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Pawn Shops See Business Spike for Diamonds & More

February 2, 2010 by Administrator · 1 Comment 

selldiamondssandiegojpg Pawn Shops See Business Spike for Diamonds & More The Telegraph Herald Online and Reuters are reporting that all across America, pawn shops have seen spikes in their business due to tougher economic times. We here at the San Diego Luxury Pawn Shop Report would certainly concur with that report, especially when it comes to diamond jewelry and items made of gold or other precious metals. Read more

SDJB Expands Cash Loan Service

May 30, 2009 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

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To better serve the San Diego community, San Diego Jewelry Buyers (SDJB) has announced that it has increased the firm’s limit on collateral cash loans on diamonds, fine jewelry, and watches to $250,000 per customer. According to SDJB president Carl Blackburn, the company has increased its cash loan limits due to the declining accessibility of mortgage loans from traditional banking institutions. Read more

Pawning Stuff? What You Need to Know

April 26, 2009 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

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The San Diego Union Tribune has recently published an article with tips for pawn shop goers in San Diego. A sampling of the nespaper’s valuable tips includes:

1) You’ll need to identify yourself. Be ready to show a driver’s license or state identification, give a thumb print and have your photo taken, along with a photo of your collateral. You’ll also need to supply some personal information and details of the item being pawned. This information will be sent to local law enforcement. Read more

Selling Your Diamond Engagement Ring

December 27, 2008 by Administrator · 1 Comment 

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San Diego Jewelry Buyers has updated its Knowledge section for sellers of fine jewelry, gold, diamonds, and watches with advice for consumers looking to sell their diamond engagement ring. “It is always a difficult and emotional situation when someone is thinking about selling an engagement ring or bridal jewelry,” says Alan Blyler, a spokesperson for San Diego Jewelry Buyers, “so we wanted to lay down some practical and personal things to think about before making a decision.”

On the personal side, San Diego Jewelry Buyers recommends that women who are in the process of getting a divorce should wait until the papers are signed before selling their engagement ring and other bridal related jewelry. Feelings among married couples often change at the last minute, and the prospect of losing an engagement ring and wedding band forever should the couple reconcile is something to remember. Customers in need of money immediately are advised to sell less sentimental diamond jewelry, or use it as collateral for a loan.

On the practical side, San Diego Jewelry Buyers informs potential sellers of diamond engagement rings that bridal jewelry which was appraised in the past for insurance purposes was valued at the estimated retail price. This price is much higher than what a customer can expect on the second-hand (used) jewelry market. Consumers who decide to get their engagement ring appraised before they resell it are advised to tell the appraiser that they would like a resell price estimate.

To read the rest of San Diego Jewelry Buyers’ tips for sellers of diamond engagement rings and bridal jewelry (as well as other timely advice on how to sell your gold, watches, and diamonds) please visit the Knowledge section of their website at:

http://www.sandiegojewelrybuyers.com/knowledge/jewelry/51-sell-your-diamond-engagement-ring.html

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Did you know that Mahama Ghandi had a favorite watch that he carried with him? It was a Zenith pocketwatch, and you can read about it at: Ghandi’s Watch Sold at Auction.

California Pawn Shops Increase Business

November 14, 2008 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

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According to a recent report by Bloomberg, California pawn shops have seen a dramatic increase in business over the past several months. The CEO of Beverly Loan (sitting in an office strewn with 18k gold bracelets, Rolexes, diamonds, and other luxury items worth thousands of dollars) is quoted as saying, not surprisingly, that business is booming. Read more

City Loan & Pawn Shops Form Alliance

November 14, 2008 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

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City Loan has announced that the company has aligned itself with Abes Pawn Shop in Santa Clarita, California. City Loan hopes that the partnership will increase the company’s exposure to this market, thus eliminating the need for it to open a bricks and mortar location with its subsequent costly overhead. Read more

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.

Selling & Loan Guide For Consumers: Jewelry, Diamonds, Gold, & Watches

September 18, 2008 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

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**The United States has over 12,000 businesses that buy and sell used jewelry, watches, and diamonds. Not all are the same. When deciding on whom to entrust with your fine jewelry transaction, be selective, do research, and choose only those businesses that specialize and understand the current jewelry market. Read more

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