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    Which Amp Is Right for You?

    Last updated 2 days 20 hours ago

    Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate, or experienced guitar player, having the right amplifier can elevate your sound to a whole new level. Watch this video to learn how to select an amp that’s right for you.

    Beginner guitar players don’t usually need a large, powerful amplifier, so look for one that is relatively small and portable if you’re in this category. You’ll still be able to hear yourself play and crank up the volume when you really want to rock, but you can also lower the volume when you’re practicing at home. Features such as reverb, distortion, and tremolo can enhance your tone and make practicing more fun.

    If you’re looking for a guitar amp, visit Gem Pawnbrokers to see what we have in store. Our inventory is always changing, so you might find the perfect barely-used or vintage amp to ramp up your playing. Call us at (718) 878-4462 or visit our website for more information about our stores. 

    Estate Buying 101 [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Last updated 3 days ago

    When a person passes away and leaves behind valuable jewelry or artwork, many families turn to estate buying to liquidate those assets. Estate buyers appraise the pieces and offer prices for them commensurate with the value, and then sell those items to the general public. Estate buyers aren’t looking for standard pieces of jewelry and art. Rather, they are looking for vintage, high-end, or collectable items that are of high value. For instance, when it comes to jewelry, most estate buyers are interested in period pieces as well as pieces from sought-after designers, like Cartier. Paintings by the likes of Picasso and Rembrandt and silver flatware are also favorites with estate buyers. Learn more about estate buying in this Infographic from Gem Pawnbrokers in NYC. Our expert team of estate buyers has helped clients across the Tri-State area. Please pass this information on to family and friends so they too can be prepared to handle the estates of lost loved ones. 

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    A Buyer's Guide to Gemstones

    Last updated 6 days ago

    Whether you are thinking about starting to collect gemstones or you simply want to grow your jewelry collection, there is a lot to know about buying gemstones. Gemstones come in a wide range of colors, and can be relatively inexpensive or very valuable. When you are in the market to buy gemstones, it’s important to know what to look for so you get a fair deal. Keep reading to learn more about buying gemstones.


    Rubies are usually one of the most valuable colored gemstones, and can be found in various shades of red. Many rubies are treated with heat to make their color more vibrant—however, some methods of doing this can negatively affect the appearance of the stone. Be sure to keep an eye out for any imperfections or fillings in the stone.


    Emeralds are prized for their greenish color, which can run anywhere on the spectrum from bluish green to yellowish green. Many emeralds have natural fissures, which are filled with resins to improve their appearance. You might find emerald earrings, pendants, or rings at a pawn shop that can make the perfect addition to your jewelry collection.


    With their characteristic blue color, sapphires are the most popular gemstone in the country. Though sapphires come in a range of colors, blue is the most popular and most valuable. Like rubies, these gemstones may be treated with heat to improve their color and brilliance. Large sapphires are available, but their quality may be low. Look for imperfections, and don’t hesitate to ask questions when you’re buying gemstones.


    Tanzanite rose to popularity in the 1970s when famed jewelers at Tiffany & Co. began using this blue-violet gemstone in their designs. It is a popular gemstone because it can appear to be many different colors depending on how it’s cut and from what angle it’s viewed.

    You’ll find an ever-changing selection of gemstones and fine jewelry at Gem Pawnbrokers. Call us at (718) 878-4462 to inquire about what we currently have in stock, or visit one of our many stores for an in-person look at our gemstones. 

    What Every Beginner Needs to Know About Buying a Guitar

    Last updated 14 days ago

    If you are interested in learning to play the guitar, it might be time to think about buying one. Guitars are either acoustic or electric. Acoustic guitars are designed to play on their own. Electric guitars must be plugged in to an amplifier to make the sound louder.

    There are a wide variety of acoustic and electric guitars from which to choose. Decide what kind of sound you want to create to find the right kind of guitar for you. Check out this video to learn more about choosing your instrument.

    Gem Pawnbrokers has a great selection of musical instruments for sale at unbeatable prices. Come to one of our New York City locations to start the search for your ideal guitar. To learn more, visit us online or call (718) 878-4462.

    The Advantages of Pawnshops for Buyers and Sellers

    Last updated 22 days ago

    Pawnshops are an important element of a community and contribute significantly to the economy. Both buyers and sellers can benefit from the services available at the local pawnshop. Keep reading to find out how:

    They Accept a Variety of Goods

    Pawnbrokers are always on the lookout for diverse products. They often accept everything from firearms to jewelry. As long as an item is in good condition and has some value, they might have an interest in it. This is advantageous to sellers because they can find a buyer for a huge array of items. With such a great selection in every pawnshop, buyers have a good chance of finding the items that they want at prices that fit nicely into their budget.

    They Offer Payment Options

    Pawnshops offer sellers the unique option of choosing cash or credit for their items, which helps many people who are facing tough financial situations. Similarly, many pawnshops offer payment options that are similar to layaway to give their customers a chance to buy the items they want even if they do not currently have the money.

    They Have Knowledgeable Staff

    Whether you are a buyer or a seller, it is important to deal with a knowledgeable staff when you walk into the pawnshop. Luckily, pawnbrokers are very experienced in the art of buying and selling goods. This means that they know how to offer sellers a fair price for the items they are trying to sell. Buyers can also feel confident that items are priced well and are in good condition.

    Whether you are trying to buy watches, electronics, or instruments or you want to sell an item you know longer use, Gem Pawnbrokers is here for you. With some of the best pawnshops in New York City, we make it easy to take advantage of our buying and selling services for your unique needs. To learn more or to find the location nearest you, visit our website or call (718) 878-4462.

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