Tips For Shopping For Jewelry At a Pawn Shop

Shelley Wenger
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Though some people only want things that are brand new, the truth is that you might be able to find something even better (for a more affordable price) when you shop around. Even better if you think about buying something that is slightly used. 

In fact, pawn shops often have a good selection of amazing jewelry. They specialize in antique and unique pieces, so you just might be able to find something that nobody else has! 

That being said, you can’t just walk into a pawn shop and choose the first ring that you see. Here are some tips to make sure that you buy the best ring possible at the pawn shop. 

Make sure that it can be resized. Most silver and gold rings can easily be resized, but there are plenty of rings that are so delicate that they need to fit perfectly. If you don’t know the size that you are searching for, your best bet would be to go with something that is easily resized. 

Don’t be afraid to look at retail stores, so you can compare jewelry. One of the easiest ways to make sure that the ring that you are looking at is high quality is to compare it to what you see in the stores. Look at the bands, diamonds, and other gems, and compare that to what you were looking at when you were in the pawn shop.

Weight is also a good thing to look at. Heavier jewelry usually means that it is a better quality. Even if you aren’t too concerned about the quality of the diamonds and other gems, heavier pieces are less likely to break compared to the delicate pieces that are out there. 

Always remember that you can negotiate when you find something at a pawn shop. The simple truth is that the prices at a pawn shop aren’t set in stone. If you compare a piece to one in a retail store, you can figure out how much you are willing to pay for something similar at the pawn shop.

Be sure to read the fine print. Some pawn shops guarantee their jewelry, while others do not.

Shopping for jewelry at a pawn shop isn’t always easier. However, if you are willing to put in some work and really study the rings, you should be able to find exactly what you are looking for. Don’t be afraid to look at retail stores too, so that you can study the quality. Heavier rings are usually better than lightweight ones. Once you find the perfect piece, read the fine print to see if the quality is guaranteed.


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Shelley is a small town farm mom of two boys. She is a veterinary technician, so she is proud to write about all kinds of animals and their care. She also loves to write about writing, running a business, working from home, and much more.

Glenville, PA

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