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Signed Jewelry at New York Loan

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By   267 days ago

Luxury collateral lending companies like New York Loan Company use the term “Signed Jewelry” a lot when discussing high-end jewelry pieces, however there can easily be some confusion in the term. Signed jewelry is defined as jewelry that is stamped and hallmarked by the original designer, usually with their logo. In the world of fine [...]

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Icons of Design: Zip by Van Cleef and Arpels

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By   267 days ago

Very few fine jewelry designs can be considered iconic, but Van Cleef & Arpels’ Zip necklace is assuredly one. The brainchild of the Duchess of Windsor, the design was first conceived in the late 1930s, but was not produced until 1950. This incredible masterpiece takes the form of a zipper closure, just as you would [...]

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What’s in a Name: The Origin of Gemstone Names

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By   267 days ago

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” -William Shakespeare The same could be said for a gemstone—an emerald would still shimmer with its luscious green sparkle should it be called by any other name! When you begin to examine the origin of gemstones’ names, [...]

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The Rare Farnese Blue Diamond: Fit for a Queen

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By   383 days ago

On Tuesday evening, May 15, the hammer fell at a staggering $6.7 million at Sotheby’s auction house in Geneva for the extraordinary and magnificent Farnese Blue diamond. The sparkling pear-shaped diamond weighs 6.16 carats and is encircled by a crown of cushion-shaped diamonds. The Fancy Dark Grey-Blue gemstone had been in private hands for over three hundred [...]

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Abraham-Louis Breguet: The Wizard of Watchmaking

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By   383 days ago

While the originators of many remarkable inventions are now lost to time, ironically, the watchmakers of today know exactly whom to credit with many remarkable innovations still in use. Abraham-Louis Breguet, founder of his namesake luxury watch company, was an incredibly prolific genius of horology whose work is the foundation of the most sophisticated timepieces of the [...]

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True Titanic Love Story: The Real Heart Of The Ocean Diamond

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By   383 days ago

The tragic tale of the Titanic has been cemented in our hearts and memories by James Cameron’s classic film, centered on the doomed young love of Jack and Rose. The depiction is so moving and dramatic that many believe the story to be entirely Hollywood fiction, but they would be incorrect – even the Heart [...]

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The History of the Right-Hand Ring

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By   555 days ago

That ring on her right hand may look very similar to an engagement ring, but do not automatically assume it is an “alternative” and just worn on the other hand. Perhaps she landed a well-deserved promotion, graduated a master’s program or sold her house, but it is becoming more and more independent that women are [...]

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Watch Lessons – The Tourbillon

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By   559 days ago

Literally translating to “whirlwind” in French, the tourbillon is an added mechanism on timepieces that was originally purposed to improve accuracy in pocket watches. Although the tourbillon has little effect on precision on today’s modern wrist watches, the complexity and craftsmanship of the tourbillon has made it highly desirable. Often brought into New York Loan [...]

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Thai parents pawn Hermes, Gucci, LV bags and Blythe dolls to pay school fees

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By   1667 days ago

Original article from inquirer.net BANGKOK, Thailand—Luxury items such as Hermes, Gucci and Louis Vuitton handbags and Blythe dolls have been sold at pawnshops nationwide as parents struggle to find money for their children’s tuition fees and related expenses for the new school year this month. The influx of luxury items has prompted many pawnshops to [...]

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Pawn shop buys rare Pres. Lincoln document

By   1699 days ago

Original article from turnto23.com If you’re looking for a rare collectible item, the Gold and Silver Trading Company on Union Ave may have exactly what you’re looking for. But that’s not all, you can find everything from lawn mowers and tools, to rare coin’s and sports memorabilia. “Basically, anything we think is cool we will [...]

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eBay Begins Streaming Live Sotheby’s Auctions

By   1705 days ago

Original Article from nytimes.com The buildup was intense. Since July, when Sotheby’s struck a deal with eBay to have its auctions carried live, the marriage of the blue-blood auction house to the blue-collar online retailer had generated tingles of anticipation. But on Wednesday, when eBay streamed Sotheby’s auctions for the first time, the event could not have been more [...]

