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Another thread about someone looking to sell jewellery has got me thinking as it said you don't get much for second hand jewellery. I lost my engagement ring, have been saving up to buy another, but I'm just wondering if I can get one cheaper second hand, but am not sure about quality and finding somewhere I can trust. I know the design, stone, metal etc I want. Anyone got any good experience of buying second hand and what to look for?
I rarely buy new! Lots of jewellers have secondhand and it is fairly easy to know what is a good piece. Quality of stones and carat of gold are a good starting point.
I would suggest you have a look at older style jewellery shops in tourist cities that are a bit upmarket and antique centres.
I would caution though about having exact requirements. This might be difficult to find if it is a bit unusual. If straightforward you are bound to find something you like at a good price. Your money will go further. Craftsmanship can be higher quality too. What are you looking for?
Sorry meant to reply sooner, but work got in the way. I'm looking for a platinum solitaire about 0.4 carat, princess cut. Quite a common ring I think, they seem to be over £1500 on the high st, around £1000-1200 new online, so I was curious what one would cost second hand, but didn't really know where to start looking. Is it possible to get nearer £500? I'm off to London soon, was wondering whether to try Hatton Gardens. I do live near a tourist town (think ancient uni that competes in a boat race) but can't think of a jeweller immediately