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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

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
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Posh Pawn Heats Up with Bicycles, Diamonds, DJ Vans and More

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Now one of Channel 4’s most popular documentaries, Posh Pawn is THE place to be on a Wednesday night. As always, the latest episode is packed full of high end pawn, as well as a few wild cards thrown in for good measure. So what’s set to hit screens this week? Read on for the scoop…

 

James takes a ride on two wheels

 

Posh Pawn fanatics will know that an episode just isn’t complete without a bit of on-road action. While it’s usually in the form of luxury sports cars or racing machines, this instalment sees James get behind the handlebars of a homemade electric bike. Will he find his groove and cruise along with the wind in his hair? You’ll have to watch to find out.

 

Rocks, paperwork, scissors

 

As a team of self-confessed diamond lovers, the Posh Pawn team lights up when a shiny new rock enters the building. Generally, the precious stones come complete with paperwork that proves authenticity. So when a diamond arrives with the wrong paperwork, headaches are definitely on the cards. Will the Posh Pawn team be able to pull through and put a price on the glittering ring?

 

Rockin’ on the road

 

This episode introduces viewers to another quirky set of wheels when a bespoke DJ van cruises into Posh Pawn HQ. The customised ride packs a serious sound punch, and doesn’t conform to the usual pricing system used to value cars. Of course, no challenge is too noisy for the Posh Pawn team, who have to get creative in order to put a price tag on the van.

 

A bishop pawns his prized art

 

It’s not every day that a bishop strolls through Posh Pawn’s doors. When this holy man decides it’s time to part ways with his beloved Salvador Dali sculpture in order to help his children’s charity in Kenya, the Posh Pawn team is ready to get pawning. Get a glimpse at work from one of the most illustrious modern artists of all time, and learn more about the wonderful work being done in Kenya. A not to be missed episode for all you art lovers out there!

 

Another action packed episode is on the cards, but the excitement isn’t over yet. There’s still plenty of Posh Pawn to come, and Channel 4 is the place to catch all the thrills, spills and sky high price tags.

 

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