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5 Ways To Reset A Heirloom Stone To Make Something New

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Do you have a heirloom stone that has been in your family for years and was just recently passed down to you? Having something as special as a family heirloom stone creates an everlasting bond between you and your family. You love the sentiment of the piece but maybe the design or setting doesn't fit your style. We have great news for you! There are so many ways you can reset a heirloom stone and create something that you love. 

While some may choose to sell or trade their heirloom stone, resetting the stone to create something new and different is a great option for those who want to keep a family heirloom and actually want to wear it themselves. Heirloom stones are very special and hold a lot of meaning so before you start this process, consider the importance and the quality of your heirloom stone. 

If you are considering resetting your heirloom stone, here are five ideas of how to create something new, beautiful & unique to you! 

1. Reset It In A New Ring Setting 

In many cases heirloom stones come from a ring passed down from a family member. Maybe it was your mother's or grandmother's engagement ring. Now, you love the stone and the sentimental meaning it holds, but you don't love the style or setting of the ring. The style possibilities are endless when resetting your heirloom stone. You can set the ring into a more simple setting or a more embellished setting, it totally depends on your person style. You can even add other stones to your ring like smaller diamonds or colored gemstones to really make this new piece of  jewelry your own. 

Something to consider if you are dealing with a truly vintage stone is that you may not want to choose a trendy setting or style when resetting the ring. You want this ring to continue to be passed down through generations to come. Choosing a modern setting with vintage flare is a great way to update the ring without losing all of its original charm.

2. Set It In A New Necklace Or Pendant 

A solitaire pendant necklace featuring one single stone is a classic jewelry piece that every woman should own! You can't go wrong when resetting your heirloom stone into a pendant necklace. The stone can be set in a variety of settings from prong to bezel, depending on your style. You can even choose the metal type of the necklace. White Gold & Platinum are great choices if you like a classic, white metal. Yellow & Rose Gold are also beautiful options. If you want an edgier look, you could even choose a blackened silver chain! Your special stone will always be close to your heart in your newly designed necklace and you will create a piece that you can wear everyday with love. 

3. Create A Unique Bracelet 

Do you love stacking different bracelets and creating your own look mixing all different styles? If so, creating a custom bracelet with your heirloom stone is definitely something to consider. Stacking rings, necklaces and bracelets has been trending for a few years now and we don't see this trend going anywhere. Imagine how much more meaning your signature stack would have if it included a bracelet with your family stone. It will be truly a one-of-a-kind piece that no one else will have. Trends don't last forever, but your unique bracelet will stand the test of time and will be something you can definitely wear by itself. 

If you love charm bracelets, adding your heirloom stone as a new charm is another perfect way to reset your stone. Charm bracelets are a great way to show off your personal style and interests and can  be passed down to future generations. By using your family stone as one of your charms you can show a meaningful memory that is part of your story. 

4. Create A Pin Or Hair Clip

Now this may sound a little old school, but it is a great way to add a meaningful accessory to your collection. Consider setting your heirloom stone into a gem set pin or a clip that can be used in your hair! Pairing your pin with a blazer transforms a classic look into a more glamorous one. If you love trying out new hair styles, you add some extra flare and sparkle with your heirloom hair clip. This is also a great option if one of your family members is a hair stylist.

5. Trade It In For Something Completely New

This option isn't for everyone but some may choose to trade in or sell their heirloom stone. If you don't think you will ever wear or be able to use your family stone, you should consider trading it in or selling it to a local jeweler. It is easy to trade in your stone for cash or a store credit. Then you have the option of picking out something you absolutely love and will wear everyday. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this option as long as you are okay with parting with your original heirloom stone. In the end you will still have a meaningful piece of jewelry to pass down to future family members.

Ready to discuss resetting your heirloom stone? Visit any of our five New England stores where any of our specialists will be happy to help you.

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