Want to save money on fine jewelry?  This Singapore company rents them out or upcycles your heirlooms

Want to save money on fine jewelry? This Singapore company rents them out or upcycles your heirlooms

How a piece is repurposed depends on her customer’s wishes. “There are mainly two types of mentalities – because it is sentimental to me, I want to be able to hold it close by wearing the jewelery every day, or because it is sentimental to me, I want to conserve the original look of the piece ,” she shared.

Repurposing can involve fixing, resetting, re-conditioning or re-colouring, which still retains the integrity of the original piece. “We may retain parts of the jewelery but reconstruct other parts that have experienced wear and tear. Often, customers are open to redesigning it, so that they get to wear the treasured piece every day or add a personal touch to it,” Koo said.

Don’t forget that repurposing can be done on pieces other than heirlooms – like jewelery that you might have bought or been gifted previously and no longer fit your style. It also offers a way to creatively bring together gems from several jewelery pieces into a single new piece.

Koo recalled a particularly sentimental project she had worked on. “A customer came to me with a collection of her late husband’s diamond gifts, which were originally mounted into rings, pendants, and earrings. Though in odd sizes with varied colors and shapes – some in a broken condition – all the pieces were still very precious to her,” she said.

“WI decided to unmount the diamonds and use them to craft an eternity bracelet. The re-designed piece featured 11 gorgeously arranged diamonds, starting from the first small diamond he got for her when they were in school, to the heirloom piece from her mother-in-law, to the final piece, which was a memorial diamond made with her husband’s ashes. When she collected the eternity bracelet, she was in tears.”

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