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My Summer Rose, Rose cut Diamond Pawn Shop Find

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  1. StephanieLynn
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    by StephanieLynn » Aug 10, 2019
    Full disclosure, after sharing my bow tie ring I did not expect to start another thread in SMTB but you guys have to see this.

    If you like a story here it is. Yesterday I decided to go pawn shopping in a city a few towns away. This girl was at my second stop, a really small place in not the best part of town. Anyways I spot her and was smitten, the guy immediately says "it's a small size" yeah buddy I know I got big fingers but just humor me lol! Put her on and she is glorious but dirty, they want $500 but have no stats on size or any information about the diamond at all. So I ask what's the best you can do...$450. I didn't have any cash on me so I knew it wasn't coming home with me plus it could be paste, it is so dirty I can't tell heads from tales, also this is the first rosie I have ever seen. Now I also asked about some video games for my son and that will be important later. So I left.

    I get home and start looking online and think I have to go back and get it BUT they were closing soon and I knew I couldn't get back there. Normally I could just be relaxed and know I could go back the next day but DH and the kids took the car for the day and now I have no ride back there. Then it hit me, Uber to the pawn shop! Yup I got an Uber to the pawn shop because I am freaking crazy.

    Get in the Uber (BMW) and the driver is an antiques dealer! Super nice guy he is giving me all these tips on getting this ring for a deal, talked so much he missed the exit! He drops me off and the shop isn't open, supposed to open at 10 but the guy isn't there, his father is there, he tells me there is an accident on the highway and he will be late, we talk and he offers to buy me a coffee, says I can come back later (he didn't know I took an Uber lol!) so I wait for an hour. Finally the guy pulls up, time to make a deal.

    I had already told the father I came back for the game for my son so when the son was unlocking the store I said "yeah my son was like Mom, you have to go back and get that game". Go in get the game and then ask about the ring, he gets is for me and she is more beautiful today than yesterday. Funny thing I couldn't remember if she was foiled or not but no there she was in all her unfoiled antique beauty. I ask him to test the diamond in front of me, no problem and it is real. Okay, what is the best you can do( I am aiming for 20% off)?$425. Well, I'm going to have to have it resized....how about $350? He comes back with......$375!!!!!!!!!

    DEAL!

    Get an Uber home and cleaned her up, she is so beautiful, so clear, then I get out the calipers, 6mm long by 5mm wide! She is a pinky ring for now and the prongs will need a little work but she is my summer rose and I love her to bits. The setting is 14k.

    Pictures because you deserve them for reading that novel!

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  4. Alex T
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    by Alex T » Aug 10, 2019
    She. Is. Beautiful. :love:

    My goodness, you find the best things & I WANT TO GO SHOPPING WITH YOUUUUUUU!
     
    


    


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    by hypermom » Aug 10, 2019
    That ring is so pretty! Wow I wish I had your talent for spotting diamonds in the rough!
     
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    by StephanieLynn » Aug 10, 2019
    @hypermom a lot of it is just luck, being in the right place at the right time but thank you for your sweet compliment!
     
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    by JPie » Aug 10, 2019
    Nice score! Damn, I need to hit up some pawn shops!
     
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    by OoohShiny » Aug 10, 2019
    That is a cool find, and a bargain! :))
     
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    by StephanieLynn » Aug 10, 2019
    @JPie you really do, there are some amazing things to be found but it can take a little time and patience. I actually found my first OEC in a Stuller setting in a pawn shop so the stuff is out there just waiting to be found.

    @Alex T, you let me know when you come to the U.S. and we will do some pawn shopping!
     
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    by Lykame » Aug 10, 2019
    What an awesome story! Love that the Uber driver was an antiques dealer who could offer tips, it was meant to be!

    Those pictures are wonderful! Is there a video by chance?

    Did your son get his games? :lol:
     
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    by StephanieLynn » Aug 10, 2019
    @Lykame it was just the funniest thing the driver was an antique guy and this was my first solo Uber ride, my son was so worried about me he was encouraging me to take a taxi because he thought I would be safer!

    Also ironic when I mentioned needing the ring to be resized he mentioned a jeweler I used before in my town, she is a relative of the pawn shop owner! Small world, it was just all very surreal and yes I did end up getting him the game plus another one so he will be thrilled!

    I don't have a video at the moment, DH has a better camera on his phone so maybe I will play with that over the weekend. It is shimmery, kind of a soft watery look, very serene.
     
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    by Diamond Girl 21 » Aug 10, 2019
    What a great find! I love the ring and the story.
     
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    by tyty333 » Aug 10, 2019
    Nice find @StephanieLynn ! You committed highway robbery!:o (good for you!)
     
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    by bunnycat » Aug 10, 2019
    What a great story and a super cute ring! Congrats on your find!
     
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    by Rfisher » Aug 10, 2019
    Pretty stone - always love this type of setting!
    Great find:love:
     
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    by kipari » Aug 10, 2019
    Bravo !!! Well done. You rescued that Rosie!
     
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    by foxinsox » Aug 10, 2019
    Oh gorgeous :appl: you find the best stuff!!
     
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    by stracci2000 » Aug 10, 2019
    Well played, madam!
    So how big do you think it is?
    I used this handy dandy online carat weight estimator.
    http://www.csgnetwork.com/caratwtcalc.html
    I estimated your stone was 2mm deep. Maybe that's off, but you can plug in the dimensions and see for yourself. I called it cab shaped, because of the flat bottom of the rose cut.
    6x5x2=.57!!! You go girl! I'm so excited for you!
     
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    by sarahb » Aug 10, 2019
    What a great find, and such a cute ring!! It is so satisfying to not only find something incredible like this, but to get a fabulous deal too!!:appl:
     
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    by Slick1 » Aug 10, 2019
    Really pretty stone and ring! You find the nicest things. Good job!
     
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    by StephanieLynn » Aug 10, 2019
    Thank you @Rfisher, I'm hoping the prongs can just be rebuilt so I can keep her in this setting.

    @kipari that's kind of how I get away with pawn shop purchases, I tell DH we are the vintage rescue squad lol!

    Thanks for the compliment @foxinsox :P2

    Did I make you proud with this deal @stracci2000? I'm getting better at haggling. I get a depth reading of about 3.6mm from bottom to tip of facet so .68 I think with that calculator but it's hard to know if I'm getting that depth exactly right. More than a half carat, don't need a magnifying glass to see it so that works for me!

    Thanks so much @sarahb, even all grungy in the shop she had so much charm, would love to know her story.

    Thanks @Slick1!
     
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    by Crazie4Cuts » Aug 10, 2019
    Great story! Super job, so thrilled for you! -C4C
     
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    by stracci2000 » Aug 10, 2019
    You did better than I could've! I'm impressed with your tenacity, Uber ride and all! When you're a jewelry addict, you'll stop at nothing to get your fix!!!!:lol::lol::lol:
    I love that calculator, I use it all the time. It is surprisingly accurate.
    Of course, when you get the prongs worked on, they can weigh the stone.
     
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    by StephanieLynn » Aug 10, 2019
    @stracci2000, I think that saying "where there's a will, there's a way" comes from a jewelry addict!
     
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    She is beautiful and such a story.
    All the best pieces have a fabulous story :kiss2:
     

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