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Rolex Range Puts Prestige Pawnbrokers at Forefront of Haute Horology

 

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Flaunted on the wrists of the rich, famous and well-heeled, Rolex timepieces are the epitome of haute horology. As the UK’s leading high end pawnbroker, you can bet that we’ve seen our fair share of these masterpieces over the past few years.

 

So what sets Rolex apart from the crowd?

 

When manufacturing these masterpieces, Rolex artisans use expensive and difficult to machine 904L steel that facilitates an ultra-luxurious aesthetic. Thanks to the existence of its own in-house science lab, the company is able to develop cutting edge innovations that keep it at the vanguard of high end horology. With all movements hand-assembled and individually tested, every timepiece that leaves the Rolex lab is flawless. All gold featured in the Rolex collection is crafted in the in-house foundry where 24 carat metal is turned into the brand’s hallmark 18k yellow, white, or Everose gold.

 

When it comes to technology Rolex is an unrivalled leader, with the brand leveraging next generation advancements to keep its timepieces utterly up to the minute. Several of its facilities are equipped with robotic help, including the master supply room. Here towering columns of parts are attended to by custom robots that assist watchmakers in retrieving parts.

 

Now we’ve got you drooling over the Rolex manufacturing process, let’s take a look at one of the latest additions to the inventory…

 

Shining the spotlight on the Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT Master II

 

At Prestige Pawnbrokers we live and breathe high-end horology. After all, London is home to some of the most luxurious watches in the country! So when this stunner waltzed through our doors we couldn’t resist showing it off.

 

Inspired by the elegance and precision of the aviation industry, the ‘tougher than steel’ GMT Master II features a Cerachrom bezel, two-time-zone design and an arrow tipped 24-hour hand. Plus it’s resistant to scratches which makes it ideal for those living on the edge. The price tag of £4,495.00 reflects its exclusivity as a timepiece that’s utterly exceptional. This baby has been fully checked, cleaned, polished and certified by one of our in-house timepiece experts which means buyers enjoy the total peace of mind  that they’re investing in a quality accessory with the Prestige Pawnbrokers stamp of approval.

 

Want to get your hands on a luxury time piece for a fraction of the high street cost? Check out our full collection of high-end watches today!

 

Four Reasons Fine Wine is a Fantastic Investment Idea

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Thought splashing out on a well-aged bottle of wine was a luxury reserved for special occasions? Think again! Sure, uncorking a vintage gem is a wonderful way to celebrate- however the savvy businesspeople of the world also know that fine wine can be a fantastic investment idea. Why? Read on for our list of four reasons why fine wine is always a worthwhile venture.

 

Luxury palates of the Far East

 

While Europe may still be feeling the aftermath of the credit crunch, the upper class Middle East demographic has a healthy appetite for the fine things in life. Unsurprisingly, this includes fine wine!

 

Cheers to China

 

Another market that’s guaranteed to be enamoured by fine wine collections is China. Despite changing economic conditions, the nation’s well-heeled consumers retain their appetite for luxury goods. Avery Booker, partner at China Luxury Advisors explains, “The stock market fluctuations are unlikely to have a significant impact on luxury consumption. Chinese consumers generally see the Chinese stock market as a casino, and don’t adjust their purchases of consumer goods based on its ups and downs.” Wealth-X’s Mr Friedman agrees, stating, “For the ultra-affluent Chinese consumer, these market gyrations combined with the geo-political uncertainties have accelerated the push to extricate their currency from the Chinese economy. This will mostly manifest itself in luxury residential real estate but that impulse will spill over into other luxury purchases as well.”

 

UK ups its security ante

 

In 2011 The Telegraph reported that “Fine wine investment fraud is the latest in a long list of scams and frauds costing UK consumers over £38bn a year, according to the National Fraud Authority.” A lot has changed in the past four years. Today there are stringent measures in place to prevent fraud which means fine wine investors enjoy augmented peace of mind that their assets are genuine.

 

An investment that gets better with age

 

When it comes to wine, the older the better. Unlike other assets that deteriorate in value with age, you can rest assured that mature wine simply gets more valuable with time.

