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Carat, Karat, and Carrots!

Carat, Karat, and Carrots!

It's all so confusing. One you weigh, one is for purity, and well, the last one you eat. If you already know the difference you probably work in the jewelry industry. If not stay tuned we'll break it down for you.  Carat. First used around the 15th century and from the French word carat. Apparently the French stole it from the Italians who called it Carato. They stole it from the...
Cleaning Your Canon DSLR Sensor

Cleaning Your Canon DSLR Sensor

Whenever you change lenses on your DSLR camera you are exposing the sensor to dust in the air. Dust is normal occurrence that comes with shooting a digital camera. We find people are very nervous about trying to clean the sensor themselves so we have uploaded a quick video to our youtube chanel to show how easy it really is.  Please note that before cleaning the sensor try removing the...
Marie Antoinette's Jewelry

Marie Antoinette's Jewelry

We all know how Marie Antoinette met her fate but what isn't known is her jewels were sent to Belgium by her maid for protection prior to her death. Now 200 years later they are being auctioned off by Sotheby's Geneva in November. She was known for her taste of luxury and diamonds. The preview doesn't disappoint. Take a look... This ruby and diamond brooch is estimated to bring $200,000-$300,000. @Sotheby...
WHAT IS A PAWN SHOP?

WHAT IS A PAWN SHOP?

Years ago I told Paola, my wife, I wanted to start a chain of pawn shops. "Absolutely not" was her reply. She never really told me why but she said it with such certainty that I just kinda agreed and let it go.  Fast forward a few years and I find a pawn shop for sale here in San Diego. I drag her along kicking and screaming to go see...
Professional Criminals Are Targeting Handbag Stores

Professional Criminals Are Targeting Handbag Stores

In January 10 thieves broke into Hermés at the Fashion Valley Mall here in San Diego. The heist netted them over $500,000 in designer handbags and goods. The video of the break-in is amazing to watch.    A month later 5 thieves walked into the Chanel store inside Nordstroms, armed with mace in broad daylight. After grabbing several handbags they were able to escape.  In  March of last year, handbags at...