How Much Does It Cost to Remodel Jewellery in the UK?
Do you have old or inherited jewellery that you no longer like or wear?
Remodelling old jewellery is the perfect solution for keeping the sentimental value to your piece, whilst giving them a new lease of life and transforming them into an item you will love. We can take your gold jewellery, remove all the stones, melt down the gold and rework it into something totally new!
When customers come into the workshop wanting their old pieces remodelled, the most asked question is always “How much does it cost?”. The answer to this entirely depends on the changes that you want made to your existing pieces, as no two remodelling commissions are ever the same.
So, let’s break down the cost…
It’s important to remember that labour costs are added on to the price of your remodelled piece to cover the time spent by the jeweller who is working on your item. Remodelling existing jewellery requires a lot of skill, expertise and time. The more intricate and detailed the design, the longer the jeweller will take to make it so the cost will be higher.
Adding additional metal or stones
In order to give your old jewellery pieces a new lease of life, you may decide you want to add new gemstones into the design of your remodel. Of course, depending on the stone chosen, this could come with a hefty price tag but good quality gemstones are an investment that will retain their value and only go up in price over time.
Are there ways to bring the cost down?
Yes, definitely! Remodelled pieces can be made to suit any budget but here are the main factors to keep in mind when keeping costs down:
Have a rough budget
When coming to your design consultation, it’s a good idea to have a rough budget in mind. This way you can ensure that you and your jeweller are on the same page, and they can offer you solutions to suit your price range. We recommend allowing your remodelling budget to start from £500.
Use your own metal
The most effective way to reduce the costs of your remodelling is by bringing in your own gold to be used in the redesign of your piece. The cost of melting down gold into new jewellery is not as much as you may think, our customers are continually shocked at how much money can be taken off of their final piece… “reduced by how much!?”
Consider alternative stones
You may decide that you want to add additional stones into the redesign of your old jewellery, so why not consider choosing a semi precious stone? Topaz, amethysts, peridots, citrine and garnets are all great alternatives to the more traditional gemstones (the diamonds, rubies, sapphires and emeralds). They offer the same range of captivating colours, gorgeous shapes and cuts but minus the scary price tag!
So to answer the question – remodelling jewellery will cost as much or as little as you want it to.
Remodelling inherited jewellery is definitely an investment, and one that allows you to honour the sentiments behind such special pieces so that they can be passed down to future generations… you can’t put a price on that!
If you are considering having your old jewellery pieces redesigned, book your FREE design consultation and pop down to the workshop to have a chat and see how Justine and the team can work their magic on your jewellery!