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Hermes Consignment Online

December 13, 2012 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Hermes-Consignment-Online-300x300 Hermes Consignment OnlineSan Diego fashion boutique Authentic Luxury Goods (ALG) has become a major outlet for Hermes consignment online. According to recent news reports, consignment shoppers from around the world have discovered that AuthenticLuxuryGoods.com is the best place to buy and sell Hermes handbags on consignment.

“Within the past few days, we have sold 2 hard-to-find Hermes Birkin Bags for a combined total of $16,000,” says Carl Blackburn, owner of the Authentic Luxury Goods consignment store. Blackburn states that ALG is a popular handbag outlet for Hermes consignment online because the boutique sells used Hermes handbags through multiple retail channels visited by thousands of luxury shoppers around the globe.

“Authentic Luxury Goods is different from other consignment stores in that we specialize in Hermes consignment handbags,” says Blackburn. “Although our retail boutique in San Diego does a lot upscale consignment business, our Hermes consignment sales are conducted largely through our international online store, AuthenticLuxuryGoods.com.”

The Authentic Luxury Goods website specializes in more than Hermes consignment online. The popular e-commerce website also sells fine diamond jewelry and luxury timepieces on consignment. Recent luxury consignment items that ALG has either acquired or sold include a Bulgari Solid Gold and Diamond Purse valued at $28,000, a Jaeger Le-Coultre clock valued at $45,000, and a rare Patek Philippe wristwatch valued at $425,000.

When it comes to Hermes consignment online, ALG currently has on sale an Hermes Mini Birkin handbag with pink togo leather & silver hardware (Price: $18,000), a rare vintage Hermes black crocodile shoulder bag (Price: $20,000), and an Hermes Mini Birkin handbag with orange togo leather, gold hardware, and a custom Hermes silk scarf on the handle (Price: $18,000).

For more information about Hermes consignment online and how to buy and sell Hermes handbags with ALG, please go: AuthenticLuxuryGoods.com.

The Bulgari Story for San Diego Jewelry Buyers

January 30, 2012 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Sell-Jewelry-San-Diego The Bulgari Story for San Diego Jewelry BuyersAt San Diego Jewelry Buyers we often get asked about the history of great jewelers and luxury brands. Everyone likes to know a little bit about the history of a brand, as that makes the piece all the more special. Many San Diegans love the Bulgari brand, so here is the Bulgari story.

Bulgari is an Italian jeweler and luxury goods brand which was founded in 1884 by the Greek jeweler Sotirios Voulgaris. The brand’s trademark is usually written “BVLGARI” in the classical Latin alphabet (where V = English U), and is derived from the Voulgaris surname.

The Bulgary flagship store in via dei Condotti was opened in 1905 by Bulgari with the help of his two sons, Costantino and Giorgio. The store quickly became a place where the world’s rich and famous came for the unique, high quality jewelry designs combining Greek and Roman art.

Bulgari jewelry design is distinctive and often imitated (and counterfeited). In the 1970s, many of the more expensive Bulgari pieces (such as necklaces, bracelets and earrings) were characterized by instantly recognizable, bold, architectural designs combining large and weighty gold links with interlocking steel. Bulgari is also famous for colored stones, especially sapphires mixed in unique formats. Genuine Bulgari watches have a unique serial number that is registered with the company.

Under the stewardship of Sotirio’s grandsons Paolo and Nicola Bulgari, and nephew Francesco Trapani, the Bulgari brand began to diversify, introducing a perfume line and establishing itself as a luxury goods brand recognized throughout the world. Since October 2011, Bulgari has been owned by the French firm LVMH.

To sell Bulgari jewelry to San Diego jewelry Buyers, call us at (619) 236-9603.

