Our client inherited a beautiful Victorian necklace made up of fifteen Old Cut Diamonds, graduated in size and set in articulated claw settings. However, not quite to our customer’s style so not getting the wear it deserves, we discussed the possibility of upcycling the necklace to create a collection of pieces that she will enjoy wearing often.
Sometimes we are able to remodel a piece by maintaining the metal and gemstones in the settings they are already in and converting them into a new form of jewellery with some clever alterations. Due to the graduated style of the original necklace, it was crying out to be turned into a pair of delicate drop earrings. Still in great condition, very little restoration work was required; our goldsmith was able to simply shorten each side of the necklace to create two graduated sections and add new posts to turn them into earrings.
Traditionally, Victorian jewellery was created in a combination of silver and gold – silver was used to set the diamonds, making them look bigger and brighter. However, silver is a soft and malleable metal, so nowadays we would advise setting stones in much stronger metals like platinum and white gold – these metals had not yet been discovered. Over time silver also tarnishes, giving lots of antique pieces a darkened appearance. After a clean and polish, the silver in our client’s jewellery has been truly brought back to its former glory, setting the dazzling diamonds off beautifully.
Our client is delighted with her ‘new’ drop earrings – their delicate, understated style make them the perfect accessory for dressing up. Now we just need to design something for the three remaining diamonds…
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