 

Have you got a collection of fine wine just waiting to be appraised? Why not get in touch with one of our expert vino valuers for a quote on how much cash your inventory could secure? From single bottles to expansive collections, we’ll toast to everything from Lafite Rothschild, Latour, Leoville Las Cases, Petrus from Pomerol, Margaux, Talbot, Haut Brion, Palmer, Ch. d’Yquem, Penfolds Grange, Screaming Eagle and many more. If you’re thinking of taking out a personal loan on a fine wine collection, get in touch with Prestige Pawnbrokers today.

The Perks of Personal Loans

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For well-heeled Brits in search of extra cash, the market has never been better. No longer are personal loans plagued with a ‘rip off’ reputation that always swings in the favour of the lender. In fact, today’s state is the total opposite. So what benefits can you reap from taking out a personal loan? Read on as we explore just how advantageous they can be…

 

Fierce competition swings personal loans in borrowers favour

 

Across the UK, increasing competition is driving unprecedented growth within the personal loan market. According to the latest statistics, the demand for consumer loans has skyrocketed by 54% in the past 12 months, with even more growth on the horizon. Now, borrowers can secure personal loans with interest calculated at as little 4.5%.

 

More borrower benefits

 

With competition in abundance, lenders are starting to get creative with their plans. This includes rewarding loyal current account customers with preferential rates and offering flexible repayment plans. As a borrower, this gives you the power to choose a loan that offers you serious perks.

 

Pounds for possessions

 

When it comes to secure loans borrowers enjoy more benefits than ever. As cash is backed against tangible assets such as a cars, jewellery, art or antiques, securing cash loans from pawnbrokers is fast and easy. The opportunity to prove collateral and use assets as ATMs is a fantastic way for holdings rich individuals to get their hands on quick cash. High end pawn broking companies such as Prestige Pawnbrokers are great options for individuals wanting to secure loans on a myriad of luxury assets. From designer handbag collections, diamond jewellery, high end watches, works of art, antique furniture, rare stamps and more, we can help you turn your chattels into cold hard cash.

 

Minimal documentation

 

In comparison to home and car loans, personal loans require very little in the way of documentation. This means the process is fast and stress free.

 

Quick cash at your disposal

 

So what can you use your newly acquired cash for? The latest research from Hitachi Capital revealed that of Brits taking out £6,500 loans over a 45-month period, one in four consolidate their debts while almost 25% channel it into home improvement or a car loan. While these are the most popular uses you can use your cash as you please.

 

So is a personal loan the solution for you? If you want to find out more get in touch with one of our dedicated customer service members today.

 

 

 

 

All That Glitters is Gold

 

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As Led Zeppelin famously crooned, “all that glitters is gold.” At Prestige Pawnbrokers we can’t get enough of this gorgeous, gleaming metal that never loses its enduring appeal.

When it comes to gold jewellery pieces are often steeped in sentimentality. This means that owners are usually reluctant to part with their prized accessories. Lucky for all you gold aficionados out there, we’ve got the perfect solution. With our cash loans against gold, you can get your hands on instant funds, without having to say farewell to your assets.

 

An in-house team of gold gurus

At Prestige Pawnbrokers we back our service with a team of certified in-house experts. Together, they boast expertise in a myriad of precious metals, including gold. When you bring in an item we’ll have them meticulously scrutinise it in order to come up with an accurate value. This is then used to offer you a cash loan. As trusted and long-established high street pawnbrokers our offers can be up to three times higher than those of our competitors.

 

If it’s gold, we’re interested

So what forms of gold are we interested in? Put simply, if it glitters, we’re in! Jewellery is our main area of expertise, with gold chains, necklaces, bangles, earrings, bracelets, rings, lockets, pendants, charms, cufflinks and brooches all gracing our inventory on a regular basis. Haute horology is another specialty, with our team pawing luxury watches day in, day out. We’re also interested in golden collectibles, be it coins, ingots or sovereigns.

 

Gold, gold, glorious gold

Want to turn your gold assets into cold hard cash? Get in touch with our team today to discuss rates.

Of course, our love for gold knows no boundaries. Whether you live right here in London or in the UK’s home counties, or indeed in any other location, we can help you turn your gold into cash. As well as visiting us in person, you can also post in your gold. We can then pay you by cheque or bank transfer.

 

A golden Valentine’s

As well as offering cash loan against gold items, we also retail a stunning range of items right here on the Prestige Pawnbrokers e-store. If you’re in search of a Valentines gift that’s guaranteed to dazzle, this is your answer. From designer jewellery to rare collectibles, we’ve got a plethora of gilded gift ideas at prices that your budget will love.

