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Custom-Made Jewelry

Mon., Jan. 20, 2014 Phyllis Painter
Custom-Made Jewelry

Sadly, your mom passes away, and after a month or so you are going through her things and come across her jewelry box. What are you going to do with all this stuff?

Sure, you can pass it around to all the female relatives that were close to her, but what you shouldn’t do is sell it. I go to Antique and Estate jewelry shows a lot and see so many beautiful things and have to wonder why the family did not keep the pieces. Perhaps some pieces need to be sold to pay bills, but most are sold because the surviving children just did not want to wear it.

There is great history behind many of the pieces, and you don’t have to lose that just because something just isn’t your style. Repurposing a piece that was made from precious metals and diamonds or gemstones gives you the opportunity to keep the history of those pieces, just in a little different form. Eastern Star rings and pins make beautiful pendants, and even dad’s cufflinks and tie pins can be made into charms for bracelets.

Each generation can benefit from the history of these pieces. Don’t sell if you don’t have to. Instead, rework!

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