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So, back to my original point. 23% of consumers asking for jewelry leaves 77% that either don't want it, or don't think they can afford it. Here is where the repurposing comes in. Here are a few ideas for getting "new" jewelry without having to re-finance the house.
1. Upgrade- don't like your current earring, necklace, or ring setting? Pick out a new one. This can still be expensive, though. Is some of your jewelry yellow gold and you are now a white gold gal? Rhodium Plating to the rescue! For about $50, you can turn your yellow gold into white through a process called rhodium plating. Depending on your body chemistry and other environmental factors, it will have to be re-plated a couple of times a year, so it's an ongoing expense.
2. Get a new stone- Do you have a ring with a peridot in it but you aren't feeling green anymore? How about replacing it with a sapphire? or an Amethyst? Or a blue topaz? Semi precious stones can be found pretty inexpensively.
3.Sell your gold- If you have old gold jewelry that you don't wear anymore (and will never miss), sell it! You can make some good money to put toward a new piece of jewelry. Many jewelers will also buy stones, too.
I think the only piece of jewelry that I wear that wasn't made from family stones or from old jewelry that I had re-set is my wedding band. My collection isn't growing, it's just evolving!
Hope these ideas spark some creativity!