It’s here again. A day where we show our affection for another with heart-shaped boxes of chocolates, scattered rose petals and adoring messages of love.
But hold on a second. What if you wanted to do something a little unconventional this year? What if you wanted to gift your partner something they’ll truly love and remember forever?
Cue the romantic playlist because we’re about to reveal all on why you should buy second-hand jewellery this Valentine’s Day.
1. It’s sustainable
You might not realise it, but opting for second-hand jewellery is a planet-friendly way to please your partner.
Unlike the carbon-heavy purchase of a brand-new item, buying second-hand goods helps protect precious natural resources by slowing the demand and necessity for global jewellery production.
If you ask us, it’s a win-win.
2. It’s a better investment
Just as a car depreciates as soon as it leaves the showroom, new jewellery tends to suffer the same fate.
In fact, it’s common for a new item to lose over 30% of its original value before it’s even been unboxed, with unbranded and unhallmarked pieces at risk of even higher depreciation.
But that doesn’t concern a sensible second-hand shopper like you because you’ll be buying an item that’s already priced at its true market value with no risk of sudden depreciation.
It means you’ll have complete assurance the item you buy for your partner will hold its value for many years to come.
3. It’s a moment in history
Behind every unique piece of second-hand jewellery is a story, which is even more apparent with vintage items dating back decades or even centuries.
Not only does its history create somewhat of a conversation piece, but it also adds a sense of identity, which you’ll struggle to find with newly manufactured items.
In some cases, a one-of-a-kind second-hand item may have been produced by jewellery makers who are no longer in business, which, as you can imagine, only serves to further increase its intrinsic value.
From art deco statement pieces through to ruby brooches and vintage diamond rings, you’re far more likely to find something truly unique for your partner if you opt for second-hand.
4. It’s higher quality
Even though some second-hand items are often older than our pawnbroking store, their appeal is preserved by a combination of high-quality materials and expert craftmanship.
Of course, this can’t be said for all second-hand items, so it’s important you do your homework on any jewellery seller before you make a purchase.
At GA Pawnbrokers, we have over 40 years’ experience appraising items, giving our customers peace of mind they’re buying a tested and authenticated item that’s the real deal.
If you want to enquire about any of our items, or perhaps book a professional valuation, give us a call. We’d be glad to help.
5. It’s stylish
It doesn’t take long for a Valentines window shopper to realise new jewellery items are often very similar in style.
But should you make a swift detour to a reputable pawnbroker, you’ll instantly be rewarded by a diverse selection of high-quality items that are proven to stand the test of time.
It’s also the case that a popular pawnbrokers will experience a high turnover of stock, meaning new items will be added to window displays on a regular basis.
From dangling pearl earrings and classic line bracelets through to classic pocket watches and avant-garde influenced pieces, you’re in the right place to find something that’s truly one of a kind for your lover.