pre-owned engagement ring

  • Don't judge a diamond by its certificate cover - why thousands of buyers are overpaying for poor quality stones


    Most experts recommend purchasing a certified diamond, particularly when buying online, as the best way to ensure value for money.    As a result of strong demand for diamond certifications, many diamond certification labs including GIA, AGS, EGL USA, EGL International, IGI, and others operate worldwide.  The GIA, universally respected as the foremost authority in diamond certification, established a scale of diamond color (D - Z) and clarity (IF - I3) that can help buyers compare diamonds.  All diamond certifications provide grades according to the a similar alpha-numerical scale, but are all diamond certificates the same? 



    A recent study by industry expert, Have You Seen the Ring, demonstrates a disturbing trend.   The business reviewed 100 diamonds certified by 5 different labs over a period of 12 months and concluded that the grading scales of the stones varied dramatically.  For example, when an EGL International stone that was a color G and SI2 clarity was viewed next to an EGL USA stone of the same specifications, the former had significantly more yellow color and eye-visible, black inclusions.  While according to the GIA scale, both of these diamonds should be eye-clean and near-colorless, the EGL International G, SI2 looked similar to a GIA J, I1.  The EGL USA stone came closer to GIA specifications at a GIA H, SI2.

    When surveyed, nearly 2 out of 5 buyers stated that they were unaware of the differences in certificate standards and that they assumed that color and clarity grades were standardized across all grading labs.   Alarmingly, many buyers of the lower quality stones were not informed of the differences in grading scales when they purchased the diamonds.


    So does this mean that buyers should only look at GIA certified stones?  Not necessarily.  Stones from many other labs have a good combination of the 4Cs (color, clarity, cut and carat) and may represent better value for money.  Buyers should beware of diamond prices that are 'too good to be true' and should insist on seeing a copy of a certificate before making a purchase.  The key is to speak with reputable jewelry retailers, who will explain the differences in diamond certifications, and will help choose best stone.  
  • Man Sells Engagement Ring Once Owned By Satan... Herself!

    A ex-husband recently got creative when trying to sell the engagement once worn by his wife. Using craiglist he advertized the ring as having one problem. "The ring has got some major history. For a short time, the diamond was worn by "Satan herself," he then goes on to describe the unbelievable horror the ring has brought into his life since it was purchased. (You know, small things like "downed power lines" and "swarms of locust.")"

    See the full Huffington Post article here:
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/04/craigslist-engagement-ring_n_4385862.html?ir=Divorce

  • Holiday Proposals Fuel Market for Pre-Owned Engagement Rings

    Sellers recoup the most value by selling engagement rings, while buyers can purchase a discount engagement ring in time for a holiday proposal

    For many couples in love, an engagement will be the highlight of the holiday season.  According to Wedding Wire, 33% of engagements occur between Thanksgiving and New Years.  This busy proposal season continues until Valentine's Day, when another 10% of engagements commence. 

    For people looking to sell engagement rings, particularly pre-owned engagement rings, this time of year presents the best opportunity to recoup the largest share of their original investment.  Since 2010, Have You Seen the Ring has helped sellers earn over $2 million for their pre-owned engagement rings.  Selling on Have You Seen the Ring is easy; a seller registers for a free account, creates a listing, and then receives offers from buyers across the country.  Because buyers on Have You Seen the Ring are retail customers, rather than middlemen, sellers receive up to 60% more than they would by selling to a local jeweler, pawn shop, or via traditional online auctions.

    From the buyer's point of view, now is also the best time to find a great deal on a used engagement ring.  With proposals on the horizon, many local jewelers will be less willing to negotiate prices or to offer discounts.  The opposite is true with sellers of pre-owned engagement rings.  These sellers are looking to sell rings for below their cost and many are hoping to sell quickly to raise money for holiday purchases.  We mitigate the risk of buying and selling jewelry online with an authenticity guarantee. Each item sold is verified by an independent, GIA graduate gemologist, ensuring that a buyer receives exactly what they paid for.   For those who wish to purchase a loose diamond, our prices are up to 40 percent less than traditional jewelry stores and about 10 percent lower than online competitors.


  • Top Tips to Safely Sell Your Engagement Ring or Diamond

    Recent crimes surrounding Craigslist transactions, where sellers were scammed or physically harmed, have raised questions as to the safety of selling engagement rings to strangers.  Emily Graham's story is the latest to make national headlines. Graham, who flew to St. Louis to meet a buyer for her $19,000 engagement ring, was driven to a warehouse where she was robbed and assaulted. 

