Weekend Workshop: Making Creative Use of Your Jewelry

February 13th, 2011 § 38 comments

To conclude Jewelry Week here at academichic, we’ve pulled together a collection of the many ways we’ve enjoyed repurposing our jewelry to get extra mileage out of each item. We hope that the following images out of our archives inspire you to make more creative use of the items in your collection.

For instance…

1. Earrings can double as pendants (especially when you’ve lost one earring and are at a loss of what to do with just one…

Detail Earrings necklace

2. And earrings can double as brooches…

Brooch cluster Little Leaves

Pearl Cluster 25 August 2010

3. Brooches, meanwhile, can double as buttons and closures….

Brooch detail A.'s Brooch detail

4. Or as belt embellishments…

dress belt detail

5. As shoe embellishments…

Cheap Custum Wedding Shoes

6. And even skirt or dress adornments…

7. Brooches can also double as pendants…

Leaf Pendant 24 March 2010

8. And so can rings and certain bracelets…

Pearl Ring Pendant Bangle as necklace

9. And, lastly, necklace can be lengthened by adding a chain to it. This usually works best with a chain of the same look, so that the two blend together seamlessly…

Detail 1 Detail 1

And statement necklaces are also perfect for this trick, plus the added chain wouldn’t need to match…

Orange Bauble Necklace

And that’s our workshop for today! Have any tips of your own to share? Please add them in the comments section of this post! Thank you! ~ Chics

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§ 38 Responses to Weekend Workshop: Making Creative Use of Your Jewelry"

  1. What a great post on using your jewellery creatively!

    I had thought about using post earrings as brooches but they don’t seem to stay on.

    I would like to try it again, except I don’t have pierced ears, so I wear clip ons.

  2. Iris says:

    These are some awesome tips, I will definitely keep them in mind :)

  3. Kati says:

    I am going to try these great ideas, thanks for sharing. I always find great tips on your site.

  4. Latoya says:

    What a great post! I really need to take a good look at my jewelry and figure out how I can better utilize all of my pieces.

  5. Tiffany says:

    this is a great post! I’ve been a fan of wearing brooches as pendants and earrings as brooches for a while, and I’ll occasionally put brooches in my hair as well for some fancy adornment. Thanks for the tips, these workshop posts are so informative and well-organized!

  6. Em says:

    Great tips! I use to dangle things off an old kilt pin which worked well. Poison rings as charms or on a chain are cute too.

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  8. Carrie says:

    great post! don’t forget looping necklaces around to become bracelets…or even taking really long necklaces and joining them together to make a belt (or wearing a chain belt as a necklace?)


  9. Thank you so much for this post! I have a lot of accessories and many earrings that have now lost their pairs! I honestly haven’t thought of turning them into necklaces and brooches.

  10. A says:

    Brilliant, just brilliant! I can’t believe I’ve never thought of any of these tricks before, especially since I have a few favorite earrings that are lonesome without their matches. Thank you ladies!

  11. Deidra says:

    I recently took a very baubly bracelet and connected it to a chain to be a necklace. The metals didn’t match, but it didn’t matter when I wore it with a blazer. Since bracelets tend to get lost in long-sleeves, it made me excited to get more use from the bracelets the rest of this winter!

  12. Stacey says:

    Wow!! I never thought of using my earrings as brooches or shoe adornments, those are really cool ideas. Thank you so much I will now be seeing what I can do creatively with my jewelry especially since I don’t have very many pieces :)

  13. Tamara says:

    Great ideas! Thanks for the inspiration!

  14. Martina says:

    I’d never have thought about some of these ideas. The shoe brooches are particularly amazing!

    One way I’ve been creatively wearing my jewelry lately is as a hair accessory. I have a few bold necklaces that I’ve worn as circlets or headbands and some brooches that I’ve pinned into an updo. Most days this isn’t an option, but when I have the opportunity to get a bit gussied up, I think it’s pretty fun.

  15. Terri says:

    I love the idea of tiny earrings as a miniature brooch.

  16. hana kazamii says:

    nice :)

  17. Rachael says:

    These are great! I have a few brooches that I inherited from my grandmother-in-law that are dated when worn as brooches, but might be awesome on a necklace or belt!

  18. laura says:

    what great ideas! thanks so much for sharing them all! :)

  19. Allison says:

    Great ideas! Alot of these are in the “I can’t believe I didn’t think of that!” category.

  20. love these ideas.
    and i’m always losing earrings!
    need to pass this on to my mom because she is even worse.

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  22. LiLi says:

    I often find myself looking at pretty earrings that I have no use for, since I have no holes for them (I have a rather brutal history with earhoes, though ^^). So I’ll definitely try and see if they work as a pendant. I have a special pair in mind that I’ve been looking at admiringly yesterday, and they were dirt cheap. Talk about occasion :-)

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