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New Jersey Jewelers Join Gold Rush

April 26, 2009 by Administrator · 1 Comment 

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San Diego jewelers take note, your colleagues in New Jersey are taking advantage of the recent popularity in gold buying parties, reports the Ashbury Park Press

When Thomas Calabro said, “We are at the heart of a gold rush right now,” he was holding up the heart: a mound of gold jewelry on a red velvet display board surrounded by South African Krugerrands.

All told, the assortment was valued at about $250,000. The coins alone were worth almost $40,000, sold to Calabro by a longtime client while gold was spiking at $954 an ounce.

“The last time gold was sky high was around 1979, the year we opened,” said the owner of Twin City Jewelers on Clifton Avenue in Lakewood. “We built this place on the last gold rush.”

In 1980, gold peaked at about $850 per ounce. Last March it broke the $1,000 mark for the first time in history.

Calabro has the current recession to thank.

As trust in traditional money investments erodes, many people are turning to the most reliable of currencies. And that means quadruple the business for Calabro in the gold sector.

The boost in the “scrap metal” trade for jewelers has hedged a slowdown in retail. So now’s the time when jewelers and jewelry owners are perhaps the only people in the country able to bask in this economic climate — indeed, they’re throwing parties.

After spending a while on the sidelines watching their businesses lose to private “gold parties” — the much flashier cousin to the Tupperware affairs — jewelers have started to play a hand.

Earth Treasures in Eatontown is advertising to host “gold-selling” fund raisers for charities, in which partygoers sell unwanted jewelry, silver, coins and scrap gold for cash, with the charity receiving a percentage of each transaction.

Calabro himself has visited many homes, arriving sometimes with $20,000 in cash and leaving after some hors d’oeuvres with a case of jewels.

“It was very frustrating,” Calabro said of the initial competition. “But if you can’t beat them, you have to join them.”

Hip Hop Bling Goes to Auction

September 22, 2008 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

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There are some kinds of jewelry your likely to never find in the cases of your neighborhood pawn shop in San Diego. Like those huge rocks you see being worn by today’s hip hop stars. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get yourself some of that expensive ice.

Some flashy “Bling” will soon be up for auction. Phillips de Pury & Co., which describes itself as the young collectors’ auction house, is planning on presenting “Hip Hop’s Crown Jewels,” a sale of 70 jewelry pieces estimated to raise $3 million. The sale, which is scheduled for Oct. 1, is billed by Phillips de Pury as the first for hip-hop jewelry. The New York preview, scheduled for Sept. 22-30, is open to the public.

The auction house’s Swiss chairman, Simon de Pury, came up with the idea for the auction. Part of the proceeds will benefit charities. The auction house announced that it will make a donation to the National Museum of American History’s initiative to establish a permanent hip-hop exhibition.

Some of the jewelry was presented to the auction by the performers themselves. Other pieces have come from the estates of rappers, such as a diamond and ruby crown-shaped ring owned by the late rapper Tupac Shakur.

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Just because you like hip hop doesn’t been you can’t go green and recycle your gold. Check out what SDJB is doing in: San Diego Jewelry Buyers Sees Gold Rush Going Green.

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