Post # 1
sorry I dont’ have photos! Today I went into a pawn shop in an urban core. I was curious to know about the rings they had. They had hundreds of them, most all really REALLY ugly cluster rings from the 80’s (so they looked) and 95% were yellow gold.
But I found a few things that were interesting and others should consider pawn shops if this is typical:
There was a really great deco style ring in white gold. Wish I had a photo of it. The counter guy said it was a real diamonds and I have to say, the ring looked old. It was only $350!!!!
There were about 20 small, sweet, solitaires in yellow gold. All of these looked to be about 1/3 carat. I didn’t price them but I bet they were not much if that great deco ring was only $350. There were rounds and marquise shapes. For a college age couple with little money these would be very sweet traditional rings.
We had kind of a funny conversation. I made some comment about the store’s stock being a lot of yellow gold considering that white gold is popular, and he said that he didn’t see white gold in people’s “chains” and that’s just my opionion, that white gold is popular, and how long did I think it’s been popular!??? It was funny becuase I think it’s pretty obvious that white gold has been fashionalbe for some time. I guess not in this area.
Post # 3
@FauxPas2012: i think white gold has really become the thing in the last decade or so – so it would make sense that he hasn’t seen that much – yellow gold can always be dipped though!
Maybe I should check a pawnshop for my band – i’m having a terrible time finding one, might be a good idea for other jewellery as well – i hate spending the money that comes with ‘bridal’ jewellery
Post # 4
Couldn’t you take one of those sweet diamonds currently set in a yellow gold ring and reset it in a white gold one? Aren’t setting relatively inexpensive?
Post # 5
@FauxPas2012: Wow, I’m shocked that he disagreed with you. I was shopping with my BFF at costco looking for an ering for her upgrade. She loves yellow gold and would never consider white gold. We could not find one ering that was yellow gold. It was ALL white gold besides a hand full of fashion rings and a lot of earrings. Clearly that clerk knew nothing about modern day jewelry trends.
Post # 6
Me and my FI have experienced the opposite here. He wants a yellow gold band and we’ve looked around pawn shops and cannot find any. Plenty of white gold though. And yes, there are some really good deals!
Post # 7
We had great luck at the pawn shop here (it’s where we got my ring, since we’re broke grad students). Lots of different styles, different kinds of gold, we scored platinum for a song, honestly. I think we’re going to go back to look for wedding bands, too.
Post # 8
@mistress_anne: It was weird that there were NO wedding bands in this pawn shop, none at all.
Post # 9
@bnamrs4evr: With these, it’s the gold value of the setting that is worth something. Diamonds are worth very little on the second had market.
Post # 10
@FauxPas2012: “Diamonds are worth very little on the second had market.”
If actual diamonds are worth little,just imagine what a simulant is(n’t) worth..
True gold colored gold is having a resurgence in popularity now although think white gold still outsells gold gold multiple to one. Of course in pawn shops it depends on what is brought in to pawn as to what stock they have…so they probably wouldn’t have a good handle on current trends.
Post # 11
@FauxPas2012: i am a black woman and I have no white gold pieces (Although I’ve recently started buying a little platinum). Yellow gold looks glorious with all shades of black skin although I do have black friends that prefer white gold. So no, we never seized upon the ‘white gold craze’ en masse. I’m sooooo glad they were all able to hold on to their wedding bands. Wedded bliss in the hood must be good. Wasn’t it just easier to spit it out? Lol!
Post # 12
Maybe I am a bit dense or it is too early without coffee to be communicating, but what did he mean by the “chains” comment?
Post # 13
@1inthechamber: My own engagement ring is yellow gold because I am old and it was the trend back then. But you know what–I hate the idea of having to re-dip white gold. Yellow gold is no maintenance and I love that. I also think it is classic.
Post # 14
Yeah…Gold is yellow and it’s gorgeous as is. I’d hate the maintenance required of white gold. I like my platinum and the look of the white metal but nothing is as rich and creamy as yellow gold IMO. Yellow gold was fine until Carrie Bradshaw got that pear shaped yellow gold ring from Aiden in ’02. After the episode both yellow gold AND pear shapes were officially out of style. Hopefully they’ll come back too!
Post # 15
I think pawn shops are a great place to consider if you’re looking for a good price on a decent diamond.
I haven’t found any really good pawn shops in my area but I want to find some and check them out regularly.
The pawn shop in my neighborhood that I’ve been to once or twice tended to have a lot of 1/3 (ish) carat solitaires too. And gaudy cluster rings, lots of marquise junk.
If you go to the same store(s) regularly though, I think you will eventually find a real treasure. That’s what I plan to do.