Have You Seen The Ring Blog

  • Pantone Color of the Year 2014: Radiant Orchid

    After much debate, the fashion gurus have determined that Radiant Orchid is the hot color of the season.  According to those in the know, radiant orchid is a blend of purples with a trace of light pink.
    We expect to see this bold color everywhere from clothing, to handbags, and even on jewelry. For brides looking for an alternative to traditional diamond engagement rings, sapphires in hues of purple will be stylish both today and in the future.
    Here are some of our favorite pieces of Radiant Orchid jewelry:

    What do you think of a Radiant Orchid stone as an alternative to a traditional diamond ring?
  • 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:

  • Buying a Second Hand Engagement Ring - What is Your Opinion?

    Great article by Danielle Kwateng in Style Blazer. What is your view on pre-owned engagement rings?


  • 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.

    Watch Our Video To Learn More
    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.
  • Beautiful and Exotic Honeymoon Locations

    During the first vacation you spend with your new spouse, you will want to make it as special as possible. After all, you have put a ton of thought into everything surrounding the wedding, including the ceremony, guest list, and even the used engagement rings. If you are struggling to find a great place to have your honeymoon, here is a list of beautiful and exotic locations. 


    Aloha! Welcome to your honeymoon. Hawaii is a great place to stay after you get married. Waikiki and Honolulu are both breathtaking places. You can find many gorgeous Waikiki honeymoon hotels  that will allow you to see the ocean from the balcony or have easy access to the beach. Honolulu also has beautiful sunsets and plenty of things to do. In Hawaii, you will feel closer to your loved one than ever, while you both take in the unbelievable sights and escape from the grind of daily life. 

    Sri Lanka

    If you and your spouse enjoy the beauty of nature, you will undoubtedly love what Sri Lanka has to offer. This island country is located in the Indian Ocean. For an exotic place to have your honeymoon, Sri Lanka is a great decision. In this part of the world, you will not only be able to relax by the beach, but you can experience a world much different than your own. Sri Lanka has breathtaking scenery, exciting outdoor adventures, and fabulous food.


    If you have a bit longer to honeymoon, Australia should be at the top of your list. If you have wanted to see some of the greatest sunsets on earth while holding your partner’s hand, visit Cable Beach in Broome, Australia. Sydney and Melbourne are bustling cities full of European charm.  All of Australia will provide you with the rest and relaxation you are looking for.

    These are only three recommended places to go for your honeymoon. Even if you have both purchased used engagement rings and did all that you could to make your wedding more affordable, cost can sometimes be an issue with honeymoons. Weigh your options and create a list of places you would both like to go to. This will help in creating an incredible honeymoon that both of you will enjoy. 

  • How to be Photo-Ready for your Wedding

    You might have everything set up for your special day: the pre owned engagement rings, the guest list, and the food for the wedding. But when it comes to having a wedding, the photographs are extremely important. You are going to want to have pictures that you can reflect on for years after you have tied the knot. Your photographs will serve as beautiful reminders of one of the best days of your life. It takes a lot of planning to have fantastic photographs of your big day. If you want to be photo-ready for your wedding, follow the tips below and you will be sure to have photographs that leave you breathless. 

    1) Think about your makeup choices. 

    Even if you don't normally wear makeup, it is a wise idea to invest in a few beauty products. For example, some face primers work very to smooth lines and color variations when applied before foundation.   This will come in handy if you are having a wedding outside or during the summertime. Look for primers that reduce shine and leave makeup lasting longer to ensure that your look lasts all day. 

    2) Create an essential list of wedding shots. 

    If you want to ensure that each and every picture comes out well for the wedding, develop a list of shots that you wish to capture. Here are some questions you should ask yourself ahead of time: 
    • Where do I want to have wedding shots taken? 
    • Are there any landmarks at the wedding venue that are ideal for photographs?  
    • Is there a certain location which has a specific meaning to me? (For example, was your first kiss with your soon-to-be husband underneath a particular tree where you are holding the wedding?)
    • Who do you want included in your pictures?
    • Do I want pictures of myself and the bridal party getting ready for the wedding?

    These are only a few photography questions to ask yourself before your wedding. Also, think about whether or not you want wedding pictures taken before or after the ceremony. 
  • Tips for Popping the Question

    You have been dating for a long time and you know that she's the one.  The next step is to make it official by proposing.  While proposing can be a nerve-wracking experience, the following tips will ensure that the proposal goes off with(out) a hitch. 

    1. Get the proper OKs before you move ahead
    While we're sure that she dreams day and night about being your wife, we recommend testing the waters before you jump in.  If you haven't already, it may make sense to talk about your plan for the future and the timeline that you envision for that plan.  If she is thinking that she'll finish school before you pop the question, you would want to know that ahead of time.  It is also traditional to ask the bride's father for his permission prior to proposing. 