Posh Pawn Christmas Special

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Lights are twinkling, holiday pop classics are blaring and mistletoe is strategically dangling under every doorway of Prestige Pawnbrokers HQ. Yet despite the festive atmosphere in the air, owner James Constantinou has been struggling to get into the Christmas spirit. With the Posh Pawn Christmas special on the horizon, his fellow pawn stars knew that his grinchy attitude simply wouldn’t do.

 

Goodbye Santa sleighs. Hello superbikes!

 

So what did they do? Forget reruns of Love Actually and marathon gingerbread man baking sessions. When it comes to getting James into the festive spirit, motors and macho time are the order of the day. What better way to perk up the Prestige Pawnbrokers founder than with a day out on the track with legendary superbike champion Carl Fogarty. How will James shape up against the undisputed king of World Superbike racing? Foggy’s got some serious speed up his sleeves, including the star power to secure James a seriously generous charity deal. While Posh Pawn usually shines the spotlight on securing the best deals for well-heeled asset owners, Christmas is a time for giving, and the seasonal special reflects this sentiment.

 

Diamonds are a girl’s best payday

 

Of course, a Christmas special wouldn’t be complete without a good dose of dazzle. This year Posh Pawn delivers with the resplendent rocks of a former Miss England. Sick of life in London, the beauty queen decides to trade in her diamonds for a cash payment that she’ll use to fund a new life in the USA. Watch all the action unfold as our expert team of in-house jewel aficionados scrutinize the rocks in order to come up with a price tag. Will it be enough to get Miss England to the US of A?

 

A slice of history

 

We can’t get enough of the royal family here at Prestige Pawnbrokers HQ. Love them or hate them, they sure do have some gorgeous jewels (Kate Middleton’s antique engagement ring anyone?). However when a Falklands veteran turns up with a slice of Buckingham Palace, we didn’t think we should be taking him literally. Over 30 years, he’s managed to resist the temptation of guzzling a piece of Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s wedding cake. Now that’s self-restraint. How much is a literal slice of history worth? You’ll have to check out the upcoming Posh Pawn Christmas Special set to air on December 23rd to find out.

The Best Posh Pawn Quotes by James

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It’s no secret that the Prestige Pawnbrokers team deal with some of the UK’s most valuable pre-loved assets. Keeping business in check is no easy undertaking, which is why savvy sales tactics, brazen self-confidence and a wicked sense of humour are all absolute musts. Thankfully, James ticks all the boxes. Want proof? Check out some of his audacious one liners, below.

 

When it comes to the Prestige Pawnbrokers philosophy, James has his business art down to a tee. According to the man himself, “Ability and willingness to say yes when others would say no” is the key to success. For viewers in search of some serious business advice, Posh Pawn is a great resource. Even if you’re not so keen on the assets side of the show, James is full of savvy entrepreneurial tips.

 

The Posh Pawn team gets their paws on some seriously strange items, and suits of armour are just the beginning. It always pays to approach bizarre loans with a hint of humour, as James Constantinou so aptly demonstrates below. The show also offers great insight into how to effectively manage teams. As you can see, James is always up for sparking a little healthy competition.

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As James will testify, a little cockiness goes a long way in the world of pawn broking. Needless to say, it’s what’s helped him elevate Prestige to where it is today. As you watch James and the team go about their work, you’ll see that confidence, self-belief and a positive attitude never go unrewarded.

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Of course, what goes on behind Posh Pawn doors is just as exciting as what happens on the floor. There’s nothing like a little office décor to lighten the mood at Prestige Pawnbrokers HQ, with Jo adorning the office with flowers. James may not look impressed but we all know that he loves a good orchid or two!

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The Prestige Pawnbrokers team is steeped in expertise, and no one knows the value of a keen eye better than James. Of course, putting a value on rare items often requires more than just a first glance… Just another example of how Posh Pawn can get you laughing and learning at the same time.