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Pawn to cushion payday lenders from regulatory blow

By   1707 days ago

Original article found on reuters.com (Reuters) – Payday lenders that have substantial pawn operations are better positioned to absorb the blow from proposed U.S. regulations aimed at cracking down on an industry that has been criticized for saddling borrowers with debt they cannot repay. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has proposed a number of guidelines [...]

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Reality TV burnishes image of the neighborhood pawn shop

By   1708 days ago

Reality TV And It’s Positive Effect on the Image and Industry of Pawn Shops Original article on reuters.com  (Reuters) – After centuries on the fringe of consumer finance, the neighborhood pawn shop is pushing its way toward the mainstream, thanks to the power of reality television and the long arm of government regulation. The History [...]

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Pawnbroker Report Trends & Steady Industry Growth

By   1713 days ago

Pawnbroker Report Trends & Steady Industry Growth Original Article At: nationalpawnbrokers.org The National Pawnbrokers Association (NPA) today announced the results of the NPA 2015 Trend Survey that assesses how changes in the U.S. economy have affected the pawn industry since the beginning of 2014. Findings of the survey demonstrate conservative growth within the industry over [...]

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Pawn Shops: New Image for an Old Industry

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By   2325 days ago

The pawn business has experienced significant growth in the past few years, but the industry has been around for thousands of years. Pawnbroking goes as far back as 3000 years in history with pawn shops in Imperial China.  They were common in ancient Greece and Rome as well.  Queen Isabella of Spain is believed to [...]

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Cash America Expands its Texas Presence

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By   2357 days ago

Cash America has acquired a 41-store chain of pawn shops primarily under the name of Top Dollar Pawn and owned by TDP Superstores Corp.  President and CEO of Cash America said, “We are excited about this opportunity to further expand Cash America’s pawn lending business in the State of Texas. This group of 41 stores [...]

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Van Cleef & Arpels launches Two Butterfly creations as spring season blossoms

By   1350 days ago

Original article from saudigazette.com   THIS March, Van Cleef & Arpels is celebrating spring by unveiling new pieces in its Two Butterfly collection. Inspired by all the freshness and vitality of the season, these creations combine the gentle luster of mother-of-pearl and pink gold with the sparkle of diamonds. Enthralled by the spectacle of nature’s [...]

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One of Rolex’s most iconic models just got a huge update

By   1360 days ago

Original article from businessinsider.com It’s always news when Rolex drops an update for one of the iconic models in its lineup, and this year is no different. A huge update to a model on the higher end, the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona, had watch geeks freaking out at Baselworld, the world’s largest watch industry fair held [...]

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The Big Three Jewels: Why Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald Top the List of Precious Gems

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By   1364 days ago

Original article from forbes.com Cartier Tourbillon Mysterieux Azure Until recently, only emerald, ruby and sapphire were officially called precious gems. Everything else was called semi-precious. The precious categorization is a reference to value: a really fine ruby, emerald or sapphire can be priced higher per carat than a diamond. Sapphires are extremely hard and durable, [...]

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10-Carat Blue Diamond May Fetch Up to $35M at Sotheby’s

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By   1369 days ago

Original article from blouinartinfo.com The largest oval fancy vivid blue diamond ever to appear at auction will cross the block at Sotheby’s Hong Kong on April 5. Headlining the auction house’s Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite Spring Sale, the rare stone weighs 10.10 carats, is internally flawless, and is estimated to fetch between HK$235 million and [...]

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Billionaire Forbes puts Napoleon III art collection up for auction

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By   1376 days ago

Original article found on dw.com American publisher Christopher Forbes has brought his Napoleon III collection of 2,000 art objects back to Paris for auction. It has allowed the Emperor into the Opera Garnier for the first time. A box was built for Napoleon III, the President of the Second French Republic and Emperor of the [...]

