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What to Do with Broken Jewelry


If you have old jewelry laying around, you might be wondering what to do with it. If the jewelry is in good condition, you can likely sell it or donate it to a local thrift shop. But what if it’s broken?


What to Do with Broken Jewelry

For pieces that are damaged, broken, or missing components, there are a few options:

  1. Sell the jewelry (if it’s made with gold, silver, or platinum)
  2. Have the jewelry repaired
  3. Recycle the piece
  4. Repurpose the broken jewelry for a project

If the piece is valuable, you’re best option is to sell it. If it’s not valuable, you can get it repaired, or get creative with how you reuse it!


Selling Broken Jewelry

If the piece has intrinsic value — a silver chain, a gold pendant, or a gemstone ring, for example — you’re best off selling the jewelry to make some extra cash.

If you’re in the Seattle area, Bellevue Rare Coins buys jewelry and other valuables for top dollar. You can simply come in with your item(s) for a free evaluation, and we’ll let you know how much they are worth.

BRC has locations in West Seattle, Bellevue, Lynnwood, Issaquah and Tacoma.

We buy almost anything containing precious metals like gold, silver or platinum — even broken jewelry! Damaged pieces are bought as scrap and are melted down for their precious metal content.

Our skilled evaluators will determine the purity of the item, and then weigh it to determine its value.

If you’re not in the Seattle area, you may be able to find another coin shop or gold buyer in your area.


Repairing Broken Jewelry

If you would like to keep using the piece of jewelry, the best option is to repair it. Most local jewelers can assist with this process, although prices vary greatly.

In some cases, the cost to repair an item may be more than what you initial paid for it! So, it’s best to call around to get a feel for how much a jewelry repair may cost. Search the internet for highly rated jewelers in your area, and call for an estimate.


Recycle Broken Jewelry

In some cases, you may be able to recycle the broken jewelry, or at least components of it. This is a decent option if the piece doesn’t contain precious metals (if it does, you should sell it!)

In Seattle, jewelry cannot be recycled by simply placing it in the recycle bin. However, if you do some digging you may be able to find a private recycling company that would take it.


Repurpose Broken Jewelry

Finally, you can get creative and repurpose the broken item into something beautiful! You could add a pendant or ring to a scrap book page, integrate a brooch into a piece of art, or even make a Christmas ornament out of an old piece of jewelry!

If you decide to go this route, check out Pinterest for some inspiration. Happy crafting!


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