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I Like Watches Because They Are Functional Pieces of Jewelry

What is your favorite piece of jewelry and why? I’m a watch person. A lot of people do not consider watches as jewelry, although I would beg to differ, especially if you have a gold or platinum watch. I like them because they are functional pieces of jewelry. How have watches changed since you got […]

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Know the Worth of Your Jewelry

If you’re thinking about applying for a collateral loan, it’s important to understand the value of your jewelry or gold – before you borrow money against it. You might love your gold necklace or diamond ring but that doesn’t mean it is as valuable to others. An appraisal will give you a better idea of […]

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Loan Alternatives for Cash-Strapped College Students

How many times have you heard an older relative say, “Enjoy it while you’re young!” But as a college student, that’s hard to do when you don’t have any money. The typical weekly paycheck of $125 only goes so far after paying for food, gas, books, and leisure activities. A recent Reuters article detailed how […]

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It Pays to Declutter Your Home – Provident Loan Society

There might be money in your attic and you don’t even know it. Maybe you have old pieces of jewelry in the attic or silverware in the junk drawer. According to a survey done by Squarefoot, 91 percent of respondents have unwanted items but they feel too guilty to get rid of them. Money might […]

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So You Want to Be a Jewelry Appraiser

  In this blog, I interviewed Anthony LoRe, the Director of Appraisal at The Provident Loan Society. Anthony is a certified gemologist and recognized jewelry expert who has been featured on WABC Channel 7, WPIX Channel 11, and Fox 5 News. He also hosts the Ask Anthony live blog discussion about jewelry issues on Provident […]

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How to Get Funding for Your Business

There’s no better time to make a bold life decision than the new year.  If you have always wanted to start a business, this is the month to take action. A recent survey by the Economic Innovation Group found that roughly 62 percent of Millenials want to start their own business – and they’re considering […]

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How Pawnshops Determine an Item’s Value – Part 1

In this blog, I’ll discuss three easy steps to estimate the value of an item to pawn: The “magnet test” to determine if the item is a precious metal Looking for metal purity markings (“k,”, “ct,” and “ster”) Weighing the item on a jewelry scale I’m often asked how Provident Loan determines the value of […]

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Preparing for a Stock Market Correction – How to Buy Gold

    October 19th, 1987, commonly known as Black Monday, was the day the Dow Jones industrial average dropped a staggering 22 percent. Its 30th birthday recently passed, reminding everyone of the past hysteria, as well as planting a seed of anxiety in the minds of every investor. A stock market crash is not very common. In […]

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How to Take Care of your Expensive Luxury Watch

  Certified gemologist Anthony LoRe has been appraising jewelry at Provident Loan Society for more than 15 years. Over the years, a countless number of antique and fine expensive watches have gone under his Loupe – or magnifying glass – for closer scrutiny. When he looks under the Loupe, he can immediately identify how well […]

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