When you inherit heirloom jewelry, you also inherit its story and a connection to the family member who passed it on. But a brilliant emerald solitaire may look dated, and a delicate diamond necklace might not reflect your personal style. Thus, these treasures stay buried in a drawer or locked in a safe and not celebrated as they should be. Fortunately, a redesign, update, orrestoration can breathe new life into these sentimental heirlooms.
“Updating heirloom jewelry has been happening for thousands of years,” says Stephen Silver of Stephen Silver Jewelry in Redwood City, Calif. He has been working with rare, fine, and commercial estate jewelry for four decades, updating and reworking pieces for clients, which he says is highly individual and case by case.