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When it comes to owning and selling jewelry, what are the do's and don'ts? Thinking like a jeweler helps people get the best deals.
215 Green Meadow DrAtco, NJ 08004
231 E Lancaster AveWayne, PA 19087
Frank is terrific... old-style professionalism... if he can help, he'll tell you; if he can't he'll tell you that too... a lot of coin/gold people w…
Serving the Philadelphia Area.
From Business: We specialize in the restoration, repair and refinishing of antique and contemporary sterling, pewter, copper and brass along with silver and gold plating.
When it comes to owning and selling jewelry, what are the do's and don'ts? Thinking like a jeweler helps people get the best deals.
Planning a wedding on a budget is nerve wracking. Searching for wedding bands only adds to the tension, wanting something memorable at the right price. I just returned from ring shopping and I'm actually smiling. My fiance and I went to Market Street Gold on a recommendation from my father. We were very skeptical. . Well, "lo and behold", this place was awesome! First, we were able to find street parking right on 10th. There was "kiosk" parking above and below Market on 10th, which surprised us. Then, we entered the store and were greeted by a pleasant staff. Maria was only too glad to help us and made us both feel relaxed. When we had numerous questions, Anthony, an owner, introduced himself. He was very knowledgeable as well as personable and answered all our questions. The atmosphere was so pleasant, we spent much longer than anticipated searching for the perfect rings. We were never rushed, which led us to totally changing our plan and choosing rings we never thought we would like or could afford. Sizing the rings was also an easy task. Even though my fiance wears larger than a 15, the rings will be done quickly. This was such a positive experience. We purchased gorgeous rings of great quality that will last a life time and we found a new jewelers for our family. This find will definitely come in handy since we have two daughters with a taste for "bling". Thank you Market Street Gold for your high quality pieces, great staff and excellent service. Check out their web site too for a taste.
IF YOU'RE LOOKING TO SELL YOUR OLD GOLD,GO HERE! I had some old gold,broken pieces,etc. that you're looking to sell,this is a great place to go-at least go in & see what they have to say.Chances are you'll get a much more fair & higher offer than other places on jeweler's row.Most places always act like they don't want what you have,& are doing you a huge favor by giving you a lowball offer.I've done extensive research of what you should get when you sell your old gold,& realize that in many cases,you have to expect to get the melt value (especially in my case,where most of what I had was mismatched,broken,and/or outdated),plus a store has to make a profit too,so I have a good general idea of what's realistic for resale,even with the rising prices of gold.I seriously almost fell over when he gave me an offer;I'd thought if I could actually somehow find an honest jeweler,that I'd be lucky to get not even half of what they offered me.I've sold old/broken pieces before,& you can't ever act eager or like you're super happy,but really,it took everything for me to keep my cool & pretend to mull it over.I'd highly recommend this place;I wouldn't have gotten a better offer anywhere else,& if you want to avoid the whole nonsense most places on jeweler's row give you,& get a more than fair,straightforward offer,I highly recommend this place.
"I don't know how I lived before I met you!!!" I am a person who really spend money on jewelry. I deal with many jewelers on a regular basis. Yet when it came down to my very engagement ring, I was far lost into the haystack. Since I am not, in theory, the purchaser of the ring, yet the one who wear it, we had to work with his budget to get the ring that I can be happy wearing. It was like a 6 month quest that we almost lost hope, until we walked into D'Antonio & Kline by our dumb-luck one Sat afternoon. We finished our engagement ring journey with a 'happy-ever-after'. We had gone thru probably 20 jewelers - new ones & ones I regular deal with. We were shopping for a 2+ carats eye-clean around G-I color with $8500 budget for diamond. It was a long, but very bearable process with John holding our hand. By the final chapter, we walked out with 3.15 cts eye-clean GIA center stone w/ 4.65 cts total carats. We pushed our envelop on the budget to close to $11,000 for the whole project, yet we can't be happier. Needless to say, D'Antonio & Kline is my jeweler from now on. Special Thanks to John & Jonathan! Now only if we can make the wedding planning as smoothly as dealing with D&K, we will be in the perfect world.
My boyfriend & I made the trip to Jewelers Row from the Jersey Shore to shop for an engagement ring, we stopped into a few stores and Harzin was one of them. Susan Newman helped us, she was wonderful. She sat down with us and helped us pick out a ring. After I selected a few I liked, she started pulling ones she thought I might like, throwing in a few that were a little different from the "style" I was looking for. (which I really liked because the ring I ended up liking the most wasn't what I was originally looking for) I tried on at least 25 different settings and then she picked out a loose diamond to place into each of the settings to narrow down the choices. She was very patient with us and didn't mind spending the time to pick out the "perfect" ring. She was very educated about diamonds and let us use the scope to show us the difference between a good diamond and a "bad" diamond. She was very respectful of our budget and wasn't pushy at all. I definietly recommend stopping at Harzin if you are looking on Jewelers Row.
