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Financial Success for Hispanic Immigrants in The Bronx

Many immigrants that live in The Bronx are of Hispanic descent. In fact, more than 50 percent of the Bronx population identifies as Hispanic. This makes The Bronx the most diverse area in the United States, according to the 2010 U.S. Census. The Bronx is home to an array of […]

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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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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 […]

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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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