Recycle/Repurpose – Freshwater Pearls and Glass Chips

by Melissa Jones.
(Annapolis, MD)

Recycle/Repurpose - Freshwater Pearls and Glass Chips by Melissa Jones  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

On a recent visit home to CA, my sister-in-law handed me a baggie filled with a broken necklace and earrings, and asked if I would like to make something out of it.

The necklace was long, opera length, and comprised of freshwater pearls and what appeared to be glass chips.

I have had fun fooling around with this treasure trove – and have come up with three pieces so far – a pendant, a bracelet and earrings.

Recycle/Repurpose - Freshwater Pearls and Glass Chips by Melissa Jones  - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

The frames are hand formed from silver plated wire (16 gauge bracelet and pendant; 18 gauge earrings), and the beads are wrapped on with 24 gauge.

I like these super neutral pieces in winter – they go well with my basic wardrobe of black and grey.

Spring is finally coming to Maryland, though, so I am eager to see how I can bring some nice fresh colors into the mix!

Melissa Jones
Calhoon Jones Jewelry

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  • Rena Klingenberg says:

    I agree about having white jewelry as a neutral, go-with-everything, Melissa. And how fun to have the design challenge of using these lovely bits and bobs. Your new jewelry will be spectacular with black and gray.

  • Thanks, Rena!

  • Rita says:

    Wow Melissa! Love what you’ve done here. One of my favorite things to do is deconstruct and reconstruct jewelry. Making a piece(s) new and fresh is a fascinating process. You’ve done that here. Love it! Thank you for sharing.

  • Thank you, Rita! I have half the bag left, too, which is fun to think about!

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