Pre-owned

posted 2 years ago in Rings
Post # 16
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Helper bee

I’d be fine with it as long as it was in good condition, could guarantee its legitimacy, and wasn’t meant for an ex! 

Post # 17
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2019 - City, State

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MrsGirlyGirl :  Personally I think it’s bad juju! For me its the same as buying a used or pre-worn dress. Just bad luck  for your pending nuptuals and marriage in my opinion. I am superstitious however, so thats probably while I feel that way.

However, I am also of the opinion that ‘you do you’. So if you’re OK with it, go for it!

Post # 18
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Bumble bee

I actually recently bought a pre-owned diamond ring online and I cannot wait to get it.  I got it for a steal and it’s GIA certified with great specs. I love diamonds but I could never have afforded this if we had to buy it brand new.  Eventually, I will reset it into a different band maybe to make it more “me.”  🙂

Post # 20
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2019 - City, State

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MrsGirlyGirl :  my ring was preowned and vintage and I love it. He saved a lot of money. But I really wanted old mine cut diamonds so I had to go the preowned route. I don’t know much of the backstory of mine, but the seller believed the ring came from Paris. 

 

 

Post # 21
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Bumble Beekeeper

I love it. But I’m not supersticious and don’t believe in bad juju or whatever. 

Post # 22
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Sugar bee

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MrsGirlyGirl :  My ring is from the 1980s. I actually only wanted a vintage ring for unique/eco friendly/cheaper side of things. I think sometimes if you buy vintage, you not only save the environment, but your ring is typically more unique. I’m not sure if my ring was an engagement ring before or just a cocktail ring. But I love it and think it’s cool it has a longer history that just two years 🙂 

Post # 23
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2020

I think it’s great! I will also be looking at pre-owned dresses. As long as I love it and the condition is good, I don’t care about any history before it.

Post # 24
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Helper bee

I have several pre-loved diamonds, mostly vintage. In fact, my upgraded engagement ring is a pre-loved piece, albeit just for a few months before the original owner who had it custom made decided to sell it. I was able to save a decent amount versus buying it brand new (especially since it was custom). I am all for antique/vintage/pre-loved provided that the stones are of excellent quality and without any chips or damage.

Also, there are likely “new” diamonds out there floating around that have actually been in other settings. You can send a stone to GIA for a recert and the new cert will have the most recent date. So just because you are buying a diamond in a new setting, it doesn’t mean for sure that it wasn’t previously set years ago.

Post # 25
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Buzzing Beekeeper

I’d be totally fine with it, but dh wanted to go new. 🤷‍♀️

Post # 26
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Bumble bee

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MrsGirlyGirl :  It is a 1 carat princess cut diamond (F color, SI2 clarity, ideal cut) with a diamond halo.  We paid around $2500 for it but it was appraised for $8000.  Quite a deal!  Just want to add also that I already have an engagement ring that hubby bought brand new but I love looking around for jewelry that I can get for a steal.  🙂

Post # 27
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Worker bee

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lindsayE :  I also have an Art Deco ring!

This will be my second marriage. My first time around I had a beautiful, simple 1.5 carat round cut solitaire in white gold, 6 prong setting. I chose it because my ex wouldn’t consider me having an antique (I got engaged the first time in 2007 and online options were scarce), and at a certain point I just wanted to go with something that would make him happy and wasn’t totally not my taste. I figured it was a classic style that I could live with. I tried on different settings, and contemporary settings just aren’t for me. Even the ones made to look antique or vintage – I can tell that they aren’t. My old ring was lovely, but it didn’t express my personality. And honestly the fact that my ex didn’t care whether it really made me happy is telling in and of itself.

My FH knew from the get-go that I would want an antique if I got engaged again. It’s nearly impossible to send a guy on a hunt for the perfect antique engagement ring online without considerable guidance! The choices are just incredible these days with sites like Etsy and Ruby Lane. I ended up showing him different styles of antique rings that I liked throughout our courtship (only after we’d seriously talked about a future together) and there was one particular style that he also liked. Ultimately that’s what I got – an Art Deco target ring with sapphires. It’s smaller and daintier than my old ring, but it’s 100% me. It’s definitely my forever ring, and my forever person.

I just love the history that comes with antique jewelry. I love thinking about what the woman who had my ring was like. It came from an estate where there were two identical rings that sisters had, so I don’t think my ring was an engagement ring before it found me. The quality and craftsmanship are just astounding. It’s crazy to me that after all these years the french cut sapphires still sparkle and you can still see the intricate milgrain detailing. And the warmth and depth of the OEC diamond are beautiful.

Post # 28
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

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MrsGirlyGirl :  Yep! I have no issue with it. My stone was pre-loved.

Post # 29
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

Dh And I had initially planned on getting a pre-owned ring and having a custom setting made for the ring. I ended up liking  moissanite better as a stone. Buying the used one we’d picked out would have been less than 2k more for a diamond the same size as my moissy. If I even get an itch for a diamond it will absolutely be used. My friend, who is more supersticious than me is not open to the idea. It just depends on you. Me not being supersticious and very budget minded used was a natural choice, I don’t think it would have felt used though bc it would have gone in the setting I designed. Diamonds are supposed to be forever not a one time use right?

Post # 30
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Worker bee

My ring is vintage. Originally we bought new but a stone fell out and the jewellers could not or would not fix it. I was heartbroken because i loved the design. It was quite unique and i had never saw one like it before. We scoured etsy and found this AMAZING vintage ring that is very similair to what I had and is just me on so many levels. I love how dark the sapphires are, how much I adore the band and how classic it looks. Not sure of it was an engagement ring before but it was definately pre-owned. I’m all for giving things a new lease for life and I’m so glad that this will being me so much joy and that it has a history.

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