I fed my inner strength, my core sense of being with yoga by looking thru my jewelry box.
What do I mean? Well, I financed a 12-week hatha yoga class series by selling a piece of jewelry from my jewelry box – a ring that I am not wearing anymore – that old, no longer worn, pre-loved, not needed anymore engagement ring. It was gifted to me with promises and dreams, but it was finally time to convert it to something much more useful to me. I was ready for a renewed me. I wanted to sign up for this new series of yoga, but needed the extra funds to make it happen. My sister was pushing me to sell the ring, why did I need it anymore, my daughter surely would want her own ring and not my old one, the extra cash would be helpful and a reason to spend on me. It is all now about being the best me ever. So with nothing to lose and only to gain, I was ready to sell my diamond ring.
I searched and found that there is a responsible new way to “mine” diamonds and is reinventing diamond buying in the US. While earth-mined diamonds stress the environmental eco-system, harm indigenous peoples, local cultures and their land, supporting the upcycle diamond movement is a clean and responsible way to “mine”. And the largest “mine” is us! The US Households.
Supporting this new trend of upcycle US Household reselling as the responsible market for diamonds, I found a new site called Worthy.com. Worthy has created an online auction solution that hosts a community of professional, certified jewelry buyers to bid on your diamond jewelry. It was like I had my own personal marketplace bidding on my ring. During my 3-day auction the selling was competitive with multiple bids getting me a fair market price for my pre-loved diamond ring. It was better than going to my local jewelry store; and ebay and craigslist are not my cup of tea – I was worried about safety. I also didn’t know how to take good pictures and I really didn’t know the 4-C’s of my diamond ring either. Worthy did all the work for me, they got a certified grading report, took pictures and posted for auction and I had over a dozen buyers interested in the ring. Pretty impressive. Reselling online was easy and I felt secure. I was able to sell my 1.6ct solitaire diamond ring. $7569.00 was paid directly into my bank account.
I registered for a 12-week hatha yoga class, took my daughter on a mini shopping spree to H&M and put the rest into a rainy day fund. Happy me!
Writer – Linda, newly single Mom of 2 wonderful children, freelance writer and new yoga lover.
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