What to do with your old jewellery

Hello there

During the last few months of very worrying events, a lot of people have been at home and the conversations we’ve had with customers often relate to finding the time to renovate or tidy up their homes and in turn discover jewellery they had not looked at for a while.

From what has been said, there have often been previous thoughts about what to do with old jewellery but because it all seemed too hard, pieces have just been stored away.
Once rediscovered and brought into us is where my journey begins.

In past blogs I’ve written often about the ‘make over’ of jewellery and it is a subject that never ceases to excite me.

In many cases clients have been uncertain of what they own – are the gems real, what is the carat of the gold, can damaged gems be re-cut and polished, do we reuse customers gold?

A short visit and conversation with me will answer those questions – and more.

Amongst the old pieces, what is relatively common is an accumulation of diamonds in different sizes, cuts and qualities. This would normally make the designing of a new item more difficult, but I have had a lot of experience in making this work.

The two examples I’ve chosen to show you are very similar and both display a successful and great use of the different size and cut of diamonds. The style of setting is ‘single line’ bead set or sometimes described as pavé:

White gold ring

Our customer’s original rings.


Yellow gold ring


If you have any old pieces that you need an opinion on, please don’t hesitate to call in to Highgate and we will be very happy to assist you.

Cheers for now and stay safe and well.
Nicholas X

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