Engraving gold wedding rings is easy, so you can think about adding the wedding date or initials on the inside or outside of the band. If you are buying an engagement ring and a wedding ring, try to stick to the same colour and style for uniformity. If you are buying wedding rings as a couple, you can even consider buying specially designed his-and-her wedding rings that come in sets of two matching rings. While diamond wedding rings set in gold or rings with other precious gemstones find favour with women, not many men prefer stones in their rings, so consider buying traditional gold wedding bands or bands with bevelled edges for grooms-to-be.
For used wedding bands, pre-owned certified diamond engagement rings, used designer rings and gently worn wedding ring sets, eBay has a huge selection of rings. But couples do need to use extra caution shopping here as sellers are not scrutinized as closely as with I Do Now I Don’t. (Portero and BE each analyze the rings themselves before selling them, unlike eBay). That being said, couples can find an extensive selection of used rings here – just keep the shopping tips below in mind and make sure that any used diamond ring comes with a certification from a reputable laboratory like the GIA, AGS, IGI or EGL.
The use of natural yellow gold in making wedding rings is all too common for brides and grooms alike, and you can find yellow gold wedding rings in 9, 14, 18, and 22 carat options. However, with the use of other metals, such as silver, nickel, and copper, to make gold alloys, manufacturers manage to vary the resultant alloy’s colour, which has produced red, pink, and rose gold wedding rings. Mixing yellow gold with palladium results in producing white gold, a whitish alloy, and gold wedding rings made using white gold also come with rhodium plating to enhance its appearance. The drawback with white gold wedding rings is that the rhodium plating wears off with time, requiring periodic reapplication.
Used wedding rings and engagement rings are not as prevalent on Etsy, but it is still possible every now and then to find used vintage rings in good condition here. But as with eBay, use extra caution as Etsy sellers are not scrutinized closely either. Local Resources for Used Wedding Rings
As the name goes, I Do Now I Don’t is a forum where used rings are sold and bought along with used wedding dresses and other types of wedding items. As with eBay, this third party store offers escrow-like services for ring purchases which protect both the buyer and the seller. And this is a terrific resource for not only used engagement rings but also for pre-owned wedding ring sets and men’s wedding bands.
While most used wedding rings can be resized, some types of bands cannot be sized due to their design – and large changes in band sizes can be challenging or even impossible on some types of rings. If you are interested in rings that are not the right size, check first to make sure the rings can be sized before you buy and call a few local jewelers to get an estimate on how much the sizing may cost. (Brilliant Earth, Turtle Love, Portero and Adin size rings. Adin will size rings for free, while the others charge a small fee for the service).
Carat refers to the purity of gold and gold alloys. While 24 carat is the purest form and denotes 100 per cent gold, it is the most expensive and also very soft, which is why finding 24 carat gold rings is extremely difficult. The use of 22 carat gold wedding rings is not very common in the UK, and while you can find several options, such rings are also malleable and not ideal for everyday wear. Instead, opt for an 18 carat or a 9 carat gold ring, depending on your budget. While 18 carat gold rings have 75 per cent pure gold, 9 carat gold contains 37.5 per cent, and the latter is considerably cheaper. In terms of quality, 18 carat gold offers a better golden yellow sheen, and low carat gold is prone to tarnishing in the long run.
Adin has one of the largest selections of modern, estate, vintage and antique wedding rings available online. In addition to free ring sizing options, couples can also find plenty of rings in excellent condition and priced from low to high including those from the Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian, Art Nouveau and Art Deco eras. And now, EWR is very excited to announce that Adin is giving a 5% discount on all jewelry purchases to our visitors – just use code=Everything-Wedding-Rings at check-out to take advantage of this special offer! (To see EWR’s favorite Adin finds, just click here).
First, there is no secured protection or guarantee for your purchase. So, if you are not happy with the rings after their purchase, or you find that you overpaid for the rings, or even if you discover that the rings are not made with real diamonds, gemstones or gold, there may not be any way to return the rings.
The exchanging of rings at weddings is common in different cultures, and gold tends to score over most other metals. When considering gold wedding rings, look for them as a couple, because this ensures that the person meant to wear the ring actually likes it. Gold rings are not cheap, so start by setting a budget, and pay attention to style, purity, and colour.
What about purchasing used wedding rings on Craigslist? For now, EWR strongly recommends avoiding this option. While it is possible to find quality used rings on Craigslist, there are a lot of risks associated with purchasing rings directly from an unknown person.
With used antique or vintage diamond rings, the rings may not be available with a diamond certification. This is because mounted diamonds cannot go through the certification process, they have to be removed from the rings. If a diamond certification report is not available with the ring, make sure the ring comes with a legitimate appraisal or certificate of authenticity instead.
Local pawn shops can also be a terrific source for used rings, especially for used wedding ring sets and used men’s bands. But again, rings should come with certification and/or authentication papers from a reputable resource.
By far, platinum is the most durable wedding ring metal followed by palladium and 18k gold. Rings made with 14k and 10k gold are also quite durable, as long as they are crafted with excellent workmanship.
Rhodium plate is to be expected on any white gold ring, and this plate will need to be replaced on every day rings about every one to two years. Before investing in a used white gold wedding ring, consider whether you’ll want to keep up with regularly re-plating the ring.
Used designer rings should come with certificates of authentication, diamond grade reports, plus identifying stamps on the inside of the bands. Original ring boxes too are highly desirable. If you are purchasing a used designer ring, just take a look online to double-check what type of maker’s mark you should see on the ring’s band.
You may also want to consider a ring made with an enchanting – but affordable – gemstone. Take a look at EWR’s handy Gemstone Wedding Ring guide for properties, characteristics and price guides for gemstones strong enough to hold up to daily wear. A few affordable and stunning examples include aquamarine, amethyst, morganite, watermelon tourmaline, topaz and iolite.