For RJM I took this same approach. I unpacked the jewelry that was sent to me and started arranging the contents in different ways. Familiarizing myself with what I had. I used what was in front of meoften junky materialsalong with nicer materials and occasionally something from my personal studio practice made its way in to a piece (such as handmade chain).What is of value/real/precious/fake? I have enjoyed the mash up in this way, creating pieces that are not innately related to material value, yet fun and even flashy.