What Do You Do With a Watch That’s too Small to Tell Time?
That is what started this very fun project with Ruth. “I love the watchband itself. I’d love to somehow use it as a bracelet, but it’s too small if I remove the watch. I can’t really use the watch because the numbers are too small to read.”
A Very Cool Project
We separated the watch from the band portion that we wanted to re-use.
We decided to make up for the lost length by hand making an open monogram with hand engraving to create a new bracelet.
The watch had some tiny diamonds around it. It had been a gift from her husband. I worked in her tiny diamonds into the monogram.
Saving Engraving, Because the Message Means so Much
Her husband had engraved a message on the back of the watch case and Ruth wanted to preserve that in some way.
We decided to create a pendant that had the engraved back watch case connected to a new custom made oval piece. I incorporated diamonds and a birth gem into the new custom section which faces front with the engraved and saved section of her watch closest to her heart.
What About the Watch Itself?
Since we were having so much fun using every part of Ruth’s watch we decided to use the inside part too. I laser welded a curving piece that’d hold her watch’s mechanical parts to a bail for a chain to go through.
It looks just great on her.
Dogs and Jewelry
I love Ruth’s cute dogs and I had to include them in this post for all my dog loving and jewelry loving friends.
How You Can Add Meaning
I loved sharing how it was done, but more important I’d like to share why it was so meaningful.
Ruth loved everything we made, but the pendant with the engraving from her husband was the most moving emotionally.
Next time you give a jewelry gift, think about adding some element to add meaning or message to it. See if there is something like an engraved message or a meaningful gemstone that can personalize it. Little touches in a piece of jewelry add to its story. The piece of jewelry with a story is elevated to priceless.
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