Jan 13

Little Diamonds Get a Terrific New Life

By Calla Gold

Neglect Not, The Little Diamonds!

White, Yellow and Black Gold Bangles

I run into clients all the time with small caches of tiny diamonds. Sometimes they’re loose. Sometimes not.

Often, the diamonds are set in some ancient—and out of date—piece of jewelry they wouldn’t be caught wearing in a million years.

How About Some Inspiration?

What do you do with them? Well this Santa Barbara Jeweler has lots of ideas, but rather than overwhelm you, I’ll pick a couple, OK?

Bangles and Bracelets, Being Big, Take Up a Lot of Little Diamonds

One bright idea is to set them in a bangle!  Set them in a row or scatter them randomly.  Arrange them geometrically or in whatever other pattern you can imagine. Picture the sparkle around your wrist!

Yellow Gold and Fancy Cut and Color Sapphire Ring

An Example of Flush Setting Style

One of my favorite design ideas is to flush set the diamonds so they lie flat on the same plane as the surface of the bangle. They show off well, yet look casual and sparkly fantastic.

True Jewelry Tales

One day Mary Jane called me. “Calla,” she said, “I’m not wearing my tennis bracelet anymore and I remember your mantra, ‘Wear it Don’t Warehouse it!'”

Let’s do something with my diamonds.”

Mary Jane’s New Everyday Bling-a-licious Bangle

Hammer Finish Cuff Bangle with Diamonds

We made her a hammered finish cuff. She wanted a bold, wear it everyday informal design.  I found out she liked the hammer finish and wanted it wide to complement another piece she loved.

Yay, Mary Jane, for using your unworn diamonds!

What’s the Takeaway Message Here?

The moral of the story is not to let your old diamonds sit unused in the dark, dusty, corners of your jewelry box.

Wear it Don’t Warehouse it!

3 thoughts on “Little Diamonds Get a Terrific New Life

  1. Beautiful bracelets! There are so many things to do with little, beautiful diamonds that are so much better than leaving them in the dark corners of the jewelry box. I love your ideas, Calla!

  2. I love looking at examples. You’ve inspired me to take a look at what little diamonds I have not used or are in rings I don’t wear.
    This would apply nicely to colored gems too. That cuff you made in two tone and hammered looks like something I’d wear all the time.

    • Hello Tracey,
      I’m so pleased to have inspired you. You’re totally right that colored gemstones can be as fun to re-do as diamonds and these examples all work well with gems other than diamonds.
      I’m pleased you liked the cuff. It is one of my huge favorites.
      Calla Gold

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