vintage transformation: bangles

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vintage transformation: bangles

Susan discovered our work when friends of hers re-envisioned their wedding rings. She had a collection of sapphire and diamond jewelry that she had inherited from her grandmother, and wanted to re-work these pieces into something that would reflect her contemporary and casual style, that she could wear often and enjoy. She envisioned a bracelet as something she would wear frequently, so we sat down to design with her.

We proposed a stack of three bangles to allow for a trio of pieces to feature the many gemstones. Mixed metals would give us a cool-tone metal (stainless) next to the sapphires, as was Susan’s preference, but also allowed us to work the warmth of 22k recycled gold in. We’re always careful in vintage recycling work not to ask a single piece of jewelry to ‘do’ too much – hold to many gemstones, bring in too many design elements – so stacks, whether rings or bangles, are a nice compromise.

 

vintage diamonds bezel-set in gold

 

Our overlap style bangles add an interesting design element, and gave us a place to work with the gemstones. The gold bangle was left to stand alone, no gemstones, just a beautiful rustic finish.

 

overlap style bangle in steel and recycled gold

 

vintage sapphire & diamonds

 

The final result? A trio of bangles, that feature Susan’s beautiful vintage sapphires and diamonds, in mixed metals, that are pieces she can wear daily. Let us know what you think of this bangle stack in the comments below.

 

after: vintage gemstone bangle stack

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