Have You Seen The Ring Blog

  • Why You Should Consider a Used Engagement Ring

    You’ve made the decision. You’re ready (or as ready as you’ll ever be) to pop the big question. The time has come to make an investment in a beautiful engagement ring to mark the occasion and seal the deal. Some couples will decide to secure a loan in order to afford a particular ring, while others will decide that they don’t want to immediately take on debt as part of their new life together. Some of these couples will choose to look into used engagement rings.
    These rings are just as beautiful and express just as much sentiment as new rings, but often come with much smaller price tags. And, unlike other merchandise that can be bought used, diamonds are almost impervious to being chipped or scratched. So a diamond that was cut, set, and sold a hundred years ago will look just as beautiful as one that was cut yesterday. 
    Some families will keep a lovely ring or two as heirlooms to pass down to new generations. A legacy gem with this kind of history behind it is absolutely priceless, and many couples are delighted by the prospect of using a ring that already has years of experience as a symbol of lasting love between those close to them.
    If you don’t have a ring like this in your family, remember that when shopping for a pre-owned engagement ring, you won’t necessarily know why the pieces are on the market. It’s always best to take your business to a reputable vendor who will offer authenticated merchandise. How awful would it be to purchase a diamond ring from a shady merchant, only to have it appraised later and learn that the ring was misrepresented? It may not be a real diamond, or be made using a real precious metal. If you always work with vendors who authenticate their jewelry, you will always know exactly what you’re getting.
    Saving money and getting a top-quality ring for a small price are not the only reasons to choose a pre-owned ring. Used engagement rings are a better choice for the environment than new rings, since their gems have already been mined. Many women (and men) favor vintage styles over new ones, and pre-owned rings can be a great way to express that every day.
    Pre-owned rings offer many advantages, and no disadvantages. They are an ideal option when you’re choosing something as important as a symbol of love to be worn every day.

  • How to Effectively Sell Your Diamond Jewelry

    It's sad to think that some people have to sell their engagement rings and other sentimental jewelry. Some people choose to sell because their marriage has ended, while others are forced to sell because they need money to save their home from foreclosure or pay off mounting medical bills and other expenses. Regardless of why you have to part with these items, it's important to know how to effectively sell the jewelry so you are getting the most for your precious items.

    Know What You Have 

    Although you might think you know what you have, you could be wrong and the piece might be worth much more or less than you thought. To find out, you should take the jewelry to be appraised. To get the best value for the piece, bring it to an appraiser that doesn't sell or buy diamonds because they will be giving you their honest opinion. Further, don't assume that you have to pay to have the piece appraised. You can visit diamond buyers or pawn shops to see what they value the piece at. If going this route, it's important to visit several so that you're getting a range of opinions.

      Price the Piece Realistically

      When selling something sentimental, many people set unrealistic prices because their emotions are invested. It's important, although somewhat impossible, to take the emotion out of it and price the jewelry rationally. To make sure that a piece is priced right, use eBay to search for other similar items that have sold. This will give you a good idea of what pieces similar to yours are selling for.

        Consider Your Options

        When people have to sell engagement rings and other jewelry, they should look into where and how they can sell the pieces. At Have You Seen the Ring, we make it very easy for sellers to list their jewelry and find a buyer. One of the best things about our service is that people are selling their jewelry on their terms and not someone else's. 

          Make Sure You're Ready

          As mentioned earlier, people can become very attached to their jewelry and emotions often run high. To make a successful sale, it's important to ensure that you’re actually ready to part with the piece -- usually once you sell, there's no getting it back. 

          • Broke Up? Need to Sell a Diamond?

            Are you finding yourself recently single? According to Information is Beautiful, you're not alone. Why is that? According to data collected from Facebook status updates, two weeks before Christmas is the most common time of year to get dumped. Read on to learn why the Christmas holiday can lead to a breakup and how people can sell diamonds they might have bought for Christmas or Valentine's Day gifts before they were ditched.

            Holidays = Commitment.  When a person spends a holiday with someone else, it shows how committed they are to the relationship. When they go to their boyfriend's/girlfriend's family function, they are there to meet everyone and form connections because they are going to be around for a while. If one partner doesn't see a future for the relationship, they aren't going to take the other to one of these functions because their family would automatically think that the relationship is serious. Many people get dumped before the holidays because the other partner doesn't want to raise their expectations.
            Holidays = Gifts.  This is pretty low, but some people break up with their significant others prior to Christmas to avoid having to purchase them a gift. These people will often find themselves wondering what they can get for a person that won't send an "I'm crazy about you" message. To avoid the stress of finding a Christmas gift for someone they're just not that into, people opt to dump their girlfriend or boyfriend.
            Holidays = Stress.  Everyone knows that the holiday season puts people on edge. The thought of spending time with family, finding the perfect gifts for everyone, and tight finances causes many people to go a little berserk. Some people can't handle the added stress of finding time during their already crazy holiday schedule to spend with their significant other and their family. They quickly realize that they're not invested in the relationship and say "bye bye" to their partner.

