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How To Get The Perfect Vintage Engagement Ring For Your Loved One

So you’ve found “the one” — the person you want to spend the rest of your life with. You’ve been saving money for months to get that vintage engagement ring, but you’re hoping to have a little more in your pocket before you pull the trigger. Luckily at Watch & Wares, we have a couple of options that help you buy the vintage engagement ring you loved one deserves! It is FOREVER after all.

SELL JEWELRY & PAWN ITEMS

Your first option in getting your engagement ring is to sell some of your other jewelry in exchange for money. At both the Tustin and Orange Watch and Wares locations, you can bring in these valuables and get them appraised, and then decide whether or not you’d like to sell. We buy a variety of wares including jewelry, handbags, luxury watches, art pieces, and more, so you’re not limited in your options. Just make an appointment, and we will appraise your items on the spot. Getting that perfect vintage engagement ring for your loved one is something that they will cherish forever so that you can use your seller’s reward towards an investment item for your future.

We sincerely value our customers, and we always strive to give you the highest monetary value possible for your luxury items. We will provide you with a fair, accurate, and hassle-free offer, which can be payable in cash on the spot! Selling your jewelry will typically get you more money than taking out a collateral loan. However, unlike a collateral loan, the item will not be returned to you unless you purchase it back.

Some brands we buy are likely to purchase from our customers include Tiffany & Co., Bulgari, Cartier, Rolex, Omega, Breitling, and Louis Vuitton. We do not buy electronics, clothing, or weapons. To learn more about selling jewelry and pawning items with Watch and Wares, visit our Sell Jewelry page for our Orange and Tustin locations.

TAKE OUT A COLLATERAL LOAN

Your second option is through our collateral loan services. If your item has sentimental value and you do not wish to get rid of it indefinitely, consider taking out a jewelry loan (also known as a pawn loan or collateral loan). Getting a collateral loan is very simple at Watch and Wares Tustin, and you will not need to make an appointment to get an appraisal.

Bring the item(s) that you would like to use as collateral to our Tustin location and we will give you a free evaluation of what we think the item is worth. You will then be issued a 4-month loan with a ten-day grace period, and a state-regulated interest rate based on the loan amount. We do not require credit checks or income verifications, so you get the loan without any credit score risks involved.

When you take out a collateral loan, we will securely store your item until you have paid off the loan in its entirety. If you end up needing longer than the allotted amount, you can renew the loan by paying the current interest. There is also no penalty should you decide not to pay the remaining amount. Your collateral item will act as your payment and belong to Watch and Wares. We accept jewelry, luxury watches, gold, and other precious metals as collateral items so you can find the item that works best for you. You could be proposing much sooner than you anticipated with a ring that your future husband or wife will love. To learn more about taking out a jewelry loan with Watch and Wares Tustin, visit our service page.

Whether you want to sell your jewelry or take out a collateral loan, Watch & Wares is here for you. It’s personal preference on which service will work best for your engagement ring plans, and we’d be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about our services. Getting the perfect vintage engagement ring has never been easier!

For questions about collateral loans, please call our Tustin location at (714) 731-9600. For all other questions, please call our Orange location at (714) 633-2030.

What Items Can I Use For Collateral On My Jewelry Loan?

 

If you need fast cash but don’t want to sell your valuable jewelry, taking out a jewelry loan is an excellent option for you. Jewelry loans, also known as pawn loans or collateral loans, work by trading in gold, jewelry, or other valuable items as collateral for money. Items brought in as collateral will vary in value depending on numerous factors, which will be determined by an evaluator. Here at Watch & Wares in Tustin, we’ve compiled a list of items you can use as collateral for a jewelry loan.

Items You Can Use as Jewelry Loan Collateral

Most luxury accessories can be used as a jewelry loan collateral. The amount you may receive will vary, depending on brand, quality, and the face value of the item. Some common items we accept as collateral are, but not limited to:

Rings, Earrings, Necklaces – We determine the value of jewelry depending on the clarity, carat, cut, and color of the diamond. Typically, vintage estate jewelry will be offered more money.

Luxury Watches – Some familiar brands we offer loans on are Rolex, Zenith, Oris, Omega, Girard Perregaux, Cartier, Panerai, and much more.

Gold – Gold itself is valuable and can be used as collateral. How much we offer will depend on its quality and weight.

Pawn Loans Versus Selling Jewelry

Taking out a pawn loan and selling jewelry can both get you fast cash for the same items. However, both options have their pros and cons that just come down to personal preference when deciding between the two.