    When selling engagement rings online, it is important to follow safety precautions.  Below are several suggestions to ensure your safety.
    1) Don't go at it alone One mistake that sellers frequently make is to agree to meet a stranger on their own.  Be sure to meet with a potential buyer at a time when a friend or relative can join you.  By having company, you reduce the chances of becoming a crime victim.
    2) Meet somewhere public While you may have the urge to have privacy for the sale of your engagement ring, meeting in public guarantees a much higher level of safety.  Suggestions for public meeting places include busy cafes, the post office, or at a police station.  A local jeweler is the safest place to meet to sell your engagement ring.  In this case, the buyer can also have the ring verified by the jeweler, providing a safer experience for all parties.
    3) Never share private information Resist the urge to tell the buyer where you live or where you work.  Although it may seem like friendly conversation, these details could help a criminal target you and your family.  As for the buyer you are meeting, we recommend trying to ascertain and confirm as many details as possible regarding their employment and their address.  If you are able to determine their employer, give the employer a call to confirm that the individual does work there.  If they feel comfortable providing their address, use www.whitepages.com to see whether it matches.  Confirming these details will increase the chances that you are meeting a buyer with good intentions.
    4) Trust experienced sellers If you're buying your ring on eBay, do not trust sellers with low feedback scores.  While new buyers need to start building their feedback somehow, you don't want to be the person to work through the kinks with them.  We recommend setting your eBay preferences so that only buyers with 3 or more positive feedbacks are able to bid on your auctions.  Even if a buyer has positive feedback, ensure that you gather enough information about them to prove they are legitimate.  For sites outside eBay, we suggest working with businesses that are Better Business Bureau accredited.  This accreditation ensures that the business has a proven track record of honesty and integrity.  These businesses will proudly display the BBB logo on their websites.  In addition, you can contact the BBB to confirm that the business is a member in good standing.
    5) Cash is kingMany scams on Craigslist and eBay involve fake checks, money orders, and money transfers.  For Craigslist transactions, no matter how much you are selling an item for, insist that the buyer pays you in cash.  If a buyer balks at bringing thousands of dollars in cash, suggest that you meet at their bank.  If they resist this idea, you know there's something going on.  On eBay, watch out for fake Paypal payments.  Every month thousands of eBay sellers are duped into shipping merchandise to buyers who have faked Paypal Payment Confirmations.  We recommend calling Paypal to verify that the funds are in your account prior to shipping any items.  In addition, we suggest only shipping to US addresses as many fraudulent activities come from international sources.
    The most important rule of selling your engagement ring online is to use good judgment.  If something about a transaction doesn't feel right or you aren't sure if a buyer is legitimate, remember that your safety is more important than selling a ring.

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    ABOUT HAVE YOU SEEN THE RING
    Established in 2010, St. Louis-based Have You Seen the Ring is the safest marketplace for selling pre-owned engagement rings and loose diamonds.  We connect independent buyers with independent sellers of pre-owned jewelry in a safe, trusted environment. 
    Have You Seen the Ring focuses on sellers—no matter the reason for parting with jewelry, our team assists in every step of the process, including marketing support for each piece listed on the site. With the authenticity guarantee and nationwide exposure, sellers receive 40-60% more for their jewelry than if they sold through a pawn shop, Craigslist or eBay.

    For more information, please visit www.haveyouseenthering.com.
  • Wedding Day Survival Tips


    You've spent months planning your wedding, and now you are looking forward to the big day.  Now that you're almost there, here are some wedding day tips to make your special day wonderful and stress-free. 

        1. Enlist the help of your wedding party
    Bridesmaids and groomsmen are involved in your wedding for more than matching attire and great photos.  Each of them plays a significant role in your life and wants to do as much as possible to help on your big day.  It's often useful to make a list of to-dos for the wedding day and to divide them amongst the bridesmaids and groomsmen.  Activities such as greeting vendors, seating grandparents, and picking up lunches can easily be performed by members of the wedding party.  By delegating these tasks, it will leave the bride and groom more time to enjoy their day.
    2) Prepare your list of photos ahead of time
     
    Wedding photographs will be keepsakes that you and your family treasure.  Of course you will want photos of the bride and groom, but you will also want to include the bridal party, family members, and special friends as well.  In order to ensure that the photographer captures all the moments that are most special to you, it's a good idea to make a list of photos ahead of time.  This list should include where the photo will be taken, who will be in the photo, and any other key details.  If your wedding venue has beautiful scenery, you'll want to be sure to include some landscape shots as well.  Making a list of your photos and sharing it with your photographer will ensure that no special moment is missed.
    3) Bring an emergency kit with you 
    Hopefully your big day will go off without a hitch.  Just in case, we recommend assembling an emergency kit.  Whether it's a torn bridesmaids dress or a scraped knee, having an emergency kit will ensure that you're ready to handle whatever the big day brings.  Your emergency kit should include products that will help to remove any stains or rips in the wedding or bridesmaids dresses. Items such as stain remover, sewing needles, thread, soap, chalk, baby powder, and safety pins will help for any emergencies involving the bride’s dress, or for anyone invited who experiences damage in their clothing. In case there is a medical emergency (or someone's shoes cause a blister), make sure to bring a separate kit with bandages, eye drops, and aspirin. 

    4) Save as much money as you can 
     
    There are plenty of ways to save on your big day. Take advantage of coupons and decoration ideas that you can do yourself. For example, centerpieces for tables can be made easily by purchasing glass vases and artificial flowers. Plus, this will allow more personalization for your wedding. It’s also a good idea to think about pre-owned engagement rings. Buying a pre-owned engagement ring means you get the same ring, and same diamond, at a fraction of the cost. 

