Post # 1
I would like to speak on I2 diamonds (has visible inclusions) which are tiny black specks here and there but In reality you can find a diamond that is hard to detect them. My daughter chose a 1.6 carat ( I2, H color) solitaire marquis engagement ring. The total cost including the setting was $2200. Didn’t shop at commercial stores (no such thing as a used diamond). We shopped at pawnshops/jewelers. We found a 1.6 Marquis cut loose diamond for $2000.00. She fell in love immediately!!! It’s I2 and H color, it’s so clear and has so much fire you would never know it’s “I2” clarity The ring is stunning !!!. The inclusions are mostly deep down and on the sides. The Jeweler placed it in a setting and provided us with GIA papers and so we felt secure.
Plan ahead to shop around at “used” jewelry/pawn shops. Make sure it is accompanied with GIA papers or have it inspected by a reputable jeweler before buying . I bought a loupe (jewel magnifier from Amazon for only $10) so that I could inspect the diamond myself. It could take days, weeks or months to find your diamond… Don’t rush and settle for less if you aren’t in love with it . If you don’t like the band or style get it reset to something you like. Personally the diamonds within their budget at big stores were made from diamond dust and filigree. We understand the ring is not estate jewelry, or heirloom quality but it’s perfect to her. The pawnshop/jeweler we purchased from specialized in jewelry pawns.
Hope this is helpful. Add to the thread with your diamond success.
ps Don’t tell everyone about this secret, or everybody will have large stones and prices will go up. Be the envy. Heehe !!!😜😜😜
Post # 2
Congrats on a great find! I would wonder though, just in general, how many diamonds and/or rings will actually have GIA papers in a pawn store setting.
I too purchased an incredible stone that is 100% eye clean, but a very low clarity rating, although not at a pawn shop. It was about half the cost, including the setting, of other stones the same size, basic cut quality, color because of the clarity rating (GIA). I am tickled beyond words over my ring.
There are options and your post is very helpful!
Post # 3
My dad is a faithful pawn shopper and has always bought jewelery for himself and the women in the family from them. Great deals, sometimes!
Post # 4
I think included diamonds in general can be great deals. Mine has one big inclusion that’s hidden by a prong. Otherwise it is clear and full of fire. 🙂
Post # 5
I love this! What a smart way to shop 🙂
I have also commented on other’s posts saying that second hand is usually cheaper.
My ring is a 2.3 carat sapphire with .7 carat diamond halo set in 14k yellow gold. It honestly probably would have been 3k or so at a Zales or other brick and mortar store. My husband got it from Etsy (vintage) for $650 😀
Post # 6
Mine’s an I1 and the only noticable inclusion was expertly hidden under a prong by the jeweler. My fiancé hand-picked the stone and said he wanted a larger stone so he thought that worked well when the jeweler said he could do that.
Post # 7
More diamond buyers should know this option. I once tried a 4ct center/5.5 ct ttc at a pawn shop in NYC. It was the sparkliest thing I had ever seen. The original cost was in the 50K range and the shop was selling it for 9k but I am sure that if someone had 7k cash, they could walk out of there with it. We didn’t go the diamond route but… I don’t understand the concept of right hand ring but if it is still there in 5 years, I am sure I will lol
Post # 8
I also went with my relative get her engagement ring. She was able to walk out of there with a super elegant set I1 or I2 clarity which was eye clean and so sparkly around 1ct on her long size 4 fingers. All that in the $800 range.
Post # 9
We went to 4 or 5 pawn stores last weekend. I was less than impressed. Actually I was disappointed. I was hoping to find a nice bargain. In some cases the items looked old, dirty and they still wanted a fortune.