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Natural fancy colored diamonds: Supply and demand
Resource Investing News
Speaking with Diamond Investing News, Yaniv Marcus, investment strategist at Leibish & Co., a supplier of natural fancy colored diamonds of all colors and sizes, explains the ins and outs of supply and demand for such diamonds. "In the short term … we feel that demand is very strong in Asia, China, Japan, South Korea, Singapore — the whole Asia Pacific area," he said.
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5.5-carat oval pink diamond fetches $9.5 million at Christie's (Forbes)




NW Pawn in the state of Washington plans for grand opening
Sequim Gazette
Jeff Kritenbrink, owner of NW Pawn Shop in the state of Washington, has always been drawn to pawnshops and fascinated by the style of business. But, if you would have asked him a few months ago if he was going to own a pawn shop, he would have simply replied “oh yeah, sure … .”
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Charleston, West Virginia, pawnshop with criminal history calls cops on customer
WOWK-TV
It's a pawnshop that Charleston, West Virginia, police officers said has a history of criminal activity. "It's the quickest, fastest way to get caught," said owner of Cash for Gold on Charleston's West Side, Gary Taylor. He was referring to criminals who attempt to sell or pawn stolen goods to pawnshops.
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7 things never to tell your spouse about business finances
American Express OPEN Forum
Every entrepreneur should expect a roller coaster ride when running his or her company. Unfortunately, the unsuspecting spouse (or significant other) doesn't really understand what he or she has signed up for.
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Gold prices rise as clashes erupt in Ukraine
The Associated Press via ABC News
Gold for June delivery climbed $19.50 to settle at $1,302.90 an ounce. Silver for July jumped 50 cents to $19.55 an ounce. The Ukrainian government launched what appeared to be its first major offensive to regain control of an area held by pro-Russian separatists.

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MIT nanocrystals can use your iPhone to ID fake money and drugs
Fast Company
Most of us know the Secret Service as the black-suited organization employed to protect the President. But in reality, the service was created toward the end of the Civil War, before Lincoln was assassinated, to crack down on counterfeit currency. Because up to a third of all money at the time was counterfeit.

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Should you disclose that a diamond's a trade-in?
JCK magazine
We have heard a lot lately about recycled diamonds. At an informative discussion on trade-ins last week at the American Gem Society Conclave (ably summarized here), a retailer raised a loaded question: Must a jeweler disclose to a consumer if a diamond, or piece of jewelry, is pre-owned?

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Pelham, Alabama, issues one-year moratorium on new payday loan, pawnshops, similar businesses
Al.com
Declaring them "detrimental" to development, the Pelham City Council in Alabama, issued a one-year moratorium on payday and title loan businesses, check-cashing establishments, pawnshops and certain other business types. The action does not affect any existing businesses of the type listed under the moratorium from continuing to operate. "This is nothing more than what other municipalities have put forward in Jefferson and Shelby County," Councilman Ron Scott said at tonight's meeting.
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How to help your kids launch a small business this summer
Forbes
We all want our children to become confident, intrepid, and imaginative little men and women. We want them to follow their dreams, take chances, and understand they don't always have to color within the lines. These lessons aren't necessarily taught in the classroom, but can be learned during their earliest entrepreneurial pursuits.
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Mishawaka, Indiana, pawnshops report stolen goods online
WNDU-TV
Off-loading stolen goods at Mishawaka, Indiana, pawnshops just got one step harder thanks to a website that alerts police to stolen items. "Leads online" is an Web service that streamlines the reporting process for pawnshops and allows police across the nation to compare logs for items reported stolen.
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Amazon Fire phone provides unlimited photos, scan and buy feature
Small Business Trends
The new Amazon Fire Phone announced in Seattle by the online mega-retailer has specs that put it on par with Motorola's Moto X. They include a 4.7-inch Gorilla Glass HD resolution display, rubbery surface and metallic buttons. There’s also a 13-megapixel rear facing camera.
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Reality Check: 'Pawn Stars' experts trade fame for treasure in lieu of paychecks
Deadline
They are the "Pawn Stars" co-stars, the experts who help separate the genuine from the fake, the treasure from the trash. Without them, History's "Pawn Stars" would be Antiques Roadshow: Las Vegas, only with more guns. They work without a script, and they're not paid a dime, but being on the show has boosted their businesses, and made them brand names in the appraiser field.
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