            For those that were on top of their shopping game and purchased diamonds for their partner only to later be dumped, selling the diamonds is a viable alternative. Find a site online, register, and list the jewelry; interested buyers will then be able to make offers on the diamonds and work with the seller to agree on a price. People that are able to sell their jewelry will have a weight lifted from their chest and be able to move on more quickly. 
          • Selling Your Engagement Ring? 4 Tips to Help You Sell a Memory

            Whether you have an old engagement ring that you no longer wear or you recently split from your spouse, one question you may ask yourself is, “What should I do with this engagement ring?” While you could place it in a safety deposit box or in your jewelry box, the ring really does no good there. It’ll most likely just be tucked away and forgotten about. 
            Instead, why not sell it? If your ring has lost its true meaning, what’s the point in keeping it, anyway? Today, lots of people who go through break ups or divorces sell their engagement rings, not necessarily to make a profit, so much as to let things go.  
            If you’re ready to sell your engagement ring, but don’t know how, we’ve provided some tips to help you. 
            1. Be emotionally ready
            Selling a diamond engagement ring is not an easy thing to do. Even if you've been divorced for some time, it can be a lot to handle, emotionally speaking. Diamonds are symbols of love and passion and there are probably memories tied to the ring -- you need to take the emotional aspects out of the process so that you don’t sell the ring only to regret it later. Also, if you sell and you’re not emotionally ready, you may make the mistake of settling for too little.
            2. Know what your ring is worth
            You don’t want to get your hopes up by thinking that your ring is worth more than it really is. You need to be realistic so that, when you try to sell it, you know what types of offers to expect. It’s in your best interest to have your ring examined by an expert to determine the quality, authenticity and attributes that will affect its price. At Have You Seen The Ring, all items are carefully examined and verified by an independent GIA graduate gemologist. 
            3. Be realistic with the price  
            The fastest way to be disappointed when selling your ring is to set an unrealistic price. It’s important to know how much the stone is worth and what it will sell for in the current market. Otherwise, you may set a price and sit on it for months and even years as people pass your ring by for more lucrative offers. 
            4. Know your selling options
            Although you could pawn your engagement ring, put it in the classifieds, or go to a local jeweler to sell it, today the Internet makes selling your ring faster and easier than ever. And you can conveniently sell it on our website by simply creating a free listing and watching as the offers pour in. Or simply provide us with information about your ring and we’ll make you an offer within one business day!
          • Valentine's Day: In the age of e-commerce, everything's for sale - including your grandma's engagement ring

            In the aftermath of the recession, we've learned to do more with the things we already own. The sharing economy has people monetizing their time with TaskRabbit, turning their cars into ersatz taxis and transforming second bedrooms into inns with AirBnB. We've also learned how to give up the stuff that had sentimental - rather than utilitarian - value.  One of the best examples of this trend is the emergence of a vibrant market for second hand engagement rings. 
            Owners of unneeded engagement rings, whether from divorce or a family member's collection, often choose to sell these valuable items.  When traditional local options (Craigslist, pawn shops, or local jewelers) only provide 20-40% of the item's value, savvy sellers turn to online specialty retailers.  According to Philip Johnson, CEO of Have You Seen the Ring, by utilizing these secure peer-to-peer marketplaces, sellers can receive up to 60% more for their pre-owned jewelry. 
            This trend has also translated into big savings for Valentine's Day buyers of pre-owned engagement rings.  As the spend on an engagement ring has climbed to $4,000 (source: Jewelers of America), thrifty couples have chosen pre-owned rings and diamonds as a way to save money without compromising quality or style. According to Johnson, "a 1 carat round diamond in a halo setting that would retail for $6,500 at a local jeweler, can sell for as little as $3,300." 
            The peer-to-peer market for pre-owned rings continues to boom, and it turns out the stigma attached to proposing with a used engagement ring hasn't stopped buyers. For buyers who are concerned about buying pre-owned , Johnson offers some advice. "All diamonds are old, billions of years old to be exact, so purchasing a pre-owned diamond is one that is a billion and five years old.  Many buyers of pre-owned  rings realize that the memories and 'karma' associated with their engagement ring will stem from the life they and their spouse build together."
          • The Benefits of Selling Diamonds Online

            As you may have seen, Have You Seen The Ring recently released an eBook, available for free download, detailing the process of selling an engagement ring online from start to finish. If you're planning on selling your jewelry online, it's highly recommended that you give it a read-through so that you know what to expect.
            However, if you're still on the fence about whether to sell with Have You Seen the Ring or elsewhere, then you should know these facts about why we're the premier place to sell online.

