I have a hard time getting rid of things. Even if they are broken. Usually I'll stash them somewhere for future use. Cracked pottery and china want to be made into a mosaic table top. Stained sweaters want to be reconstructed. And broken watches, well they still want to be worn. For years I've been collecting discarded watches I find at yard sales and thrift stores. All of them have stopped working but are still beautiful or interesting. I have been wanting to link a group of them together to make a bracelet, I worried though that w/o proper link soldering, the heavy watches would come apart. So the watches sat in a box for years, forgotten. When I came across them this month, it struck me that I could thread them onto a piece of ribbon and tie them on my wrist with a huge bow. One watch does work, so I check that one for the time... the others stopped oh so long ago.
Have you looked at your broken and old pieces of jewelry and thought about how you could remake them into something wearable today?