If you're not a pin person, you can convert gorgeous heirloom gems into wearable necklaces with the use of an inexpensive brooch converter. Available in silver- or gold-tone, and in both horizontal and vertical alignments, these little doodads are primed and ready to be slipped onto your vintage bling and then threaded through with a chain. And there you have it: A fresh take on a collector's classic.
You'll be able to snag brooch converters at various jewelery-supply stores near you. Online, try sites like Fire Mountain Gems and Espy Jewelery for options that start at $2.30. Check out Etsy.com, as well, for repurposed vintage finds.
Difficulty level: Easy