Two blog posts in a day! Well, it is fun to share how things turned out.
I wore a dress (with fleece-lined tights--it IS winter!), a favorite scarf, tall boots, & my dress coat to my Jewelers' Row foray. I had no idea where to start, so I tried to enter the first jewelry store that I saw . . . & the door wouldn't open! Then the employee buzzed me in. I had never been in a store so fancy that they lock doors even in the middle of the day to keep out the riffraff!
The young woman working there told me they don't buy jewelry, but I should go over to 1 N. Madison & there were three different counters where people can sell their gold. "Just go to all of them & see who gives you the best price," she said. I left, but not before hearing her totaling up the purchases of the customers she had been working with--I'm not sure how many thousands it came to. Definitely those folks live in another world from mine.
At 1 N. Madison I located the three potential buyers by asking around. Interestingly, each of these counters was staffed by one or two young Asians. The woman at the other store was Asian too. It reminds me that the Cambodian pastor at my church doesn't draw any pay from the church because he makes a good living at his jewelry store in Little Vietnam. This sector of Chicago's economy seems to be dominated by Asians! Cool.
All three weighed my 14K gold ring very carefully. The offers were $130, $108, & $120. Of course I went back to the first counter, where I'd been offered most. I had to give her my ID; she filled in a little form with all my info, & I had to sign it to guarantee that this ring actually belonged to me & I had the right to sell it. Then she opened a safe & paid me in cash. It was a bit more than I had originally paid for the ring, so I was pleased.
As for my ex's ring, no one was interested. It's titanium, & they told me nobody is buying that. Interesting, because it originally cost more than twice what my gold one did! My husband had a penchant for avoiding cheaper items & choosing things that were more expensive & "cooler."
Of course I would rather have gotten good $$ for the titanium ring that my ex took off with a great flourish in our therapist's office 2 1/2 years ago, announcing that for him our relationship was over. But as I thought about it, I realized that it was quite symbolic of the relationship: his "cool" ring (bought with my $$) that ended up worthless, while my simple gold band, the least expensive wedding ring in the store, actually gained value. Made me laugh to myself! I've decided that I'm going to incorporate his ring into some kind of art piece--a collage that will symbolize the way God always redeems my pain.
I did take myself to lunch afterward--actually brunch at a nice restaurant on Michigan Avenue. I had my favorite breakfast/brunch food: eggs benedict & a mimosa. And fruit salad instead of potatoes on the side.
And afterward a little pot of the most delicious gingerbread rooibos tea--mmmm!
The rest of the day was occupied with a meeting at my house. I was elected secretary of the Colombian women's organization that I joined in late 2011, & the other officers & I met to plan our annual work retreat, which will be Sunday 1/27. It was really productive & enjoyable; we all ended up energized & excited about what we're going to accomplish this year.
What a great day it has been!