    5) Sit back and enjoy the day 
    The most important tip for your wedding day is to enjoy every moment.  Your wedding is a rare time when so many people in your life are together.  Don't get caught up in the details if something is not perfect on the big day.  What matters is that you are getting married, and that you celebrate your love. 
    With these tips in mind, you and your future spouse will have a great wedding day. 

  • Three Creative and Delicious Wedding Cake Ideas


    When it comes to getting married, aesthetics mean everything. There is a lot of attention dedicated to finding the perfect wedding venue, designing the event, determining the menu and finding inventive ways to avoid inviting those crazy family members.

    One important wedding factor is the cake. Although a cake should always be tasty, a cake that fits your theme can turn an ordinary wedding into an exceptional event.   Some cakes, such as white cakes, work well for almost any wedding—but in case you’re searching for something suiting, here is a guide for finding some creative and delicious wedding cake ideas. 
    A Beach-Themed Wedding Cake 

    In case your wedding will be held on the beach, make sure to be appropriate by having not only beach-themed décor, but a beach-themed cake as well. This doesn’t mean that the cake should taste of sand, rather that you can accomplish this by using aqua or blue icing and seashell designs on your cake in corals and peaches.  Additionally, you can add hints of white swirls on your beach-themed wedding cake. 
    A Formal-Themed Wedding Cake

    If you are holding a wedding with a more formal theme, then an elegant black and white cake is the perfect choice for you. With intricate black floral designs and black bows, this cake option is absolutely perfect. Your guests will notice a sense of class simply by eyeing your sweet and sophisticated cake. 
    A Fall-Themed Wedding Cake

    Are you and your fiancée getting married during the fall? What a beautiful time of the year to get married. Fall has gorgeous colors to incorporate into your cake, such as rich reds, gold, orange, greens, and browns. By adding a bit of these colors to your cake, you’ll set the theme effortlessly. This can be achieved by adding artificial floral stems around specific areas of the cake or by selecting appropriate icing colors. Another idea is using leaf decorations made out of icing for your fall wedding cake. 
    On your wedding day, make sure it’s a celebration that you, your fiancée, friends, and family will all enjoy. By saving money on pre-owned engagement rings, you will have more funds to use for the big day.
    Used engagement rings are a great idea to help save money through the wedding planning process.  
    Used engagement rings are just as attractive as their unused counterparts—the only difference is their more affordable price.  If your fiancée chooses a used engagement ring, you’ll have more money to spend on the big celebration.

  • Three Budget-Friendly Ways to Propose to Your Girlfriend

    Are you considering proposing to your girlfriend, but don’t know if you can afford an engagement ring, let alone that romantic trip to Paris? While getting down on one knee in front of the Eiffel Tower may be viewed by many as the ultimate gesture of love, it is sadly out of reach for the majority of us. Don’t worry—there are plenty of options out there to propose to your girlfriend that are creative, unique, affordable, and of course, memorable. 

    The Beach 

    One of the best ways to propose on a budget is by going to the beach. Do a little reconnaissance first; if you see big groups of spring breakers, then it may not be the spot for you. If you are planning something elaborate, then draft in some help where possible.

    A recommended time to go would be at night, when it is more romantic and intimate. You could start off by setting the mood; adding a table and chairs with a gorgeous array of flowers is a good start.  Be mindful of tide times, as I’m sure that you’d want to avoid watching your proposal plans drift out to sea.
    Set the table and chairs around a series of large candles that form a heart. Serve her your finest homemade food, and eventually tell her that you need to ask her something. Tell her to turn around while you write “Will you marry me?” in the sand.  When she turns around, make sure to show her the gorgeous ring you selected. She’ll be speechless.

    A Treasure Hunt 

    This is one of the most mysterious (and fun) ways to propose.  By setting up various locations in your apartment, house, or even your neighborhood, your girlfriend will enjoy searching for the next clues, all the while wondering the purpose of the activity.   We don't recommend sending her into dark allies or known criminal hangouts.  Be sure to keep her interested by providing little surprises that she’ll appreciate; then, when she gets to the final treasure (her engagement ring), you’ll see her look of ecstatic shock. 


    Breakfast in Bed


    If you and your girlfriend share a bed together, this idea will require a bit of sneakiness. While she is snoring soundly, creep into the kitchen and prepare a delicious breakfast (I’m afraid this is not the day for pop tarts and sunny delight).  Add the engagement ring to the breakfast tray along with some pretty flowers.  Serve her breakfast in bed before she wakes up; when she goes to reach for her food, she will notice the ring, which is when you can ask, “Will you marry me?” 

    These are only three creative and affordable proposal ideas. Of course, before coming up with a creative way to propose, it helps to consider what she’s interested in (obviously, you wouldn’t want to take her to the beach if she hates the sand). Pre-owned engagement rings will help in your perfect, budget-friendly proposal. 

    Believe it or not, a pre-owned engagement ring is a great way to make your girlfriend smile without having to break the bank. Afterwards, selecting a spot to propose to her will be a cinch. 

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