The World’s Most Expensive Silverware

The world's most expensive silverware
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One of the oldest precious metals, silver has been used to fabricate some of the first tools and currency used by mankind. The earliest silver mines recorded were located in Anatolia (now Turkey), in the 5th century BC, and the metal was exported for tableware used by Greek and Roman aristocracy. More than a utilitarian […]

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Royal Jewelry Designer to Henry VIII: Hans Holbein the Younger

Hans Holbein the Younger
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Hans Holbein the Younger, German-Swiss artist of the Northern Renaissance, is most well-known for his incredible and meticulous masterpiece, The Ambassadors, painted in 1533. To this day, viewers are still impressed by the symphonic jewel tones, the lushly rendered fur and silk costumes, and the fastidious depiction of the musical and scientific instruments on the […]

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What is Melee?

Posted In: Diamonds , Gold & Diamond Jewelry , Pawn Shop

Not to be confused with the definition of melee that means a tumultuous ruckus or disordered fray, in the world of jewelry, melee are very small diamonds. The Gemological Institute of America classifies any diamond weighing less than 1/5 carat to be melee, meaning that these little treasures can be as small as 1/1000 of […]

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Rock and Roll History: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Posted In: Memorabilia

Nothing speaks to our pop culture collective consciousness quite like album covers. An old rock and roll song can instantly transport the listener back to another time and place, to nostalgic memories of childhood or angst-filled teenage years. And the visual accompaniment – that simultaneously iconic and familiar album cover – symbolizes the intangible music, […]

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Exceptional Birkin Bests Previous Auction Records

Posted In: Handbags

Crocodile leather, diamonds and 18-karat gold. Do these materials not scream luxury? What about a coveted Hermès bag with all three? One lucky buyer made history this May, winning one such Hermès Birkin – with yes, “Himalaya” crocodile leather, more than 200 diamonds and 18-karat gold hardware – after a very intense bidding war. The […]

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Millennials Desire High-End Goods, but Choose to Purchase Luxury Brands Secondhand

Posted In: Featured Press

The Loan Companies, comprised of upscale pawn brokerages located in Beverly Hills, Chicago and New York City, has found that millennials continue to prize iconic luxury brands despite all reports to the contrary. The commonly accepted narrative is reinforced by a 2017 study conducted by international accounting firm, Deloitte, which shows a significant decrease in […]

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