My grandfather died and I received a nice cufflink/jewelry box filled with cufflinks and tie pins. None of the men in my family wanted them (we are not really a cufflink kind of family) so I debated a lot about what to do with all of it. This pair was really pretty, blue glass stone with a metal back. Both sides are nice to look at so I had to decide what to do, how to do it, and which side to show.
I cut the links off the back–a fairly difficult task–and managed to get jump rings onto the remainder without mangling the metal back. Add some hooks and I have a really nice, very pretty pair of earrings.