Robert is great! He's the best jeweler around from my opinion....my finance got my engagement ring there and he kept him in his budget no problem..If your looking for someone to be honest with you and work with you whether your on a budget or have a certain design in mind, please go see Robert. I can guarantee you will not be disappointed. The quality of his jewelery is incredible....My engagement ring was one that he designed. Actually he was trying to make one thing and ended up w/this ring.... I love my ring! And now, for my wedding band, he custom made it to fit my ring! He's awesome... (Believe me, we went to plenty of other jewelers, and felt like we were getting ripped off. Robert told us exactly what some of them would say and he was right....) I'm so happy I was referred to Robert....and I have referred a co-worker of mine, who was just as pleased!) Thanks Robert!! Your the best. Antoinette Phila, PA
I have dealt with both Jeffrey and Nathan, on three different occasions. The first time I traded in an engagement ring when I got engaged again. I explained the price range and what I wanted and Nathan got me a "D" blue white stone for a fraction of what someone else would have charged. I traded in my old gold to make my fiance a beautiful initial ring. Nathan worked with me on the mold, until it was what I wanted. When I turned 60 I treated myself to a diamond tennis bracelet. Jeffrey was kind enough to change the round stones at my request to a whiter stone and made sure to give me the original price for the white gold as this was a pre designed bracelet that I choose to buy as I liked the design. The service is great and I would highly recomment Barsky. I think they are honest, and trustworthy, and have the most selection of diamonds and prices to suit anyone's budget on Jeweler's Row. C Miller, Media, PA.
I had Gregg and his team take on the very challenging job of refinishing my home's exterior. Before I bought the house it had been allowed to really degrade, so paint was peeling from the cedar shingles, there was some masonry re-pointing needed, and minor construction projects abounded. Gregg gave a very detailed estimate that was very competitive. Even when a problem surfaced that required more work just prior to the beginning of the job, Gregg came back out, assessed it, and gave a great price for the extra work. They arrived on time, worked thoroughly, and most importantly displayed excellent attention to detail. Communication was great leading up to and throughout the job. They even took the initiative to take my dog out (with permission) when I had to work late! They kept the site clean, and the place looks amazing. I'd hire Diamond Painting & Decorating again, no question.
Called 3 painting contractors for estimates to paint the interior of our offices totalling 28,000 sq ft. We are a national satellite TV service provider and we needed the spaces painted at night when all employees finished their shifts. Of the 3 painters I called, only 2 responded. Of the final two, only one seemed capable of handling such a large project with numerous requirements like ours had (night shift,alarm, codes,weekends etc.) We hired CTS paint pros and from start to finish we had ZERO issues and the work looks great. They painted the cubicles,offices,restrooms,hallways,conference center, call center & lobby. They even used low odor paint so the employees in the call center would not be bothered from the smell. We appreciated this gesture since it was a major concern. Overall we are satisfied with the work and would use CTS in the future
i went to carver reed for the first time last year to borrow money on some of mine and my wifes jewelry. I'd never done anything like that before but the economy was real rough and I was a little short for my mortgage, i happened to catch a news story on abc about this place at the right time and decided to try it out. The people were really straight forward and succeeded at the seemingly impossible task of making my wife feel comfortable leaving her grandmothers wedding ring. Went back 2 months later when times were better, got all my stuff back for a real reasonable price AND ended up buying my wife a new ring for our anniversary that was half the price of what I saw it for anywhere else. Now i'll be a customer for life
Carver Reed is a one of a kind store, I have done business many times with Todd and Ms. Ann their honesty is second to none. they have been in business for many years. Unlike these overnight Pawn Shops that just by gold but hide under concept that they are true pawn brokers. I always buy items from Carver, who in all cases are 50% or more cheaper than and store on Jewler's row. As a more that satisfied customer who have shop at the store more than 30 years. The place is worth the trip. My mother and father both purchased items 20 years before I started. At no time have there ever been and issues with items or customer service. Save yourself the headache and visit the store for your next purchase.
Painting can be a significant undertaking, whether you're painting just one room or an entire home. While some people like to take on this project themselves, many choose to hire professionals to ensure the task is completed correctly.
Matte paint doesn't have a shiny quality when it dries, which many homeowners prefer for their interior walls. This is the most popular style of paint for homes. It covers up irregularities in the wall well but is also easily blemished.
Matte Enamel Paint
Matte enamel paint has all the positive qualities of matte paint but will last longer and isn't scuffed as easily.
Gloss paint will dry with a shine to it and is the second-most popular choice for interior wall paint. The shiny quality highlights imperfections in a surface, so people tend to stay away from it when painting wood.
Semi-gloss is also shiny but less so than gloss paint. It's more commonly used on trim than on walls.
Satin falls somewhere between gloss and matte in terms of shininess. It will highlight imperfections well, like gloss, but is easy to clean.
Eggshell is also between gloss and matte on the shininess scale, but it won't highlight imperfections quite as much as satin, semi-gloss, or gloss.
Exterior paints have similar choices for finishes as interior paints, but the pros and cons can be different for outdoor use.
Though gloss paint will make imperfections easily seen, it will also hold up to the elements the best. This paint is best suited for areas of a home or building that are frequently used, like door frames.