The Story of Burberry For San Diego Handbag Buyers

March 21, 2011 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Discounted-Designer-Handbags The Story of Burberry For San Diego Handbag BuyersBurberry is one of the hottest brands for women in San Diego who are looking to buy and sell designer handbags. Some San Diego pawn shops and consignment stores say that Burberry is even hotter right now that pre-owned Louis Vuitton handbags. But just what is the story behind Burberry?

Burberry is a British luxury fashion house, manufacturing clothing, fragrance, handbags, and fashion accessories. The company has branded stores and franchises around the world. Burberry was founded in 1856, when Thomas Burberry, a former draper’s apprentice, opened his own store in Basingstoke, Hampshire, England.

In 1911, Burberry became the outfitters for Roald Amundsen, the first man to reach the South Pole, and Ernest Shackleton, who led a 1914 expedition to cross Antarctica. A Burberry gabardine jacket was worn by George Mallory on his ill-fated attempt to scale Mount Everest in 1924.

In 1914 Burberry was commissioned by Britain’s War Office to adapt its officer’s coat to suit the conditions of contemporary warfare. This resulted in the creation of the “trench coat”. After the war, the Burberry trench coat became popular with regular folks and remains so today.

During the 1970s, the Burberry brand became popular with rebellious British youngsters and football hooligans. However, in the 1990s Burberry began rebranding itself with advertisements in top fashion magazines like GQ, Esquire, Vogue, Tatler and Harper’s Bazaar, with ads that include celebrities such as Kate Moss, George Craig, and Emma Watson.

Today, Burberry operates under 5 brands: Burberry London (the primary brand), Burberry Brit, Burberry Prorsum, Burberry Sport, and Thomas Burberry. Luxury San Diego pawn shops like San Diego Jewelry Buyers pay top dollar for pre-owned Burberry items.

Louis Vuitton: Ultimate Luxury Brand

May 29, 2010 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

designer-handbag-buyers Louis Vuitton: Ultimate Luxury Brand Louis Vuitton Malletier (commonly known as Louis Vuitton or simply LV) is a French fashion house founded in 1854 that has become synonymous with ultimate luxury products, ranging from luxury trunks and leather goods to ready-to-wear, shoes, watches, jewelry, accessories, sunglasses, and books.

The Louis Vuitton story begins with its founder and namesake Louis Vuitton (1821 – February 27, 1892), who once served as the luggage maker of Napoleon III of France. He created the Louis Vuitton label in 1854, introducing a series of innovative luggage products and travel cases. It wasn’t until after Louis’s death that his son, Georges Vuitton, began a campaign to build the company into a worldwide corporation, exhibiting the company’s products at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893.

By 1913, the Louis Vuitton Building opened on the Champs-Elysees, becoming the largest travel-goods store in the world at the time. Stores also opened in New York, Bombay, Washington, London, Alexandria, and Buenos Aires as World War I began. In order to broaden its luggage line, the company revamped its signature Monogram Canvas in 1959[3] to make it more supple, allowing it to be used for purses, bags, and wallets.

In 1987 Moët et Chandon and Hennessy, leading manufacturers of champagne and cognac, merged with Louis Vuitton to form the luxury goods conglomerate LVMH. After introducing its pen collection in 1997, Louis Vuitton introduced the following year the company’s first “prêt-à-porter” line of clothing for men and women. Also in this year, the company introduced the Monogram Vernis line, the LV scrapbooks, and the Louis Vuitton City Guide.

By 2001 the first Louis Vuitton jewelry appeared, a charm bracelet, followed by the Tambour watch collection in 2002. In 2004, Louis Vuitton celebrated its 150th anniversary, opening stores in New York City (on Fifth Avenue), São Paulo, and Johannesburg. It also opened its first global store in Shanghai. By 2005, Louis Vuitton reopened its Champs-Élysées store (reputed to be the largest LV store in the world), and released the Speedy watch collection. Today the Louis Vuitton brand stands as a testament to fine handcrafted manufacturing with the highest quality materials.

