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Rolex is one of the biggest names in luxury watches. Made by Swiss company Rolex SA with headquarters in Geneva, the fabled city of watch experts of the world, Rolexes have a solid reputation of being among the best watches the world has to offer. Rolex is the single largest luxury watch brand and produces about 2,000 watches per day.

The Rolex Story

RolexThe history of Rolex lies in the vision of Hans Wilsdorf, its founder. In 1905, Wilsdorf partnered with his brother-in-law Alfred Davis to create Rolex SA, initially based in London. Wilsdorf registered the trademark “Rolex” in 1908 and opened an office in Switzerland. According to the book The Best of Time: Rolex Wristwatches: An Unauthorized History, written by Jeffrey P. Hess and James Dowling, the name ‘Rolex’ itself was a made up word which Wilsdorf said could be easily pronounced in any language and looked good on the face of a watch.

Powerful Partnerships

The Rolex brand has a strong presence in many sporting events, in the equestrian, golfing, motor sporting, tennis, and yachting fields. Rolex has also supported various pursuits in the arts, cinema, architecture, science and exploration. Such partnerships have put Rolex firmly in the position of a backer of pursuits beyond the mundane; certainly, a watch for the individual who pursues the highest forms of success.

The Rolex Watches

With over a century of watchmaking experience, Rolex has a wide variety of products, listed below:

With such a wide range of products, it wouldn’t be difficult to find something that caters to your taste.

Selling Your Rolex Timepiece

Roles 2An authentic Rolex luxury timepiece can fetch a very high price. If you are looking to part with a Rolex, be sure to consult with a trusted jewelry buyer, to get a specialist appraisal of the actual value of your item. Global Gold and Silver have 15 years of experience,and have certified gemologists at each of the three stores around the New York and New Jersey areas to give you a proper evaluation of your watch.

Global Gold and Silver are listed on the Better Business Bureau with nothing but positive comments, and also receive praise from satisfied customers on online listings such as Yelp and Citysearch. With Global Gold and Silver, you can be sure to be offered the highest price your watch is worth, taking into consideration various factors affecting value such as historical value and market trends, and not just the melt value of the materials of the watch. Many sellers have received high prices for their watches, some even fetching over $10,000 for their secondhand watch. Find out more about selling your watch, and see how much others have received for their watches.

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What makes the difference between a $20 watch and a $10,000 luxury timepiece? More than just the materials used, and branding! When you get down to the history of watchmaking, you will learn the difference. In 16th Century Europe, watchmakers created wearable timepieces with technology evolved from spring-driven clocks. Watches have been powered by an ever-increasing complexity of springs, gears and other components for 600 years hence. Only watchmakers with highly specialized skills could craft something to complex and beautiful – and that price, of course, was factored into the watch’s selling price. Today, most watches are made with quartz crystals and run on electricity and are much faster and less skill intensive to make. Luxury timepieces are priced according to these factors:

Superior Level of Craftsmanship

TimepieceIt takes a keen eye and a knowledgeable wearer to know the high level of craftsmanship that goes into each and every luxury timepiece. Crafting a watch is a unique skill, and with the prevalence of cheap knockoffs these days, there are fewer and fewer of these highly skilled craftsmen around. Paying for a watch also supports the talents of these artisans.

High-Quality Materials

Luxury timepieces often come in gold, silver, titanium, or with high-quality leather straps. It’s no surprise then that a gold watch would cost much more than a silver one, all other factors equal, just by the value of the materials alone. The good news is, this actually factors into you receiving a high price for it should you be thinking about selling your watch.

Scarcity of the Brand or Model

As luxury watches are not mass produced, there are only so many of these works of art made per year. Due to this scarcity, each individual timepiece can often fetch up to tens of thousands of dollars. Vintage watches have their own value as well, and in fact the scarcity increases as some watches inevitably get lost or broken, hence the value to collectors tends to increase.

Fashion Trends

When dealing in works of art, as luxury timepieces are often considered, prices tend to depend strongly on what’s in trend – or “in vogue”, as we sometimes say. A luxury watch could be worn by a famous celebrity and suddenly the price would shoot up as public attention and hence demand for the watch increases. Furthermore, there is always a rise and fall in the interest of vintage items, including vintage timepieces. A watch made in the 1970s could be of great interest to a collector or vintage lover who has money to pay for it.

A luxury timepiece in your possession could fetch a hefty sum. Should you ever consider selling it, you should always go to a trusted jewelry buyer who specializes in the appraisal and purchasing of luxury items. In the NY and NJ area, a good specialist to turn to would be Global Gold and Silver. Many sellers have parted with their watches for a good price with us. Find out more about selling your watch, and you can even check out how much others have received for their watches.

