Don’t just leave a pile of old jewelry sit around in a box unused. Recycling old jewelry can be a way to create new jewelry, help an organization, or make some side cash. Socially responsible consumers will appreciate the environmental benefits of recycling jewelry instead of trashing last years fashion must haves. Certain pieces of recycled jewelry can reduce the amount of new gold used, and old pieces can be saved from the dump and used by jewelers to create new jewelry or art.
So, what can you do with all that old jewelry? Here are five ways to recycle old jewelry.
Green Karat has the My Karat program where you can recycle, reuse, or donate your gold. The Recycle My Gold program involves recycling your old pieces of gold jewelry and receiving store credit with Green Karat for newly created pieces. You also have the option of reusing your gold. Old jewelry pieces are sent in, melted down and recast to create entirely new pieces of jewelry. This is a popular choice among newlyweds, who have their entire families contribute to the wedding rings. The final option with Green Karat is to donate your old jewelry for an environmental organization, the value of the jewelry is donated to Basel Action Network.
The Glass Slipper Project
The Glass Slipper Project was started in the City of Chicago, and works to send girls to their prom even if they can’t afford a dress with all the trimmings. The Project accepts more than your formal dresses that you no longer have a need for, old jewelry is also accepted. So, even though you might no longer want to wear the beaded necklace you bought last year, it might be the perfect piece to make someone’s outfit.
Dresses, shoes, bags and jewelry can be shipped to the Projects Headquarters in Chicago, and you will receive a receipt for your donation after the one thousand plus girls who benefit from the project are outfitted.
List Jewelry Pieces on Ebay or Etsy
You can list old jewelry for sale on Ebay as pieces of jewelry or as jewelry parts, that can be advertised as components to create new pieces of jewelry. Lots of old jewelry are popular sellers among jewelry makers for the parts, don’t hesitate to add lone earrings or broken jewelry to the lots. Auctions of single pieces of fashion jewelry are also another big seller.
Etsy is another website to sell jewelry parts on, it features storefronts for crafters of all kinds. You are not able to sell jewelry that you already own as it is, but you can sell supplies including jewelry components. Upcycling, as recycling old pieces of jewelry is sometimes referred to, is popular on this site and there is a huge market for vintage pieces and unique pendants and findings.