear after years of use, which if unaddressed, will compromise the setting and ultimately lead to the loss of stones or the piece itself. At the very least, settings should be checked to safeguard and secure stones. Ensuring that ring sizes have been adjusted is also sensible.

The surfaces of stones on jewellery worn for many years are often dull due to excessive abrasion, with worn facet edges and stone edges scratched or chipped. Very often the stone can be removed from the setting, surfaces repolished and their magnificent lustre restored. Claws can be re-tipped to secure gemstones, the shank re-sized and repolished. The results are typically breathtaking.

Re-imagine

It is not unusual for clients to inherit jewellery which has enormous sentimental value, but the style of the piece is reminiscent of its previous owner and far removed from their own jewellery style. So the tendency is not to wear it. This can present a conundrum, but also create an opportunity. With a little ingenuity and creativity, the piece can be re-set to retain the essence of the benefactor, whilst also integrating a sense of you.

A great example is this pear cut sapphire pendant which was transformed by introducing a diamond flower motif, composed entirely of additional pear cuts. This maintained consistency of shape throughout the pendant and also created a wonderful contrast between the deep blue sapphire and the bright dazzling diamonds.

If not re-modelled, the vast majority of jewellery which falls into this category goes largely unworn and sits in a safe or drawer… Far better to reinvigorate it with a new setting, so that it can be worn , loved and admired. As it was intended to be.

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Renew

Have a piece of jewellery which doesn’t resonate with you but you are attached to for sentimental reasons? Or has your taste changed over time and you’d welcome a re-fresh? Or is your ring so damaged that it needs some serious TLC?

No problem! This can be beautifully illustrated with a case study of an emerald and diamond engagement ring.

Emeralds are revered for their vibrant colour, however, they are inherently brittle gems which chip easily. When this ring experienced a substantial knock against a hard surface, the impact not only removed a claw, it took a sizeable chunk from the corner of the emerald. Sadly the stone was beyond redemption. Which created opportunity.

We set about sourcing a fine Columbian emerald of similar dimensions as a replacement stone. A new centre collet was hand crafted in 18ct yellow gold and the ring was striking- quite unrecognisable from the original.

If your jewellery  could benefit from this sort of makeover, simply get in touch to explore the possibilities.

Replace

Jewellery worn regularly needs to be checked periodically to ensure that settings are secure. It is extremely common for stones to be lost due to damaged settings. An example to illustrate this was a lost ruby from an engagement ring.

An inspection of the setting revealed missing and damaged claws which had ultimately led to the loss of the ruby, and the remaining diamonds were precariously loose. Furthermore, the base of the collets were extremely worn due to daily rubbing against the wedding band necessitating a complete replacement of the mount to assure the future security of the stones.

A number of rubies were sourced which featured similar properties and qualities as the original gemstone. Jacqui guided the client through the various options so that she could make an informed decision.

The final step was to finalise the design of the setting and Computer Assisted Design (CAD) was instrumental in providing clarity to the decision making process. These digital images are an excellent way to illustrate to scale exactly how the piece will look once complete – this visual communication is completely transparent and ensures that clients are clear on the final appearance before authorising production.

In this particular scenario, the client’s initial instinct was to replicate the original setting, however when reviewing CAD images and presented with more contemporary alternatives, she opted for something more streamlined.

Re-acquaint

Once the final design had been agreed, production commenced, and four weeks later the ring was complete.

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Re-discover

Sometimes you simply feel like a change. An existing piece of jewellery looks tired or out of date and would benefit from a refresh- a more economical option than buying a new piece of jewellery.

Perhaps personal circumstances have improved presenting an opportunity to upgrade jewellery. These re-created engagement and wedding rings are a lovely example. If you look carefully at the stacked rings at the top, you’ll notice the original yellow gold rings reflected in platinum upgrade. There is a poetry in this. The old echoed in the new- which is exactly the purpose of re-vitalising jewellery. New but familiar.

Whatever situation inspires you to consider exploring re-setting jewellery, we are experts at sourcing fabulous stones, collaborating on new designs and producing extraordinarily fine crafted jewellery.

Re-discover

Sometimes you simply feel like a change. An existing piece of jewellery looks tired or out of date and would benefit from a refresh- a more economical option than buying a new piece of jewellery.

Perhaps personal circumstances have improved presenting an opportunity to upgrade jewellery. These re-created engagement and wedding rings are a lovely example. If you look carefully at the stacked rings at the top, you’ll notice the original yellow gold rings reflected in platinum upgrade. There is a poetry in this. The old echoed in the new- which is exactly the purpose of re-vitalising jewellery. New but familiar.

Whatever situation inspires you to consider exploring re-setting jewellery, we are experts at sourcing fabulous stones, collaborating on new designs and producing extraordinarily fine crafted jewellery.

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Re-cycle and Rejoice!

The transformation of an inherited vintage diamond pendant into a chic, contemporary diamond and platinum bracelet is a lovely example of the life cycle of jewellery. With a little inspiration, elements of antique jewellery can be  re-imagined and maintain relevance as a stylish and worthy reminder of a cherished relative.

Just like the cycle of life, the passing of jewellery and its subsequent incarnations is a heartfelt re-cycling of very personal effects, constantly evolving and being re-interpreted with each new custodian. It is touching and life affirming.

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