What to do with your old jewellery?

Looking for things to do with your old jewellery? Don’t just let it sit in your drawer! Here are 4 things you can do with your old jewellery. 

So you’ve got a piece of ‘old’ jewellery. Either meaning it is quite literally old, making it technically a piece of antique jewellery. Or it is a piece that you have now deemed ‘old’ meaning that you are a bit bored of it. Whatever the case may be, you are looking for other options with what to do with your old jewellery. Today I’m going to help you out by exploring some different options.

Donate them

It is worth mentioning that you can recycle your old jewellery. We live in a world where reduce, reuse, recycle is a firm motto – and rightly so! So, when we think of getting rid of something we *should* automatically think of which way is best. Firstly, many charities accept jewellery and watches. Do check online if you want to donate to a specific charity, just to double check if your piece of jewellery will definitely be accepted. Not only are there specific charity shops that you can physically go to in order to donate, there are also online organisations who can help you donate your jewellery.

Heirloom Jewellery

If you have a piece of jewellery that is particularly special but you no longer personally want to wear, how about putting it to one side in order to gift to a family member? This way you can keep the special item in the family, and can also give it to someone you love as a gorgeous gift, which guaranteed they will love.

Or conversely, you have been given a piece of heirloom jewellery that isn’t necessarily to your style. A piece of heirloom jewellery is a gorgeous thing in itself, so naturally you want to hang onto it. There is also no shame in not loving the particular design. But do not fret- you can easily alter the design of a piece of heirloom jewellery. Most jewellers offer a re-design service, and will even help actualise your dream item of jewellery. You can easily take the gemstones from a piece of jewellery and pop them into a new style. You can sometimes even re-use the metal involved in the piece. So don’t be afraid to explore this option. Reinventing a piece of jewellery is a stunning option with what to do with your old jewellery.

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This option is very similar to reinventing a piece of old jewellery – how about repurposing it? If this is something you are interested in, then it is well worth checking out Pinterest for all your DIY/ repurposing needs. A few different ideas involve creating some gorgeous multi-media artwork, incorporating some of your jewellery into new accessories, adding a nice bit of sparkle onto a belt or a handbag. There are so many ideas out there! You could always create a mood board with different ideas before you take the DIY plunge!

Sell it

If you have an item of fine jewellery, then one option would be to try selling it. A lot of jewellers will happily look at your piece of jewellery and will let you know if they are interested or not. Another option would be to take your jewellery to an auction house and get it valued there, or you could even sell it through an auction house. Once you’ve had it valued you could always try selling it online, for example on eBay. You can often get a really good price for your items, so it is definitely worth entertaining selling online as an option.

Selling a piece of jewellery can, at times, be tough especially if it has some sentimental value. However, if you can try to, think of it in terms of your giving your old jewellery a new home where it can be loved by a new owner.

So, there you have it: many different options for what to do with your old jewellery. Are any of them to your liking? Let us know in the comments below!

Hi! I am a millennial mom with a passion for personal finance. I have always been “into” personal finance but got inspired to start my blog after a period of extended unemployment. That experience really changed the way I viewed my relationship with money and the importance of accessible personal finance education.

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