I have been trying to find a term for the process of disassembling out-of-style or broken jewelry and refashioning it into something new and well-suited for my customers. Clients often come to me with jewelry that was either their own or a relatives from long ago that needs a modern reinterpretation. I have decided upon the term “Reconstructed Jewelry”.
According to Merriam-Webster:
reconstructed past participle, past tense of re·con·struct (Verb)
- Build or form (something) again after it has been damaged or destroyed.
- Reorganize (something).
Here is an example of such work. This piece started out as a stretched out, endless strand of Baltic amber that was over 50″ in length. My customer inherited it from her mother and found that she never wore it because the length was too unwieldy, and it lacked style. She came to me and asked if I thought I could do something with it, and of course I responded with an emphatic “yes!”. Anyone who wants to send estate amber my way should rest assured that it will be lovingly cared for.