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    Power Tools Every Homeowner Should Have

    Last updated 6 days ago

    One need not be a homeowner for long to notice the niggling need for household repairs and upgrades. Tackling these projects, a homeowner will also soon realize, is easier and ultimately cheaper if he or she has the right tools. In addition to a toolbox, tape measure, and set of screwdrivers, homeowners can greatly benefit from having a circular saw, cordless drill, and other versatile power tools.

    It’s easy to find a use for a power tool once you have it, but picking up a new one can be an expensive endeavor. If you live in or near New York City and are looking to beef up your power tool collection without paying for brand new tools, visit one of Gem Pawnbroker’s 20+ locations. To learn more about the high-quality used power tools, luxury watches, and jewelry currently in our inventory or arrange to have something you would like to sell appraised, call us at (718) 502-8053.

    Taking Good Care of Your Diamond Engagement Ring

    Last updated 10 days ago

    A symbol of love, loyalty, and commitment, a diamond engagement ring is one of the most meaningful pieces of jewelry a woman can possess. If you are the recent recipient of a beautiful diamond engagement ring that you would like to care for as best as possible, watch this brief video clip.

    In addition to offering storage and cleaning tips that will keep your diamond engagement ring in excellent condition, the jewelry expert in this video discusses when and why you might wish to remove your ring for the sake of protecting it. Should the day come when you need or want to sell your diamond engagement ring, its worth will be higher if it has been properly cared for. To arrange to sell your diamond engagement ring or have it appraised in New York City, call Gem Pawnbrokers at (718) 502-8053.

    Men's Luxury Watches

    Last updated 12 days ago

    Luxury watches may be worth thousands of dollars, but many of them still somehow feel like they are a dime a dozen. If you are hoping to invest in a fine watch that your beaux will love or you are a hardworking man who wants a watch that sets you apart from others, be on the lookout for timepieces from the following luxury watchmakers.

    Franck Muller

    A relative newcomer to the Swiss watchmaking scene, Franck Muller watches are known for their beauty and complexity. Worn by celebrities as varied as Elton John and 50 Cent, these timepieces are great for those who pride themselves on their individuality.


    Considering that it was founded more than 100 years ago, Oris has managed to keep a low profile and is little known outside the luxury watch world. To those in the know, however, few brands are as desirable. Among its greatest achievements are some of the best-performing watches for aviators and divers.


    Another watchmaker that has stayed relatively under the radar despite having a history that dates back to 1860 and includes a contract with luxury carmaker Ferrari, Panerai has some excellent timepieces for men who strive to be unique. If your man has said that he wants to break the mold of wearing a Swiss luxury watch, consider pieces from this Italian manufacturer.


    If timelessness and class are what you or your man prioritize when shopping for essential accessories, Rolex timepieces should definitely be up for consideration. Rolex is a mainstream name that some men make an effort to steer clear of, but the manufacturer offers watches with designs and technology that are nothing short of impressive.

    At Gem Pawnbrokers in New York, we buy and sell an assortment of the finest luxury watches. If you are looking to replace an existing watch or add a new luxury watch to your collection, visit one of our 20+ locations to have your watch appraised and take a look at our inventory. To speak with an honest, experienced pawnbroker who specializes in luxury watch sales, call (718) 502-8053.

    How to Keep Fine Jewelry in Good Condition

    Last updated 18 days ago

    Enhance fine jewelry even more by taking the time to keep it clean and in great condition. With the right care, you can extend the life of your jewelry collection and retain its value.

    For pieces with stones like lazuli, coral, pearls, turquoise, or emeralds, you might want to take them in for professional cleanings to avoid unnecessary damage. If your jewelry does not have these stones, however, you can use warm water mixed with a gentle soap to clean the surface and keep it looking great. About once a year, you should bring any type of jewelry into a store for a professional cleaning.

    Gem Pawnbrokers buys and sells gently used jewelry to give you a selection of quality pieces at unbeatable prices. From gold bracelets to luxury watches, we buy and sell products that are made to last. To learn more about our services or to find the pawnshop location nearest you, call (718) 502-8053.

    A Guide to Cleaning Your Fine Jewelry

    Last updated 20 days ago

    Properly cleaning your fine jewelry is a surefire way to extend its lifetime and maintain its value. Whether you are planning to bring your pieces into the gold buyer or pass your jewelry down through your family, use the following tips to keep it clean and in top condition:

    Turn Away Tarnish

    Silver jewelry is subtle and elegant. Unfortunately, it is also susceptible to tarnish. If your silver pieces are spotted with tarnish, you can banish it with just some dish soap and water. Simply mix a few drops of gentle dish soap with warm water. Dab a soft cloth into the mixture and use it to clean the jewelry. If this method does not remove the tarnish, you can use three parts baking soda and one part water to create a paste that targets this tarnish.

    Beautify Gold and Gems

    Wearing your jewelry regularly puts it into contact with lotion, soaps, oil, and other elements that can dull gold and gems. If your jewelry has lost some of its shine, you can use at-home remedies to restore its luster. For gold jewelry and gems, mix mild dish soap with seltzer water or club soda that does not have sodium. Leave the jewelry in the mixture for about five minutes and use a toothbrush to scrub the hard-to-reach areas like crevices. Rinse the jewelry underneath water and use a clean cloth to dry it.

    Perfect Your Pearls

    It is important to properly clean pearls so they maintain their aesthetic appeal. Spread your pearls out over a soft cloth and use a small makeup brush to apply a mixture of warm water and a small amount of shampoo to each pearl. Use a dampened cloth to clean off the mixture and let the pearls air-dry.

    Come to Gem Pawnbrokers to buy and sell jewelry, watches, and gold. Our New York City pawnshop makes it easy to get cash for gold and jewelry. To learn more about our locations, call (718) 502-8053.

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