According to the Financial Times, more and more people are revamping their antique or estate jewelry to fit in with their modern tastes. With the price of gold at an all-time high, people are looking to maximize their collections by turning outdated pieces that they don't wear much into stunning new designs using the same materials.
"Upcycling" is the process of turning old fine jewelry into new pieces, and jewelery designers around the globe are open to redesigning people's vintage pieces so they can wear them more often. If you have a collection of vintage cocktail rings or other fine jewelry that you don't really wear much, you should consider having them refurbished so they could fit better into your modern wardrobe.
You could turn a brooch or a pendant into a stunning pair of earrings and a ring, all without having to spend money on new gems. You could even take your mother's diamond engagement ring and transform it into your own design while still holding on to her memory.
Not everyone wants to transform estate or vintage jewelry to make it into their own design, but if you do think it would be of interest, consider getting in touch with a jeweler who is open to upcycling your old baubles.