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Is your Jewelry Contributing to Your Carbon Footprint?

Gems That Are Sustainable and Environmentally-Friendly When I was young, we never asked where the fruits and vegetables we bought at the supermarket came from or how they were grown. Oh, we might know that the apples were from upstate New York and the oranges came from Florida, but we didn’t want to know their […]

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Is Platinum Better Than White Gold Jewelry?

In my retail days, one of the pleasures of the business was selling an engagement ring to a young, first time buyer or couple. This might be their first (and maybe only) chance to shop for an expensive piece of jewelry with both substantial value (and cost), and a strong meaning attached to it.

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Unusual Items Used as Loan Collateral

I’ve been in the pawn industry for over 40 years, all of them with the Provident Loan Society, the only not-for-profit pawnshop in New York State (and probably the country). Pawning is a great way to get quick, short-term cash loans by using a personal item of value as collateral to ensure that the loan […]

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Jewels of the Sea – Colorful Shells Used as Jewelry

My wife and I enjoy the beach. As a matter of fact, one of the things that drew use together when we were youngsters was our mutual love of the ocean. New relationships look for common ground. It was on one of these early excursions, exploring a newly found beach on the North Shore of […]

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Gold Is Also Forever

(If you know how to avoid the effects of corrosives on gold) Recently, a co-worker commented on a news story about the discovery of some ancient seafaring vessel that was found to contain gold coins of the period. He remarked that the coins, after being submerged in seawater for hundreds of years, looked brand new […]

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Smelly Watch Bands

  Before I joined the Provident Loan Society, I owned my own jewelry store. A regular client of ours comes into the store one morning, requesting a new leather band for his watch. As I guide him over to our selection of bands, he proceeds to tell me a story.

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Jewelry for Months with More Than One Birthstone

For ages, people have purchased jewelry with month birthstones as a way to express their individuality and to display their solidarity with others born during the same calendar month. But being born in August, and having peridot as my birthstone, has always made me a little envious of people with other birthstones. Don’t get me […]

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