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SDJB Wins Registered Trademark

January 18, 2012 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

SDJB_2012Blog SDJB Wins Registered TrademarkSan Diego Jewelry Buyers (SDJB) has announced that it has been awarded a registered trademark from the United States government. Having been issued the trademark, SDJB will be better able to eliminate confusion in the marketplace. Read more

San Diego Pawn Shop Acquires White House Solid Gold Skeleton by Montblanc

September 1, 2011 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

White House PenSan Diego Jewelry Buyers (SDJB), Southern California’s luxury pawn shop, has just announced the purchase of an rare Montblanc fountain pen: a White House Limited Edition Solid Gold Skeleton. Crafted in 18k white gold, the fountain pen’s design takes its inspiration from the architecture of the White House. Read more

Gold Fuels Pawn Shop Boom

February 2, 2010 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

gold-sandiego Gold Fuels Pawn Shop Boom KPLC TV News is reporting that the high price of gold has local pawn shops booming, as more people dig through their jewelry boxes for gold items they can trade or sell for cash. The Lake Charles news team interviewed a local pawn shop owner who says more customers are finding gold and pawn shops a great combination, especially since it’s hard to get fast cash from banks and other lending institutions.

“A lot people have single earrings, broken rings or necklaces that they’re not going to repair,” said the pawnbroker. “With the record price of gold now, a lot of times they’re pleasantly surprise with how much they can get for it.” He also advised customers to go local when you put your gold items on the market.

Many people are also mailing in their gold to companies who advertise frequently on television. Recently several of these businesses have come under intense scrutiny. New York Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY) has even called for the Federal Trade Commission to look into one company’s “deceptive practices,” after hearing several complaints from sellers who say the company didn’t give them the promised price for their gold.

And all experts agree (including us at the San Diego Luxury Pawn Shop Report) that before selling or trading to any gold buyer, consumers should get several quotes from different brokers.

San Diego Luxury Pawnbroker Reaches Out Into New Affluent Markets

December 2, 2009 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

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San Diego Jewelry Buyers (SDJB), California’s luxury pawnbroker and diamond buyer of choice, is extending its market reach with a new advertising campaign that targets high net-worth professionals in Rancho Santa Fe, Solana Beach, Carlsbad, Del Mar, La Jolla, and other affluent communities in the region Read more

Pawn Shop Sales Point to Recovery?

August 31, 2009 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

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WALB News in South Georgia is reporting on a new trend that we have also seen occurring in San Diego; that is, signs of an economic recovery are showing up at some pawn shops. The report from the peach state rightly mentions that pawn shop activity is often a good indicator of the economic pulse because many people use them like banks for loans or cash advances. Read more

New Gold Jewelry & Precious Metals Law

August 5, 2009 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

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Orange County readers of the San Diego Luxury Pawn Shop report should take note that a new law has been passed. The Shawangunk Journal reports that under this new law, anyone who has a business that buys second-hand jewelry (gemstones and precious metals) would have to have a license from the county and undergo a background check. In addition, two crucial rules apply. To sell gold jewelry to a store, you have to be over the age of 18 and you have to have photo ID for the store owner to see and if they want, to record. Then, the store or pawn shop must hold the items for 15 days before selling them.

The journal interviewed Dan Depew, Country Representative of the 18th District, who put it this way. “You can’t just ride into town, stay in a motel, and announce that you’re buying gold. Because, now you have stay in the county a while, and you have to register and undergo that background check.”

Police Chief McCann believes that the new law can be a win-win for everyone, saying that if pawn shops and jewelry buyers work it into their practices, then they can be sure that the police know they’re on the right side of things. McCann also added that residents can take steps to protect themselves. “Everyone [should maintain] a good record of the piece of jewelry, or property of any sort that has a value, or that they think is important to them. A photo is good, but if there’s some marker on the property that is known only to them, so they can ID that piece of jewelry, then that’s a great help to us in recovering things.”

Save Your San Diego Pawn Shop

April 26, 2009 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

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According to ABC news, opponents of a proposed bill in the U.S. Senate say while it’s aim is to help consumers, what it may in fact do is destroy a business that’s been around for thousands of years. 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

The Man Known as JAR

December 27, 2008 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

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Joel Arthur Rosenthal affects to be known by a single name: JAR (no periods). His shop in Paris’ Place Vendôme has no display window, no regular hours. It does not advertise and opens its doors to only a select few, including Elizabeth Taylor, Elle Macpherson, Barbara Walters, Ann Getty, Mary Pinault and Jo Carole Lauder (and reportedly Marie-Josée Kravis, Marella Agnelli and Princess Firyal of Jordan).

According to a report by Forbes, the craftsmen in Switzerland and France who make is jewelry produce only 70 to 80 pieces a year, each of them one of a kind and many designed with a particular buyer in mind. JAR reserves the right to refuse to sell an item if he doesn’t think it will look good on the intended wearer. His creations often sell for twice what the first buyer paid.

Rosenthal graduated from Harvard in 1966, then moved to Paris. He dabbled first in scriptwriting, then needlepoint, opening a tiny shop where he experimented with unusually colored yarn. Its clientele included designers from Hermès and Valentino. Rosenthal one day was asked if he could design a mount for a gemstone. That sent his career in a new direction. After a brief stint as a salesman at Bulgari in New York he returned to Paris in 1977 and started designing pieces that relied at first on inexpensive stones like coral, moonstone, and minute colored diamonds.

He focused on pavé, a technique for setting small stones so close together that they look paved with jewels. His settings are so finely wrought as to be virtually invisible, and gradations of color progress from subtle to vivid. Unlike other jewelers, he uses a dark metal alloy for the settings to highlight the gems’ color.

Only twice has Rosenthal displayed his jewels to the public, most recently in London in 2002. Four hundred pieces lent by 145 JAR faithful were crowded into small vitrines. He insisted that the lights be dimmed and that flashlights be given to his guests, who groped and gaped their way from case to case.

Considering how hard hit the Beverly Hills community now is by the current economy, you just might find the unthinkable, a JAR piece in a high-end pawn shop. If you do, and happen to have an unusually large amount of money to spare, a JAR piece would certainly be a glamorous piece to add to your investment portfolio.

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If you think we were just joking about finding a piece of JAR jewelry at a Beverly Hills pawn shop, we really weren’t. The pawn shop industry in exclusive California neighborhoods is doing gangbuster business. Read about it at: Beverly Hills Pawn Shop Sees Surge.

Illinois to Auction $125,000 of Unclaimed Jewelry on Ebay

November 25, 2008 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

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Are you looking for some great deals on second-hand fine jewelry? Doesn’t matter if you are from San Diego, you can still take part in the Illinois jewelry auction on Ebay. Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giuannoulias’ office has begun auctioning the contents of abandoned safety deposit boxes on eBay to holiday shoppers. Read more

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