Post # 17
I was saving my ring for the same reason of 2dbride for my son but, we went looking at rings and jeweler stated we also can buy old jewelry to put toward your ring. Well to make a long story short we both decided to sell both of our wedding rings and I was sooooo excited because I was able to get a MUCH bigger ring than originally. I had nooo problem!!!! It was just sitting there and I was tired of lookin at his and mine lol
Post # 18
I sold them and used the money as first and last month’s rent on a place of MY OWN! It was the first place I ever had by myself, I was scared to death but I did it and am so much better off because of it!
Post # 19
Well, I have a pretty unique option. During my fiance’s first marriage, he had three or four wedding bands (the ex was kinda picky). He sold the valuable ones and took the engraved tungsten carbide ring (couldn’t be sold or recast, essentially worthless) to a radio chemistry lab, where it was…ahem…taken care of. They shattered it with pliers, dropped a piece in acid, put another in an arc melter…it was fun. 😀
Post # 20
I am not an encore bride, but I’ll tell you what my mom did with the rings from her first marriage (long before I was born). First, she took the diamond from her engagement ring and bought a matching diamond at a jewelry store. Then she had them set in a pair of diamond stud earrings which are beautiful. Then with her two bands she made a pair of gold hoop earrings which are also very beautiful.
My family is very practical and we generally don’t believe in superstition. Obviously she didn’t want to keep wearing her rings as that was pretty inappropriate, but the stone and the gold were perfectly good and lovely pieces of jewelry that she still wears to this day!
Post # 21
- Wedding: December 2010 - Savannah, GA
I still have them… I’ve thought about taking them to get money for the gold, but I don’t know how that works with them having diamonds in them.
Post # 22
I wear a necklace that my mother gave me. She designed the simple necklace to incorporate the diamond from her wedding set (my parents divorced). She gave it to me along with a sweet card and told me that she was glad to see something beautiful come from something that was not the best of circumstances. It means a lot as a gift from my mom 🙂
Post # 23
Wow…so weird I came across this today! My Fiance and I were talking recently about the price of gold, old rings, etc when he came across his wedding rings from his 2 previous marriages. He took them, along with some other odds and end and sold them to one of those “we buy gold” places in our local mall. He used the money to put towards credit card debt and buy his boys Christmas presents. As for mine, I am getting rid of them today…if he wants them. I have 3 children … 27 (b), 25 (g) and 23 (b). Long story short…I always felt my youngest son got the short end of the stick. He has always been more of a “mama’s boy” where my oldest is his father’s child! My oldest has always received special treatment from his father…one of the causes of the many fights we had. My daughter had already received a couple pieces of jewelry from my grandmother and her fathers mother because she is the only girl in the family. Sooo…I am going to ask my youngest son today if he would like them. I thought about selling them, but out of the the 3 kids, I know he is the only one that might actually want them. He is a very sentimental kind of guy and I think they would mean something to him…like 2dBride’s son.
Post # 24
One of my close friends turned hers into a cocktail ring.
But..my Fiance had his former wife’s ring and he traded it in two years ago for an emerald ring for me! I was down because I had been laid off, so he thought it would cheer me up. It sure did!
We traded in a lot of jewelry for my engagement ring. I had odds and ends hanging around. Gold is so high right now- we eneded up getting $700 for the odds and ends I had! Def. worth it to trade the gold!!
Post # 25
Loribeth – you can take them to a jeweler that buys jewelry, not just one of those buy gold places. They will take in account your diamond value. Gold prices are very high now and you will get top dollar. Unfortunately my ring had was a very, very thin band and my diamond was only a 1/4 ct. but had no value to me. I actually took it to the jeweler where the ring was originally purchased and I received a little incentive for it.
Post # 26
Ebay! Gorgeous ring, good riddance.
Post # 27
For a long time after my divorce, I used my old engagement & wedding rings as my emergency fund. Fortunately, since my divorce I had no reason to use it. When I knew my fiance’ and I were serious about getting married, I gave the rings to him along with all the paperwork. He then went to the same jewelery store and used the old rings to trade in for my current ring. Neither of us are sentimental so this arrangement worked for us.
Post # 28
I voted for “other”. I my daughter is from my previous marriage and I’m keeping both the rings for her someday.
Post # 29
I traded my 2 carat platinum custom made engagement ring for a HUGE Omega 14k bracelet… I wasn’t trying to make $$ off it. I just wanted it GONE! The ring was worth 6k the bracelet is work $1800
Post # 30
My sister was given my grandmothers ring when she died. When she got married her husband had it reset. When they divorced my sister had the stone taken out and put in a necklace. its beautiful! i asked to wear it for my wedding day – its on a really thin chain and just the single round stone is cased and put on there. so pretty!
Post # 31
I’m not an encore bride but my grandparents divorced when my mom was really young. When my grandfather got really sick with cancer, I got the ring he proposed to my grandmother with. I’m probably going to have it resized to wear on my right hand. I’m very sentimental and every time I put it on (fits my left ring finger perfectly) it feels like he’s right there with me.
To me, it’s a beautiful symbol of my grandfather’s love, even though their marriage didn’t last.