At the risk of being obtuse, I am sharing this bit of advice with my
fellow Orchidians as an insight to another option of making money in
the jewelry business without completely compromising ones’ aesthetic
sensibilitties. I am talking about recycling of old jewelry.
Yesterday I sold a pair of errings which I made from a bar pin that
I bought at a garage sale. The Pin was 14k yellow gold and consisted
of four bars of square wire closely aligned, with square segments
mounted with four light blue sapphires. This pin was very
straightforward and didn’t make much of a statement artistically. It
sat in the showcase for about six months. About ten days ago I took
a look at it and decided that it would make a very trendy pair of
art deco earrings.
I cut the pin into two pieces and flared out the square wire ends at
the bottom. Voila ! a"bitchin" pair of art deco earrings. I bought
the bar pin for a buck and a half and I sold the earrings for
$150.00 ! ( They only lasted a week in the showcase ! )
Another thing that I like to do is remove the works from an old
platinum or white gold ladies watch surrounded with melee. Next I
remove the strap lugs on each end and mount a bail. After patching in
the crown stem hole on the side I mount a stone in the void left by
the crystal and works. Very often I use an amethyst, but sometimes I
use lapis lazuli with a diamond in the center… Original work of art
? Hell no, but they sure are beautiful ! Moral: Beauty is where you
find it, but you have to use your imagination !
Ron MIlls at Mills Gem Co. Los Osos, Ca.