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A Guide to Upcycling Your Old Jewellery

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A Guide to Upcycling Your Old Jewellery

Society in the 21st century is open to change. We’ve seen firsthand the destruction that our actions have caused and we’re looking to make lifestyle changes, to source our food from green farms and our valuables from socially reputable companies. And we’re all active and willing participants to our local councils’ recycling operations.

Yet, there is one area that most of us have not even considered looking into: upcycling jewellery. Now, before you put a lock on that cob-web laced jewellery box that you haven’t opened in years because your grandparents’ gold is so passé it looks more like ancient than vintage, fear not, the council is not out for your precious gold. No, upcycling is something you’d stand to gain from, not your council.

Upcycling your old jewellery is a process that uses the 3R principle, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. It helps people make the best of what they have in a creative and sustainable way, avoiding hoarding rubbish and updating their valuables into something more contemporary.

So go ahead, treat yourself to a nice refurbished, updated version of your Nan’s favourite ring. You know she’d love for you to wear it and it’s your duty to pass it along to your children. In fact, you could turn it into unique wedding and engagement rings  or even adorn it with a few jewels to liven it up a bit.

Instead of selling your heirlooms to money-hungry pawn-brokers and loan sharks and allowing them to profit from your ancestors’ blood, sweat and tears, keep them in the family and honour their memory and their wishes by upcycling them into splendid new pieces that you can show off with pride.

And when you add to this the fact that you’d be saving yourself a pretty penny, because gold is so outrageously expensive nowadays, and the fact that you can count on purity and quality with an upcycled ring, you’ve got yourself a complete package of perks that you simply can’t miss taking advantage of. And if you don’t have any vintage jewellery yet, then the next time you shop for gold, consider looking for a Fairtrade Fairmined Gold Jeweller so that you may invest responsibly.

 

I hope you have enjoyed this post –  A Guide to Upcycling Your Old Jewellery

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2 Comments

  1. July 10, 2015 / 11:58 am

    I completely agree with you! We should learn to “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle”! I upcycle all my jewelries when I get bored with them. That way I do not store many useless jewelries and at the same time I have brand new ones, without wasting a penny.

  2. April 11, 2014 / 4:48 am

    I believe the retro look is still very much in fashion but it depends on the person how they carry with them. Upcycling is a very good option to give a new look to jewelry which also saves a lot of money.

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