Retail jewelry stores tend to follow trends and carry the most popular styles that have the best chance of selling. But when it comes to choosing a ring that’s going to commemorate a lifetime commitment, you might want to demonstrate your unique relationship by bucking the trend. That’s when it can pay to shop at pawn shops like National Pawn and Jewelry in Fort Lauderdale, as well as other pawn shops in South Florida. Because we are continually updating inventory with jewelry from auctions, estate sales, and more, we have designs you just won’t find at retail outlets. And for far less than the cost of a custom design, you can find something that doesn’t look like everybody else’s engagement ring.
Before you visit pawn shops, increase your sense of security by increasing your knowledge. Get a good sense of what a diamond is worth by researching prices for different sizes and quality. Familiarize yourself with the 4 Cs—cut, clarity, carat weight, and color—and bring a loupe so you can check the diamond for flaws. Better, bring along a friend who knows about diamonds, or even one who has a fairly large diamond with good characteristics to use for comparisons.
There’s no need to be nervous about buying jewelry from a pawnshop. You can get it in writing that the stone is natural and untreated and, that if your appraiser finds that is not the case, you can return it. The shop might also have a diamond certificate available for the stone, or at the very least, a former appraisal. Either way, once you buy, immediately take the ring to an appraiser of your choosing, and then congratulate yourself on getting a great deal on an awesome ring that you or your intended will be wearing for a long time to come.