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The Bulgari Story for San Diego Jewelry Buyers

January 30, 2012 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

Sell-Jewelry-San-Diego The Bulgari Story for San Diego Jewelry BuyersAt San Diego Jewelry Buyers we often get asked about the history of great jewelers and luxury brands. Everyone likes to know a little bit about the history of a brand, as that makes the piece all the more special. Many San Diegans love the Bulgari brand, so here is the Bulgari story.

Bulgari is an Italian jeweler and luxury goods brand which was founded in 1884 by the Greek jeweler Sotirios Voulgaris. The brand’s trademark is usually written “BVLGARI” in the classical Latin alphabet (where V = English U), and is derived from the Voulgaris surname.

The Bulgary flagship store in via dei Condotti was opened in 1905 by Bulgari with the help of his two sons, Costantino and Giorgio. The store quickly became a place where the world’s rich and famous came for the unique, high quality jewelry designs combining Greek and Roman art.

Bulgari jewelry design is distinctive and often imitated (and counterfeited). In the 1970s, many of the more expensive Bulgari pieces (such as necklaces, bracelets and earrings) were characterized by instantly recognizable, bold, architectural designs combining large and weighty gold links with interlocking steel. Bulgari is also famous for colored stones, especially sapphires mixed in unique formats. Genuine Bulgari watches have a unique serial number that is registered with the company.

Under the stewardship of Sotirio’s grandsons Paolo and Nicola Bulgari, and nephew Francesco Trapani, the Bulgari brand began to diversify, introducing a perfume line and establishing itself as a luxury goods brand recognized throughout the world. Since October 2011, Bulgari has been owned by the French firm LVMH.

To sell Bulgari jewelry to San Diego jewelry Buyers, call us at (619) 236-9603.

What is Estate Jewelry?

October 27, 2008 by Administrator · Leave a Comment 

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We’ve all probably heard of “estate jewelry” but what exactly is it? Is it just that old gaudy looking stuff we see in our grandma’s jewelry box? The answer is no. Estate jewelry is technically any jewelry that has been owned previously. It doesn’t matter how old it is.

The reason for the confusion is that estate jewelry is often sold side by side with “period jewelry.” What is period jewelry? Well, that is jewelry from a particular era such as Art Deco, Art Nouveau, or Edwardian. What confuses the situation more is that many modern jewelry items are being made in these period styles, and called “vintage-inspired” or “revivalist” jewelry. The appeal of this jewelry is that it is said to be a classic and thus never goes out of style.

But back to estate jewelry. Estate jewelry is a market that has increased dramatically in the last twenty years. In fact, industry experts have said that it is the fastest growing segment in the fine jewelry market. In addition to estate fine jewelry, estate costume jewelry is also being increasingly sought after by shoppers, who like its kitschy and often funky look.

If you are thinking about buying a piece of estate fine jewelry at a San Diego pawn shop, make sure it is coming from a shop whose owner or staff knows fine jewelry, diamonds, and craftsmanship. You need to always beware of counterfeit pieces or items that have been repaired or tacked together from parts of different pieces of jewelry.

Don’t expect that original paperwork or a receipt will accompany the piece, as that rarely happens. After all, remember that the person who gave the estate jewelry to the pawn shop owner was using it as collateral on a cash loan. They weren’t actually selling to the pawnbroker or were asked to provide such things as the original receipt.

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When people go to San Diego pawn shops, they often wonder what they should be looking for. Well, we have one answer: Look for Colored Diamonds!

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