Jewellery remodelling or up-cycling
Jewellery remodelling is the process of taking an existing piece (or pieces) of jewellery and turning it into a new design by using the same metal and stones. It is a particularly specialist process, and can only be done by a bespoke goldsmith. The process can be done for many reasons, but a popular one is to enhance some sentimental pieces and bring them back to life in the form of a modern design. For example, an engagement ring, which was once fashionable, but after many years has worn away and now something more up to date is required. A ring that would otherwise be scrapped and it’s cherished memories lost, can make a new ring (or any other item) whereby a vast proportion of the original materials are still present. In the majority of cases, some more fresh metal would need to be added to the mix, as you always need to start with more then the finished weight of the piece.
The process is not a simple one by any means, but is able to be carried out on the premises you visit, so we always offer to allow the client to watch the metal being melted up and the process of turning into it’s new design. This way you always know it was your metal. As far as we are aware, there are very few companies that offer this service.
Another situation where this process is used is for memorial purposes. Take in to consideration someone who may have lost their partner, and there was piece of jewellery that was significant to them both, like maybe a wedding or engagement ring. Or both. We can melt these items into a new piece so the memories can last. In the video below, we show the step by step process. If you would like us to help you through this process, please get in touch.