I may get a whole lot of negative responses to this, and here goes....When I became disabled I began selling family antiques on eBay. My Grandmother and Mother died within five years of each other and I had a whole lot of their items stored in the attic for over 17 years. I am still selling some of those antiques (yes, there was a TON of this) and have also begun selling the coin collection. I think about the house I want to have when the children are out on their own and look at items before I sell them. If I don't think I'd want a certain piece in the house I sell it. Again, please remember that I am not *in debt* other than my mortgage, and I am limited with my income so I have to AVOID debt. My Grandmother and Mother left me all their jewelry. It was very easy for me to sell the items that I didn't like and that none of my children wanted. I have three family diamond rings. Each of them were appraised with a resale value of just over 30K in total. I have three children and each of them will get one of the diamonds. If my financial situation became so dire I would sell the diamonds; and only as a last resort.An Engagement ring may be a luxury and there is sentiment behind it. Yes, sell it if there is NO OTHER choice, but I wouldn't sell it right away. Then again, I am female and do make decisions with both sides of my brain. Hope
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