Post # 1
I am still trying to decide what to do about a wedding set for work and am seriously considering a used ring. Has anyone ever purchased a used wedding ring? If so, from where and what did you do to ensure that you were getting what was listed?
Post # 3
I did. It was purchased from Kay through their upgrade program. The lady traded it back in to get an upgraded ring. Original price was $4,200 and I got it for $1,100!
Here’s my used ring
Post # 4
@MrsN14: Have you had any complaints or regrets associated with buying a used ring?
Post # 5
@acmckay589: I’d never be able to tell the differences if they didn’t tell us. Since I bought it from the store it has the lifetime warrenty, they clean and inspect in whenever I want for free. It really is no different than a new ring. It may be different buying from another person per say because it wouldn’t have a warrenty, etc.
Post # 6
@acmckay589: My original ring was from a pawn shop because we had no money. I loved it! Just upgraded for our 5 year anniversary.
Post # 7
@acmckay589: I got a ring from eBay, there are tons of rings avaialable at various price points. If you go with eBay, I ‘d suggest finding a shop that’s been active for a few years, with lots of good feedbackand a good return policy. The listing should have detailed info on the piece with several real life pics.
Do you know what style your looking for? Pricepoint (if you want any help fiding a ring, lots of us love helping fellow bees find rings!)
I got this 0.25 carat 14K yellow gold antique solitaire from eBay for $140.
Post # 8
There is nothing wrong with going Vintage.
As for WHY the differences in cost, it comes down to a few factors:
1- Jewellery is like Cars… when you take a nice shiny NEW one off the lot it drops in value considerably. 25 to 50% is not uncommon. Used is not the same as NEW in the minds of the consumer.
2- Oftentimes Vintage Jewellery is sold as is. The specs or any sort of Certification etc long lost. It is up to the Buyer to beware, and to spend the money to find out how much of a “bargain” their purchase was.
BUT usually it works out well for the Consumer. You can pick up a ring that is sold for say $ 500 but will be appraised higher, much higher.
Here is a recent and rather famous example:
Kim Kardashian’s ERing from former Hubby Kris Humphries was a stunning 19.81 Carats (16.21 Carat Feature Stone and two 1.8 Carat Side Stones) was bought for aprox $ 2 Million in 2011. And recently sold at auction for a mere $ 749 K.
A HUGE Loss, but wonderful GAIN for whomever scooped it up !!
Hope this helps,
Post # 10
@This Time Round: $749k, what a bargain! LOL, but seriously, that’s pretty insane to lose that much off of the original price because the ring was worn for only 45 minutes lol
Post # 11
My hairdresser has an absolutely stunnng ring that is an upgade. The center stone is “used” and the mounting is new. No one can tell any differrence AT ALL. That diamond still sparkles like a brand new one. They never lose their luster, no matter who the owner is. So, even if you don’t want an old set, ask your jeweler if he has any used stones.
Post # 12
There are a few Bees here who have sold their rings from previous engagements/marriages (myself included)! No bad karma involved–I hoped that freaking thing would make SOMEONE happy! And they paid 1/3 the price that my horrible ex did!
Post # 13
@BrandNewBride: Do you know anyone who has one for sale? and How did you go about selling yours?
Post # 14
@acmckay589: I sold mine on Craigslist! There’s also a few sites for used sets! exboyfriendjewelery and idonowidont come to mind!