Swiss Watchmaker: Patek Philippe

August 31, 2009 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

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The old company saying at watchmaker Patek Philippe is that “You never actually own a Patek Philippe. You merely look after it for the next generation.” And most “owners” of a Patek Philippe wristwatch would agree. The family-run watch company based in Geneva is truly in a class of its own. Established in 1839, the company has fashioned such highly sought after watch collections as Calatrava, Ellipse, Nautilus, Gondolo, Aquanaut, and Twenty~4.

Known worldwide for its complicated watches and its timeless elegant designs, Patek Philippe has been producing timepieces cherished by monarchs, popes, political leaders, and rulers since the reign of Queen Victoria. It all started in 1851, when Victoria acquired a key-wound Patek Philippe watch created in a pendant style during the Great Exhibition of London. Soon Patek Philippe was regularly supplying its watches to her Majesty and her consort, including one exclusive timepiece that was suspended from a diamond and enamel brooch to be worn pinned to the Queen’s clothing.

Victoria’s fascination with Patek Philippe quickly attracted the attention of all the royal courts of Europe. The Swiss company began creating timepieces for such notables as Pope Pius IX, Christian IX and Louise (the king and queen of Denmark), Victor-Emanuel III (king of Italy and Duke of Savoy), and Hussein Kamal (prince of Egypt in the period of 1914-1917).

For its 150th anniversary in 1989, Patek Philippe created one of the most complicated mechanical watches ever made, the Calibre 89. This amazing timepiece holds 33 complications, including the date of Easter, a thermometer, time of sunrise, equation of time, sidereal time, and many other indicators. 1,728 unique parts allow for sidereal time, a 2,800 star chart, and much more.

Today, vintage Patek Philippe wristwatches regularly command the highest prices at watch auctions around the globe, some selling for well over US $1 million. If you are lucky enough to be in the possession of a Patek Philippe watch take care of it very well for the next generation of your family. And should you ever decide to sell one be sure to go to an experieced watch buyer who understand the full worth of these mechanical works of art.

Tiffany & Co.

June 28, 2009 by Administrator · 1 Comment 

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Tiffany & Co. is one jewelry firm that really needs no introduction. Founded by Charles Lewis Tiffany and Teddy Young in New York City in 1837 as a “stationery and fancy goods emporium” the company has truly achieved iconic status.

Tiffany’s flagship store (since 1940) is located at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 57th Street in Manhattan, New York City. The polished granite exterior is well known for its tiny window displays, and a 128.54 carats (25.71 g) Fancy Yellow Tiffany Diamond usually is on display the store. Tiffany’s has been used as a location in a number of films including Breakfast at Tiffany’s, starring Audrey Hepburn, and Sweet Home Alabama, starring Reese Witherspoon.

Tiffany designs have been worn by such famous US families as the Astors, the Vanderbilts, Posts, Huttons, and the Morgans. Athletes, Hollywood stars, and even European royalty have long sought after Tiffany jewelry and diamonds. Museums valued the Tiffany designs, which ranged from the Art Nouveau period to Art Deco to today’s modern styles.

Indicative of its status as a jewelry industry leader, it was a Tiffany’s gemologist who was instrumental in the international adoption of the metric carat as a weight standard for gems, and the Tiffany standard for sterling and platinum have been adopted as United States Standards.

Although most often associated with diamond jewelry, Tiffany & Co. created spin off chain Iridesse in 2005. This new line is dedicated to pearl-only jewelry. Tifanny is also well known for its sterling silver jewelry, some pieces which are engraved with the address of the store.

Because Tiffany is such a sought after jewelry brand, there are many pieces of fake Tiffany jewelry on the market today. Be very careful whenever buying used Tiffany jewelry, making sure that the seller is a trusted source. Ask for the original Tiffany paperwork to ensure authenticity. And if you should want to sell Tiffany jewelry, be sure to go to a professional jewelry buyer who specializes in branded jewelry—otherwise you might just be offered the melt-down price for your Tiffany ring, necklace, bracelet, or earring.

