JdV is committed to a sustainable practice, including the reuse of rare and precious gems and recycled metal.
In most cases we will be able to accommodate your heirloom gemstones within a bespoke piece crafted just for you.
There are however some inherent risks that you must be aware of:
Your heirloom gems have almost certainly been subject to some weathering in their past life; there may be hidden inclusions or flaws in the stone that are not visible while they remain in their existing setting. We of course will take the utmost care with your beloved jewels but alas, cannot take responsibility for any damage that may occur in the process of unsetting and/or re-setting your stone. In the rare instance any damage occurs, we will notify you and recommend options before going any further with your commission.
Additionally, we strongly recommend having your stones valued. We outsource this to an independent third party. Having your stones graded means we can provide you with a full valuation for your JdV jewel, including your own heirloom gems.
Reusing heirloom metal unfortunately is not as straightforward as stones. The metal must be tested and refined before it can be used which can be an expensive process. We can provide a quote for this prior to proceeding.
Please note that we are not able to reuse white gold, as the result is often a lesser quality brittle metal. We can however add to an existing white gold piece if we deem it appropriate.