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Pawnbroking in the U.S. has evolved from its original European roots; where minority Jewish and Italian moneylenders offered loans to individuals and small businesses who needed funds but didn’t have access to local banks.
Today, with the success of reality shows like “Pawn Stars” on the History Channel, Pawnbroking is no longer viewed in a negative light. As a result, more pawn shops are Photo Courtesy of Flickr, livinginmonroviaopening across the continental U.S. and have also now become a popular internet business. Pawn shops no longer only grant loans for pawned items but now they also provide a number of other services such as check cashing and auto equity loans; big business has entered the pawn industry fray.
One example of a successful pawn corporation is Cash America which began in Texas in 1983 as a single pawnshop and now has over 900 locations in the U.S. and Mexico as a result of franchising. In fact, many of the larger corporate pawn brokers became successful due to franchising. EZCorp, also a franchise, started with 16 stores in 1989, and now employs an astonishing 6,000 individuals worldwide.
However, even with pawn’s new found success, it is still a white male dominated industry, with few women or minorities in upper level management positions, which undoubtedly is a throwback to practices from the Middle Ages, which at the time was controlled by the Catholic Church. Though the face of the pawn industry is beginning to change. According to the National Pawnbroker’s Association, more women have entered the industry in the last ten years and are changing the way pawn brokers are perceived in the market place. Per recent studies more women are now becoming pawnbrokers and female pawnbrokers are better able to build a rapport with their customers who are members of the opposite sex.

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Amethyst is a high-quality form of quartz crystal, naturally found as clusters in a nodular stone. They are found sometimes in volcanic vugs or small cavities in rocks. The chemical name for Amethyst is Silicon Dioxide. Amethyst obtains its color through a combination of manganese impurities and iron.
The purple color comes from the presence of manganese, while the existence of iron in certain quantities controls the intensity of the color. Artificial heating treatments have been used on Amethyst to produce popular gems known as Citrine and Ametrine (400 and 500 degrees Celsius). Amethyst measures 7 on Mohs’ hardness scale.
One of the largest cut amethysts in the world is 343 carats and is being displayed at the National History Museum in London. Very dark stones are sometimes heated to enhance color.

Metaphysical and Healing Properties

New Age supporters believe that crystal and gem healing is an art. Objects such as gems and crystals have absorbed and inherited the vital healing powers of Mother Earth. They believe that crystals and gems have physical and spiritual powers that can be used as a therapy for pain, stress and depression.
Amethyst has come to be known to possess prolific purifying healing powers. It acts as a healer at all levels of mind, body and soul, and is commonly associated with peace. It has a tremendous ability of reducing negativity and anxiety.
Placing it under the pillow is said to calm the mid, encourage sleep and dispel nightmares. Amethyst is also known to enhance mental strength and stability. It is considered an ideal stone for those who are struggling with addiction or recovering from alcoholism.
Beside its mental therapeutic benefits, amethyst is used as a remedy for many physical afflictions. When used as a medical solution, amethyst is used to treat toothaches, skeletal discomforts, and other bone and joint-related sicknesses. Amethyst also cures stomach problems, blood disease as well as heart and hearing disorders. Amethyst as crystal is used to heal nervous system problems such as neuralgia.

Amethyst in Jewelry

Amethyst is the traditional gem for the 4th, 6th and 17th wedding anniversaries. It is used as faceted stones and is carved in various shapes. Amethyst gemstones are used in necklaces, earrings, rings, bracelets, brooches, and pendants. This highly praised stone is also shaped and used other items such as hair accessories, key rings and watches.

History

Amethyst gets its name from the Greek word amethustos, meaning “not drunken”. The origin of amethyst name and its healing properties come from a Greek legend telling the story of how Dionysus, god of wine and intoxication was angry from one mortal that he swore revenge on all mortals who did not get drunk and celebrate.
A young maiden called Amethyst was on her way to pay tribute to the goddess Diana, when she was captured by the furious Dionysus. Being so innocent she was not familiar with drinking and intoxication. Dionysus brought two tigers to eat her and sat back with his wine to watch.
Amethyst called upon Diana for help, who turned Amethyst into a crystalline quartz statue to protect her. Seeing Amethyst like that, Dionysus wept tears of wine, which stained the quartz purple creating the gemstone amethyst. Owing to its name and mythological origin, it was believed that the wearer of amethyst jewelry is immune to becoming intoxicated. Moreover, amethyst used to be carved into cups with the belief that drinking from it helps to cure and avoid positioning.
Purple color has long been associated with royalty. Because of its purple color and beauty, amethyst was favored by the royals for centuries. Amethyst necklaces and jewelry were found buried in the tombs of Ancient Egyptians, and was a personal favorite of Queen Catherine the Great.
It is still being used today, with the rare ones decorating the British Crown Jewels. Amethyst is mentioned in the Old Testament and the Bible, and is thought to encourage celibacy and symbolize holiness. Cardinals and Bishops in the Catholic Church wear rings with a large amethyst as a part of their office. In Tibet, amethyst is a sacred gem to Buddha.

