At Fortunoff Jewelry, we have a tradition of helping to refresh, renew, and repair jewelry in January. But recently, I’ve noticed that many of our customers ask us to completely “recycle” their older jewelry, which may no longer be in fashion. We send the jewelry settings to the refiner, who pays for the precious metals. With the cash our customers receive, plus any gems our in-house jeweler has carefully removed, we work together to create a brand new custom-designed piece in the latest style.
And nowhere is this happening more than with older diamond jewelry. If you’re lucky, you’ve received or purchased some beautiful pieces through the years, and, those diamonds are every bit as precious as they were the day you acquired them. I think you’d be surprised if you looked through your own jewelry collection to realize how many pieces with diamonds you may own.
Today, we jewelers often say “the next diamond mine is located in the jewelry boxes of Americans” – because of this treasure trove of inherited gems. If that describes you, then here are two stories and photos of custom designs we recently completed for our clients to whet your appetite.
Ring in the New
Jeannie came to us with a little baggie of diamond rings, containing various sized diamonds, none of which she wanted to wear. Our onsite jeweler gently removed the diamonds and cleaned them until they sparkled again. Then, we recycled the precious metals in her settings, using the proceeds of the sale to defray the cost of a new ring. Reaching out to a designer we love, we asked for a custom design making the four different-sized diamonds look graceful in the setting. Voila! Here’s the result. Now Jeannie wears her diamonds every single day, and is thrilled when she looks down at her hand.
Barbara came in to see us, holding a ring that glittered with diamonds, in a style that was quite popular in the 1970s and 1980s. It featured invisibly set princess-cut diamonds in rows on the top, with round pave-set diamonds on the edges. Over time, as her ring size changed, she tried to have it made larger, never to her satisfaction. In the end, a couple of the diamonds were lost, and a few others broke. Eventually, she stopped wearing it.
But now, she wondered if we could do something with the diamonds to enable her to wear them again. She wasn’t committed to another ring, so we suggested a station necklace, a style that Tiffany & Co. made famous with its version, which it still calls “Diamonds by the Yard.” Working with one of our favorite designers in New York, we made a stunning 48-inch long necklace in 14k white gold, alternating the princess-cut and round diamonds along the chain in a scattered style. The diamonds were secured in very protective and durable bezel settings, so she wouldn’t lose any more of her precious gems! You can see what a fabulous look it is. From abandoned in a jewelry box, to decorating a long, flapper-style chain, these diamonds (and Barbara) are swinging again!
If you have jewelry you’re not wearing, Fortunoff Jewelry – Westbury boutique during January, and we’ll work with you on a brand new custom jewelry design. It may have been a marketing slogan, but it really is true: A diamond is forever.