Stephen Webster: Diamond Fanatic

October 12, 2008 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 


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!


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 


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.


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.

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.