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.

Copyright 2011 America Now.  All rights reserved.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Exclusive: Photos from Inside Anthony Sowell's Home

    Inside Look: Exclusives Photos Paint Disturbing Scene Inside Home of Anthony Sowell

    Saturday, May 1 2010 11:19 AM EDT2010-05-01 16:19:26 GMT
    GRAPHIC PICTURES: CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - It was one of the most gruesome sights in Cleveland crime history.
  • Six deadly foods for dogs

    Six deadly foods for dogs

    Every pet owner knows a dog can get into just about anything around the house. One woman found that out the hard way when her dog ate a bunch of grapes! Turns out, that's one of the most dangerous foods
    Every pet owner knows a dog can get into just about anything around the house. But these common snacks could be fatal for Fido.
  • Physicians warn against giving melatonin to children

    Physicians warn against giving melatonin to children

    Parents desperate to get their troubled sleepers to bed are turning to synthetic melatonin, which is a supplement sold over the counter. But expert warn it could have adverse effects on child development.
    Many adults turn to sleep aids like melatonin, but now more parents are giving them to their kids, too. We talked to physicians to see what they had to say about how it could affect your child's development.
Powered by WorldNow