Secrect to finding large center diamond ring for half price!!!!

posted 10 months ago in Rings
  • poll: After reading my thread would you consider buying from a jewelry pawn shop?
    Yes : (13 votes)
    54 %
    No : (8 votes)
    33 %
    Maybe : (3 votes)
    13 %
  • Post # 2
    1638 posts
    Bumble bee

    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
    9854 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: City, State

    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
    1889 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2019

    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. πŸ™‚

    Post # 5
    2576 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2017 - Courthouse

    I love this! What a smart way to shop πŸ™‚

    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 πŸ˜€ 

    Post # 6
    196 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2019 - Green Bay, WI

    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
    133 posts
    Blushing bee

    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
    133 posts
    Blushing bee

    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
    967 posts
    Busy bee

    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. 

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