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Want more of James and his bald-faced banter? Be sure to catch the latest series of Posh Pawn, set to hit Channel 4 in 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

Prestige Pawnbrokers Set to Throw Open Manchester Branch

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Home to some of the wealthiest Brits in the UK, Manchester is brimming with high value items. When their well-heeled owners are strapped for cash, taking out asset loans is a fantastic way to boost bank accounts. While in the past they’ve had to head down to London to chat with the Posh Pawn team, James and his fellow pawn stars are ecstatic to announce that they’re throwing open the doors of a brand spanking new Manchester branch.

 

Posh Pawn launches with a bang

 

The new premises kicked off in style, with an official launch party held on December 10. As expected, the guest list was studded with stars, including antiques dealer Ian Towning and the legendary Jesse McClure from StorageHunters. ‘Queen of selfies’ Karen Danczuk also graced the party with her presence, chatting about pawn, politics and how to post the perfect Instagram pic.

 

Following in the footsteps of the London branches, the nee Manchester HQ enjoys a seriously prestigious location. It’s situated in Deansgate, home to some of the city’s most luxurious hotels, designer boutiques and high street shopping strips. After all, a posh location is an absolute must for Posh Pawn!

 

“Due to the popularity of the programme we got a lot of people from this neck of the woods coming down to see us,” says James. “We’ve had cars – Porches, Ferraris – and some amazing pieces of jewellery. We were even dealing with a Lowry painting a few days ago. It was given to the owner’s mother by the artist himself. It’s a Lowry figure with a cap on but it’s not the typical industrial scene. That fact that it has never been seen before is amazing so it was great to be involved in unearthing that.”

 

What a great way to kick of what’s sure to be one of Prestige Pawnbroker’s most successful branches!

 

The Posh Pawn Manchester branch is set to open its doors to the public early next year. No doubt it will be flooded with legions of Manchester locals looking to cash in their high end assets.

How to spot a fake diamond

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We have nature to thank for the beautiful creation that is the diamond –

life’s ultimate accessory and every woman’s best friend – but you want to make sure that this friend is the real deal.

 

The first thing to do when checking whether a diamond is authentic is get hold of a jeweller’s loupe, and you can do this quite inexpensively online. The next thing to do is to pick up the stone in question and use your loupe to magnify it, so you can inspect the hardness and wear of the stone. You’ll want to keep both eyes open when you are doing this, to create that 3D effect. As diamonds are one of the world’s hardest materials, you should expect to see minimal damage. Imitative materials, such as cubic zirconia, are a lot softer and therefore easily damaged. The points where the edges meet on a diamond are completely different from a cubic zirconia: on a diamond they will be sharp and crisp, while those on a cubic zirconia will be more rounded. The next thing to look out for – still using your loupe – are inclusions: diamonds have natural inclusions that resemble tiny feathers or clouds. Synthetic stones have parallel, needle-like inclusions which are too fine and ‘organised’ to appear in a real diamond. If you can’t see any inclusions then most likely you’re about to lose a friend: the stone isn’t real.

 

These tips all work for a stone encased in a fixed setting, but if you are able to get the stone loose, one of the easiest ways to gauge its authenticity is to weigh it on a diamond scale. If you were to compare a diamond and a cubic zirconia of the same size, the diamond would weigh significantly less. You can easily look up diamond size and weight charts to use as a guide, but a 6.5mm diamond is approximately around 1 carat.

 

Another test you can perform yourself at home is to pick your stone up and breathe on it. The stone will cloud over and ‘fog’ up, but if it’s a real diamond the cloudiness should only last around 3 seconds before clearing. If you repeat the same test on a cubic zirconia it would last longer: around 8.9 seconds. This is because diamonds dissipate heat. While this isn’t a definitive test of a stone’s legitimacy, it can be a good indicator. One last quick test you can do involves holding your stone up to a piece of paper with writing on it: with the cubic zirconia you should still be able to see the writing clearly, but if you do indeed have a diamond, you won’t be able to make out the writing.

 

Our advice when in the market for any diamond is to keep in mind the four Cs –

colour, cut, clarity and carat weight – and, most importantly, don’t be afraid to get a second opinion!

High End Handbags

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From the rich scent of leather, the sumptuously soft feel of silk lining, the gleam of metal fastenings and the overall on-trend aesthetic, we simply can’t get enough of luxury handbags. Needless to say, Prestige Pawnbrokers HQ is overflowing with gorgeous bags from a myriad of high end designers.