Rolex: A History

May 30, 2009 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

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Rolex is one watchmaker that needs no introduction. The Swiss watch manufacturer is the largest single luxury watch brand in the world, producing about 2,000 watches per day. The company’s estimated revenues are around 3 billion US dollars.

Founded in the early 1900s by Hans Wilsdorf and his brother-in-law Alfred Davis, Rolex has always been a leader. Among the company’s innovations are the first waterproof watch case; the first wristwatch with a date on the dial; the first watch to show two time zones at once; and the first watchmakers to earn chronometer certification for a wristwatch. Rolex still holds the record for the most certified chronometer movements in the category of wristwatches.

Rolex participated in the development of the original quartz watch movements, and in 1968, collaborated with a consortium of 16 Swiss watch manufacturers to develop the Beta 21 quartz movement used in their Rolex Quartz Date 5100. The first self-winding Rolex watch debuted in 1931. This not only made watch-winding unnecessary, but eliminated the problem of over-winding a watch and harming its mechanism. Rolex was also the first watch company to create the first water resistant watch to 330 feet.

Rolex has also made a reputation in watches suitable for the extremes of deep-sea diving, aviation and mountain climbing. Early sports models included the Rolex submariner and the Oyster Perpetual Sea Dweller 2000 (in 1971). Another sports model is the Rolex GMT Master II, originally developed at the request of Pan Am Airways to assist pilots in transcontinental flights. The Explorer and Explorer II were developed specifically for explorers who would navigate rough terrain—such as the world famous Everest Expeditions.

Today Rolex operates stores in many urban centers of the world, including: Toronto, Paris, London, New York, Mexico City, São Paulo, Santiago, Buenos Aires, Sydney, Tokyo, Dubai, and Wellington, among others.

If you would like to learn tips about selling a used Rolex, visit: Rolex Selling Tips from a Watch Buyer

The Man Known as JAR

December 27, 2008 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

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Joel Arthur Rosenthal affects to be known by a single name: JAR (no periods). His shop in Paris’ Place Vendôme has no display window, no regular hours. It does not advertise and opens its doors to only a select few, including Elizabeth Taylor, Elle Macpherson, Barbara Walters, Ann Getty, Mary Pinault and Jo Carole Lauder (and reportedly Marie-Josée Kravis, Marella Agnelli and Princess Firyal of Jordan).

According to a report by Forbes, the craftsmen in Switzerland and France who make is jewelry produce only 70 to 80 pieces a year, each of them one of a kind and many designed with a particular buyer in mind. JAR reserves the right to refuse to sell an item if he doesn’t think it will look good on the intended wearer. His creations often sell for twice what the first buyer paid.

Rosenthal graduated from Harvard in 1966, then moved to Paris. He dabbled first in scriptwriting, then needlepoint, opening a tiny shop where he experimented with unusually colored yarn. Its clientele included designers from Hermès and Valentino. Rosenthal one day was asked if he could design a mount for a gemstone. That sent his career in a new direction. After a brief stint as a salesman at Bulgari in New York he returned to Paris in 1977 and started designing pieces that relied at first on inexpensive stones like coral, moonstone, and minute colored diamonds.

He focused on pavé, a technique for setting small stones so close together that they look paved with jewels. His settings are so finely wrought as to be virtually invisible, and gradations of color progress from subtle to vivid. Unlike other jewelers, he uses a dark metal alloy for the settings to highlight the gems’ color.

Only twice has Rosenthal displayed his jewels to the public, most recently in London in 2002. Four hundred pieces lent by 145 JAR faithful were crowded into small vitrines. He insisted that the lights be dimmed and that flashlights be given to his guests, who groped and gaped their way from case to case.

Considering how hard hit the Beverly Hills community now is by the current economy, you just might find the unthinkable, a JAR piece in a high-end pawn shop. If you do, and happen to have an unusually large amount of money to spare, a JAR piece would certainly be a glamorous piece to add to your investment portfolio.

