by Maria Hammel

Is there anything more beautiful than a piece of gold jewelry that adorns your finger, and glistens every time you look at it? Well, of course there is! What is more beautiful is an even bigger piece of jewelry, especially if it has diamonds or other gems placed strategically to make it sparkle even more. But even without extra stones, gold jewelry by itself is quite stunning.

If you are a crafty person and wish to make your own jewelry, you can start with a few gold beads, add them to a gold chain, and you have a new necklace. You can also add some character to a simple gold ring by attaching it to a gold chain. This is a great way to display your pieces of jewelry that may be sentimental to you, but you are unable to wear. This is a way to keep a parent’s wedding band, or a ring from your childhood close to your heart. By wearing the gold piece this way, you can also avoid making any adjustments to the jewelry. This will allow you to maintain the integrity of the piece in case you want to pass it on to other generations.

If you do not mind making adjustments or changing your gold jewelry, you can also work with a jeweler to melt down the gold and form it into another piece. You can have a gold pin that is rather stodgy made into a pair of gold earrings. Some women also have their gold engagement ring and wedding band made into one ring that fits their finger better and is more convenient than a large set.

You can also have fun with friends while making jewelry with gold. First, someone who has made gold jewelry can host a show, or have someone host a party for him or her. This is a great way to get exposure for the jeweler, while having fun with friends. Another idea is to have a “girls’ night” that is a gold party. All you need is gold beads, and the wire or other material you are planning to use to make the jewelry. You and your friends can also use this opportunity to share or swap pieces of jewelry. For instance, if you have a gold chain you are no longer using, you can swap the chain for a gold pair of earrings that will go with your new outfit. This is a great way to have fun with your friends, and shop for new “bling” without spending any money!

If you are the entrepreneurial type, you can use your creative energy to sell unwanted gold jewelry. There are jewelry dealers and internet companies that allow you to send them your gold, and they will send you a check for the value of the gold. There are now gold selling parties that you can host in your home. Almost any jewelry store will be happy to buy your gold from you for a reasonable price. With the earnings from your sale, you can wander to the display cases and see what is waiting there just for you! This is a great way to add to your jewelry collection without breaking the bank. Or you can use the proceeds from your sale to pick up gifts for family and friends without spending money. And, of course, if you are a little short on cash, choosing to sell gold is a great way to earn some money when you are in a pinch.

Gold is a great commodity to own, whether you wear it, sell it, or own blocks of it. There are endless things you can do with your pieces of gold if you just use a little imagination. So why let old pieces of gold jewelry sit in your jewelry box when they can be put to so many good uses.