            Sellers can Make More Money
            When a person buys or sells ring through, for example, CraigsList or EBay, they're taking a huge risk. There are many stories in the news about both buyers and sellers not getting what they expected out of the deal. Have You Seen The Ring, however, does the process extremely securely. We act as a middle-man, holding payments in escrow until the jewelry is certified, to make sure that the buyer gets a fine piece of jewelry and the seller gets the money they are owed. For that reason, buyers are willing to pay more money – typically, 50% to 60% more – on our site because of the security and the lack of hassle.
            HYSTR is Accredited
            There are tons of sites online where you can buy and sell jewelry, among other things. Not all these sites are legitimate, though. Have You Seen the Ring is accredited by the Better Business Bureau and has been established since 2010. When people sell their engagement rings through us, they can rest assured they'll get the amount (minus our small commission fee) they have been promised.
            It's Free to List
            Many other websites on the internet, including big-name sites like Etsy, charge a fee just to list an item. At Have You Seen the Ring, you can create an account and list your jewelry for absolutely no cost. That way, if your ring doesn't sell or you change your mind about selling it, you don't lose any money.
            It's Free to Ship
            Finally, Have You Seen the Ring is one of the only sites that pays for you to ship the ring to a buyer. When you accept an offer on HYSTR, we'll send you a postage-paid FedEx insured shipping label so you can deliver the jewelry to our office safely. The insurance adds to your peace of mind, too.
          • Four Things to Know about Proposing on Valentine's Day

            It's that time of year again – love is in the air! Though many people regard Valentine's Day as a "Hallmark Holiday," or one only celebrated so that major corporations can make money, it maintains its romanticism for most of us. Even if you don't do gifts, who doesn't love an excuse to have a "just-the-two-of-us" night with their sweethearts?
            For a lot of couples, though, it's a lot more than just flowers and candy. According to a survey, some 4 million Americans expect to be proposed to on February 14th. There's nothing wrong with popping the question on the most romantic night of the year – you just have to make sure you do it properly! Here are some things you should know.
            Have the Conversation Prior
            It sounds like common sense, but plenty of boyfriends out there have done it: never propose without having had the marriage conversation before. Though where and how you do it should be a surprise, the fact that you're planning on eventually marrying this person shouldn't.
            Book Reservations Long, Long in Advance
            A lot of people can't have a romantic evening without a meal, but a survey from last year showed that 44% of couples are planning on going out to dinner that night, and 53% said they make reservations more than a week in advance. If you wait too long, you're going to have a hard time getting a reservation – especially because it falls on a Friday in 2014. Don't miss the boat!
            Pop the Question in Private
            Considering so many people are expecting to be proposed to on Valentine's Day, it's safe to assume that it's a romantic gesture. That being said, 69% of survey respondents said it's cheesy to get down on one knee in a restaurant full of people. Our advice: go out to dinner and have a nice night together, but wait until you're home or somewhere private (or with friends and family) to actually do the asking. Plenty of other people are celebrating the romantic holiday in the restaurant on that night; your proposal likely won't go as planned if you do it at dinner.
            Don’t Overspend on a Ring
            It's important to research a retailer before making a ring purchase, especially around Valentine's Day. According to the Better Business Bureau, some people complained that their rings weren't delivered on time for Valentine's Day, that they got scammed by "too good to be true" V-Day sales, or that the company jacked up the price closer to the holiday.
            Every year, people sell their pre-owned (but often never used), gemologist-certified jewelry on Have You Seen the Ring. Because of our process for selling an engagement ring, you're always getting a legitimate diamond ring for a fraction of the cost of a jewelry retailer (see the process outlined in our free eBook). That's one option you can use to avoid scams and get amazing jewelry at a fraction of the cost of buying from a jeweler.

          • Show us your ring CONTEST!

            In honor of Valentine's Day, we want you to send us photos of your engagement rings! Enter our Show Me the Ring contest for a chance to win a $200 VISA gift card. Runner up will receive a Flip Video Camera. Be a Facebook fan, upload your photo, and have your friends vote for your ring to win! Grand prize and runner up winners will be announced this Valentine's Day (February 14th). CLICK HERE to enter and for contest rules. #showmethering #contest

          • Selling Jewelry with Have You Seen the Ring - an Infographic

          • Looking for the Perfect Romantic Wedding Song?

            Look no further!! Check out this incredible EP by one of America's rising stars, Stephanie Lynn.   Stephanie is one of my wife's best friends, and we were honored to have her write and perform the first dance at our wedding.  Check out her EP.

            Three Words EP, released on 1/7/14. An eclectic blend of folk-pop Americana, the songs are about love and lack there of; about living in the moment and allowing yourself to love, no matter what the outcome.

            Watch the music video: http://youtu.be/aJuiSmbHPJo

            I grew up in an old farm house in Vermont and was raised with an appreciation for nature, healthy living and smiling at people. My first song release was part of a campaign to raise money for Vermont Long Term Disaster Recovery following the devastation caused by hurricane Irene.

            Also an actress, I was recently on CBS's "How I Met Your Mother" and NBC's "Castle", and I can also be found singing and running across the country in the national Nike ad campaign "I Would Run To You" (http://youtu.be/xIfSPKYBcEo).

            Visit stephanielynn.com for more info, music and photos.
            Follow me on instagram: @stephanielynnmusic

            Watch more of Stephanie Lynn's videos below

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