Recycling for Charity: old and broken jewellery

This page lists charities and other organisations collecting old and broken jewellery, or bits of jewellery.

If any details are incorrect or you know of any other groups collecting them, please leave a comment below and I’ll update the listings.

Who wants it Why Country Contact details
Marie Curie Cancer Care

All the donations are processed by a professional recycling company. They hand sort every donation and either sell on the valuable pieces, or break-up/melt-down damaged items, and the residue is sold to a specialist scrap merchant.

Anything is acceptable – damaged pieces, odd ear rings, stopped watches, snapped chains, costume jewellery or the real stuff.


Marie Curie Cancer Care
B77 4RP


Oxfam are having a “Jewellery Amnesty” to celebrate the Diamond Anniversary of their first shop and want any jewellery – costume or fine – whether it’s broken, damaged or as new.

Valuable items are auctioned off and other items are either sold in the charity’s shops or broken down for scrap.


For valuables: Call 0845 6033647 (standard office hours), email, or write to Valued at Oxfam, 34a New Broadway, Ealing, London, W5 2XA.

Less valuable items can be handed in at their charity shops.


35 Responses to “Recycling for Charity: old and broken jewellery”

  1. Could you please advise us of who to contact re the recycling of costume jewellery. We are a registered Charity with 4 shops and are currently looking into recycling different products.

    Please help if you can!

  2. J Brill says:

    Hi My name is Jacqueline Brill, I recycle and make jewellery using only recycled items. I mainly use broken items, brooches that are broken, old beads, odd earrings, chain old buttons, anything really. I currently collect from local charity shops and give a donation. If they can’t sell it they get 50p per kilo, I give about

  3. J Brill says:

    more than that. I would also cover the cost of the postage. if you are interested pls reply Many thanks.

    • Janet Bettany says:

      Hello J Brill
      Are you anywhere near me? – I live in Matlock, Derbyshire. I would like to dispose of a lot of old costume jewellery – nothing valuable. Don’t want to bin it – love craft but have no creativity in me = can’t bear to throw things away.
      R S V P

      • Anonymous says:

        Hi Janet, I would love to use whatever you have. Currently I am working with a charity teaching young ladies how to be creative and make something. It is very rewarding. My address is Bronwion, Artists Valley, Furnace, Machynlleth, SY20 8TD. Really happy to refund postage. Kind regards Jacqueline Brill

      • jacqueline brill says:

        Sorry forgot to add my email. Jacqueline

  4. harrygraham says:

    good post………………….

  5. Tricia says:

    During July 2011 Currys, PC World and British Heart Foundation are accepting s/h small electrical goods ie hairdryers, bread makers etc in their shops for BHF to sell in their furniture/electrical stores. Larger items can be collected by BHF by arrangement…cookers, TV with scart sockets etc.

  6. Bob says:

    Marie Curie Cancer Care has this address to send stuff to on their website:
    Marie Curie Cancer Care
    B77 4RP

    • judith mcsweeney says:

      I would like to donate old jewelry from my 2 aunts who have PASSED away.

      Could you possbily recycle these items for cancer care /charity? How ?

      Would be willing to send items for recycling ?

      Judith McSweeney

      • susan moore says:

        Hi, I make jewellery for a hobby & try to buy broken jewellery when ever I can I would be interested in looking at the jewellery & make an offer for you to donate to charity, if you could send me pictures & what the weight is I would appreciate this.

        Kind Regards
        Susan Moore

    • Judith McSweeney says:

      I have jewelry from 2 aunts who have passed away and would like to donate this jewelry for charity, care cancer.

      How can I do this. thank you !

      Judith McSweeney,

      • Susan Barrow says:

        I live in Mesa az. I am making Christmas containers for charity. Theses are turning out beautiful. All my jewelry has been donated by friends and neighbors however I am running short of jewelry. I pay for all other supplies. If you still have jewelry left I can send you a picture of some of them. Every one is individual. I am doing these for young women and girls in crisis. So far have made 83 and would like to get to 150.
        Thank you for your interest.
        Susan Barrow

  7. Love the earrings. Yay for Dusters buying stuff!

  8. ellie hammond says:

    yeah there amazing stuff!

