Turning a Ring Into a Necklace

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Transform old rings from the bottom of your jewelry box into eclectic and beautiful necklaces. Updating your jewelry this way can be incredibly simple when completed as a fun DIY project with your daughter, or more elaborate when altered by a professional. Either way, your old ring is sure to look fresh and new.

Keep It Simple

Pick a ring or a selection of rings and slip them onto a simple necklace chain. A basic gold or silver band looks sweet on a gold or silver chain. You can create movement and interest when different sized bands are paired together. For a statement necklace, try five or seven larger rings with gemstones and thread a gold, silver or black satin ribbon through them.

Three Ring Necklace -- Tools & Supplies Needed

Up the ante with a three-ring necklace. In addition to three rings, this DIY project will require a chain link necklace, flat-nosed pliers and a a lobster claw clasp -- any other jewelry clasp will work also. You can find all these tools at your local crafts store.

Three Ring Necklace -- Assembly

Use your pliers to open a link on your necklace. Loop the ring onto this link and use your pliers to close it back. Repeat with your other rings, leaving at least a few links between each ring and making sure to space each one evenly. Three rings create a charming look but feel free to use more or less depending on your preference.

Transform Your Ring

Take your ring to a jeweler to really reshape it. Many ladies choose this option when dealing with a piece of fine jewelry or an expensive ring that was given as a gift from a mate who wasn't as easy to reform! The gold, silver or platinum band of your ring can be melted down and reworked. If you have a ring with a precious metal, the gem can be reset and used as a pendant for your necklace. Talk to your jeweler about what you'd like and work with them to design a necklace you'll love.