Van Cleef & Arpels: A Legendary Brand

September 10, 2008 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 


San Diego consumers don’t only take advantage of pawnbrokers to get cash loans on fine jewelry. More and more people are visiting pawn shops to look for deals on designer jewelry that is up for sale. If you are lucky, you might just run across a piece from that legendary brand Van Cleef & Arpels.

The history of Van Cleef & Arpels stretches all the way back to 1896, when company co-founders Estelle Arpels and Alfred Van Cleef got married. In 1906 Alfred joined forces with his brothers-in-law Charles and Julien Arpels to establish the jewelry company at the now famous site 22 Place Vendôme, Paris, France. Since that time Van Cleef & Arpels has been a trend-setter in jewelry design, competing against other legendary brands, such as Cartier and Tiffany, for awards and public recognition. The company opened its first boutique in New York in 1942, and now more than 45 Van Cleef & Arpels boutiques are in operation around the world.

Whether it is set in gold or platinum, the diamond jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels never ceases to enchant and delight wearers. If you are fortunate enough to come across a piece from this brand at a San Diego pawn shop you can be assured that the person you give it to will adore it and treasure the jewelry for years to come–while it likely also increases in value. To learn more, visit the company by clicking here.


Does your interests expand beyond fine jewelry brands to include great watch brands? If so, then the following article will likely be one you’ll want to read: Ernst Benz Commemorates Bejing With New Timepiece.

Ernst Benz Commemorates Bejing With New Timepiece

September 10, 2008 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Ernst Benz

National Jeweler reports that the Swiss watch brand Ernst Benz has launched a new timepiece in commemoration of the city of Beijing, host of the 2008 Summer Olympics.

The introduction marks a new series to be released bi-annually in celebration of the great cities of the world. “In the continual effort to tell the story of Ernst Benz and its ‘Great Circle’ theme of exploration and aviation, we have designed these timepieces to honor the magnificent society and rich heritage of the city of Beijing,” Leonid Khankin, Ernst Benz designer and managing director, said in a media release.

In designing the “Beijing 2008 Limited Edition ChronoScope,” Khankin took inspiration from Chinese numerology and the number eight, a continuous and symmetrical number that is a symbol of prosperity and wealth in Chinese culture.

The watch was designed and manufactured in Switzerland, and will be available exclusively in the brand’s signature 47-millimeter size with two different dial executions, “Noir,” in black, and “Vermilion,” a red style. Both versions will be limited to only 88 pieces, hand-finished in brushed stainless steel. An even more limited edition of eight pieces per dial will be available in black PVD-coated brushed steel.

Both dials feature a traditional Chinese pattern representing fire, and incorporate Chinese characters for the numerals, with the eighth hour marker written as “08″ to signify the importance of the 2008 year. The watches will be delivered in custom Chinese-themed packaging and will feature a choice of hand-stitched alligator straps in black with red stitching or red with black stitching.

The stainless steel version will retail for $5,800 and the black PVD-coated brushed stainless steel model will retail for $6,800.


Are you a history buff? Then you’ll want to read this article about what is perhaps Catherine The Great’s Pearl Necklace, published by the San Diego Luxury Pawn Shop Report.