Back to School with LIFT-Los Angeles’ Fourth Annual Backpack Drive

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In August, our Beverly Hills location, Beverly Loan Company, underwrote the Lift-Los Angeles annual Backpack Drive.  During the charitable event, volunteers from the company distributed over 200 backpacks filled with school supplies and assisted in providing the local families in-need with a day of fun activities and expert talks centered on educational advancement and opportunities. […]

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Do I Really Need to Service my Luxury Watch? If so, How Often?

Daytona - Service Your Watch
Posted In: Luxury Watches

For anyone with a large collection of fine watches, it is important to take good care of them to ensure their longevity and value. The luxury watch market is a multi-billion dollar industry, where brands like Rolex, Cartier, Patek Philippe rule, and consumers purchase as investments.  Although high-end watches are expertly crafted and built to […]

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Why Are Designer Handbags So Expensive?

Posted In: Collateral Loan , Handbags

For anybody who considers themselves addicted to handbags, it can be a daunting and expensive hobby. The cost of designer handbags is notoriously high, and collectors definitely pay their prices. That’s because the most coveted brands – Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Hermès, for example – are works of art and more than just a bag. […]

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Egon Schiele’s Influential Expressionism

Posted In: Collateral Loan , Pawn Shop , The Loan Companies

Turn-of-the-century Vienna was an explosive environment for new forms of creative expression in every field, not least in fine art. Along with Gustav Klimt and Oskar Kokoschka, Egon Schiele emerged as an influential and provocative talent. Schiele’s gifts were quickly recognized by his instructors at Vienna’s School of Arts and Crafts when he was still […]

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Designed/Unsigned: Suzanne Belperron

Posted In: Collateral Loan , Colored Stones , Diamonds , Gold & Diamond Jewelry , Pawn Loan

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

Posted In: Collateral Loan , Colored Stones , Diamonds , Pawn Loan

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

Posted In: Collateral Loan , Fine Art

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
Posted In: Collateral Loan , Diamonds , Gold & Diamond Jewelry

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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