Converting a Diamond Necklace into Earrings and Pendants

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Welcome to my first guest appearance on From A Woman's Perspective - hosted by Marilyn Wetston. This one hour show airs every Saturday at 8am EST on AM 740, 96.7 FM Toronto, and Rogers 949. Below is the recording of my first guest appearance on this one-hour show which aired on Saturday Nov 5th, 2022. 

Please see our show notes below for details and photos. 

 

It’s great to be on your show, Marilyn. I love your advice of interacting with new people and learning something new from. So today I’m the ‘stranger’, the new friend you meet for the first time who will share something new and interesting. Over the coming weeks, you’ll get to know me better as I tell you about my latest jewellery  projects and share useful tips on how to care for and make the most of your own jewellery. But first, let me introduce myself. 

I design and make jewellery in my studio located in Toronto’s Leslieville neighbourhood. That’s a quick ride east of downtown Toronto. We hand craft all the jewellery using fine metals like silver, gold and platinum. We only use real gems, including diamonds, pearls and semi-precious gems. I specialize in creating bespoke one of a kind jewellery, including wedding rings. Every project is a true personalized collaboration where my clients are encouraged to provide input throughout the design process so that we realize their vision for their new jewellery  

I love to find special diamonds and unique gems for my client’s jewellery and always invite them to our studio to view the gems in person - gems are precious things that we don’t recommend buying online - it’s always best to inspect them in person and I can show you how. 

Another special service we offer is redesigning existing jewellery and revamping it into a new and exciting design,  just like we’ll be doing with your  Mother’s brooch.  I totally agree with you , Marilyn - what’s the point of having beautiful jewellery just sitting in a box.

That’s my favourite part of my job - revamping old heirlooms into new ones that you’ll love and enjoy wearing every day.  Let me tell you about a sweet restyling project I’m currently working on: 

Last week, my client and her daughter brought me a spectacular diamond necklace that she had inherited from her late Mother. The necklace consists of over 40 diamonds set on a gorgeous art nouveau floral pattern all made in 18K white gold. These 2 wonderful ladies came up with the  idea of converting this necklace into 11 unique pieces so that her sisters and nieces can each own a piece of this special heirloom. 

As I do at the start of every custom project, I asked my client to provide me with her wish list for the new design.  Her main priority was that we preserved as much of the necklace’s original design in the 11 unique pieces.  By doing so, each lady who receives their newly restyled piece remembers it came from the Grandma they loved so much. 

And here’s how this stunning heirloom will be reborn: we’ll create 7  necklaces incorporating the floral pattern of the original necklace. We’ll also make 4 pairs of earrings that carry the contemporary side of the original necklace. While the new necklaces and earrings will have a unique style of their own, it will be easy to pretty recognize that it came from Grandma’s heirloom, thus connecting all aunts and nieces in the family. 

An important detail about this project is that there will be a few inches of 18K gold chain remaining that don’t fit into the new designs. So what are we going to do with this left over gold? I’m always very keen to help our clients retain their gold’s value. In this case, it’s best to sell the gold and put 100% of the proceeds towards the cost of this project.

Since I offer high rates for my client’s gold, our client decided to give me a few more gold pieces that she no longer wears to sell. With the price of gold being so high, she’ll be receiving a very generous credit that will offset more than half of the price of her restyling project.  So everyone wins, there’ll be 11 ladies who will receive a modern heirloom and our generous client will retain the value of her gold. 

If you have jewellery that you no longer wear and wish to transform it into something fresh and exciting, give me a call at (647) 201-5289 or visit my website pamelalauz.com. My email is listed there and you’ll also find a chat box that reaches me directly  - there are no robots in my shop. 

Now I’m gonna shift gears and tell you a bit about our ready-to-wear collection. In addition to making bespoke jewellery, I also handcraft a line of unique design that you can browse and shop from directly my website pamelalauz.com.  All of this jewellery is handmade in my Toronto studio using precious metals and gems . I make jewellery in all price points, starting at less than $50. 

Stay tuned for next week’s episode where Marilyn and I have a very special surprise to launch my joining your team.  Thank you for having me in your show, Marilyn. Talk to you all next week! 

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