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The Most Expensive Items Ever Auctioned

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By   1379 days ago

Original article from money.cnn.com VIEW THE SLIDESHOW Going once, going twice, sold! Wealthy collectors are smashing records at auctions around the world. Here are some of the most expensive items ever sold. Pablo Picasso’s 1955 painting, Les femmes d’Alger (Version O), sold for $179,365,000 at Christie’s auction house in New York in 2015. It set a new [...]

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Colored Stones Will Drive Jewelry Market in 2016, Says Bonhams

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By   1412 days ago

Original article from blouinartinfo.com Colored gemstones set new records for Bonhams in 2015 and will continue to be in high demand in 2016, the auction house said. Emily Barber, Bonhams’ London-based jewelry department director, predicts that gemstones of various hues will drive the market as fine examples get rarer and rarer. “Without a doubt we [...]

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Christie’s to Auction James Bond ‘Spectre’ Memorabilia in Charitable Auction

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By   1412 days ago

Original article from artnet.com One of two Aston Martin DB10 show cars headlines the charity auction. Photo: Christie’s London James Bond is coming to Christie’s next month. The auction house will host a charity sale featuring all sorts of 007 related memorabilia fromSpectre, the franchise’s latest release. The proceeds from the sale of 24 lots will go [...]

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eBay Begins Streaming Live Sotheby’s Auctions

By   1705 days ago

Original Article from nytimes.com The buildup was intense. Since July, when Sotheby’s struck a deal with eBay to have its auctions carried live, the marriage of the blue-blood auction house to the blue-collar online retailer had generated tingles of anticipation. But on Wednesday, when eBay streamed Sotheby’s auctions for the first time, the event could not have been more [...]

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Reality TV burnishes image of the neighborhood pawn shop

By   1708 days ago

Reality TV And It’s Positive Effect on the Image and Industry of Pawn Shops Original article on reuters.com  (Reuters) – After centuries on the fringe of consumer finance, the neighborhood pawn shop is pushing its way toward the mainstream, thanks to the power of reality television and the long arm of government regulation. The History [...]

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Hardcore Pawn Visits New York Loan Company

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By   2347 days ago

New York Loan Company was excited to receive a visit from Seth Gold and Ashley Broad, stars of TruTV’s hit reality show Hardcore Pawn. Seth and Ashley were in town for an interview with Fox & Friends, a show on Fox News that is filmed across the street from New York City’s Diamond District, where [...]

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Rick Harrison’s Advice on Business

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By   2386 days ago

People have pawned, bartered and exchanged for quick access to money for centuries.  While technology and currency has advanced, the practice remains relevant today.  Thanks to the hit TV series Pawn Stars, pawn shops are more popular than ever.  Owner and star Rick Harrison says as kid he was the child of a working mom [...]

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Jordan Tabach-Bank Scores at Top of Charts on Braindex

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By   2406 days ago

Jordan Tabach-Bank is the latest celebrity to appear on Braindex, a fast-paced trivia game that lets players go head to head with celebrities.  The popular Apple iPad application allows viewers to watch the game show like they would on television while playing along in real time with their touch screen. ‘Don’t just watch a game [...]

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Pawn Stars UK Debuts this Fall

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By   2435 days ago

A&E Networks UK’s HISTORY will soon have its own version of “Pawn Stars.”  The show will be set at Regal Pawn, located just outside of Chester, near the border of Wales and England.  Regal Pawn’s owner Mark “Big Mark” Manning, his daughter Vicki, his best friend Little Mark and Little Mark’s son, Marco will make [...]

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Something for Everyone on “Pawn Stars”

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By   2435 days ago

History Channel’s “Pawn Stars” has been a success since it debuted in 2009.  One of the shows stars, Rick Harrison doesn’t seem to have an answer for why the show is so popular.  “I have no idea,” he says. “Obviously, America loves fat guys in a pawn shop.”   He does, however, know what his favorite [...]

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