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Unconventional Engagement Rings – Part 2

In my last blog, I discussed alternatives to traditional engagement rings, including stones set low in a wide band, metal bands with intricate engravings, and “poesy” rings inscribed with a romantic message on the inside, outside, or both. In this blog, I offer two more engagement ring options to consider.

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Unconventional Engagement Rings – Part 1

In this blog, we’ll discuss some alternatives to traditional engagement rings. Rings have been used as tokens of love, devotion, and fidelity for millennia. But why settle for conventional engagement and wedding rings? A raised diamond set in gold or platinum is only one option! In this blog, I will […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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How to Purchase Vintage Jewelry

How to start your Jewelry hunt Your first step into the world of vintage and antique jewelry should be to look around! The Internet is an obvious place to start, but I also recommend a trip to your local library, bookstore, or Amazon. Warman’s Guides and Answers to Questions about […]

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Will Engraved Jewelry Have More Worth at a Pawnshop?

Whether it’s done by hand, machine, or the latest technology.. I remember watching the TV show Laverne & Shirley, and couldn’t help but notice the big “L” that Laverne wore on every shirt and sweater. If she were better off financially, would her jewelry have been emblazoned with the name “Laverne” […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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