Transform your old jewelry into a dazzling new adornment -

Transform your old jewelry into a dazzling new adornment

The baby-boom generation is set to inherit more jewelry than any other in history.  The problem is, the styles have changed over the years and it may be time to 'renew' that old, but valuable jewelry. Philip Press has some tips on how to take your treasures and make them over.

Press has a gift for recycling old jewelry. He's done hundreds of jewelry makeovers for clients at his store, Philip Press Master Platinumsmiths.

"This is something we do on an almost weekly basis," says Press. "Clients will come in with existing pieces that they want to have remade and re-crafted into different styles and different designs rather than going out and buying a whole new piece."

Press says this is definitely the most economical way to go. "You can take the existing gem stones that you have, the existing metals and have them reworked and redesigned and save quite a bit of money because the only thing that you're really paying for is the labor that's involved with creating the new pieces," says Press.

One of the most common reasons for a jewelry makeover is divorce.  A growing number of divorcees are re-purposing rather than selling their engagement rings. "One thing they can do is create a very interesting right-hand ring," suggests Press.  It would be something that's not at all like an engagement ring - a totally different style.

So if your old engagement ring or grandma's jewelry doesn't suit your current lifestyle, consider giving it a makeover.  Not only will you save money, but you'll also be the proud owner of a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry.

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