Recycling old jewellery
Recycling is the new buzzword as we have seen an increase in creating bespoke jewellery out of inherited, unwanted or broken jewels. Alongside the financial incentive, the other reason for recycling your old gold and gems instead of buying new is sentiment. There is nothing sadder than jewels locked in a safe or put away in a drawer because they don’t suit the client’s style or if they are damaged beyond repair. The unique nature of each client’s original materials, and how clear a vision they have of their reworked piece, generally shapes the design process. We draft some sketches and, if necessary, source some additional stones before drawing to scale the new proposed creation. If there are materials that cannot be used or which may be left over, we can add it as a credit to go towards the client’s new piece.
Ewen Ryley, Ryley Jewellery Creations