Turning an Engagement Ring into a Necklace – Upcycling Existing Jewellery

Turning an engagement ring into a necklace

Turning an engagement ring into a necklace

The process of turning an engagement ring into a necklace can be an exciting way of re-purposing existing items of jewellery. We look at one example created late last year as part of our bespoke design service.

Upcycling means to reuse (discarded objects or material) in such a way as to create a product of higher quality or value than the original.

This process can be applied to re-cycling existing items of jewellery into brand new designs. It is possible to re-use existing gemstones, diamonds and sections of jewellery to create alternative jewellery. One example would be the transformation of an engagement ring into a diamond pendant. The transformation results in an entirely new, unique item of jewellery.

The simplest application involved re-setting an existing diamond within an engagement ring into a pendant setting. But the opportunities stretch far beyond a simple process of re-setting a diamond.

One of our pre-Christmas commissions involved turning an engagement ring into a necklace. The entire setting of the ring formed the centrepiece of the pendant. At the heart, an Old Cut diamond with a high table facet sits within a Byzantine styled design. Blue sapphires add contrast alongside white diamonds within the disc-shaped necklace design. The finished commission faithfully represented a design imagined by our client. On the reverse, a plain polished surface enabled a personalised engraving to be applied for the wearer.

There are endless possibilities when it comes to upcycling jewellery. A major advantage is the reduction of cost—materials are a major part of the cost for fine jewellery. Since many items of jewellery gather dust, unworn—at the back of a draw, this process gives new lease of life to existing jewellery.

A large part of our work involves re-setting existing diamonds. Inherited diamond rings from grandparents are turned into brand new designs. Three stone rings are sometimes split and divided between children or grandchildren to produce three new designs. We work with a very large design range, but offer bespoke design as part of our service.

If you are interested in commissioning a bespoke piece of jewellery, or upcycling an existing item of jewellery, please contact us for non-obligation help and guidance. We give friendly advice on any aspect of bespoke jewellery.










Mark Johnson

About Mark Johnson

Mark attended Liverpool University and went on to pursue a career in the diamond industry. After more than a decade working in polished diamonds, Mark moved to the Isle of Wight where he launched Serendipity Diamonds. He works most days from their busy Ryde showroom, photographing jewellery and writing for the Serendipity Diamonds website.

Mark Johnson

About Mark Johnson

Mark attended Liverpool University and went on to pursue a career in the diamond industry. After more than a decade working in polished diamonds, Mark moved to the Isle of Wight where he launched Serendipity Diamonds. He works most days from their busy Ryde showroom, photographing jewellery and writing for the Serendipity Diamonds website.