Braswell and Son Receives NPA’s Community Outreach Award

Each year the National Pawnbroker Association (NPA) selects one broker to receive its esteemed Community Outreach Award. It may come as no surprise to Braswell and Son’s loyal clientele to learn the company has won the Community Outreach Award!

Braswell & Son president, Douglas Braswell, accepted the distinction at this year’s Pawn Expo in Las Vegas. The Outstanding Community Relations Award is presented to an NPA Pawnbroker or Affiliate who advances the standard and quality of life in their community through public service or volunteerism. So, what does it take for a company to be recognized for outstanding community relations three years running?

Family owned Braswell and Son is far from your average pawnshop. With three locations in central Arkansas and a vibrant online store, the company is redefining the concept of the conventional pawnbroker establishment. Along with offering the very best in affordable vintage luxury, Braswell and Son works to create lasting relationships with every transaction by offering a personal, knowledge-driven shopping experience and meeting the short-term financial needs of their customers.

Community building is the heart of the company, and it all starts with the close-knit and mutually supportive family of employees and extends into the city and its neighborhoods. A percentage of each store’s sales and auction merchandise is donated to support several local charities. Braswell and Son backs local outreach groups including: The CALL of Pulaski County, Faulkner County Boys & Girls Club, Children’s Advocacy Alliance, Exodus Project, Law Enforcement Officer Awards – 20th Judicial District, Pulaski County Sheriff’s Awards Banquet, and others. But it doesn’t stop there—in support of music education, the company donated 20 musical instruments to Little Rock Middle School and gifted a $1000 grant for instrument refurbishment.

With a reputation that speaks for itself, Braswell and Son is a hard working, generous company whose purpose is to build trusted relationships with their clientele and community, as well as provide exceptional merchandise and short-term loans, along with outstanding customer service.

If you’re in the neighborhood, come in and say hello! At Braswell and Son, you’re part of the family.

Diamond Solitaire Engagement Rings—Classic for a Reason

A round, brilliant cut white diamond nestled into the center of a Tiffany setting is the one and only choice for couples in love with tradition. It’s no surprise that the classic stone has remained popular for generations. A diamond solitaire is the ultimate showpiece in an engagement ring, just as the bride is the crown jewel of her own wedding.

Just one of the magnificent diamond solitaire rings available at Braswell & Son.

sThe 58 facets of a round diamond are engineered to optimize light refraction like no other cut, and the open prong framework of a Tiffany setting allows for ultimate light penetration, magnifying fire and brilliance. Stones that rank lower in clarity and color will still manage to impress with a round brilliant cut.

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Diamond solitaires are simple and classic, demand attention, and will never go out of style. They shine equally as bright on an understated band as they do on a band featuring smaller stones or antique embellishments. A diamond solitaire is attractive set in white gold or platinum to accentuate its brilliance, or in yellow or rose gold for an extra pop of contrasting color. Though round is by far most popular cut, oval, square, emerald and princess cuts are equally fine choices. For those pushing the boundaries of tradition, consider a rustic band inspired by nature, or a modern channel setting. To maximize a budget, look to an old mine cut diamond solitaire embedded within a fluted platinum illusion setting.

For generations, Braswell and Son have provided our customers with the very best in affordable luxury. We take pride in knowing that the relationships we build with our clientele are as valuable as the premium pieces we offer. Our graduate gemologist and GIA trained staff guarantees accurate examination, grading and valuation. We deal in new, pre-owned and luxury vintage diamond solitaires and are continually amazed by the variety of stunning and unique pieces that come into our store each and every day. If you are looking for something specific, by all means let us know! We place our expertise at each client’s disposal and would love to help you discover your perfect solitaire style and setting.

Diamond Cluster Engagement Rings: Stunning and Smart!

Few events are as memorable as an engagement—a truly special moment where one soul feels the desire to commit to another. An engagement is customarily celebrated with a proposal and a diamond ring. But, why stop at the conventional diamond solitaire? Instead, take the opportunity to make your engagement ring an expression of creativity and individuality with a diamond cluster design.

Why should the value of a relationship be measured by the size of a diamond? Influenced by societal obligation and Hollywood trends, many couples feel drawn to the classic diamond solitaire—and the bigger the better! However, depending on the wearer, classic can become cliché. Larger stones, though impressive, are just not practical for most women living real, dynamic lives. A stunning and smart alternative to the diamond solitaire is the diamond cluster.

Here Are Just A Few Of Our Stunning Diamond Cluster Rings On Sale Now

In an industry where value is determined almost entirely on demand, big rocks get attention, but they cost a pretty penny. Investing in an array of quality smaller stones versus one huge showstopper can result in significant savings—resources that could be directed toward another asset or experience, such as a down payment on a home or travel. The larger the carat weight, the larger the price tag; for example, it’s estimated a 2-carat oval solitaire would cost 60-75 percent more than a design of the same size featuring a cluster of smaller diamonds and/or gemstones.

Popular in antique settings of the Edwardian and Victorian eras, the quintessential diamond cluster combines the simplicity of a solitaire with richness of design. With a celebrated following all its own, the diamond cluster lends itself particularly well to organic, floral inspired designs, as well as structured, Art Deco and Architectural Revival styles.

Create your own masterpiece of luxurious opals surrounding a golden topaz, or discover a pre-owned treasure, rich with history. Braswell and Son carefully selects all of our exclusive estate jewelry and loose stones for quality and unique character.

Don’t get mired in tradition—now is your time to shine! Discover the very best in vintage luxury diamond cluster engagement rings at Braswell and Son.