Buying Jewelry at a Pawn Shop

When you’re looking to buy jewelry at a pawn shop, it’s just like a scavenger hunt. Like shopping at a thrift store, the inventory in a pawn shop is continuously changing, and you never know what you’re going to come across. If you have a Pinterest board that is full of lovely dream necklaces, bracelets and rings, and you have a style in mind, then looking through the jewelry section in a pawn shop is right up your alley.

Before you step into a pawn shop to buy jewelry, we recommend you reading the following tips:

Think Outside of the Box

pawnWhen you’re out there shopping for jewelry, it is important that you think outside of the box. Maybe you’re looking for a certain type of ring. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look at pendants. You may be able to find an amazing stone inside an old pendant that you could take to the local jewelry store and have it re-set into the perfect ring.

This is why we tell you to think outside of the box. If you find something that is outdated, but made of top of the line materials at a bargain price, you could buy it and have a jeweler re-create it into something you like.

Do Your Research

Research, and then research some more. When you find a pawn shop, go ahead and look them up and see what others have to say about them. Read through all of the reviews you can get your hands on. Speak with friends and see what they have to say about the pawn shop. Research is important so that you feel more confident when you walk into a shop. It’s much better than wondering if it’s a good store or not.

Ask about Their Credentials

How do you determine if a piece of jewelry is good quality? Many times, you can ask for appraisals or certifications from the pawn shop before you purchase the piece. Most pawn shops will have documentation to prove the quality of the stones and the jewelry.

If they aren’t able to supply this, after you have purchased the jewelry, you can take it to an appraiser. Some pawn shops will give you 1-3 days to bring items back. If the appraisal doesn’t match up, then you should be able to return the jewelry, just make sure you hold on to the receipt.


As long as you are confident and prepared, purchasing jewelry at the local pawn shop can be a whole lot of fun and a great way to get amazing jewelry at discount prices. So, go ahead and shop around from pawn shop to pawn shop, because as we said in the beginning of this article, you never really know what you’re going to find.