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Ellie Goulding’s engagement ring

James Constantinou assessment of  Ellie Goulding’s engagement ring on OK magazine.

Read the full article here: https://www.ok.co.uk/lifestyle/1441121/ellie-goulding-engagement-ring-caspar-jopling-value-design-meaning-diamond

A Slice of history..

Slices of Princess Diana’s wedding cake can sell for up to £2,000

DAYS before Prince Harry prepares to marry Meghan Markle it has emerged slices of wedding cake from Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s wedding can fetch up to £2,000 at auction.

Mr Constantinou said anyone lucky enough to get their hands on something specific – a serviette, a teaspoon with the Royal monogram on, or something else unique from the day – who was then patient enough to then put it in the attic for 30 to 40 years might one day find it to be worth thousands.

 

Read the full article here: https://www.express.co.uk/news/royal/961335/princess-diana-wedding-cake-royal-wedding-prince-harry-meghan-markle

 

View the slice of cake on our estore: https://shop.prestigepawnbrokers.co.uk/product/princess-diana-wedding-cake/

The early bird..

Is waking up at 4am really the secret to being a successful person

While the rest of the world sleeps, a select few are rising. Sayings such as ‘the early bird catches the worm’ suggest that success comes to those who set their alarms earlier than others, but how much truth is there in that? Do people who sleep in really achieve less than those who set their alarms at times some would say is the middle of the night? And should you sack off your lie-in and start getting up early?

 

Not everyone who gets up early is a CEO with staff on hand to look after their every mood. For James Constantinou, CEO of Prestige Pawnbrokers, his alarm goes off at 4.45 and he might snooze until 5am. He cites many benefits of getting up early: “I’m fresh, alert and brimming with ideas. I put together a to-do list and set myself targets for the day ahead. Everything is quiet and peaceful so I have no distractions. I can catch up and respond to emails straight away and deal with any urgent phone calls. All this before 6am.”

 

Read the full the article here

How to maintain the value of a watch collection

People invest in luxury watches for the pleasure of owning them and with the intention of keeping them for life, or with a view to selling for a profit at a later date. In either case there are some practical steps that you can take to maintain the value of your timepieces, or to potentially increase it.

 

Keeping the box, accessories and paperwork that came with the watch can be key. “The paperwork is particularly important as it will give an insight into the watch’s history,” says James Constantinou, founder of Prestige Pawnbrokers. “Some boxes are quite elaborate, they can even be limited edition. Links can be very expensive to replace, so keeping hold of any that are removed will be beneficial for the next owner.”

 

Read the full article here: https://economia.icaew.com/en/home-travel-and-lifestyle/how-to-maintain-the-value-of-a-watch-collection

Liquid assets: the rise of wine pawning

 

How much will I get for the 1983 Mouton Cadet I found in my grandmother’s house? And can I sell two bottles of old ruby port that I found at the back of the garage? These are questions I am often asked. The answers are: nothing, and not unless you find a sucker on eBay.

 

But if you have fine wine that has been properly stored, then it has never been easier to turn it into cash. This used to mean putting in a discreet call to your wine merchant – now it either means getting online or getting on to the pawnbroker.

 

Yes – the pawnbroker, now moving into Château Cheval Blanc and Côte d’Or as more people in need of swift cash rootle through their cellar records and ask to secure loans against what you might call their liquid assets.

 

“We’ve seen quite a lot of it in the past three years or so,” says Rob Davies of the National Pawnbrokers Association. “Post-2008, there are a lot of people who are asset-rich but cash-poor. As the banks have made more stringent demands on lending they find they can’t get finance through the usual channels, so there’s an increasing demand to borrow against wine, and niche pawnbrokers have popped up to service it.”

 

One of those is Prestige Pawnbrokers, whose headquarters are in Weybridge, Surrey, and who have opened a new office in Richmond and Manchester.

 

“This area is growing – there are similar patterns as in loans offered against fine art,” says chief executive James Constantinou. “Our borrowers are savvy, passionate about the wines they’ve bought or collected … they’re often businessmen who did well pre-recession – well enough, anyway, to afford to buy good wine – and who are looking to raise capital in the short term.”