 

Turn your handbags into hard cash

Short on cash but high on designer handbags that would make the likes of Kim Kardashian swoon? We’ve got the perfect solution. At Prestige Pawnbrokers we’ll pay premium cash for haute handbags of all shapes and sizes. From clutches and totes to shoppers and satchels, we’ll take them all.

Simply bring in the items you want to sell and we’ll send them straight into the hands of our expert team of in-house valuers. They’ll then come up with the highest possible market price. This often amounts to three times more than what our competitors can offer. Just one of the benefits of working with the UK’s most trusted high end pawn broking business.

Temped? Give us a call today to chat about how we can turn your designer handbags into instant cash.

 

Shop an inventory of haute handbags

This Christmas, why not wrap up a stunning designer handbag for the lovely lady in your life. We slash high street prices, replacing them with affordable price tags on a plethora of pre-loved items in mint condition. Plus, every handbag is accompanied by the Prestige seal of approval. This gives you the total peace of mind that you’re investing in a genuine article. Here’s a glimpse at some of the current pieces that are stealing our attention:

 

BALENCIAGA Agneau Giant 12 Gold Envelope Strap Clutch

With its exquisite semi-distressed agneau leather finish, this clutch is the perfect way to set off an evening dress.

 

Anya Hindmarch Perry Patchwork Bag

We love, love, LOVE the patchwork design of this Anya Hindmarch masterpiece.

 

Celine soft leather Wallet

For buyers on a budget, this fuchsia pink wallet is an absolute steal at just £125.00.

 

Louis Vuitton HR Monsieur Weekend Trolly Bag Damier

Heading off on a holiday this winter? Get there in style with this ultra-chic LV weekender featuring a lush brown exterior, leather trim and gold tone hardware.

 

Mapplin & Webb Coffret Bag Special Edition

We adore special edition pieces and this Mapplin & Webb bag is definitely one of our favourites.

Want to browse more luxury handbags? Check out our full range on the Prestige Pawnbrokers e-store.

 

 

 

Hawk Your Haute Horology

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When it comes to luxury timepieces well-heeled individuals are willing to splash out some serious cash. That said, when funds are low and assets are high, owners often find themselves selling their designer watches in order to boost bank account funds.

 

Secure the best price for your luxury timepieces

 

As trusted high street pawn broking professionals, Prestige Pawnbrokers is able to offer you the best possible cash prices on haute horology. We base our offers on the highest market value which means that you’ll never have to settle for less than what your watch is worth. Often, this amounts to three times more than what our competitors are able to offer. With prices for luxury watches now at a record high, now is the perfect time to cash in your assets.

 

We’ve got an in-house team of timepiece experts with a wealth of experience in valuing luxury items. The highly experienced team of buyers are experts in the appraisal of all manner of luxury watches, from modern high fashion brands to antique wristwatches. Tag Heuer, A. Lange & Sohne, Cartier, Chanel, Rolex, Longines, Seiko, Zenith and more, we’re steeped in expertise.

 

Want to turn your luxury timepieces into instant cash? Get in touch with our friendly pawn star team today to kick-start the appraisal process.

 

In addition to offering sellers cash for luxury watches, we also retail a stunning range of timepieces via the online Prestige Pawnbrokers e-store. Here, you’ll find a collection of our most resplendent pieces, all accompanied by our in-house seal of authenticity. Here are some of our current faves:

 

CHANEL J12 Diamond Dial Chronograph

Luxurious yet practical, this Chanel stunner features self-winding mechanical chronograph movement for superlative accuracy and precision. The white ceramic bracelet is always on-trend while the price tag of £3,500 is sure to please.

 

Chopard Your Hour Ladies Quartz

This exclusive timepiece is the pinnacle of luxury, with its assembly of dazzling round cut diamonds set in a lush 18ct white gold bezel. When offset by the butter soft brown leather strap the effect is worth every penny of the £7,995 price tag.

 

Longines 18ct Gold Quartz Diamond Watch

Ladies will love this Longines knockout crafted with 18ct Gold, sparkling diamonds and a quartz face. Yours for a cool £1,125.

 

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Co-Axial Chronometer 600m

Want to wrap up the perfect gift for the special gent in your life? This Omega timepiece features scratch resistant sapphire glass and a myriad of features.

 

Explore the full range here: http://shop.prestigepawnbrokers.co.uk/product-category/watches/

 

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