Cover Jeweller Lauren Addison suggests remodelling your heirloom treasures into something cute and contemporary (Photo: Lauren Addison)

If you're looking to try something new for 2022, jeweller Lauren Addison suggests remodelling your heirloom treasures into something cute and contemporary

Repurposing old jewellery has been the bread and butter of goldsmiths for centuries, but over the last few years we've seen a sophisticated set of jewellers kickstart this trend with a new spin. From the simple resizing of an engagement ring to the resetting of coloured stones from an extravagant high jewellery piece, we're seeing more and more designers breathe new life into old items by recasting gems into revamped settings.

Bespoke jeweller Lauren Addison's clients have grown more conscious about the environmental and ethical impact of their jewellery purchases. Here, she gives Tatler her expert advice on how to remodel your side-lined sparklers into contemporary creations.

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1. Preserve its sentimental value

"Vintage jewellery doesn't always appeal to modern tastes, so instead of letting your heirlooms go unworn, why not give them give them new life? Repurpose your grandmother’s diamond engagement ring into a unique necklace or turn your aunt’s emerald earrings into a bypass ring, honouring the past while living in the present."

2. Get it valued

"Have your jewellery appraised by a trained gemologist before you move forward with any changes. Gemstones that have been worn for many years can easily get damaged from normal wear and tear, so before you make any costly plans, make sure your gem is fit for repurposing. It might just need a little TLC before you get started."

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3. Be upfront about your budget

"Custom jewellery requires artistry, precision, time and craftsmanship, and depending on the complexity of your desired design, mounting gemstones into new settings can become quite costly. Be upfront with your jeweller about your budget to make it easier to find suitable options."

4. Don't be influenced by trends

"When commissioning a piece of jewellery, you should choose a design that is an extension of your personal style. Don't let yourself get swayed by current fashion trends. This will hopefully be a piece of jewellery that you will cherish for years to come and it would be unfortunate for it to end up back in your jewellery box once fashions change."

5. Choose a jeweller you trust

"Work with someone who is willing to take the time to listen to your ideas, your likes and dislikes. If you do this, the process of upcycling will be exciting. Any jeweller can remodel a piece of jewellery, but you should work with someone who is trustworthy, understands your personal style, and who is able to take all of that information and translate it into a well-designed and crafted piece."


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