Designed/Unsigned: Suzanne Belperron

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While the majority of artists in any field guarantee proper attribution by signing their work, one magnificent jewelry designer in the 20th century famously declared, “My style is my signature.” Suzanne Belperron, regarded as the first woman master jeweler in modern history, used a magical combination of materials, motifs, and innovative techniques over a long […]

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The Five Most Expensive Colored Diamonds Sold at Auction

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In just ten years, more specifically from 2009 to 2018, the three main fancy-colored diamond categories – pink, yellow and blue – exhibited a price increase of approximately 123%. The colored diamond market is growing exponentially and investment in the commodity has demonstrated consistent returns. The highest-priced gems are collected like fine art – the […]

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Words of Wisdom from Marcel Duchamp

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Marcel Duchamp was a maverick of invention, a revolutionary artist, a visionary master who is responsible for significant developments in painting and sculpture during the early decades of the twentieth century. This French-American artist, born in 1887, had an immense and tangible influence on all art forms in the modern and postmodern era, always existing […]

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James Dean Memorabilia

James Dean
Posted In: Collateral Loan , Memorabilia , Pawn Loan

“Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today.” James Dean is a cultural icon, an actor who shot to fame during the 1950s for his expression of teenage angst as outcast, solitary characters such as Jim Stark in the celebrated film Rebel Without a Cause and loner Cal Trask in the […]

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Modern Master: Mario Buccellati

Mario Buccellati Jewelry
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The name Buccellati immediately conjures an array of images in the mind of any jewelry connoisseur: whimsical objects in silver, elaborate table centerpieces, improbably delicate jewels, and lushly textured expanses of precious metal. The modern history of the Buccellati family’s renowned works in silver, gold, and platinum begins in the first decades of the 20th […]

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The Rundown on Rolex References

Rolex watch at pawn shop
Posted In: Luxury Watches , Pawn Shop

Whether you are looking to purchase your first Rolex or want to add to your already extensive collection, it can be overwhelming trying to decide which model is for you.  Although Rolex is ubiquitous in the watch world, not everyone is familiar with each model and its complications. With variations in metal, bracelet style, bezel […]

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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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