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If you think we were just joking about finding a piece of JAR jewelry at a Beverly Hills pawn shop, we really weren’t. The pawn shop industry in exclusive California neighborhoods is doing gangbuster business. Read about it at: Beverly Hills Pawn Shop Sees Surge.

Stephen Webster: Diamond Fanatic

October 12, 2008 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

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The one exciting thing about shopping for jewelry at pawn shops, be they in San Diego or any other part of the country is that owners sometimes undervalue what they have in their showcases because they don’t realize what kind of item they have. This is especially so when it comes to hot new jewelry designers like diamond fanatic Stephen Webster.

From a modest start in the small town of Gravesend, near London, Webster has become one of today’s most recognized celebrity jewelry designers, attracting a wide range of famous clients, including Elton John, Kate Moss, Johnny Depp, Sharon Stone, Jennifer Lopez, and Nicholas Cage. His unique talents have been regularly recognized by his peers. He is a four-time winner of the “Luxury Jeweller of the Year” award (2001, 2002, 2003, and 2005) in the United Kingdom. He has also been the UK’s “Jewelry Designer of the Year” four times, most recently in 2006.

Unconventional and quirky, Stephen Webster blends the traditional values of jewelry craftsmanship with a love for modern fashion, street styles, and contemporary music. His career began at 16 when he attended a jewelry and silversmith course at Medway College of Design. He later studied under Tony Sheperd (a former Prime Warden of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths) before heading out on his own to work as a craftsman for several London design houses–during which time he was twice commissioned to set the De Beers Diamond Stakes Trophy.

Stephen Webster set up his first studio in Canada in 1982, returned to England briefly in 1984, and then set off to California to explore the sun-drenched streets of the West Coast. In 1988 he once again returned to England to establish his current company Stephen Webster Ltd., which has become one of the largest jewelry manufacturing and design studios in London’s West End. Webster has also established independent boutiques and concessions around the world, including stores in Moscow, Hong Kong, Seoul, and St. Petersburg.

So what this all means is this: if you see a piece of Stephen Webster jewelry going for a couple hundred dollars at a San Diego pawn shop and you are sure it is the real deal, buy it!

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If you have some Stephen Webster diamond jewelry, then you might be thinking about having it appraised. Before you do, read: Beware of Jewelry Appraising Values.

Gurhan Orhan: 24K Gold Master Craftsman

September 18, 2008 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

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When you are looking through your jewelry box for items that you might like to pawn at a San Diego pawn shop, 18k gold jewelry will usually bring you a higher cash loan than 14k jewelry will. But 24k gold jewelry (100% pure gold) will probably bring you even more. The only problem is that you aren’t likely to find any 24k gold items in your jewelry box, whether it’s filled with vintage pieces, estate jewelry, or modern items. The reason is that very few designers (past or present) make jewelry in 24k gold because it is so soft and hard to work with.

One contemporary designer who has made a name for himself in the realm of 24k jewelry is Gurhan Orhan. Based in the Big Apple and Istanbul, Gurhan is an unusually case among fine jewelry designers, not only because he works in 24k gold but because he is entirely self-taught. Gurhan’s fans though certainly don’t complain about his lack of formal training. The designer’s sensual jewelry has won adoring admirers around the globe, and his craftsmanship as a goldsmith is extraordinary.

In fact, Gurhan sees himself as a reincarnation of the ancient goldsmith, channeling the art for today’s fine jewelry lovers. The luxury online jeweler Pearlman’s Jewelers has an excellent selection of Gurhan Orhan’s gold earrings, rings, necklaces, and bracelets. Check them out by clicking here.

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Do you have fine jewelry or a rare timepiece that you are looking to sell? Before you choose a San Diego buyer be sure to read: SDJB’s Selling and Loan Guide.

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