What To Do With Your Old Jewellery?

Are you looking for things to do with your old jewelry? Don’t just let it sit in your drawer! Here are four things you can do with your old jewelry. 

So you’ve got a piece of ‘old’ jewelry. Either means it is quite literally old, making it technically a piece of antique jewelry. 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 jewelry. So today, I will help you out by exploring some different options.

Donate Them

It is worth mentioning that you can recycle your old jewelry. 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 jewelry and watches. Do check online if you want to donate to a specific charity to double-check if they will accept your piece of jewelry. Not only are there specific charity shops that you can physically go to donate, but there are also online organizations that can help you donate your jewelry.

Heirloom Jewellery

If you have a piece of exceptional jewelry that you no longer personally want to wear, how about putting it to one side to gift to a family member? This way, you can keep the particular item in the family and give it to someone you love like a gorgeous gift, which guarantees they will love it.

Or conversely, you have been given a piece of heirloom jewelry that isn’t necessarily to your style. A piece of heirloom jewelry 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 jewelry. Most jewelers offer a re-design service and will even help actualize your dream jewelry item. You can easily take the gemstones from a piece of jewelry and pop them into a new style.

You can sometimes even reuse the metal involved in the piece. So don’t be afraid to explore this option. Reinventing a piece of jewelry is an attractive option with what to do with your old jewelry.


This option is very similar to reinventing a piece of old jewelry – how about repurposing it? If this is something you are interested in, 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 jewelry into new accessories, adding a nice bit of sparkle onto a belt or a handbag. There are so many ideas out there! Of course, 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 jewelry, then one option would be to try selling it. Many jewelers will happily look at your piece of jewelry and will let you know if they are interested or not. Another option would be to take your jewelry 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 an excellent price for your items, so it is worth entertaining selling online as an option.

At times, selling a piece of jewelry can be challenging, especially if it has some sentimental value. However, if you can try to, think of it as giving your old jewelry a new home where a new owner can love it.

So, there you have it: many different options for what to do with your old jewelry. 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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