Where Did You Buy Your Secondhand Ring/Diamond?

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Sugar bee

@westcoast_girl:  Pawn shop.  There’s an identical thread, but I can’t seem to find it.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@westcoast_girl:  DH got mine from a pawn shop after not being able to find the cut we wanted in our price range at a jeweler. I love my ring, but we have had some issues with it so I would make sure if you are buying second hand to have a reputable and experienced jeweler to back you up. The ring itself is great, but when purchased the prongs were very weak so DH took it to a chain store at the mall to have the prongs re-done and have it cleaned & dipped. Turns out they only topped the prongs not replaced them and my diamond fell out – I thought while I was christmas shopping, but it turned out to be on the floor at home right in front of the door. We took it to another jeweler and haven’t had any issues with the prongs or stone since then (almost a year ago). But now my ring is showing way more yellow than white and we were told it was white gold so I’m beginning to wonder if the pawn shop or previous owner dipped a yellow gold ring to make it look like white gold to sell faster. I’ve had it dipped multiple times and it’s yellow gold again within a month =( 

So just be careful, educate yourself about metals/stones/the shop reputation, and have a jeweler on the backup to double check the specs….

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

@BeckyS0:  PHEW!  What luck that it fell out at home!

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@westcoast_girl:  Ah, well if all you want is the stone I think thats a great idea! I wanted an emerald cut which isn’t so popular in my area unless it’s huge & therefore expensive. Ring issues aside, we got a great deal on the diamond and were able to find one we both really loved within a few weeks (we had been searching online and in stores for months)… 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 1993

Try Diamond Bistro or Loupe Troope. Both are on line. 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

@BeckyS0:  all white gold is just rhodium dipped. To some girls the coating wears out faster because if their skin reaction to it, maybe you’re acidic or something. Do you also wear it to shower, wash hands, etc?

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

Etsy. Also check Ruby Lane. 

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@KatyYoung:  I wear it all the time, but I have a white gold ring that is 14K- my e-ring is 18K, and have worn it pretty much non-stop since college 5+ years ago. I’ve never had to have it redipped, ever, and it is waay more white than my white gold e-ring.. Even my white gold band is crazy white next to the e-ring (and I got the e-ring cleaned and dipped for the wedding & didn’t wear it after that until the day of so it would stay clean) and they’ve been worn the exact same amount of time. 

I am very acidic though, I turn most cheap metals green with a quickness & can’t wear battery watches because they all go dead on me within a week… 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

@BeckyS0:  that explains it. 18k white gold rings had a higher gold content that’s why it turns yellow easily compared to 14k 🙂

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Mine came from a pawn shop.  We lucked out because we found exactly what I was looking for, and we saved a ton of money.  Win win for me.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 1993

I don’t know where she got it but my friend got a preowned stone for her upgrade.  She put the diamond in a new setting and it looks gorgeous.  I think it is a wonderful idea but find someone you trust who can help you authenticate whatever you buy.

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