Post # 1
I was on Craigslist after reading that that’s where someone had found their e-ring and WOW! We could get a lot more bang for our buck (we’d have to be alot more cautious about fraud though) if we went with a “used” so to say, ring. I used to think that “used” rings were a horrible way to cut costs but come to think of it… People upgrade all the time and take their original diamond into the jewelry store to apply to their purchase of their new diamond… Do the jewelers use these “traded-in” diamonds in new rings? Any bees out there with jeweler knowledge?
Post # 3
I don’t think it’s a big deal, personally. I’m SURE the jewelers use the traded-in diamonds. WHy not? Diamonds don’t lose their value. As long as they aren’t scratched or chipped, essentially they are as good as new!
I don’t believe in omens or bad juju if you bought somebody’s wedding gear from a broken marriage or an engagement htat turned out bad. Take it to a jeweler, get it appraised, get the bands brushed and polished (they will look BRAND new) and don’t even worry about it.
Seriously i look at rings on craigslist sometimes and go “whoa!” at the prices. They’re a good deal sometimes!
Post # 4
I would just be scared they were jinxed. I feel the same way about wedding dresses from a broken engagement.
Post # 5
@AKennedey01, are you superstitious at all? I personally don’t think “things” ever have any sort of affect on life. Things are not “good luck” or “bad luck” although I wish they did exist…i’d carry a lucky penny around in my pocket everyday =]
Post # 6
I don’t believe in jinxes. If you can get a good deal, why not? Make sure you watch out for fraud, but I love looking at the craigslist jewelry section.
Post # 7
Yes, jewelers use traded in diamonds. It’d be crazy not to since they retain their value!
My right hand ring is an estate ring, and I love that it has history!
Post # 8
lol, I’m not superstitious at all. Well… except that I knock on wood. Haha, but I told someone that I’d never broken a bone and less than a week later yours truly was sporting a tie-dye cast and crutches. So other than that, no. I’m starting to think, especially after your comments, that it’s probably a smart avenue to pursue! 🙂
Post # 9
I think so! It doesn’t hurt to look–you could find a buried treasure =]
More bling for your buck =]
Post # 10
I’m totally down with “used” rings for many reasons. I got my upgrade ring on eBay. It was large, good quality and came with the store warranty and upgrade benefits. It had an upgrade value of 3x what we paid for it.
I, in turn, sold it and made someone very happy. She had plans to remove the center stone and reset it and give the semi-mount to her SIL. It was very sweet because something that held negative sentiments for me was able to become something positive for someone else.
I also think some of the pluses of “used” rings are that recycled jewelry can help minimize the damage to the enviornment that mining for precious metals/gems causes, and helps take away money from the shady diamond industry. And you can get a great deal!
I hope that if I don’t get my gemstone halo ring, that the Boy will get a “used” ring! lol…
Post # 11
Oh yea, just to add… you don’t really have to be more careful of Fraud when buying off Craig’s List. I’d feel better buying from CL than eBay!
You meet the seller at a jeweler and have the diamond tested, quickly cleaned, and then you can either get a formal appraisal or have the jeweler give you an estimate. This is what I did when I sold my ring. The jeweler actually told me NOT to sell it to the person and that I was charging way too little. lol…
Then, if you want the ring to be “new,” you can have it rodium dipped to look brand spaking new (if that hasn’t been done and if it’s white gold) and professionally cleaned.
Post # 12
I am a HUGE fan of used jewelry. I always wonder what the story is behind it. I just think there’s something really neat about it.. character, I guess? I just really liked used stuff, tho.