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The Rare Farnese Blue Diamond: Fit for a Queen

By   /  November 23, 2018  /  Featured Press, Pawn News  /  No Comments

Farnese

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

By   /  November 23, 2018  /  Featured Press, Pawn News  /  No Comments

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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

By   /  November 23, 2018  /  Featured Press, Pawn News  /  No Comments

Heart-blog

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

By   /  June 4, 2018  /  Featured Press, Pawn News  /  No Comments

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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

By   /  May 31, 2018  /  Featured Press, Pawn News  /  No Comments

Tourbillon

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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The History of Cartier Watches

By   /  May 18, 2018  /  Featured Press, Pawn News  /  No Comments

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Cartier has a long and detailed history spanning over a century and is one of the more common brands seen at Beverly Loan Company, a luxury pawn shop located in Beverly Hills. Cartier started as a prestigious jeweler and expanded to high-end watches shortly thereafter. The company has celebrated many horological milestones: Cartier invented the [...]

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Fashion Trends: Choker Necklaces

By   /  May 18, 2018  /  Featured Press, Pawn News  /  No Comments

Choker-Necklaces

Choker necklaces are a trend that cuts across many cultures and class lines. Centuries before chokers were donned by the celebrities and fashionistas of today, women in ancient civilizations wore them to protect the neck, a very important and vulnerable part of the body. Women from the Sumer Empire in Mesopotamia and Ancient Egypt, for [...]

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What is Melee?

By   /  April 30, 2018  /  Featured Press, Pawn News  /  No Comments

Melee-blog

Not to be confused with the definition of melee that means a tumultuous ruckus or disordered fray, in the world of jewelry, melee are very small diamonds. The Gemological Institute of America classifies any diamond weighing less than 1/5 carat to be melee, meaning that these little treasures can be as small as 1/1000 of [...]

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Thank You, Thank You Very Much: Most Expensive Elvis Memorabilia

By   /  April 30, 2018  /  Featured Press, Pawn News  /  No Comments

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Elvis Presley, the King of Rock and Roll, radically changed the face of music in the 1950s and has unquestionably become a legend, a giant of musical history, a deity of hip-shaking blues. Elvis’ fans span across generations and the desirability for Elvis memorabilia still burns brightly in the hearts of the King’s followers. Therefore, [...]

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Famous Celebrity Memorabilia: Elizabeth Taylor’s First Wedding Dress

By   /  April 11, 2018  /  Featured Press, Pawn News  /  No Comments

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She was only 18 at the time, walking down the aisle in a glimmering cream wedding dress, which was the first of many. By the age of 18, Elizabeth Taylor had already become a legendary actress and Hollywood star. She would marry Conrad “Nicky” Hilton, Jr. the same year, 1950, and divorce him after only [...]

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