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San Diego Luxury Pawn Shop Guide Published

Over the past year, skyrocketing gas and grocery prices have sent many Americans looking for ways to leverage their existing capital, including those assets which have been gathering dust in their jewelry boxes. Near record level prices for gold and diamonds has been a boon for hard-pressed consumers in need of extra cash, as well shoppers who’ve decided now is the time to bring their fine jewelry and watches into the 21st century. To better assist those who are considering selling their second-hand jewelry, San Diego Jewelry Buyers has just announced the publication of of a guide to help San Diegans who want to sell or pawn jewelry, gold, diamonds, and watches.

**The United States has over 12,000 pawn shops and businesses that buy and sell used jewelry, watches, and diamonds. Not all are the same. When deciding on whom to entrust with your fine jewelry transaction, be selective, do research, and choose only those companies that specialize and understand the current jewelry market.

**For simple used gold jewelry, the rule of thumb is to accept 50%-80% of gold’s current trading price, otherwise known as the “spot price”. Remember that 24K jewelry is pure gold, 18K is 75%, 14K is 58%, and 10K is 41.7%. For name brand fine jewelry and watches (such as Tiffany, Cartier, Rolex, and Patek Philippe) you can expect to get higher prices, depending on the condition of the piece, as well as the maker, and overall desirability.

**Not all jewelry can be resold or used for a cash loan. Very few pawn shops will accept costume jewelry, unless it a very rare item. And silver jewelry is worth only a fraction of what gold jewelry is worth, although some kinds of designer and/or antique silver jewelry can be valuable.

**To ensure the best price when you sell gold jewelry, deal only with those buyers who set their scales in grams. Some buyers set their scales in penny weight (1.55 grams), which likely means less money for you.

**Avoid those businesses which charge an unreasonably high interest rate on their cash loans for jewelry. In states like Texas the legal rate for short term loans can go as high as 240%! Do not allow a troubling financial situation to force you into such a loan arrangement. There are always businesses to be found that will charge you a reasonable interest rate. And if you need help, seek guidance from a free consumer credit management service, such as: or

**When obtaining a cash loan for diamonds and jewelry your anonymity and credit rating are protected. Loan operators don’t do credit checks. If the customer can’t pay back the loan it doesn’t hurt their record. The loan operator simply keeps the collateral.

To read the entire SDJB guide for those who want to sell or pawn diamonds, gold, Swiss watches, and other luxury assets in San Diego, please visit their website at:

For more information about the company, please visit or contact them at:

San Diego Jewelry Buyers
907 6th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
888-919-3862 – 888-919-3862

Sell Estate Jewelry San Diego: Where to Find Tips?

San Diego Jewelry Buyers (SDJB) has published an online guide for consumers interested in selling their estate jewelry. The guide appears at in the company’s regularly updated Knowledge section for consumers looking to sell diamonds, gold, jewelry, and watches.

“Being an informed seller is certainly the most important thing for consumers when conducting any kind of sales transaction,” says Alan Blyler, a spokesperson for San Diego Jewelry Buyers. “It doesn’t matter if we are talking about how to sell estate jewelry, sell gold coins, sell baseball cards, or sell a used car. The more you know about the product that you want to sell, the better the chances of getting a good price for that item, while avoiding the disappointments related to unrealistic expectations.”

The San Diego Jewelry Buyer’s guide for estate jewelry sellers states that while selling to another consumer is usually the most profitable way to sell estate jewelry, people should take into account the convenience of the sale when deciding the selling option best for them. Selling estate jewelry is often a time-consuming process. Therefore sellers should first put a price on what their time and energy are worth. Then evaluate if it makes sense to spend 10-20 hours or more, over several weeks, trying to find a buyer for their estate jewelry, just to make a little extra money beyond the buying offer that an experienced San Diego estate jewelry buyer would make.

San Diego Jewelry Buyers also urges consumers to safeguard themselves if they decide to sell estate jewelry to a stranger. The company warns sellers never to meet a potential buyer in their house, but to arrange a meeting at a public place, such as a shopping mall or restaurant. The best place to meet, according to SDJB, is in the potential buyer’s bank, because then if the buyer is interested in the estate jewelry, they can withdraw the cash right away, and the transaction can be completed in a safe, secure, environment.

To read the rest of San Diego Jewelry Buyer’s guide for estate jewelry sellers, please visit their Knowledge pagea.

For more information about the company, please visit or contact them at:

San Diego Jewelry Buyers
907 6th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 236-9603 – (800) 557-9413