Very few fine jewelry designs can be considered iconic, but Van Cleef & Arpels’ Zip necklace is assuredly one. The brainchild of the Duchess of Windsor, the design was first conceived in the late 1930s, but was not produced until 1951. This incredible masterpiece takes the form of a zipper closure, just as you would … Continue reading Icons of Design: Zip by Van Cleef and Arpels
Audemars Piguet was founded by Jules Louis Audemars and Edward Auguste Piguet in the Vallée de Joux, Switzerland in 1875 and would later take the name Audemars Piguet & Cie in 1881. Since its founding in 1875, the company has remained family owned. Both founders came from a strong family lineage of watchmakers. Jules and … Continue reading How was Audemars Piguet founded?
One of the most quintessential items of jewelry for any wardrobe is a bracelet. Whether it be a minimalist slim bangle, a chunky bedazzled cuff, a delicate diamond encrusted bracelet or a gold cable chain laden with charms, bracelets instantly add polish and chic to any ensemble. Unlike worrying about the size of a ring … Continue reading The Most Famous Designer Bracelets
Rolex is the largest luxury watch brand in the world and is admired by its customers and fans for its excellence in watchmaking, from craftsmanship to quality. The Rolex company has set impeccably high standards for its design and style and continues to make top-selling references that dominate the market each year. Additionally, the brand … Continue reading What are the differences between the Rolex Submariner and Rolex Sea-Dweller?
A select few colored gemstones can reach the heights of prestige and expense usually reserved for diamonds, but ruby is one of them. The “King of Gemstones” is renowned the world over for its bold, fiery color and exquisite rarity. Although found in a number of locales around the globe, ruby is one of many … Continue reading Most Expensive Colored Gemstones: Ruby
On Tuesday evening, May 15, the hammer fell at a staggering $6.7 million at Sotheby’s auction house in Geneva for the extraordinary and magnificent Farnese Blue diamond. The sparkling pear-shaped diamond weighs 6.16 carats and is encircled by a crown of cushion-shaped diamonds. The Fancy Dark Grey-Blue gemstone had been in private hands for over … Continue reading The Rare Farnese Blue Diamond: Fit for a Queen
Literally translating to “whirlwind” in French, the tourbillon is an added mechanism on timepieces that was originally purposed to improve accuracy in pocket watches. Although the tourbillon has little effect on precision on today’s modern wrist watches, the complexity and craftsmanship of the tourbillon has made it highly desirable. Often brought into New York Loan … Continue reading Watch Lessons – The Tourbillon
While New York Loan Company is known mostly for its luxury jewelry, watches and high-end artwork; they also make loans on silver. Towle, Buccallati, Wallace and Tiffany & Co. are a few of the luxury silver manufacturers that we work with. Coins, flatware and collectables in sterling silver or coin silver can have significant value, … Continue reading Coin & Sterling Silver – What is it and how can I pawn it?
Due to popular TV shows bringing the pawn business into the spotlight, more people than ever before are curious about collateral lenders and their businesses. Pawn loans can be confusing and somewhat intimidating to those who have never had a collateral lending experience before, and New York Loan would like to help answer common questions. … Continue reading What is a Pawn Loan and Why is it The Right Option for Me?
New York Loan Company is considered a luxury pawnshop, and with 493 pawn brokers in Manhattan alone, it’s an important distinction. Pawnbrokers have been around for centuries, but the term “Luxury Pawnshop” wasn’t coined until 1938, the year in which Louis Zimmleman founded Beverly Loan Company, the first high end establishment providing pawn loans against … Continue reading What is a Luxury Pawnshop Anyway?