Through Watch & Wares, jewelry loans work by issuing a 4-month loan with a ten-day grace period and an interest rate based on the loan amount. This is an excellent option for items with sentimental value that you do not want to sell off. As long as you pay back the loan accordingly, there is nothing to be worried about in regards to your jewelry loan.

When selling your jewelry, there is no financial risk involved at all since there will be no loan for you to payback. Customers typically will receive more money for the item(s), but this also means that the jewelry no longer belongs to them and the piece’s title now belongs to the buyer/shop.

Ultimately, it is a personal preference and up to the customer to decide whether or not they want to release possession of their item. Regardless of what you’d like to do, Watch & Wares offers pawn loans and buys jewelry at our Tustin location.

We are a family owned and operated licensed pawnbroker business with over 25 years of experience that you can trust. Our policy is to always treat our customers with the utmost respect, which is why all transactions are 100% confidential and discreet.

Have questions about taking out a pawn loan or how you can buy or sell jewelry? Visit our Tustin location near the intersection of Costa Mesa Fwy and East 17th street or give us a call at (714) 731-9600.

4 Signs Your Watch Needs Maintenance

Upscale timepieces are meant to last a lifetime. For you to get the best out of your watches though, it takes a little love, care, and maintenance. Here are a few signs that indicate it’s time to bring your watch into Watch and Wares for maintenance.

Indication of Moisture

It’s almost a given that your watch will come into contact with water at some point in time. If there is evidence of any moisture or condensation inside the glass of your watch when it does, or in general, it’s time to take a trip to Watch and Wares to repair your watch. If you plan on swimming with your watch, be sure to adjust the crown and ensure it is tightly secured before you enter. If you come into contact with salt water, be sure to immediately rinse your watch with fresh water and dry thoroughly with a soft cloth. Moisture can increase the risk of damage to the functionality of your watch, so taking care of the matter promptly is imperative.

Behavioral Change

If you start the notice that your second hand is skipping by a couple of seconds, it’s time to take your watch in to get serviced. When your watch starts to skip a beat, it is usually an indicator that your battery is running low. Watches that have reached this point should be taken in for an immediate inspection. Don’t wait until the watch is completely drained to take it in for maintenance. Most Quartz watches can detect when the battery voltage drops below a certain level and will notify you that it’s time for a new battery. Prolonging this replacement can cause severe consequences, such as a potential battery acid leak. From a professional standpoint, it is recommended to have your battery switched out every 1-3 years to ensure optimal use.

Mechanical watch movements, on the other hand, are powered by the energy created from the movement of the mainspring. If you’ve dropped your mechanical watch and noticed that it’s not working properly or has stopped running altogether, the impact might have caused the axle to break or become displaced – resulting in an axle replacement. Extra care also needs to be taken when adjusting the time and date on your mechanical watch. The gears inside of a mechanical watch pre-engage before the actual change at midnight. So if you are manually changing the time and date, you need to be careful in order to not break the gears that are already engaged. If you happen to accidentally break a gear, you may notice a behavior change with the hands. If this is the case, you need to take your watch in for maintenance to repair the gears and behavior of the watch.

Something Sounds Off

If you’ve accidentally dropped or hit your watch on a hard surface, it’s possible that it took on some damage. The mechanisms and movements of watches are extremely complex, and sensitive. Even the smallest of bumps can jolt the function of your watch. A clicking noise could be an indicator that your watch is in fact damaged or on the verge of something more serious. If the rotor axle is exhibiting a type of rattling noise, it can eventually interrupt the inner working elements within the watch itself – shortening its lifespan. If you start to hear an odd rattle or noise or feel like something is off, head over to a professional repair shop to get it checked out.

Loose Crown

A watch crown is an important and necessary component to any watch. They allow you to change the time and date of your watch as well as wind and stop it. Though watch crowns are built to be durable and capable of withstanding tough conditions, they are susceptible to becoming damaged due to its exposure. The crown is connected to a tiny stem that allows the watch to execute its meticulous movements. If you notice that it becomes stiff or loose or has completely lost its function, a replacement is needed. Loose crowns are a common issue and can be easily replaced.

From battery replacements to detailing services, Watch and Wares provides each and every client with the highest quality watch maintenance services in Orange County. For over 30 years, we have perfected the art of craftsmanship, providing you with the best possible repair experience in the industry. If you think your watch needs servicing, take the initiative to ensure there will be no additional damage to your precious timepiece.

Getting Jewelry Loans with Watch & Wares

A timeless piece of jewelry is a luxury. Here at Watch & Wares, we believe that one-of-a-kind pieces are worth the investment. While not everyone is ready to invest right away, we have created a jewelry loan program to best suit the needs of our customers. With multiple ways to approach your loan, we can help you find the perfect payment solution so you can walk away from Watch & Wares with your classic jewelry item.