    2. Write the perfect proposal
    Each of us has a different style when it comes to preparing a speech.  While some like to have everything written down, others prefer to 'wing it'.  Whatever your preference, we recommend preparing at least part of your proposal upfront (to ensure that you don't get flustered in the moment).  The typical proposal will include a reference to the times you've enjoyed together, and a statement about your future as a married couple.  We have also heard of proposals including funny inside jokes, (slightly) embarrassing moments, and original poetry.

    3. Decide where to propose
    Choosing where to propose is one of the most important decisions in the proposal process.  Whether you stay close to home (or actually at home) or you include the proposal as part of a larger vacation, finding the ideal proposal location requires some thought.  We recommend choosing a place that has significance in your relationship and will logistically make sense.  As great as it would be to propose at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, if you aren't both athletic, your dream proposal may not go as planned.  Some classic proposal locations are at a beach, in a special restaurant, or over a romantic picnic.  Wherever you decide, just be sure to make it an unforgettable moment.

    Your proposal is one of the major milestones in your life together.   Make it as great as possible by following these three tips.  Oh, and congratulations in advance!
  • Choosing the Bridal Party

    Choosing your bridesmaids and groomsmen is often a challenging task.  Between family, childhood friends, school friends and others, it is difficult to decide who to include in your wedding party.  These tips will help you decide who makes the coveted list.

    1. Put family first
    While you may be very close to friends who feel like family, it's important that your actual family be included in the bridal party.  Family members want to do more than just attend your wedding; they want to play an active role in the big day.  Including them as a bridesmaid or groomsman helps convey the importance that you place on that relationship.  For the bride:  if you have one or more sisters (or sister-in-laws), we recommend including them in the bridal party.  Many brides often go a step further and make their sister the maid of honor.  For the groom: it is  a good idea to include your brothers or brother-in-laws as groomsmen, ushers, or to give them another role on the big day.

    2.  Be selective
    We have all attended weddings where it takes thirty minutes for the bridal party to make their way down the aisle.  While it is important to include your closest family and friends in the wedding party, adding bridesmaids and groomsmen in order to have a larger group may not make sense.   Additionally, as soon as you include one person from a period in your life (high school friends for example), there is added pressure to include others who would consider themselves to be in the same boat. By being selective about who you include in your wedding party, you will ensure that you are surrounded by those closest to you on your big day.

    3. Try to understand peoples' circumstances
    Hopefully all those closest to you and your fiancé will be available to be part of your big day.  If one of your bridesmaids or groomsmen cannot make it to the wedding, try to understand, and don't let their absence harm your big day or the relationship. 

    Choosing bridesmaids and groomsmen can be a difficult process, especially while making sure everyone feels included and not hurting peoples' feelings.  By following these tips you will increase your chances of a smooth bridal party selection.

  • Three Helpful Ways to Save Big on Your Wedding Day

    Planning a wedding can take months, but in the end, the magic of the day makes it all worth it. Speaking of big days, you’ll be dealing with big finances, and you’ve probably noticed that weddings can be expensive. If you and your future spouse are searching for a few ways to save on your wedding day, here is a list of tips.
    1) Get married during the off-season
    Couples who choose wedding dates in November or anytime in January through the end of March (with the exception of Valentine’s Day), can save 20 to 30 percent on their venue and other services.  Venues, caterers, and other vendors are most busy during the summer and spring, thus having your wedding outside these times can result in significant savings.  It is also a great idea if you can schedule your wedding day on any day other than Saturday, which is when a lot of people want to hold their celebration.  Couples who have a wedding on a Friday still have the weekend for guests to recover, but face less competition for wedding vendors.
    Getting married in the fall is an excellent alternative if you are looking to save. 

    2) Consider DIY craft ideas to save extra money. 
    A personalized favor recipe might be the perfect DIY craft idea.

    If you can do it yourself (and do it well), there’s no point in paying someone else to do it.  If you have more time than money, there are many wedding craft ideas that you can easily do yourself. Making your own centerpieces is an easy DIY option. By simply purchasing vases from your local arts and crafts store and filling them up with artificial flowers, you will have a beautiful centerpiece arrangement for your wedding. You can also come up with DIY party favors, such as boxes made out of papier-mâché. To add more to your personalized favor box, add a touch of ribbon or other appropriate décor which complements the theme of your wedding. Check out Etsy for more great DIY wedding ideas.
    3) Purchase discount diamonds and pre-owned engagement rings
    Many couples who are looking for that perfect ring feel overwhelmed at the cost and selection of diamonds and engagement rings.  One alternative to visiting the local jeweler (who has a giant markup on everything) is to purchase a discount diamond from a pre-owned engagement ring.  These diamonds are just like the ones at your local jeweler, except at a significantly lower price.  Discount diamonds provide a fantastic way to save money for the big day.

    Although your wedding day will be one of the most important milestones of your marriage, smart brides find a way to make their money go further.  These three tips can keep you happily married with a few extra dollar bills in your pocket.

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