  9. Matt Lacy says:

    I think it is wonderful giving people the option to donate their jewellery, good work.

  10. My name is Caroline and I love recycling vintage jewellery into amazing tiaras for brides to wear on their wedding day.
    Very often I get the bride who wants to wear something belonging to a relative to incorporate into their headpiece so it is more sentimental.
    The vogue for vintage will never fade… lots of brides want something unique and using vintage jewellery gives them that.
    I would welcome anyone with vintage jewellery who would like it to “live again” to contact me at [email address deleted by admin as requested]

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  13. Hi Louisa, your blog is wonderful – putting people in touch with charities to donate their old jewellery. You should be so proud :)

  14. susan moore says:

    Hi Everyone, I make jewellery out of broken jewellery or unwanted jewellery If there is anyone out there who knows where I can buy from I would appreciate it if you could let me know I like to buy a huge amount so if any of the Charities are willing to sell to me please let me know.
    Many thanks everyone

    Susan (Please contact me by email.)

    • Michaela says:

      Hi Susan, I would like to donate some jewelry. Could you provide me with your email address?

      Michaela :)

    • Donna says:

      Hi Susan
      I have 14 pieces of fashion Jewellery (new, still in packaging). It would be nice if you could make use of them!

      I would be happy to sell them to you, if interested.
      Please contact me at


    • Amie says:

      Hi Susan, I know this was posted a while ago but I thought id still enquire! We have huge amounts of broken/recycled jewellery that we were hoping to get people to create new items out off, unfortunately it hasn’t quite worked out and I came across your message and wondered if we might be able to chat and see if we could come up with something! (Hard to explain it on here!) But if you could email me id love to tell you more – Thanks :)

    • kathleen stahovec says:

      I have a medium bag of broken costume jewelry that I would like to donate to a good charity. please contact me via email. thanks

  15. LizN says:

    Today Marie Curie told me they no longer accept broken jewellery.

  16. Steve Cashman says:

    As well as full and broken Jewellery, the Leprosy Mission, in Goldhay Way, Orton Goldhay, Peterborough, PE2 5GZ will also take British and Foreign Coins, Stamps, Medals, Post Cards.

  17. Angela says:

    Anybody point me in the direction of somewhere in or near London that can help me work out what pieces of my late mother’s jewellery are valuable – I think some is gold/gold plated or sterling silver but do not want to pay a small fortune to have that confirmed or otherwise. Also have some watches and a single strand of pearls (possibly fake bought c. 1960 or 1970 I believe, Lorus brand, in their original box too.

    Thanks for any help with this one.

  18. Denise Glenn says:

    Please can u tell me if the address for Marie Curie is still active as I have a lot of Costume and broken Jewellery and breads to donate.

    • jacqueline brill says:

      Hi I think I started this whole link a few years ago. If you have not managed to find the Marie Curie address I would be more than happy to accept anything. Most charities do not accept broken jewellery anymore. I work for some charity based groups making jewellery with broken bits and pieces with young women. It would mean you posting it to me. Let me know if this is acceptable. Jacqueline Brill

  19. jill says:

    Hi, I have some really nice sterling, beaded jewelry and more and am trying to clean out as I’ve hung on to these things since my late teens, some 30 years! If Marie Curie is still accepting donations and the address is still current I’d be happy to send over a box full of jewelry. Otherwise, Jaqueline would you be interested and what is your address?Some/many of the pieces are in need of repair and I have some single earrings as well.
    Let me know!

  20. Hi,
    I too am looking for old jewellery old, new, broken or not. I have been buying beaded items from charity shops but it’s become too costly. We remake the jewellery and sell at fairs to raise funds. We also make beaded items for children in hospitals (our charity supports children with cancer). If anyone has any items to donate I would be extremely happy to pay for postage or possibly collect. My email address is

    Many thanks,

  21. Ellie says:

    Hi, have broken jewelry and beads to donate. I would prefer not to give to a cancer research charity as am anti-vivisection. However, I would be willing give to any other charity or person who can make good use of them.

    Can anybody help?


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