Why choose Watch & Wares for your jewelry loan?
Watch & Wares has integrity that only 25 years of service can deliver. As a family owned and operated business, we offer quick and easy loans at competitive rates. We treat each of our customers with respect, and all transactions are discreet and confidential. We are also a licensed pawnbroker, so you can feel confident in our ability to give you the level of service you deserve.

How does it work?
We loan money for gold, jewelry, and other items, as well as loan money based on collateral. The process is simple, so there’s no miscommunication or hassle. First, Watch & Wares will evaluate your items you’d like to use as collateral. Next, we will issue a 4-month loan with a ten-day grace period and an interest rate based on the loan amount. You will then receive a ticket with all relevant loan information, at which time we will hold onto your item as collateral until you redeem your loan within its specified time. You also always have the option to renew your existing loan by paying the interest.

Should I get a pawn loan or is it beneficial to sell my item?
Depending on your particular circumstances, you might need to decide between a pawn loan or selling your item. Ultimately, this is a personal decision. If you choose to pawn an item for a collateral loan, you get the cash you need without having to give away the item for good and without a credit check. With a collateral loan, our staff works with you to determine the loan amount. Your piece stays with us until it’s time to return, repay, and collect your item.

If you find that your collateral items have sentimental value to you, collateral loans will be a better alternative for you. On the other hand, if you don’t need the item, you should consider selling since you can generally receive more money. The most beneficial part of pawning the item for a collateral loan is that you have no obligation to repay it. Because you have provided a piece to secure the loan, failing to repay doesn’t affect your credit.

Watch & Wares provides the best loan options.
Because we are a certified cash buyer and licensed pawnbroker, Watch & Wares can provide simple, secure, and confidential loans on your collateral items with no income verification or credit checks. We can appraise your items in our store with no appointment and have historically offered higher values than our other Orange County competitors. If you’re looking to invest in your next classic piece, make sure to stop by our location here in Tustin. Please contact us if you have any questions. We are here to help.

 

Watch and Wares Featured in Orange Coast Magazine

Orange Coast Magazine Features Us This Month

Watch and Wares Estate Jewelry is proud to have been included in Orange Coast Magazine’s Best of 2018 feature! Being mentioned in the July issue really makes us feel honored to be recognized as one of the best watch and jewelry shops of 2018. And this is why the article (link above) really highlights what we do best and why we have been in business as long as we have.

Orange Coast Magazine Said This

“The selection of used Rolex, Omega, Jaeger-LeCoultre and prestige brands at Watches and Wares rivals other dealers in Orange County.”

-This is true, our selection rivals those of much bigger names. We have been buying and selling fine luxury watches for almost 30 years! We have curated and carefully purchased our vast selection over the years. This gives you one of the best selections in California!

“[The] Owner William Houchin and his staff know their timepieces and can help guide you toward owning your grail.”

-Watch & Wares has many years of experience running an upstanding business in our community. This has come from knowledge that we earned through dedication to our craft. Knowledge that allows us to be aware of all the ins-and-outs of the industry we work in. That’s why we have hundreds of satisfied customers, and our Google and Yelp reviews speak for themselves. In conclusion, we think that’s why Orange Coast Magazine decided to feature us!

“Most pieces include a two-year warranty and service by an in-house expert watchmaker, removing much of the risk of buying pre-owned.”

-This is one of the biggest reasons for our success! Watch and Wares was one of the first in the industry to standardize the offering of warranties with all our pre-owned watches! First, our in-house watchmaker works very hard to make sure our timepieces are cleaned and overhauled back to manufacturer specifications. Due to this, we can offer a warranty and eliminate the worry of buying a pre-owned watch, either online or in-person. In addition, we have our jeweler remove scratches and imperfections on our watches. In conclusion, this means the watch you buy usually looks good as new (In contrast to the vintage pieces of course, you don’t always want those to look new)!

But Wait, There’s More

Orange COast Magazine, Watch and Wares, Estate Jewelry, Vintage Jewelry

Not only do we have a mind-boggling watch collection, our selection of jewelry is second to none! To begin with, we have amazing jewelry from all the great art periods.  Edwardian, Art-Deco, and Mid-Century pieces are all here. Finally, we have an extensive collection of signed pieces,  including Cartier, Tiffany & Co, Van Cleef & Arpels, and much more! We even have a whole store full of handbags! Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Chanel, and much more! Stop by and say hello today!