Buying jewelry at a pawn shop can be a scavenger hunt. Just like shopping at any secondhand or thrift-type store, the inventory is ever-changing and you never know what you might find.
That's the double-edged sword of jewelry shopping at estate sales, pawn shops, and the like. If you have a Pinterest board full of dream rings and a style already in mind, rummaging through secondhand stores with limited inventory isn't your best bet.
Customized gifts are meaningful gifts. Don't gift just any precious stone to your loved one, give the jewelry more significance by choosing the recipient's birthstone. (Or the birthstone(s) of her kids!)
You're out with the guys watching Steph Curry clean up during the NBA Finals. The announcers are fawning over the Golden State Warriors' impressive run through all of 2015 and 2016. They cut to a shot of the 2015 NBA championship ring.
Your friend says, "Couldn't they come up with a better prize for these guys than a gaudy ring?"
You jump in and explain the astonishing symbolism and craftsmanship behind every detail of NBA championship rings for the last six years.
Jaws would drop. Rings suddenly don't seem like such a "lame" prize anymore.