Physical and Optical Properties

Amethyst is available in a wide variety of sizes and shapes. Large stones could be sold in free sizes but usually amethyst is cut in certain dimensions.
This semi-precious stone is unique in color. With colors range from pale lilac to deep purple, including a reddish shades sometimes, amethyst is the most valuable form of quartz. In jewelry, the deepest shades of Amethyst, which maintain their transparency, are considered the most precious.
A unique Brazilian amethyst in pastel shade of lilac with pinkish tones is known as Rose de France Amethyst. It is a very clean gemstone and was very popular during the Victorian age. Though it is frequently found in antique jewelry, Rose de France Amethyst is becoming popular again nowadays.

Geographical Information

Amethyst is found globally, at very affordable prices, in countries like Canada, Brazil, Uruguay, Mexico, United States, Zambia, Namibia and other African countries. Amethyst has been named the state gemstone of South Carolina.
Amethyst deposits can also be found in other countries such as: Germany, Italy, Bolivia, Madagascar, India and Sri Lanka. However, the quality of amethyst differs by region and source. Amethyst coming from South America is likely larger than the African amethyst. However, Amethyst from Africa is known for better and deeper color. Dark amethyst in small sizes is also found in Australia.

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As the pawn shops evolve over the years into more respected, professional establishments, the way that the business is conducted has changed as well.
On this episode on Pawncast 247, we are switching it up a bit and doing an interview where Paulette interviews your usual host, Michael Harry, about the pawn business. We get into topic like picking the right broker, online pawn shops, questions about items and more!
What You’ll Learn From This Episode:
As a consumer, how to decide which pawn broker to use.
How online pawn shops work.
What questions about your items can you expect when you visit a pawn shop.
The importance of being passionate about your business.
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Call 630-708-PAWN and ask for Get-It-Done Mike
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There are many other organic materials that are often mistaken for Jade (Jadeite or Nephrite). Serpentine (New or Olive Jade), Prehnite, Aventurine Quartz, Transvaal Jade (Grossular Garnet), and Australian Jade (Chrysoprase) are just some of them.
There are also resources that have been dyed to make them appear as if they are Jade. Quartz is one example which can be dyed red, yellow, and blue and is typically called Malaysia Jade. Mountain Jade is actually opaque Dolomite Marble which has been dyed in various colors.
Most quality jade comes from Myanmar (Burma), however small amounts have been found in Guatemala, Mexico, and Russia.

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Here are some useful ways to find out if your jade is the real thing:

  • If you hold real jade up to a bright light, utilizing a loupe look at how the item looks internally. If you see what looks like tiny fibers that are intertwined and granular, then it’s most likely jade but could also be Nephrite.

  • If it looks layered it may be a thin layer of jade glued over another material.

  • If you toss the piece gently in the air and catch it and the weight of the piece is heavier than a stone of the same size that you have done the same too it is most likely real jade. Jade and Nephrite are both high density.

  • You can also tap the piece against another stone. If it sounds like plastic when it hits the stone it is most likely not real.

  • Hold the piece in your hand. It should feel cold, smooth, and like soap. If it takes a while to get warm it is most likely jade.

  • Authentic jade is very hard and will scratch glass. Jade is almost as hard as diamonds.

  • Nephrite is softer so may be damaged by a scratch test. Some forms of Quartz will scratch glass also so be careful since Quartz can be dyed to match various shades of Jade.

  • On a piece of the Jade that won’t be seen you can take scissors and make a scratch. If it makes a white line then wipe it off and if there is still a scratch then it is most likely not real Jade.

Even though just one of these may not tell you if the jade is real, by doing a few of these tests you may be able to make a logical decision. Of course nothing replaces the knowledge and expertise of a jeweler. However, if you are wondering if the jade you have is real, try these home tests and make your best judgment. If all else fails and you are just unsure, seek out your local pawn shop, reseller, or jeweler.

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