Some years ago my mom gave me a jade bracelet. Or rather, she re-gifted me the jade bracelet. Apparently it was from my childhood. When I was tiny. So of course I am now way too big to wear it.
I stored it away these last few years, thinking one day I will get round to “doing something” about it. But a walk with cancer has taught me that one should store less, enjoy and use more!
The childhood jade bracelet is made with symbolic Jade round pieces, encased within and link-chained with 24K gold. (24K gold is very yellow, expensive, and very popular in Malaysia – which is where I originally hailed from). Gold is not a metal I often work with. Which added to my procrastination period.
However I have finally “done something” to the childhood jade bracelet. It is now both a necklace or a wrap around bracelet. And I love it.
I should have taken a photo of the small bracelet. But obviously, I didn’t. Anyway, believe me, it was too small for my wrist. And I wanted to wear it. So I did something fairly simple. But in the end, quite adorable (I think).
I especially like things to be versatile. Don’t you?
So now, I can wear this sentimental childhood jade bracelet as either a gem friendly necklace. Or as a trendy wrap-around bracelet.
Repurposed as a Necklace
Repurposed as a Wrap-Around Bracelet
Double Clasp for Security
I have no intention of accidentally losing this sentimental jade jewellery which mom has kept for me all through these decades. So I have given it a double clasp.
- handmade beaded toggle clasp
- magnetic clasp
Some Notes on Repurposing Childhood Jade Bracelet
I extended the childhood jade bracelet using gold wire, gold eye pins, and small, multi-coloured natural gemstones (facetted rondelles). For the clasps, I cut up some gold chain to use as extensions. And also wire-linked with Swarovski 3mm crystal pearls.
- vintage jade round, carved jade pieces
- 24K gold findings
- natural, multi-coloured natural gemstones (facetted rondelles)
- hand-made beaded toggle clasp (with Everbrite protective coating) – see: how to make beaded toggle clasp
- magnetic gold-plated clasp (with Everbrite protective coating)
- Swarovski Crystal Pearls, 3mm (various colours)
- 14K Vermeil jump rings
- 14K Vermeil eye pins
- 20K Gold filled, 24ga half hard wire