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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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SDJB Sees Gold Rush Going Green

September 22, 2008 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

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California (and the entire country) has seen a gold rush over the past year—with consumers cashing in on exploding gold prices to sell their outdated and unwanted gold jewelry to ease the burden at the pump, take a holiday, or modernize their fine jewelry boxes. But San Diego Jewelry Buyers reports that it is not just $900+ dollar spot prices for gold that is sending customers through their doors. They say that shoppers desire to “go green” is also a driving factor.

“The internet has made jewelry customers tremendously more informed,” says SDJB spokesperson Alan Blyler. “Not only do they know more about the 4 Cs of diamond quality and the intricacies of fine millgraining and filigree, they increasingly are aware of the ways that gold and diamond mining impact the environment. Today, many people come to us because they are looking to do their part toward recycling precious resources.”

The impact to Mother Earth in creating a single piece of jewelry is truly astounding. The production of one 18k gold ring is said to generate 20 tons of mine waste, while it takes another 250 tons of mine waste to process a single one carat diamond. The environment is also at risk from the cyanide used to separate the gold from the ore—which if not carefully disposed can make its way into streams, rivers, and groundwater.

The smelting process that removes gold impurities is another culprit. According to the Worldwatch Institute, an independent research center dedicated to environmentally sustainable living, the world’s smelters release more than 140 million tons of sulfur dioxide (13 percent of global emissions) into the atmosphere every year.

By selling unwanted gold jewelry (and platinum jewelry) which can either be melted down, refashioned, or resold to an interested buyer, consumers can help reduce the need to expand mining activity around the globe, especially in developing areas which often lack the safeguards for environmental protection. “With the burgeoning wealth of countries like China and India, there are millions of more shoppers seeking fine jewelry, which is putting added pressure on the gold and diamond mines,” says Blyler. “When customers sell their old jewelry, they can help relieve that pressure, and take us another small step toward a healthy planet.”

With only about 15% of gold consumption recycled each year, there is undoubtedly much more waiting to be refashioned again into exquisite jewels. To learn more about how you can resell and recycle your fine gold jewelry, platinum jewelry, and silver jewelry, please visit SanDiegoJewelryBuyers.com.

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