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Look for Colored Diamonds at San Diego Pawn Shops

October 23, 2008 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

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According to a recent article in Forbes, the poor economic outlook is causing many people to invest in tangible goods like jewelry and diamonds. They cite a recent auction conducted by Chicago auctioneers Leslie Hindman, which attracted buyers from around the world and sparked bidding wars on several items that ended up being sold for around $100,000. Also mentioned was Sotheby’s recent September jewelry auction which broke all expectations—and included items from Van Cleef & Arpels and Harry Winston which sold for more than double their pre-sale valuations.

According to the article, what really is becoming popular are colored diamonds. These diamonds are much more rare that colorless diamonds. How rare? Well the ratio of one carat colored diamonds to one carat colorless diamonds is 1 in 100,000. It is because of this rarity that high quality colored diamonds are said to double in value around every 4 years! Thus it is no surprise why diamond buyers seek them out.

That’s something to keep in mind if you come across some fine quality jewelry set with colored diamonds at an area San Diego pawn shop. After all, if you have money to invest, why not put it into something that you can wear and enjoy every day?

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Of course, diamonds and diamond jewelry are not the only things to be looking for in San Diego pawn shops. Gold coins and gold bars are also items to keep an eye out for. Read more: Buying and Selling Gold Bullion Coins at Pawn Shops.

Buying & Selling Gold Bullion Coins at San Diego Pawn Shops

October 23, 2008 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

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If you ever come across some gold bullion coins at a San Diego pawn shop and are considering buying them, there are a few things that you should keep in mind:

Remember that gold prices fluctuate all the time, sometimes quite dramatically. So be sure to check the current day’s spot price. What is gold’s spot price? That’s the current market price for the precious metal. In contrast, a gold bullion coin’s “melt value” refers the value of the coin if it is melted down and sold.

If you plan on buying a fractional gold bullion coin (that is, a coin weighing less than one ounce) you can expect to pay a higher percentage over melt value than if you were buying a one ounce coin.

The folks at the Professional Numismatists Guild say that the average retail commission that a seller charges is 5-6%. So if it seems like the pawn shop from which you are thinking about buying a gold bullion coin is charging a higher commission than that, you can likely get a better deal elsewhere

Lastly, as a general rule of thumb, remember that Kruggerrand bullion coins are usually sold for less than the American Eagle and Canadian Maple Leaf bullion coins.

If you are really keen on buying gold bullion coins, your best bet may be to look up a San Diego ANA (American Numismatic Association) bullion dealer by clicking here.

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People in San Diego often ask us just what the history of pawn shops is, where and how the whole business got started. For the curious, SDJB has now written: A Brief History of Pawn Shops.

NAWCC Announces SW California Regional

September 29, 2008 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

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The National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC) Chapter 59 today announced the dates for its 2008 Southwest California Regional: November 20 through 22 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

This annual event, which Chapter 59 manages every November with co-host Chapter 136, attracts watch and clock sellers and buyers from all over the world. Many antique dealers attend the Southwest California Regional to replenish their inventory of vintage clocks and watches, making it one of the few major events at which the average collector can discover true “wholesale” deals on collectible timepieces.

The venue in the Del Mar Fairgrounds’ Wyland Center holds more than 250 tables, each laden with items for sale. In addition to complete collectible watches and clocks, you can find parts and tools for restoration and repair, horological books from technical manuals to lavishly photographed coffee table tomes, hard-to-find watchstraps and bracelets, and good old-fashioned one-man’s-junk treasure dealers. Whether you need a correct set of weights for a Black Forest cuckoo clock, a new mainspring for an old-fashioned pocket watch, or a museum-quality antique mantel clock, you’ll probably find it at the 2008 Southwest California Regional.

As the date of the event approaches, registration forms will be available online. For the latest information about the Southwest California Regional, visit:

http://www.nawcc59.org/regional.html.

About NAWCC Chapter 59

The NAWCC is a non-profit organization, and Chapter 59 is the San Diego chapter of the NAWCC. Its members come from all over San Diego County. Visit NAWCC Chapter 59′s website to learn about monthly meeting times and member benefits.

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If you are in the San Diego pawn shop industry, then the following news will be of special interest to you: Pawns Shops May Benefit from Fall of Jewelry Giants.

Van Cleef & Arpels: A Legendary Brand

September 10, 2008 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

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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.

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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.

Vintage Jewelry Becoming a Popular Investment

September 6, 2008 by Administrator · 1 Comment 

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Rare vintage jewels are increasingly popular investments to protect against rising inflation and economic uncertainty, and Art Deco designs are commanding the most attention from collectors. “There are a lot of people now with jewels in their safes for a rainy day,” said Carol Woolton, jewelry editor of British Vogue, a top fashion and lifestyle magazine. Read more

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