“I need to go shopping,” you say to your friend, child, spouse. Usually, that statement is prompted by general dissatisfaction with your current wardrobe: you’ve worn it all, it needs freshening. And so off you go to the store to see what grabs you enough to try on, and perhaps bring home.
Why is it so different with jewelry? Unless we receive it as a gift, jewelry is often relegated to a very specific I need category: “I need gold hoops.” “I need diamond studs.” Why can’t we shop for jewelry like we do clothes, buying what strikes our fancy in the moment? Why not buy something like these rattlesnake glass earrings just because they’re fun?
“Because it’s expensive,” you’re thinking. “You can’t just buy a piece willy-nilly if it’s not a good investment that you’ll get good use out of.” And of course we understand that reasoning, which is why we’re suggesting that if you shop at pawn shops in South Florida, where jewelry is half or less than retail prices, you might find it makes more sense to be a little more impulsive.
Maybe you never considered a gorgeous opal right hand ring like this beautifully maintained estate item, but when the price is right, wants can become needs. Which isn’t to say buying something you love is foolhardy from an investment perspective; at National Pawn and Jewelry in Fort Lauderdale, we sell finely crafted jewelry made from precious gems and metals, very often from reputable designers as well. If you decide to trade for something else later, your piece will still have worth, not just for the materials, but for the next person who spots it in the case!