The truth is, inherited jewelry can be one of the most sentimental and powerful gifts friends or family members can leave to those they love.
They can also be pieces that are not your style, that may get stowed away for years to come.
The good news is, you have options for both keeping the items you were left, and for saying goodbye to them in a few easy steps.
First: Have the Piece Identified and Appraised by an Expert Jeweler
At Gems Are Forever, we are Graduate Gemologists from the Gemological Institute of America. Our experience and skill allow us to fully assess and appraise the value of your inherited jewelry, whether it is antique jewelry, vintage jewelry, or custom made pieces; from pins and brooches, earrings, rings bracelets, or necklaces.
Once you understand the value of your jewelry, you can weigh the pros and cons of keeping the pieces or letting them go.
Decide Whether to Keep It, Restore It, Redesign It, or Sell It
If you choose to keep your inherited jewelry, there are several things you can do to enhance its appeal, so it becomes something you wear all the time.
First, if you love the jewelry that was left to you, but it looks a little worse for wear, you can partner with an experienced jeweler to have the piece(s) restored its original composition.
Maybe the gems are loose, or a chain or latch is broken. Maybe it just needs to be cleaned up.
Partnering with a skilled gemologist will allow you to restore the brilliance of the piece and begin wearing it as you wish.
If you want to keep the piece but find its current design a little hard to work into your wardrobe, consider redesigning it to match your style.
Redesigning vintage pieces allows you to add your unique flair, making it special in several ways — first as a gift from a loved one, then making it your own.
Custom designs from traditional pieces are the perfect way to take the gems from a ring and turn them into earrings or add them to a bracelet.
When you partner with a master jeweler, the possibilities are endless, so get ready to use your creativity — or ask for their insight. No one knows how your vintage piece can be repurposed better than a trusted jeweler.
Sell Your Inherited Jewelry and Buy Something You Really Love
Some people know right away whether they are going to keep their inherited jewelry or not. Others need time to think about what the pieces mean to them, and how they could make them their own.
No matter which side you fall on, consider partnering with an experienced jeweler who buys all types of jewelry, so you get the best price for your pieces, instead of going to a pawn shop.
At Gems Are Forever, our expert gemologists will identify and assess your jewelry, so you can make an informed decision about its future. And, if you are ready, we also buy all types of inherited jewelry.
To learn more about our jewelry expertise and set an appointment for one of our jewelers to review your inherited pieces, contact us to schedule an in-person or virtual appointment today.