How Selling My Diamond Ring Helped Me Move Forward
The holidays can be a tough time after a divorce when you are readjusting to new family dynamics. “It was hard for me, very lonely, but I made it through,” said our Transitions & Traditions sweepstakes winner, Tammy W. Our quiz focused on the tricky balance of recreating cherished memories with embracing new beginnings, something Tammy is very familiar with: “I’m taking steps this year to make it better by starting a tradition of my own.”
Tammy is from Michigan and recently divorced. She ultimately decided to sell her ring with us once she no longer saw reconciliation with her ex as an option. She had held onto her 3-stone emerald cut ring, which she received as a 40th birthday and 24th anniversary gift, for almost a year before deciding to finally let go: “This represented a move forward in my life.” Once she sold it, it became a symbol for the new life she was creating for herself.
Tammy found Worthy’s blog and Facebook when looking for support i0n the aftermath of her divorce, and found just what she needed there. “This group of women has kept me going,” she told us, “Even in the middle of the night, or in my darkest of hours, they are there with kindness, understanding, and support.” And it just so happens that by following us on social media, Tammy learned about our Transitions & Traditions sweepstakes and became our very lucky winner!
By selling smart, Tammy was able to use the money she earned from the auction to pay off her credit card bills and get a fresh start in this new chapter of her life.
1. Have your holiday traditions changed with the transitions in your life? If so, how?
Definitely. I have a very small family and one child that is married and has a family of his own. This year he spent the holidays with in-laws so it was just me and my mother. It was hard for me, very lonely, but I made it through. I’m taking steps this year to make it better by starting a tradition of my own.
2. We were thrilled to learn that you’re a reader of our blog. What is your favorite article?
There are so many great ones, but the one that resonated the most was about being alone during the holidays.
3. You’re also a member of our Facebook group, Worthy Women & Divorce. How does being a part of this community helps you in your post-divorce journey?
The Worthy Blog and Facebook group have literally been my lifeline. This group of women has kept me going. Even in the middle of the night, or in my darkest of hours, they are there with kindness, understanding, and support.
4. You recently sold a diamond ring through Worthy. Can you tell us a little about this item?
This was my upgraded wedding ring. It had three stones representing past, present, and future. My husband bought it for me on my 40th birthday. Also our 24th anniversary.
5. How long have you been holding onto the ring?
Ten months. I needed the money once I was on my own and renting, while the divorce was/is pending.
6. Did you have any hesitations about selling it?
Yes, due to sentimentality.
7. Why did you decide to sell it now?
I needed the money and finally gave up hope of a reconciliation. This represented a move forward in my life.
8. How did you find Worthy?
I saw it on Instagram and started following. Then I found the Facebook group and joined.
9. Did you try selling your ring elsewhere?
10. How would you describe the auction process?
Very professional, transparent, and easy.
11. Do you feel that you got the highest market value for your ring?
Not sure if it was the highest, but it was enough for me.
12. What would you say to other women looking to sell their jewelry?
I highly recommend selling through Worthy. I trust them.
13. What did/will you do with the money? (From the auction and from the giveaway)
The auction money went toward my credit card balance. The Amazon gift card went for a vacuum, a television, household items and Christmas gifts for my two young grandgirls. It was such a blessing. I’m so thankful to have won it.
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