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When selling your estate jewelry, you’ll want to go with a buyer that’s not only trustworthy and reliable, with a long list of satisfied customers – you’ll want to go for the buyer with the highest payout. Global Gold and Silver does research on your jewelry to find out if the value of the pieces might be higher than just their melt value, taking into account factors like scarcity, heritage, vintage appeal, and market trends.

What Exactly Is Considered As Estate Jewelry?

Jewelry, gold, necklaces, rings, bracelets, watch, wealthEstate jewelry, simply put, is jewelry which someone has passed on to you. It means you didn’t go down to the jewelry store and purchase it yourself! Most likely it was passed on by your mother or grandmother, or someone else in the family who had a valuable piece of jewelry. Estate jewelry is also sometimes called heirloom jewelry. Some of these pieces can be considered vintage jewelry (20 to 50 years old at least), and some even older ones are known as antique jewelry (at least 100 years old).

Why Do People Sell Estate Jewelry?

Some clients sell their estate jewelry because they may be out of fashion and nobody wears them anymore. Others feel the jewelry does not match their look or their lifestyle. Still others have broken jewelry and do not see the point in repairing them. Jewelry can be sold for its precious metals, its gemstones, or in its entirety if it may have value as a collector’s item.

Do I Have Estate Jewelry In My Home?

Often, estate jewelry goes unnoticed or forgotten because it simply isn’t used. It isn’t uncommon for people to dig up some antique jewelry in the attic of their family home, owned by family members several generations past. Some of these jewelry would fetch a very high price today, especially by collectors with a keen interest in vintage items. If you’re not doing anything with your estate jewelry, it could make sense to sell it off at a good price instead of keeping it at home.

How Do I Sell My Estate Jewelry?

Treasures in the wooden chestFirst, find a specialist jewelry store owned by a certified gemologist or someone who is a professional at appraising jewelry and other luxury goods. You’ll want someone who is listed on the Better Business Bureau, has positive reviews on online directories like Yelp and City search, and who has a track record of giving high payouts to previous sellers for their jewelry and other items. Then, make a phone call to book an appointment, or simply walk into any of their stores. Some places also offer the option of selling by post, but it’s always better all around to be there in person if you can.

If you’re in the New York or New Jersey area, look no further than Global Gold and Silver. Our website shows you all the information about our company, our founder, and even reveals the payouts we made to previous customers. Some customers have gotten over $10,000 for their items, and yours might be worth that or even more.  Chat with us today!

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There are so many places where you could sell gold that it can be hard to decide. The pawn shop down the street? One of the “cash for gold” stores that seem to be popping up everywhere? A “gold party” held in someone’s home? Let us help you get one thing straight first and foremost: Do NOT just go anywhere to sell your gold coins! Make sure you go to a professional gold or jewelry buyer, where you can check their credibility. When searching for a reliable gold buyer in NY or NJ, here are some tips for you to look out for:

Check For The Business’ Legitimacy

Gold coins, a rare precious metal to geologists and chemists and a symbol of value for economists and the worlds banksAny company dealing in gold has to be, first and foremost, a registered company. That way the company can be held accountable and would be less likely to pull a stunt on you. The best way to do a background check on the company is to search its name under the Better Business Bureau, to make sure that this company is one you can trust. If there have been any complaints filed against the company, you can find out here. Established jewelry buying companies like Global Gold and Silver have a good record on the Better Business Bureau.

Look For Online Reviews And Ratings

Businesses normally also receive reviews and ratings from previous customers online. This is usually the most accurate, ground-up way of knowing general sentiment about the business. Aside from reviews found on the Better Business Bureau listing, there are other sites like Facebook where you can see reviews. Global Gold and Silver have positive reviews from satisfied customers on Yelp and Citysearch.

Get A Guarantee Of Security

Never be forced into a situation where you make a sale you don’t accept. If you are thinking of mailing your gold coins to a gold buyer for an appraisal, never send anything out unless you are given a written guarantee that it will be returned if you do not agree with the sale. Look for a company which gives assurance that your gold coin will be unwrapped and inspected on camera so that it is not damaged by others.

Shop Around

American Gold CoinsWhy sell to the first bidder, when you can sell to the highest bidder? Get a number of quotes from different places – reliable ones, of course – and then go with the best one. Just be sure that the highest quote you went with doesn’t turn out to be a scam!

