Anniversary Jewelry using Repurposed Materials

 In Restyling Your Jewelry

An artist sometimes creates from a well of percolating inspiration and sometimes from blessed patrons who commission jewelry to celebrate the turning years. I love recycling, restyling and repurposing heirloom jewelry. Here are a few pieces made to commemorate anniversaries using ethical jewelry practices such as recycling gold, diamonds and gemstones into new pieces.

Diamonds, 14K white gold 

Jean just celebrated 19 years with Ed, and wanted to use her mother’s diamond in a new and unique ring. She expresses,“I just love the way it sparkles and I love that I have my mom close by.  She died when I was 15 and everyday since I have missed her.”


Diamonds and platinum

These three diamonds were in an heirloom pin, passed down from Helen’s grandmother-in-law. We repurposed them into a new, sculptural  platinum ring to celebrate 40 years of marriage. In Helen’s words, “I love the ring!”

42 year Anniversary Bracelet, mixed gems, 14K yellow gold and oxidized sterling 

We recycled the clients gold jewelry and repurposed gemstones from a necklace and pin the client no longer wore. The result is a contemporary, gemmy cuff that makes quite a statement.  “My husband thinks the bracelet is gorgeous. I love it’s easy, wearable style. Lainey is our favorite Atlanta artisan jewelry designer.”

Please mark your calendars for these upcoming shows in Ithaca, NY and Atlanta, GA:
September 28 & 29, 11AM-3PM
Green Door Studio Show
(GPS search) 167-1 Calkins Rd. Ithaca, NY 14850

October 20 & 21, 11AM-3PM
Wild & Petsch Gemstones and Elaina Designs Jewelry
Lucinda Bunnen’s home
3910 Randall Mill Rd. NW
Atlanta, GA 30327

Nov 30, Dec 1 & 2
Holiday Open Studio Sale
Lainey Papageorge Jewelry & Kathy Colt Wearables
Friday by appt. Sat & Sun 11AM-5PM
2116 Lanes Ln. NE, Atlanta, 30317

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