People acquire expertise in many different ways. With no family in the jewelry industry, becoming self taught was a long and expensive journey. John honed his skills as a watch buyer on the road while engaging with a wide variety of jewelers and pawn shops. When the recession hit, trading only domestically was no longer an option. Expanding his network included traveling the world, primarily in Asia. Doing business with an extensive and highly varied array of stores and individuals gave him an expanded view of the market. With that knowledge, he continued to grow by opening a pawn operation where he has taken his strong market knowledge and familiarity with watches, both modern and vintage, into daily over-the-counter buying and selling. John's day-to-day operations as a pawn shop owner, plus his maintained relationships with other dealers and stores, keep his skills sharp and always up to date with both wholesale and retail markets.
Growing up in Philadelphia with a family store on Samson Street, the jewelry business was a way of life for Josh. With three generations of jewelers before him, the natural path was to continue in the business. He started his training by studying cutting in Idar-Oberstein , Germany, and continued by attending GIA and earning his GG in 1992. Since then, Josh has worked in many aspects of the industry. He began working in retail locations, both domestic and abroad, soon making the transition to a large scale jewelry and pawn operation. He followed this by working at a buying office before opening his own in 2011. This experience honed his skills in diamond grading, colored stones, as well as signed and antique jewelry. Josh's formal knowledge, combined with years of trading, gives him not only highly technical skills but also a deep understanding of market prices.