Looking to sell your gold coins? Speak to a professional jewelry buyer so you can be sure you aren’t selling it for less than what it could fetch. Global Gold and Silver is reliable, experienced, and friendly, and you can chat with us anytime, no appointment needed. With two stores in New York and one in New Jersey, it isn’t hard to reach us – plus, we also accept mail submissions for appraisals. Contact us today!

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            On March 24, my best friend Melissa and her husband-to-be, Gavin, stood together at the altar, surrounded by one hundred loved ones.  It was a traditional ceremony; the two Argentineans smiled blissfully in a sea of white and blue. Sunlight bounced off Melissa’s gorgeous 2 carat princess cut diamond ring on her left hand. But wait…; there was small detail that set Melissa and Gavin’s ceremony apart from others. When it came to exchanging wedding bands with one another, Gavin was already wearing a ring.

Hmm…

Well… if you keep up with celebrity news, you probably heard or noticed that Johnny Depp has a rock on his left finger! (Yes ladies, he’s officially taken…)

Man-gagement-ring

Or maybe you heard about Jennifer Hudson giving her man an engagement ring

Yup! You read that correct, and now…introducing the “Man-gagement ring.

You’d think that “mangagement rings” is a completely new idea… but it’s not.  According to some sources, to exactly pinpoint the origin is difficult but it’s definitely predates the 21st century.

In 1926, jewelers tried to popularize the concept but companies like L. Bamburger & Co., (rebranded as Macy’s) joined together for a cooperative advertising campaign. The ads featured a black and white photo of a man’s left hand, a cigarette resting between the first two fingers and a large rock flashing on the fourth. The ring even had ultra-macho names: THE PILOT, THE STAG, and THE MASTER.  But these campaigns were unable to overcome the ingrained femininity of the symbol and the movement flopped.

It’s the women who wears the ring to let the world know she was “engaged” to her man, and it’s the woman who took her man’s last name.  Moreover, a groom’s wedding band wasn’t a given until the 1940’s and 1950’s. After World War II, there was an idea of “togetherness” and people were experiencing post war prosperity, and the lavish white wedding fit into that ideal. Therefore, jewelers promoted weddings as a symbol of the American Dream.

Some people think that the trend of management rings are probably re-introduced because of same sex marriage; and it has. The spreading legalization of same-sex marriage has created a new demand in the industry. In Chicago alone, about half a dozen jewelry stores cater specifically to same sex couple engagement and “man-gagement” rings.

 It’s known as a tradition in our society that when a couple is ready to tie the knot, a showmanship of commitment is worn on the left finger. And therefore, instead of calling an engagement ring for men, it can technically have the term “man-gagement ring.”

Through the years, customs and traditions have changed. When asking for a hand in marriage, men were the ones who got down on one knee and gave his dream woman a ring to show the world that she is taken. But now, there are women who ask men out on dates, and the whole double standard gets pushed over a little.

In 1977, only 48% of the public favored a household where couples shared domestic responsibilities. By 2010, that number jumped to 62%; and because relationships and marriages are more equal than ever, nearly 80% of young women (under 30) support equal marriage with dual earners and share responsibilities. So… if two people can wear the pants in the relationships, they both sure can wear the ring!

Even jewelry stores have reported that women are starting to come into the stores looking for a ring for the man; one of the biggest jewelry store in New York City, Kwiat, has a various selection for “man-gagement” rings!

So exactly what does a “man-gagement ring” look like?  It’s less expensive than a woman’s engagement rings but a bit fancier than a man’s wedding band.

Ring

In 2009, a British jeweler H. Samuel designed the Tioro ring which is a titanium ring about a half centimeter wide with embedded with tiny diamonds or two. So while women’s engagement rings are abundant, men have limited options- gold, platinum, and titanium bands between five and seven millimeters seem standard. The aesthetics are simpler, but the gesture itself is significant.

Right now, about 5% of men wear “man-gagement rings” now. “The guys who are doing it, are digging it,” says Calla Gold who is a jeweler in California. “It’s one more memory to add to the quiver of stories that make for a happy married life.”

So the rise of man-gagement is getting certainly some-what noticed. But what will it really take for the management rings to really enter the mainstream? Well… last year… the Robbin Brothers, a jewelry chain specializing in engagement sparklers, surveyed about 800 respondents about their attitude toward long standing marriage customs. The results: about 67% of the men polled are “open” to wearing an engagement ring. But because management rings aren’t a cultural staple, women are not prompt to buy them.

Basically, if the jewelry industry wants to sell more man-gagement rings, it may need to run ads coaxing women to pop the question.

