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Designer Spotlight: Harry Winston

New York Loan Company specializes in large collateral based loans on luxurious signed jewelry from respected designers. Harry Winston is easily one of the most recognizable and valued jewelry houses in the world. Not only do they create timeless jewelry, but they have purchased some of the rarest and most famous diamonds in history.

Harry Winston is a true American brand – the company started by purchasing antique jewelry in New York City around 1920, and 12 years later opening its first brick and mortar location in the heart of midtown Manhattan. After the official formation of the company, the successes of the business came rapidly.

In 1935, Harry Winston acquired the 726 carat Jonker Diamond – which was then cut into 12 separate stones at his direction. In 1949 Harry purchased the Hope Diamond, arguably the most famous diamond in the world, and later donated the legendary diamond to The Smithsonian Institution. Winston also purchased and sold the Taylor-Burton diamond, a 69.42 carat diamond given to Elizabeth Taylor from her husband Richard Burton, and the Lesotho Diamond – which was a 600 carat rough diamond that was cut into 18 separate gemstones. The third largest of these Lesotho stones, a 40.42 carat diamond, was purchased by Aristotle Onassis and given to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis as an engagement ring.

The Harry Winston name is known all around the world, not only to the rich and famous, but to everyday people. In 1943 the Harry Winston Company started loaning out extravagant diamond and jewelry to celebrities and actors for red carpet events. Best Actress nominee Jennifer Jones wore his celebrated diamonds to the Academy Awards that year, and it has become the standard for prominent stars to wear his designs. In 1953 Marilyn Monroe sang “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” in the motion picture Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and included the lyrics “Talk to me Harry Winston, tell me all about it.” This mainstream attention from the media catapulted Harry Winston into a household name.

Today the Harry Winston company continues to purchase some of the most expensive and unique diamonds in the market, but they’ve also made jewelry accessible and affordable for clients that may want to spend less money but still want the quality and craftsmanship of Harry Winston jewelry. Engagement rings, wedding rings, the lily cluster collection, the New York collection, the loop collection and sunflower collection are just a few examples of jewelry that this distinguished jewelry house carries.

“The Harry Winston name is synonymous with luxury,” said Jordan-Tabach Bank, CEO of New York Loan in Midtown Manhattan. “We are always happy to make large pawn loans on Harry Winston pieces, ranging from their in house collections and diamond encrusted watches to rare diamonds and one-of-a-kind creations.”

New York Loan’s GIA trained gemologists and luxury jewelry experts are easily reachable in private, secure offices located in the heart of New York’s Diamond District. For any inquiries regarding a purchase of or pawn loan against Harry Winston, or any other jewelry, please email info@newyorkloan.com or call (212) 997-5626.