Friday, December 26, 2008
Style File: Trash To Treasure
If you're still holding on to a ring from an ex-boyfriend or a hand-me-down brooch from grandma, Seven's Belkys Nerey shows us a cool way to turn an old piece of jewelry into a new treasure in tonight's Style File.
WSVN -- Got an old piece of jewelry from an ex that you don't want to toss, or how about a family heirloom that needs a new look?
Mark Silverman: "We take their trash and turn it into a beautiful piece of jewelry."
At Matthews Jewelry in Plantation, they've started a new program called Trash to Treasure. You simply bring in your old stuff, and they'll melt and transform it into a new fashionable piece of jewelry.
Mark Silverman: "We take them through the store and show them pieces and get an idea, do they want a necklace, ring, bracelet."
Once you make a decision, you sit down with them to help sketch and design your new piece, and all the work is done right there at the store.
Mark Silverman: "We do all the manufacturing here, so the client gets involved in seeing the process all the way through."
This young woman came in with a ring that an ex-boyfriend had given her years ago.
Kyla Makela: "Fast forward to now, a few years later, and in my current relationship, I still love the ring, but I felt awkward to wear it in my current relationship."
So she sat with the designers, and they turned her old ring into this diamond necklace.
Kyla Makela: "I'm quite happy to have a new piece of jewelry and not have to focus on an old relationship that didn't work out."
The program is also a good way to update sentimental pieces.
Mark Silverman: "This client came in, and unfortunately, her husband passed away, and she wanted to make a ring that didn't look like an engagement ring but still use her engagement stone, so we took her engagement stone and diamonds out of her wedding band, so we're making this ring for her and two diamond stud earrings for her daughters."
And even if you don't have any jewelry to start with, they can create a unique, custom piece for any occasion.
Andy Bakst: "I don't want to say that I am in the dog's house, but I am actually."
To help him out, the crew designed this tiny white gold envelope and inscribed it with a special apology.
Andy Bakst: "I'm hoping that it will get me out of the dog's house for one and that it will make her fall in love with me forever."
Belkys Nerey: "It takes a week to three weeks for the trash to treasure process to be completed. You're included in the whole process, so you can make changes as it's being designed."
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
157 N. Nob Hill Rd.
Plantation, FL 33324-1708
Phone: (954) 424-2120