Have You Seen The Ring Blog

  • 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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    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.

  • 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. 

  • Perhaps The Most Beautiful Ring We Have EVER Sold

    Set in majestic 18k yellow gold, at the center of this stunning piece is an incredible 3.15 carat pear shaped diamond. Surrounded by 8 small baguettes and 2 large baguettes, this beautiful ring glimmers with an additional 0.66 carats.

  • 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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