recycling jewelry- saving the earth (and money!) a little at a time

Jewelry is a wonderful thing. Something to accessorize with, something to have fun with! But what happens when you find a piece of jewelry that you don't like anymore? What happens if you make jewelry and one of your pieces hasn't sold in forever? You......RECYCLE IT! Yes, you can recycle jewelry! If you make jewelry, you can take the jewelry apart and use the beads and parts for another project!
But for those of you who don't make jewelry, you can still recycle your earrings, bracelets, necklaces, anklets, and whatever kind of other jewelry is out there. You can do this by taking the broken pieces to a friend(take it from a jewelry maker- we love your beads!), seeing if any of the pieces are recyclable, giving the pieces to a child neighbor for them to experiment (with a parents permission), donating the out-of-style piece, donating the broken pieces to a craft supply charity, or even just holding on to it! What you might find "out of fashion" may be a piece that comes back in style, or it might just be that your child or *gasp* your child's child might find it a beautiful piece. You never know, you might just become a part of family history!

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