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A pawn shop has a menagerie of great finds that can pleasantly surprise even the savviest shopper. In order to optimize your buying experience, you should educate yourself about the options available to you from a pawn broker. Use this guide to enhance your gemstone knowledge and make the most out of your next shopping trip:
Perhaps the favorite gemstones of consumers, diamonds are also the most famous of the stones. Diamonds can be found in everything from engagement rings to earrings. With their brilliant sparkle and ability to complement any setting, they make an ideal addition to any kind of jewelry. When shopping for diamonds, remember the four Cs (cut, color, clarity, carat) to help you determine their value.
The brilliant green of emeralds lends itself to the stone’s popularity. Emerald is the birthstone for people born in May and elicits feelings of spring. The emerald is a traditional gift for both 20th and 35th wedding anniversaries. When paired with gold, emeralds really come to life.
The deep blue sapphire is a stone with the perfect combination of beauty and durability. Because of these qualities, it is a popular choice for jewelry that is worn regularly. When paired with diamonds, sapphires offer even more sparkle and depth.
These red stones offer a unique aesthetic to the world of jewelry. In fact, their value is largely determined by their color. Stones that have a primary hue of red are the most valuable. Rubies also offer durability that makes them ideal for everyday use.
Gem Pawnbrokers has more than 20 locations in the New York City area full of amazing jewelry buys. Come in today to find stunning gemstones at even better prices. To learn more about our locations or our selection, visit us online or call us at (718) 502-8053.
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If yellow diamonds are the sunniest of all gems, the jumbo rocks in the center of these magnificent earrings might actually blind you if you stare to long.
The dazzling earrings, which sold for more than $1.2 million at Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite auction in Hong Kong, are 24 mm x 22 mm set with fancy intense modified brilliant-cut yellow diamonds and brilliant-cut pink diamonds in platinum and 18k pink gold.
Though the earrings were fabricated in the past five years by an unknown jeweler, “the workmanship is very fine, comparable to any branded jewelry,” says Terry Chu, deputy head of jewelry for Sotheby’s Asia. Of course, the heft of the canary stones alone made them desirable. The diamonds “are impressive sizes—well over 15 carats—their color is outstanding, and they’re matching, [which is] very rare in the market,” says Chu. Pieces featuring a simple, uncluttered configuration typically do well at auction, adds Chu, because “high-quality diamonds don’t need complicated design.”.
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Today, the engagement ring is one of the premium symbols of love and commitment. Presenting your partner with a beautiful ring is one of the best ways to demonstrate the way that you feel. Keep reading to learn about this tradition and how the engagement ring has evolved into the iconic symbol it is today:
Diamonds for Engagements
Although men had been presenting their wives with rings for centuries, it was not until 1477 that one offered a diamond ring to symbolize his love. Archduke Maximilian of Austria gave Mary of Burgundy a ring with diamonds in the shape of an “M” to ask for her hand in marriage. Since then, millions of hopeful men have offered beautiful diamond rings to the women they love.
After the Archduke paved the way, many cultures included diamonds in their ring selections. In 1867, diamonds were discovered in modern-day South Africa, which expanded the use of these stones in rings even more. These stunning gems quickly grew to symbolize all that is beautiful about being in love.
The DeBeers Mining Company was founded in 1880 and eventually revolutionized the diamond industry. By 1890, they controlled about 90% of the world’s diamond production. In 1886, Tiffany & Co. created the Tiffany setting, which forever changed the face of fine engagement rings. Cartier followed suit in 1918 with a Trinity Ring, which featured hoops in pink gold, white gold, and yellow gold to represent love, friendship, and fidelity.
If you are looking for a stunning diamond engagement ring, Gem Pawnbrokers has an amazing selection at affordable prices. As one of New York City’s best gold buyers, we bring you options that meet your style and budget preferences. To learn about our locations or our gold buying and selling services, visit our website or call (718) 502-8053.
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After a marriage ends, it is time to redefine who you are as an individual and forge a new identity for yourself. Once the papers are signed, take a trip to Gem Pawnbrokers to get rid of belongings that represent your marriage and pave the way for your new items:
Find a New Place for Wedding Flatware
A pawn shop is the ideal location to sell old flatware that reminds you of your marriage. Bring your collection of flatware to us here at Gem Pawnbrokers to earn some extra cash that helps you get the fresh start you need.
Give Your Engagement Ring a New Home
Taking the step to sell your engagement ring helps you move on to the next phase of your life. As a reliable gold buyer, you can be sure that Gem Pawnbrokers will give you a fair price for your unwanted jewelry. You can get cash for all of the gold and silver jewelry from your marriage, which will help enable you to put the past behind you and move on.
Make Money for Items Collected During Your Marriage
Whether you have an old watch or a Tiffany lamp, many of the belongings you have collected throughout your marriage can find a place in our pawn shop. Gem Pawnbrokers buys professional camera equipment, electronics, musical instruments and accessories, historical memorabilia, certified paintings, and collectibles. If you are looking for a quick and easy way to unload belongings that remind you of your past, we can help.
Gem Pawnbrokers is here to help you through your major life transitions. Our buying and selling services offer convenience and reliability. To learn more about our more than 20 locations throughout New York City, take a look at our website or give us a call today at (718) 502-8053.
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Like fashion, trends and styles change constantly but, the love of diamonds and precious stones for wedding and engagement rings will probably always remain the same... The only thing that will change is the desired cut and design. Here are GEM's top 5 choices for 2013.
Elongated and classically elegant, an emerald-cut stone lends an engagement ring a delicate vintage air, while its sleek lines still radiate modern fire. This stone will also appear bigger than other cuts of similar carat weight.
Another stone with a unquestionably antique aesthetic, the almost organic shape radiates scorching intensity – this might explain the cushion cut’s popularity during a time when candlelight, not electricity, illuminated the evening.
Canary Yellow Diamonds
White is all right, but the most exhilarating engagement rings glow with color, and right now, nothing is hotter than sunny yellow. Considered a “fancy” diamond hue, canary is as coveted a color now as pink was a few years back.
A storied gemstone with a grand history of marking engagements (*waves*, William and Kate), a blue sapphire is also just below a diamond on the Moh’s hardness scale, so it's a remarkable, and tremendously durable, solitaire choice.
Beyond the seemingly endless array of solitaire designs is an engagement ring style that’s very trendy, very different, yet still perfectly elegant. Eternity (or half-eternity) bands stack up scads of small stones. Choose a trio in different colors of gold for the loveliest look.
Organic and Floral
Taking the twisted band trend a few swirling steps further, this new design melds the fire of stones taken from the earth with a surrounding of elemental, branch-like forms and floral carving for a ring that would delight any nature girl.
Stop by one of our Sales locations to find these beautiful rings at amazingly low prices, call 718-CALL-GEM for the location nearest you.