Read the full article on the Telegraph website: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/wine/10273882/Liquid-assets-the-rise-of-wine-pawning.html

Claudia Valentin Handbag Specialist

Claudia Valentin Designer Handbag Specialist Claudia Valentin has always had a lifelong passion for handbags. As an Italian lady, you could even say it was in her blood.

 

Ever since she was a young girl, Claudia was enthralled with the high-fashion, luxurious accessories worn by her stylish Italian relatives. Claudia was gifted her first handbag at the tender age of 4, and still recalls fondly the smell and feel of the rich Italian leather – a formative experience that has no doubt influenced her appreciation for designer handbags.

 

A passion and enthusiasm soon developed in to a way of life, as Claudia became a luxury goods and handbag dealer during her time spent in Cannes, South of France. As a luxury handbag specialist and appraiser, she consulted her wealthy clients and helped them to acquire the world’s finest and rarest handbags to add to their collections.

Being a handbag specialist and aficionado, Claudia has also amassed quite the collection of her own! In a recent newspaper article, her fabulous personal collection of handbags and luggage was valued at almost £300,000! She is frequently interviewed for style and fashion columns, gracing the pages of magazine and press articles as a leading authority on designer handbags and luggage.

 

No stranger to the spotlight, Claudia has also starred alongside her Prestige Pawnbroker colleagues in Channel 4’s hit television series, Posh Pawn. The original British TV documentary about high-end pawnbroking, Claudia’s skills and expertise as a luxury handbag buyer featured her appraising designer handbags and other luxury items, with stories as unusual and unique as the colourful personalities presenting them!

 

As well as buying and loaning against luxury handbags and luggage, Claudia’s wealth of knowledge has also positioned her as one of the industry’s most prominent handbag dealers – recently selling an ultra-rare Hermès Birkin 25cm handbag for an undisclosed 5-figure sum to one of her regular clients, who wishes to remain anonymous. Claudia’s clients range from TV stars, high net worth individuals, famous musicians, wealthy aristocrats and even ladies simply hoping to get their hands on a beautiful pre-owned designer bag with exceptional savings. All have come to rely on Claudia’s contacts and extensive knowledge as the industry’s foremost luxury handbag dealer and buyer.

Claudia Valentin Designer Handbag Expert

 

Having valued and appraised thousands of highly-prized designer handbags during her glittering career, it goes without saying that Claudia has an eye for detail. Luxury handbag dealer Claudia can spot a counterfeit bag just at a glance, and knows all the fine, minute features to look for in genuine pieces. All the handbags on sale from the Prestige Pawnbrokers Online Store have been personally authenticated and appraised by Claudia and her expert team, so you can purchase pre-owned as well as brand new handbags with confidence – and at a fantastic price!

 

Click below to view the latest designer handbags on our online store:

 

Chanel Designer Handbags

Hermes Designer Handbags

Louis Vuitton Handbags

 

Follow Claudia on social media:

 

https://www.facebook.com/claudia.poshpawn/

https://twitter.com/claudiaposhpawn

https://www.instagram.com/claudia.poshpawn/

 

If you would like to sell your designer handbags our experts headed by Claudia Valentin can appraise you items.

Rolling Stones Lost Letters

Posh Pawn Director James Constantinou acquires lost letters from Rolling Stones founder Brian Jones.  James Constantinou is delighted to receive the notes. He said: ‘They are amazing things to come across. This was a real find, they are a real insight into his life in the early days of The Rolling Stones.’

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4614552/Letters-reveal-mild-wildman-Brian-Jones.htm

NPA Award – “Employer of the Year”

James and Deborah receiving the NPA award for “Employer of the Year” at the 2016 annual conference and awards ceremony.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

James Constantinou has joined the world of Social Media

James Constantinou has joined the world of Social Media! Follow for live videos, daily updates on his antics, Q&A sessions and more!

Follow him by clicking on these links:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JamesPoshPawn
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/JamesPoshPawn
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/JamesPoshPawn

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