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You Asked: Should I Hock My Jewelry?


Dear Sugar,
I just got out of a ten year relationship and I feel great. Fortunately/unfortunately, I received some beautiful jewelry from my now ex. I have tried to give it back to him, but he said it's all mine to keep but I don't want to wear any of it as I am trying to start my life post-ex and don't need a pink sapphire given by Mr. X glaring at me every time I look at a new suitor!

I have decided to consign the pieces but have no idea how to go about it. I live in Los Angeles and I know there must be some fabulous jewelry consignment stores around. I have looked all over the Internet and asked around but nobody seems to have any ideas except eBay. Can you help? — I Want it Gone Wendy

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Dear I Want it Gone Wendy,

Before you sell all your jewelry, I want you to make sure you are 150 percent certain of your decision. I am sure that right now the pieces given to you by your ex seem like negative reminders of him, but later down the road, once you've moved on, are you going to wish you had kept those mementos? Once they're gone, they're gone, so don't make any rash decisions.

Since I'm not from LA, I don't have any particular stores in mind to suggest, but if I were you I'd go to my local jeweler and ask them if they buy consignment jewelry themselves. If they don't, I would ask them for their recommendations as a professional will be able to point you in the right direction so you aren't taken for a ride. The downfall with consignment stores is that they will most likely take a cut of the sale price, so eBay or Craigslist might be a better option for you since you can name your price and be in charge of who is your buyer.

Whatever you decide to do with the jewelry, I hope you get the closure you need. Good luck.

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