Still, men are still seen as the main people who are supposed to propose. That will continue to hinder the acceptance of a new ritual good but until that acceptance comes, there is still a small and proud remaining number of growing minority.

Therefore ladies, if you’re bold enough to pop the question to your man & you man is open to the idea of wearing a “man-gagement” ring to show off the world he’s taken and committed, then why not!

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     Happy birthday to you and to your loved ones! Every diamond may be a girl’s best friend, but so should be your birthstone! Birthstones always hold a deeper meaning than just having a gem name. Birthstones are cherished for their folklore and the beliefs that bring happiness, love, good health and so much more. Also, some of these gemstones are known to be a favored gift for wedding anniversaries! So… to all the love birds, happy anniversary! Presenting someone with a gift of their birthstone and anniversary gem will surely make a gift to always remember.

January birthstone

Garnet : Best known for its shades of red, but it is also found in hues of pink, purple, green, yellow, orange, and brown. It is the suggested gift for the 2nd wedding anniversary, historically signified faith, friendship, loyalty, and truthfulness. It is also believed to calm anxiety, cheer the heart, encourage guidance and inspire creativity. Garnet illuminates the bright disposition of those who wear it!

February birthstone

Amethyst: Revered by ancient Greeks as a talisman, amethyst was thought to entice the highest, purest aspiration of human kind when worn. It was also believed to inspire courage, calm and contemplation. It is a favored gift for the 1st and 6th wedding anniversary historically symbolizing sincerity and sacred love; known as the gem of optimism and good fortune, Amethyst reveals the positive vibration surrounding those who wear it.

March birthstone

Aquamarine: Derived from the Latin word, “aqua marina” meaning seawater, aquamarine is known as the gem of the sea. It was believed to keep sailors safe and guard against storms, as well as bring hope, health, harmony, and happiness. It is a recognized gift for the 18th anniversary, believed to reawaken love, kindle friendship, and elevate spirit. Aquamarine glints the fresh, young-at-heart qualities of those who wear it!

April birthstone

Diamond: Derived from the Latin word, “diamas,” meaning the unconquerable, the diamond has maintained its position throughout history as a perfect icon of love and marriage. Although colorless is the most common, diamond actually comes in a variety of colorful hues including yellow, pink, blue, green, brown and even black! Diamond is a favored gift for the 10th and 60th anniversary symbolizing lasting love and friendship. Diamond was to inspire loyalty, rouse romance, and encourage joyful life.

May birthstone

Emerald: Emeralds are prized for its rich vivid green color that traces back to the ancient pharaohs of Egypt. Emerald boasts a long history as a jewel fit for kings and queens. Known to be a talisman of good fortune, it is believed to bring health and wealth to its owners. Emeralds are the chosen gift for the 20th and 35th wedding anniversary- symbolizing devotion, contentment and undying love. Traditionally has been though to protect and renew relationships. In fact, emerald is a popular gem choice for brides who want to express their individuality. Take a cue from Jackie Kennedy who received an emerald ring from John F. Kennedy; a calming influence that clarifies insights. Emerald enlightens the aura of those who wear it.

June birthstone

Alexandrite: This stone was named after Alexander II, Czar of Russia, and the gem was discovered on his birthday in early 1830’s. Because of this, alexandrite was considered a stroke of luck and worn as an amulet of good fortune. It is also recognized gift for the 55th anniversary.

Moonstone: Believed to capture moonbeams that reaches earth; moonstone is considered a good luck gem, especially for lovers. A gift of moonstone is said to arouse love and passion, credited with calming nerves, strengthening resolve and guarding against recklessness.

Pearl: Pearls was believed to possess mystical and healing powers. Roman women slept with them under the pillows to sweeten dreams. Ancient Asian cultures used pearls in medicinal ways. Early Hindus revered them as a symbol of purity in marriage. Pearl is also recognized gift for 3rd and 30th wedding anniversary!

July birthstone

Ruby: Believed to burn with an inextinguishable internal fire, ruby has historically signified great passion. This fiery gemstone- the color of the heart- has always been associated with deep love. Also the color of blood, ruby signified great courage. It has been a recognized as the traditional gift for the 15th and 40th wedding anniversary, believed to attract and maintain love. Popular gemstone choice for brides who want to express their individuality.

August birthstone

Peridot: Prized by the ancient Egyptian as the gemstone of the sun, and has been credited with a host of healing properties and magical powers. A guard against the evil eye, Peridot was thought to sweeten dreams and reveal insights. It’s recognized as the preferred gift for the 16th wedding anniversary. Many believed to bring happiness, attract love, and foster friendship. The gem of bliss and good fortune; Peridot illuminates the sunny disposition of those who wear it.