Semi-gloss paint is similarly long-lasting but isn't as shiny as gloss.
Satin paint is commonly used for siding but will display irregularities underneath if the siding isn't in good shape.
Flat paint is the best choice if painting over siding that has many dents, scrapes, or other imperfections.
If you're repainting a home that has been previously painted with oil-based paint, your best bet is to stick with this option. Water-based paint layered over old oil-based paint will peel easily.
Water-based paint, or latex paint, dries quickly and cleans up easily, making it the preferred paint for a home's exterior. It will also expand when warm and contract when cool, which means it will hold up in all types of weather.
When embarking on a project as big as painting your home, it's important to know ahead of time what kind of quality you can expect from the painters you hire. Don't settle for the first one you find or the cheapest option. Instead, do your homework to be sure that you hire a trustworthy professional who knows how to paint a house well.
The first thing you'll do when hiring a painter is request quotes from three or four in your area. If you reach out to too many, you'll wind up wasting time narrowing down your list; too few and you may not end up with the best quality or right price.
The typical price range for an interior paint job is between $400 and $4,120, with the average falling around $1,670, depending on the scope of the project and paint requests. It will typically cost around $380 to $790 to paint a typical 10-by-12 foot room.
The cost to paint a home's exterior is a little higher: between $730 and $5,600, with an average of $2,624. The typical home of between 500 and 1,500 square feet will generally cost between $1,000 and $3,000, but this will change depending on the number of stories and home location.
If a quote seems high, ask the contractor what is increasing the price point. Perhaps it's something that can be negotiated, or maybe this business is just overpricing their services. On the other hand, be skeptical of any price points that seem unfathomably low. There could be a reason their prices are below the industry norm - perhaps their quality standards are uncommonly low, too.
Once you have quotes, conduct an over-the-phone interview with your prospects. Some important questions to ask your painter include:
1. Do you have insurance?
It's never a good idea to hire a contractor whose business isn't properly insured. Ask both about comprehensive business liability insurance and workers' compensation, and don't be hesitant to ask for proof. If you are unsure of the validity of the insurance, you can also call the insurance company to double-check that it is an active policy.
2. Do you have a warranty?
Not offering a warranty is a red flag, and you may want to be cautious about hiring a company that doesn't provide one. If they have a warranty, ask how long it lasts, and what it covers. Additionally, you'll want to get the warranty in writing should you need to refer to it later.
3. Who, specifically, will be in my house, and can I trust them?
You always have a right to know who will be entering your home. If the person you are speaking with says he or she will not be personally supervising the project, ask who will be, what their role is, and how long they've been with the company.
Also, don't be afraid to ask if the painters are trustworthy people. Unfortunately, there are plenty of cases where a painter has stolen items from a home or caused damage to the house or injury to the homeowner. Subcontractors may not be as skilled as employees, and the contractor you're hiring may not have much experience working with them, making them more of a risk. Additionally, ask if the painters are employees or subcontractors, and what the screening or hiring process is like. If the company conducts background checks, that's a good sign.
4. What kind of training do your employees receive?
If the contractor makes a point to train new hires on safety techniques as well as quality standards on the job, you're probably in good hands.
5. What kind of paint will you use?
The quality of the paint will affect how good the walls look when the project is completed. If your contractor says they plan on using a paint you don't like, feel free to request an alternative.
6. How long have you been in business, and do you have references?
A well-established company will have more experience and likely more references for you to reach out to than a new company that's just getting off the ground. Be sure to ask for references so you can speak to former customers about their experience working with the painter. When speaking to these people, ask about:
7. How much wall prep is included in the price?
For a long-lasting paint job, a clean wall is crucial. Ask how they plan to clean your walls, if at all, before getting started. A high-quality company will thoroughly prepare a wall so that the paint will lay smoothly and last a long time.
8. Are you active in the community and are you involved in any trade organizations?
Community involvement shows the company:
Additionally, being active in trade organizations indicates it is likely up to date on the latest industry best practices and that the company is dedicated to its trade. Also, a Better Bureau Business membership demonstrates the company is stable, confident, and willing to let potential customers check them out before hiring them.
If the company you hire is involved in a trade organization, it shows they take pride in their work, and are dedicated to providing quality service. Some top trade organizations painters might be a part of include:
Painting and Decorating Contractors of America
PDCA connects painters and home decorators through local chapters and councils. The organization also provides webinars, educational videos, and podcasts so members can stay up to date on the latest best practices and news.
American Coatings Association
The ACA doesn't focus on best practices so much as it does on best products. The nonprofit is dedicated to research and development of high-quality paint products as well as sustainability issues.
Finishing Contractors Association
The FCA has members that are painters as well as professionals who focus on flooring, drywall, and other elements to home construction and renovation.
Better Business Bureau
The BBB isn't a painter-specific group but rather an organization that is dedicated to ensuring that consumers can access information about anyone they do business with. The BBB also rates companies based on a Standards of Trust scale, which goes from A+ to F. A company doesn't have to be a member to get a grade, and it's a good idea to check to see how your contractor is scored as well as its membership status.