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Spotlight On Women in the Pawn Shop Industry

Women can often be marginalized in certain industries, and you may not picture a woman when you think of pawnbrokers. The truth is, there are many women working as pawnbrokers or in other areas of the pawnshop industry, and their number has grown over the last ten years.

History of Women in the Pawn Shop Industry

The first instances of pawnshops as we know them today were recorded in the 19 th century. Working class people, particularly women, frequented them. However, woman didn’t often work as pawnbrokers. Since that time, the number of women in the industry has increased, with women now making up over 10% of the members of the National Pawnbrokers Association.

Roles of Women in the Industry

Women now work throughout the industry as pawnshop owners, managers, pawnbrokers, and advocates for the pawnshop industry. There are women serving on the National Pawnbrokers Association’s Board of Directors, and as members of the NPA. According to the NPA, “women of the pawn industry are working hard everyday to build their businesses and their industry, to change the way pawnbrokers are perceived as a whole… and it is women who have been behind many major breakthroughs, and are a driving force in affecting real change.”

Permanent and Positive Affect on the Industry

Many women come into the industry from management backgrounds, particularly retail and finance management, and are able to evaluate the business with a discerning eye. Their experience managing businesses gives them an advantage in predicting trends in supply and demand. The Learning Channel has a successful reality show called “Pawn Queens,” profiling two women pawnbrokers. In Florida, there is a pawnshop owned and managed by a woman who opened it specifically to cater to women’s financial needs, specifically single women raising families.

If you’re looking for a reputable pawnshop in NYC, visit GEM Pawnbrokers. We have been open for over 60 years, and have more than 20 convenient locations throughout NYC, including Queens, Long Island, the Bronx, and Brooklyn. Call us today at (718) 619-4830.

Tips for Taking Care of Your Gold Jewelry

If treated well, gold bought from your local NYC pawn shop can last a lifetime. Gold is quite

resilient and doesn’t usually tarnish on its own. However, when worn as jewelry, it can easily be

affected by everyday activities like housecleaning or yard work. Luckily, there are simple steps

you can take to ensure the beauty and value of your gold.

Protect Jewelry from Wear and Tear

It’s important to remove gold jewelry before doing anything that involves things like chemicals

or rough materials. Leave your jewelry off or wear gloves when washing dishes or cleaning,

because soaps and chemicals will dull gold. Abrasive cleaners may scratch gold, which is a soft

metal and scratches easily. Take off any gold jewelry before getting into a pool or hot tub,

because chlorine can weaken it or change its color. Lastly, remove your gold jewelry before

going to bed, and remember to store it in a safe place.

Clean Gold Jewelry Often

Gold can lose its luster after longtime exposure to things like dust, perspiration, or oils, so it’s

important to clean your jewelry periodically. Use a soft cloth for a quick buff to restore gold’s

luster. If more cleaning is required, doing it yourself is easy. Mix two parts of mild dish soap

with 10 parts water and soak the jewelry for three hours. Gently scrub the gold with a soft

toothbrush and rinse with hot water. Finally, dry and polish your gold jewelry with a chamois or

microfiber cloth. You can also have your gold professionally cleaned at most pawn shops and


Inspect Jewelry for Damage

Even with special care and cleaning, gold jewelry can sometimes require repairs. Check for

thinning or bends in chains and bands, and look at gem prongs and necklace clasps for looseness.

Take any broken or damaged gold jewelry to your local pawn shop for repairs.

Gem Pawnbrokers offers cleaning and repairs for all gold jewelry at more than 20 locations in

the NYC area. We are the number one gold and diamond buyer in New York City. For more

information about getting cash for your gold, call (718) 619-4192 or visit us online.

All About Electronics Buying

Pawning or selling your unwanted electronics for cash is easy in NYC. Our pawn shop will

gladly appraise all kinds of electronic devices and offer instant cash for name brands. If you are

looking to upgrade your phone or computer, you can also find great prices on lightly used


We buy cell phones, televisions, and laptops from brands like Apple, Sony, Toshiba, Motorola,

Samsung, and more. Our pawn specialists are also interested in video games and consoles, GPS

devices, cameras, and iPods. We look for electronics that are in good working condition and are

especially interested in cutting-edge technology.

Gem Pawnbrokers is the largest electronics buyer and seller in the NYC area. You can also buy

or sell watches, power tools, and musical instruments with us. If you want to know more about

our buying and selling services, come see us at any of our New York locations. Call (718) 619-

4192 or visit us online for more information.

Identifying the Value of Diamonds

A great way to make quick cash is to sell your diamond jewelry to a pawnbroker in NYC. It’s important to make sure your diamond is authentic to get the best value. Watch this video for simple tricks to tell if your diamond is real or fake.

If you can place a diamond on a page and read the words through the stone, it probably isn’t real. If you breathe onto your diamond and it stays fogged, there is a good chance it’s fake. Look for flaws like carbon or small cracks in the diamond, because fake stones won’t have any natural marks due to manufacturing.

Gem Pawnbrokers provides a variety of pawn services in the New York City area. We have certified diamond buyers who are happy to take a look at your jewelry and appraise its worth. If you have questions, feel free to visit our website or call (718) 596-5626.

Spotlight on Diamond Buying

If you are surveying your belongings for something to pawn in New York City, consider anything you own that involves diamonds. This may include diamond jewelry and loose diamonds. Read on to find out more about the process of diamond buying.

When it comes to diamond buying at Gem Pawnbrokers, there are a few criteria that must be met in order for the transaction to be considered: the diamond must have at least an SI in clarity and a color of I, in addition to weighing at least one half of one carat. If you are unsure whether your diamond meets these requirements, we can help you find out with our free appraisals. We accept a wide variety of diamond cuts including princess, European, Asscher, and emerald, as well as several others.

Would you like to know more about diamond buying? Call Gem Pawnbrokers at (718) 596-5626. Our pawn shops offer cash for gold and diamonds in the New York City and Long Island areas. If you would like to find out more about our pawn services, please do not hesitate to visit our website or stop by and meet with us.

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