70% of the World’s Jewellery Remains Unworn
Would it surprise you that over 70% of the World’s jewellery is unworn? So many pieces rest in jewellery boxes – rarely seeing the light of day. This is a great shame. The care and attention that goes into making most jewellery, deserves attention.
I regularly ask the question. “Why don’t you wear that ring [earrings, necklace etc.]”
There are a few reasons given in response. These are just a few of them.
1. “It [the ring] does not fit anymore. It used to fit me 10 years ago….” (Happens to the best of us!)
2. “It’s the wrong metal. All of my other jewellery is….” [white gold, yellow gold, etc.]
3. “It looks all tarnished.” (Usually a ring)
4. “I don’t like it.” (Perhaps it was a gift or inheritance . Unsuitable, not your taste and unlikely to be worn.)
Giving jewellery new life
There are many ways to re-purpose jewellery. You don’t always have to just scrap an item of jewellery. Taken from the above list, these are just a few suggestions.
1. (Obvious) Where possible, have the ring re-sized.
2. If you love the design, have it re-made in a metal you will wear.
3. Have the item cleaned and re-finished. It will look as good as new.
4. Put the item towards a new piece of jewellery you will wear. Offset the cost. For heirloom jewellery, the diamonds or gems at the heart of the piece could be set into a new item.
What can you do?
Think about it. It makes a lot of sense. When you read this, dig out your jewellery box. Look for that beautiful piece of jewellery that lies in the dark, unworn, unloved and consider giving it a new lease of life.
Send us a photograph, ask us a question, leave a comment…anything, but don’t close the lid of that jewellery box.