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December 20, 2013

You might be surprised by today's Before & After Friday post.
Instead of oohing and aahing over renovated furniture, we're
going to drool over vintage jewelry makeovers.

Have you inherited an heirloom wedding set from your parents or grandparents?
You might want to consider turning the rings into a custom pendant:

The Susan Eisen jewelry studio specializes in converting old rings into gorgeous earrings and necklaces:

Look how older pieces of jewelry were
upcycled into a new custom piece:
Before                                     After

Even costume jewelry can be remade into other types of accessories:
Freckles In April
Click here to view the pictorial tutorial on
how this darling enamel hair clip was created. 

Keys and broken costume jewelry can be used to make something new?


Even broken china is getting into the act:
Dishfunctional Designs

A pair of sterling silver snowflake earrings
were laser cut from an antique spoon:
Before                                                After


A vintage 1950s cocktail ring was redesigned into a stunning pendant:
The Perfect Setting

 Even though these earrings are beautiful, I
prefer the band from which they were created:

There is a thriving business among jewelers that involves
redesigning wedding rings and bands following a divorce:
Before                                         After

A lovely neighbor had a cocktail ring, given to her by her late
husband, redesigned into two memory rings for her granddaughters. 

 A loose Peridot and stones from an older
pendant were used to create this gorgeous slide:

Diamonds from an older mounting were
used to make an entirely new ring:
Before                                             After

A beautiful bezel set solitaire was enhanced with the
addition of small stones and a white gold setting:
Before                                          After
Rothstein Jewelers
The solitaire is less than a 1/2 carat but by the time
you add the pave surround, it appears much larger.

These two rings were combined to make an entirely different ring:
Ace Jewelry

A dated ring guard was transformed into a striking custom ring:
Before                                                      After

Monarch Jewelry

If you have pieces of jewelry that you no longer wear,
consider taking them to an accredited jeweler and discuss
the possibility of having them redesigned.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great weekend, friends.


  1. oh my gosh, what possibilities!

  2. These are beautiful. I have my Mother's rings - wonderful ideas. xo Karen

  3. I never knew you could do so many things with older jewelry. This is really an eyeopener.

  4. Very creative and some beautiful pieces. Thanks for deciding to follow my blog.

  5. Such a great idea! I love the idea of making a necklace out of heirloom jewelry. The rings are gorgeous! Happy Holidays!

  6. Wow, so interesting seeing all the possibilities! My first time here and enjoyed all of your creativity. Happy Holidays!!