Did you know you probably have enough gold and silver laying around to make a beautiful "new" ring according to your wishes? Or ask your mother or other family members if they have jewelry they don't wear anymore. You can use that jewelry to recycle and make yourself for example a nice pair of earrings, wedding rings, necklace, or bracelet, you name it!
I personally love to work with old jewelry and turn them into something new again. Most of the time it's not even necessary to totally melt them, especially if you would like to keep certain aspects of the old jewelry, because of the beautiful old details for example. Then you can also turn them into the jewelry you love wearing with just some little adjustments. Also, if you have strong emotional attachments to your jewelry, for example the one you inherited from you grandmother, but you don't like the style? You will be surprised what I can do with just changing some details!
Besides the emotional aspect or the costs benefits of old jewelry, it is also very sustainable to re-use old jewelry. Excavating for silver or gold puts a lot of stress to the environment and it's not even always necessary to use this new material. You can re-use metals like silver and gold approximately up to three times before the quality gets less. However, this doesn't count for gemstones like diamonds. These you can re-use forever! Because they are so solid, the change they will break is very minimal and you won't see any traces of usage. Other gemstones are also fine to recycle, however, seeing as some aren't as hard as diamonds there will be some risks of breaking them during the recycling process. So by using old jewelry or gemstones you also reduce your footprint.
In conclusion, there are enough reasons to recycle old jewelry and turn them into something amazing again! I have a lot of jewelry in the studio that I've made with recycled material. I will be happy to show you the possibilities!