Are Second-Hand Engagement Rings Bad Luck? | Rare Carat

When it comes to finding the perfect engagement ring, there’s no lack of places to look.

With the click of a keyboard or browsing endless Pinterest Boards, you can find your perfect diamond just by doing a little comparison shopping… but what if the one you LOVE has a price tag that’s a little too hefty -- do you listen to your heart and splurge even if you bank account says otherwise?

Before you forever forsake your bank account, you might want to consider this very real, very affordable option.

Before you cringe, put the skepticism aside for just a sec, because second-hand rings may make it possible for you to  find the perfect diamond ring with the perfect price tag.

Not a Family Heirloom

It may sound similar to a family heirloom ring and while the two do have the similarity of being used in a previous engagement or marriage -- that’s where the likeness ends.

Why? Well, because most (basically all) second-hand engagement rings come from relationships that never really got off the ground and one party ends  ends up with some very much unwanted (and painful) bling. If you’ve ever  tried to resell a diamond, you already know that the odds are almost never in your favor.

That’s where the idea of second-hand engagement rings comes into play.

Where do you get one and do you tell your partner the ring is “used’?

Believe it or not,  there are whole businesses now dedicated to selling nothing except second-hand jewelry. Gone are the days of having to step foot into a pawn shop. And even though that’s still an option, you’ll probably prefer comparison shopping at home, online without a high-pressure salesperson looking over your shoulder.

While shopping for the ring, you’ll probably notice a whole lotta talk about whether or not you’re “obligated’ to tell the person you’re giving it to where you got it from. And we don’t know about you, but we  don’t think it bodes well to start your fresh new engagement off by not being a 100% honest.

We don’t mean you tell them mid-proposal either. Second hand engagement rings is a topic that your partner will either be OK with, or have strong feelings about why it’s bad luck to have the symbol of someone else’s failed union on their finger. While someone else may think it’s a great way to get the perfect ring, for the fraction of the price.

Either way this is a discussion you have long  before you buy the ring.

If second hand rings are so great, why isn’t everyone buying one?

Let’s say that you’re someone who lives by their horoscope, charts their stars, and is keeping track of their karma points --  maybe a second-hand engagement ring isn’t for you.

But if you’re a non-believer or even just an occasional zodiac checker (hey sometimes we all wanna know if the stars are on our side) then it maybe it’s time to consider looking around.

Besides, maybe the ring will be lucky for you this time around… especially if you can snag it at a much friendlier price tag.

Regardless if you believe the ring will be lucky or unlucky, or if someone else’s luck is just mere superstition, whatever you believe is what will prove to be true.

Whatever you decide about second-hand rings remember...

The most important thing is to know that you have options - all the options.  You don’t have to settle for the jewelry store counter anymore you can have the diamond of your dreams with a price tag that doesn’t send you over the edge.

And hey, maybe a used engagement ring isn’t for you -- but don’t give up on finding your dream sparkle for a price you can afford because it’s out there, you just have to let us help you.

Jenny Beres
Jenny Beres
Jenny is an experienced copywriter and recovering diamond-aholic. She’s been writing for Rare Carat since 2016.