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Desideria Redesign Workshop

How we can bring your outdated jewelry back to life


Do you have jewelry that you don't know what to do with, that was once your style and isn't anymore, or that was handed down to you that you just wouldn't wear? If so, stop by our redesign workshop being held on August 29, 2020. It will be at The Artist's Hand in downtown Indiana from 10am-1pm. At the workshop we will take a look at the jewelry you already have and change it into something that better suits your style. There are 4 essential steps to the redesign process - let's dig into them each a little deeper.

  1. Establish Your Goals: The first thing you will need to figure out is what you want. From there we will make sure the jewelry that you have is usable and that all the stones are intact to help us decide on the ideal price range for your piece. We will weigh and test the metal to see how much credit you can receive for the new piece of jewelry. This way we can make sure that the final piece lies within the desired price range. If you're struggling with ideas, that's no problem. We have tons of ideas to lead you in the right direction. It may also be a good idea to start looking for ideas of what you want from Pinterest or Instagram.

  2. Stones & Sketches: This is one of the most important parts of this process. We will thoroughly look at the stones in your own personal collection, and from there we'll come up with a ton of ideas for the new piece. Typically we present 5-10 sketches of great ideas for your new designs. You also can add stones from our collection if you'd like, or we can even search for entirely new stones if you have something specific in mind.

  3. Design & Approval: Now it is time to decide on a final design that you love for your piece. We can start working on the Computer Aided Design layout on the computer right away since we have narrowed everything down with sketches. You will be able to swap stones in or out and keep editing the design until you are 100% happy with what it looks like. Once you are satisfied, it's your turn to relax, and we will take over from here.

  4. Production: This is when the creation process begins. We will start with 3D printing, casting, cleaning, and polishing again in order to make your piece have an absolute perfect finish on it. This process will take about 2-3 weeks but it all depends on how busy we are at the time and how soon you want to wear your new shiny piece!

There are different types of redesigns that we are able to do for different pieces of jewelry. Some examples of what we have done are...

  1. Full custom redesigns: A full custom redesign is what we explained above. It's the process of taking a piece of jewelry and almost completely changing it into something new that you will love.

  2. Wedding band conversion pendant: Keep your wedding bands intact while giving them an entirely new life. “Until death do us part” has no meaning around here. Turn those wedding bands into a conversion pendant to immortalize the relationship with a piece of jewelry that can be enjoyed for generations to come.

  3. Chain hoops: Turn your outdated chains into something fun and trendy with our vintage chain conversion hoops. These hoops allow you to maintain the integrity of important family heirloom chains while creating an entirely different piece of jewelry. They're light, easy to wear and affordable to convert.

  4. Revamps: A revamp is essentially just a face lift. We are going to make your piece look like new again. When you see your updated piece, you are going to think that you rebought it!

By now you may be thinking - what exactly happens at a redesign workshop and how do you go about it? At the workshop, we sit down with people who are interested in design services that we have to offer. We will talk about what we can do with their old jewelry and what they would like to see. People will bring in old jewelry, we will look at it, then talk about your goals with the piece. From there we can do some sketches of different ideas. If you like the way we're going with the idea, we will take the piece back to Philadelphia to create a custom one of a kind piece from your old jewelry that you gave to us. If we can't do anything or you just want to get rid of jewelry we also are able to scrap your gold in exchange for credit towards your new piece.

We hope to see you all there!

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