Post # 1
My SO and I have been talking about taking that next step as we have been dating for the past 4 years. We are kind of on a small budget and he’s not comfortable buying something that expensive online. How did any of you or would any of you let your SO know that you wouldn’t be hurt if he had bought the ring from a pawn shop or a used ring not from the family.
Thanks so much in advance for any advice!
Post # 3
Didn’t respond to the poll, because while I don’t see anything wrong with a used ring I don’t necessarily think I would prefer one. You can get some beautiful rings at reasonable prices because they’re second hand; it doesn’t detract from the beauty of the ring or the meaning of the proposal.
Post # 4
I told my SO that I would be fine with a used/pawn shop ering. I didn’t care either way, so I didn’t vote, because I didn’t necessarily “prefer” it.
That said, we did look around a bit, but, with the high price of gold ATM, most shops sold off their rings to places paying for gold rather than keeping them in the shop. It’s a lot harder to find engagement rings at pawn shops now. We ended up having better luck going to a diamond wholesaler.
Post # 5
There isnt really an answer for me. I wouldnt mind one but its not what I would rather have.
Post # 7
I dont prefer it, but I’d be ok with a pawn shop stone. I’d want my own setting though.
Post # 8
I’d prefer a new ring that is all mine, but I’d still accept one from a pawn shop. There are some good deals to be had there on beautiful rings. And I definitely wouldn’t judge anyone with a used ring. If they don’t have a problem with it, then neither do I!
Post # 9
My SO and I went through this exact same thing! We were on a budget, didn’t like buying online, and didn’t have a family ring to choose. I started to look at pawn shops and craigslist because they have GREAT deals and I’m not particularly supersticious. Why would anyone else’s failed marriage have any effect on mine?? Plus, a lot of the rings from pawn shops are just there because the couple upgraded!
Anyway, I was the one who brought it up to SO and I went to go look just to see what the selection was. There were a few pawn shops that had slim pickings but I went to a Pawn America and they had SO MANY rings! I ended up finding a beautiful ring for $900. I then brought SO back with me to show it to him and he liked the quality and design just as much as me. He didn’t buy it right in front of me, but I’m like 99% sure he went back to purchase that ring. I also did some research to try to find the exact same ring at a regular jewlery store and ended up finding it at Jared! Guess how much it regluarly sells for….$2600!!!!!!!! Now that’s savings!
I say, if it doesn’t bother you or future Fiance, go for it! Just make sure to look at the quality of metal and diamonds really closely. I also think you can negotiate with them on price as well.
Hope that helps! And if I do get that ring soon (Hopefully in October!), I will be sure to post it! 🙂
Post # 10
No problem with a pawn store ring…
Post # 11
My promise ring was from a pawn shop and I still loved it.
I agree with pinkshoes, though. I’d want to get a pawn shop stone reset for an e-ring.
Post # 12
I preferred a pre-owned ring. i knew how much we could save going that route. I found exactly what I was looking for on Criagslist. I printed up the ad & Fiance purchased it. It was under the budget Fiance hame given me. I’m sure he could have negotiated w the seller & paid less, but he was happy to buy me what I wanted.
Post # 13
I like pre-owned rings! Same stone, better price!
Post # 14
i love preowned rings too. as long as I picked it out, I didnt care where it came from 🙂
Post # 15
I just bought a cute ring on ebay. JustLove25 is the queen of finding great deals on there too. She has found a lot of winners. Fact is I am not crazy about a lot of used products like clothing. But this is jewelry not underwear. When you get it, clean it! have it appraised for insirance, and you are good to go.
Post # 16
My Fiance has gotten a lot of my jewelry from a pawn shop, he had a friend that owned one. This store owner would always call Fiance with good deals when they came in, so Fiance told him a specific ring to watch for So long story short the ring comes in and Fiance bought it for $1000 and proposed, about three days later the pawn shop guy called Fiance back and wanted to buy the ring back for a lot more then he paid for it,he had found out the ring was mistakenly sold and the original owner collected a ton of money from insurance, needless to say I still have the ring and we are getting married soon, so you never know what might show up at a pawn shop.