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What Can I Do with Unwanted Jewelry?

Over time, you may want to discard pieces of jewellery. Perhaps a few items no longer have their match, or a piece no longer clasps properly. In situations where you have unwanted jewellery, know that there are a few different things you can do it with, depending on what your goals are. Take a closer look at a few recommendations.

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Selling Jewelry

Some people prefer to sell their jewellery. If that’s the case, there are a number of organizations that may purchase it from you. You could try selling online, but that can be difficult for high-valued pieces that require an appraisal. Instead, look for local jewellers and other shops that may be willing to purchase it from you. Generally speaking, it is unlikely you will get a lot of money for sold pieces simply because these organizations typically need to invest in cleaning and repairing pieces and then still need to make a markup to sell them later. 

If you plan to go this route, it’s helpful to determine the value of your pieces. The National Association of Jewellers may be able to provide some insight into that information. There may be a fee for a formal appraisal, though.

Repurpose Your Pieces

Another option is to repurpose your jeweller into other functions or decorative items. Pinterest has thousands of ideas on its own for using old pieces in new ways. This is a good place to start for those who are handy and want to spend some time crafting. Get ideas of what to do with your pieces and perhaps even sell them yourself to earn something for those items. 

Help Your Jewelry Accomplish Something More

What if the items you no longer want could do something bigger and better for the world? For example, you could give them as a part of a charity clothes collection. This would allow you to ensure your items are going to the most disadvantaged in the region. What’s more, these providers can sell items like jewellery to raise funds for a wide range of needs. In this way, the donation you make is helping other people who need a bit of support to get it, making that beautiful piece of jewellery even more valuable.

You Could Scrap It

Another avenue is to scrap the metal from the jewellery in the hopes of receiving its value. Gemstones may also be valuable investments here. If you plan to do this, turn to a local scrap collector to get insight into the value. Some jewellers will also pay for the metal to be scrapped, especially if it is a precious metal or you have larger gemstones worth a higher price.

The key here is to find a way to use your pieces in a way that serves your needs. You could give it away or simply find someone who wishes to purchase it as well. Depending on what you own, it could be worth a significant amount of money, especially when you’re gifting those funds to someone who needs it.