How Pawn Shops Work2023-02-06T13:37:32+00:00

How Pawn Shops Work

To put it simply, pawn shops offer customers an opportunity to sell or take a loan on property they own. Empire Pawn of Nassau has built a reputation on offering top dollar for customers who are looking to sell their jewelry for cash. If you need cash but prefer not to sell your precious item, our low-rate, no-credit-check loans offer you an option that is more appealing.

Must I Come to the Premises?2017-07-24T22:07:11+00:00

Yes. According to NY State law, the transaction must be done in person, therefore you must bring your item to our location in East Meadow for appraisal.

Can I Buy Jewelry at Empire Pawn?2017-07-24T22:06:22+00:00

No. Although many pawn shops resell property on premises, Empire Pawn does not. If you are interested in purchasing fine jewelry, gold or silver items, please visit our online store.

What Security Measures are in Place?2017-07-24T22:05:56+00:00

When you bring in your gold, jewelry or other item, it will never leave your sight during the appraisal process. If you chose to take a loan on your item, it will remain in our state-of-the-art secure location until it’s time for you to pick it up.

Why Is Empire Different?2017-07-24T22:05:32+00:00

Empire is different than other pawn brokers for a variety of reasons:

  • Although many pawn shops trade in other items of value, since Empire Pawn is first and foremost a jeweler, our only business is the business of fine jewelry, diamonds, gold, silver, coins and other precious stones and metals.
  • Lately gold buying shops seem to be popping up everywhere. Empire has been in the jewelry business for more than 60 years, and we are the longest established jewelry pawn business on Long Island.
  • As members of the National Pawnbrokers Association, we abide by strict regulations that protect our customers.
How Do I Know My Privacy will be Protected?2017-07-24T22:03:44+00:00

Empire Pawn of Nassau is highly sensitive to the privacy of our customers. You will always be treated with the utmost respect, and your transaction will remain confidential. In today’s economy, many people are just realizing that they can depend on us to help them meet their daily financial obligations and pay for their necessities. However, we’ve been in business for more than 60 years, and have many loyal customers who have been coming to us for years. They depend on us for not just our above-board transactions, but because we make the process a comfortable and easy one for them. We maintain our clients’ privacy, and treat everyone with the respect and honesty they deserve.

How Does a Loan with Empire Work?2017-07-24T22:00:44+00:00

When you bring in a piece of jewelry or other item to Empire, that property is professionally appraised. If you choose to take a loan out instead of sell it (otherwise known as pawning it), the item becomes collateral against the loan, and you receive cash against that collateral. We offer cash at high value for the item, very competitive loan terms, and you will not be put through a credit check. Once it is repaid, you’ll receive your property back in pristine condition. However, if you don’t repay the loan within the time set forth in the terms, the collateral then becomes the property of the pawn broker. To view Empire’s loan terms, click here.

How Do I Know What My Jewelry Is Worth?2017-08-04T14:48:28+00:00

Empire’s expertise sets us apart from other pawnbrokers in the NY area. Our appraisers are GIA educated, and precious metal experts. This professionalism ensures you’ll receive an accurate assessment of your precious item, which translates into a highest-value transaction for you. To learn about GIA, click here.

For specific answers on how to get a loan, click here.
For specific answers on how to sell a piece, click here.


Empire offers cash at high value for items, very competitive loan rates, and you will not be put through a credit check.


Many people today are looking to sell their gold, jewelry, or other precious items, many for the first time as an alternative source of cash.

“HONEST, FAIR, PROFESSIONAL I sold my recently deceased Mothers’ Diamond Ring. They were kind and understanding and I was very pleased and at peace with my decision to sell to Empire..”
“My boyfriend and I picked out a ring together from your ebay store after much research. It appraised for much more than the purchase price and BOTH independent appraisers agreed with exactly how the ring was presented in the description. We got exactly what we expected and then some. The ring is beyond amazing. It’s beautiful and sparkly and gets noticed. Best of all, we got a beautiful 1.47 brilliant center stone for half what we would have paid in a jewelry store. In fact, our friend spent almost 11,000 in a jewelry store for a ring of this size — we spent less than half that!

” Super cool crew. Cool stuff to buy. The guys there are really cool. I def recommend.”


“Thank you for beginning this service. I’ve bought several things from you, and everything has been wonderful! I look forward to future issues.”

Joe D.

“Sell Gold: I searched for sell gold long island and found I went in and they made me feel very comfortable and were very professional and I feel i got a great deal on my diamonds! highly recommended.”

C. Kaplan

” Very Nice and fair people. ”


” Excellent Customer Service: They treated me with respect and I got a great deal. I will always do business with Empire.”


” Fair: They have always given a good price on anything you bring in. Have used them a couple of times and they have always been fair in the price they quoted us. Honest people.”

Maria G.

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