When people go shopping for engagement rings, they often want the best and biggest diamond they can afford without breaking the bank. But with the markup of jewelry at retail stores—often three times the amount—they may be disappointed by the rings in their budget range. Next stop: pawn shops in Northern Virginia.
Pawns shops have newer rings as well vintage jewelry, so the odds of finding a ring worthy of your betrothed are good; you may also find designs not available from a jewelry without expensive customization. Diamonds don’t lose beauty value over time, so there is no shame in buying one “used.” And if you don’t like the ring a beautiful stone is in, you can always have the stone reset in something you choose (or design) yourself—you’ll still be getting a better deal on the diamond.
Buying “used” from a pawn shop rather than from an auction or private online seller means you can see the item you’re purchasing. Bring a jeweler’s loupe and check it out yourself. Ask for the diamond certificate and appraisal. At Vienna Jewelry on Maple Avenue, we know our stuff and we’re not going to sell you anything without making sure you—and your intended—are going to be happy with it.