RADICAL JEWELRY MAKEOVER
Rachelle Thiewes
Shimmer
2014
Will a jeweler in the future be able to reuse your piece by disassembling or melting down the metal?

Sure, why not? I have spent twenty-five years of my professional career working almost exclusively with silver and gold. Some of my jewelry has been fortunate enough to be placed in museum collections where it will be maintained for years to come. Much of my jewelry however is in the private sector and I have no delusions that all or even most of it will be handed down through family members etc. At some point the silver and gold is certain to be sold for its value, melted down and reused. The steel artworks will possibly not carry the material monetary value so who knows what might happen with those pieces - perhaps cut apart and repurposed, maybe eventually rusting away if not kept in a protected environment. I really don’t have a problem with that at all.
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