September birthstone

Sapphire: next to diamond, sapphire is the second hardest gemstone, ideal for all types of jewelry, especially rings. It is the preferred gift for the 5th and 45th wedding anniversary, historically symbolizing truth and promise keeping. It is one of the popular gemstone choices for brides who want something other than a tradition diamond. Sapphire was also believed to inspire peace, joy, wisdom, and prosperity as well as good health and well-being. The gem of sincerity, sapphire illuminates the true inner beauty of those who wear it.

October birthstone

Tourmaline: Probably and perhaps the most diverse gemstone available. Tourmaline possesses a dazzling array of colors. There are bi-color and tri-colored tourmaline where two or more colors appear by side in the same gemstone. Tourmaline is also the chosen gift for the 8th wedding anniversary. Gemstone of enlightenment and resolution. It is believed to foster compassion, composure, and reflection. Tourmaline reveals the most captivating characteristics of those who wear it.

November birthstone

Citrine: one of the most popular and affordable gemstones of all in the earth. Generally, an intense orange color are most valuable. Revered as a gift of the sun by the ancients, citrine was believed to inspire optimism and good spirit. This quartz-family gem is a symbol of warmth and affection; recommended gift for the 13th wedding anniversary, signified fidelity and bliss. The gemstone of joy and contentment, and citrine illuminates the sunny disposition of those who wear it.

Topaz: The name Topaz derives from the ancient Sanskrit word “topas,” meaning fire. Topaz was thought to fuel matters of the heart, inspire courage, increase intuition and sharpen wit. It is recognized as the gift for the 23rd wedding anniversary, symbolizing love, truth and devotion. Topaz was to believe to sweeten dreams and disposition. It is also the gemstone of friendship, reveals gracious and charismatic qualities of those who wear it.

December birthstone

Tanzanite: It was named and promoted by Tiffany; tanzanite rapidly won the public’s heart. Recognized gift for the 24th wedding anniversary and also the birth of a child- inspired by the native Maasai tradition of wearing blue beads and fabric for healthy and positive new life.

Turquoise: Discovered by ancient Egyptians, widely used in treasure fit for pharaohs. Old European credited turquoise with helping achieve a higher state of consciousness. Tibetans revered the gemstone as a talisman of good fortune.

Zircon: Prized as a talisman since medieval times, zircon was believed to clarify the mind, improve confidence, and inspire the spirit. Among its many attributes, zircon was though to bring wisdom, wealth and protection to those who wear it!

 

source & credit to:  AGTA

 

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Rolex is one of the biggest names in luxury watches. Made by Swiss company Rolex SA with headquarters in Geneva, the fabled city of watch experts of the world, Rolexes have a solid reputation of being among the best watches the world has to offer. Rolex is the single largest luxury watch brand and produces about 2,000 watches per day.

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Looking To Sell Your Estate Jewelry?

When selling your estate jewelry, you’ll want to go with a buyer that’s not only trustworthy and reliable, with a long list of satisfied customers – you’ll want to go for the buyer with the highest payout. Global Gold and Silver does research on your jewelry to find out if the value of the pieces might be higher than just their melt value, taking into account factors like scarcity, heritage, vintage appeal, and market trends.

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How To Sell Your Gold Coins Safely In NY & NJ

There are so many places where you could sell gold that it can be hard to decide. The pawn shop down the street? One of the “cash for gold” stores that seem to be popping up everywhere? A “gold party” held in someone’s home? Let us help you get one thing straight first and foremost: Do NOT just go anywhere to sell your gold coins! Make sure you go to a professional gold or jewelry buyer, where you can check their credibility. When searching for a reliable gold buyer in NY or NJ, here are some tips for you to look out for:

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The Rise of the Man-gagement ring.

            On March 24, my best friend Melissa and her husband-to-be, Gavin, stood together at the altar, surrounded by one hundred loved ones.  It was a traditional ceremony; the two Argentineans smiled blissfully in a sea of white and blue. Sunlight bounced off Melissa’s gorgeous 2 carat princess cut diamond ring on her left hand. But wait…; there was small detail that set Melissa and Gavin’s ceremony apart from others. When it came to exchanging wedding bands with one another, Gavin was already wearing a ring.

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Folklore about Birthstones – What will your birthstone mean to you?

     Happy birthday to you and to your loved ones! Every diamond may be a girl’s best friend, but so should be your birthstone! Birthstones always hold a deeper meaning than just having a gem name. Birthstones are cherished for their folklore and the beliefs that bring happiness, love, good health and so much more. Also,

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