It's a challenge to re-work these pieces! I will first evaluate the history of the piece (is it vintage? real gold or stones?) and let the person know whether I think it is worth altering or worth taking to a fine jeweler for changes. I also remind folks that my design aesthetic is what you see at my jewelry website Peggyli.com. Then, I just let my imagination go!
My friend Vivian brought me these glass earrings she has had since high school and wanted reworked to be "longer and more modern, please." I loved the shield/arrow shape, but didn't love the dated looking AB finish bead on the earwire.
I thought the shield shape would contrast nicely with a circle shape, which would also give it some extra length, which Vivian was looking for. Next, I domed and brushed the silver discs to a matte finish to give them an even more modern edge. I then switched out the old hook earwires to secure French leverback earwires and the transformation was complete!
How do you rework your older designs to make them usable again? Have a project you want reworked by me into a handmade jewelry creation? Let me know! You can read more about my custom jewelry design here.