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New Year, New You, New Jewelry: Tips on making pieces that were once old new again.

Unknown artist but it dates back to France in the mid-1500s.

New year, new month, new decade!! Yes, it is time to start organizing, setting intentions and taking care of all sorts of things that fell by the wayside during 2019. A great place to start is with your jewelry box (or jewelry drawer like most people). A wise, sage of a woman (and my dear friend) recently told me that there is a reason why January is the best time to get yourself organized. A new year means new possibilities. With all these fresh aspirations comes a renewed energy for accomplishing all sorts of things. We feel energized by the idea of a fresh start, we are still flying high off of all that fun holiday energy and parties and we don’t seem to realize how bloody cold it is outside. Once February rolls around, we are over it. We have decided that it really is too damn cold, we have been back at the daily grind for a month now and there are no more twinkling holiday lights. Thus, we are no longer motivated to do much of anything except stay inside and wait for Spring. So, let’s harness all that eggnog-induced energy and start organizing, beginning with our jewelry box first, bien sur.


You will probably find several pieces that are beautiful yet broken, have missing gemstones that have popped out along the way, rings that are too small (this is a big one) or earrings where the posts have broken off or are bent, lost earring backs, etc. If you decide that you really do like most of these pieces bring them in and we can repair them for you. This is easier on the wallet, after all that holiday spending, and you will walk out with several somewhat new heirloom pieces of jewelry. Keep in mind that this is not just about repairing jewelry for yourself but if you would like to gift a piece to a son or daughter, grandchild, etc. You can have things repaired for them first. If you give it to them broken, most likely, it will only sit in their jewelry box for yet another decade. If you are local to the San Francisco Bay Area feel free to make an appointment to drop off the repairs in our studio. If you are out of town you can always email me for a shipping label and send everything in.


For the items that you do not want to keep for yourself or gift to a loved one you can sell the metal for scrap. This is a great way to make a bit of extra money since all precious metals have some type of monetary value. You can do this with any local jewelry store that buys back gold and platinum. One thing that I like to do for clients is to offer them a trade for scrap precious metal. I weigh the metal and offer a trade-in price for the scrap. They can then apply this amount to a custom piece that I am working on. Every little bit helps! I once had a customer finance a $5,000 bracelet after she brought in three ziplock bags of scrap gold that had been sitting in her drawer since the 70s. Granted this is an extreme case but you get my point.


Stay gold,


Xo Vittoria

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