Celebrating 100 Years as “Star Pawnbrokers” of Chicago


Celebrating 100 Years as Chicago’s Star Pawnbrokers

February 24th, 2018

Gold Star Jewelry & Loan Co. is celebrating 100 years serving Chicagoland as the “Star Pawnbrokers.”  To mark the anniversary, WE ARE OFFERING TO LOAN EVERYONE UP TO $1000 INTEREST FREE. 5% interest after the first month. We offer loans up to 1 year that are renewable. 



Visit our store in beautiful Rogers Park, Chicago.

Gold Star Jewelry & Loan Co.

7048 N. Clark St.

Chicago, IL 60626

(773) 942-6556


Background: The Lowis family has a rich history in pawnbroking starting with Joseph Lowis, who was the great-grandfather of Bruce A. Lowis, owner of Gold Star Jewelry & Coin Co..

History of Gold Star Jewelry & Coin Co.

Family Occupation: Entrepreneurs & Pawnbrokers

The Lowis family has a long history in the pawnbroker business. Their great-grandfather, Joseph Lowis, obtained the first pawnbroker’s license granted by the City of Chicago in 1918, although his shop had been in business since the 1890’s.

Following the tradition North Star Jewelers & Collateral Company on North Avenue was opened in 1990, then Gold Star Jewelers & Collateral Company on Ashland Avenue. Soon there were six shops in the group owned and operated by the family.

The Lowis family are very warm and personable people. They were taught to always transact business ethically and with great respect for the customer, no matter what their background. This philosophy has helped to make their businesses successful.

There is also great pride in having been the first pawnbroker business in Chicago to hire women as employees and managers, and today roughly half of their customers are women. Whether their staff members are male or female, they are required to be skilled professionals, to be ethical and honest, and to show great respect for the customer. Most have been educated at the Gemology Institute of America. It is also critical to the family that managers are able to accurately value the items customers bring in.

In 2008, the family opened their recent shop on Clark in Rogers Park. The shop operates as a secondhand retailer and true to his roots, offers its customers services with the same warmth, personal service and unbending ethics they were taught. Gold Star Jewelry and Coin Company functions as a full service jewelry store that buys and sells gold, silver, diamonds and coins, and appraises and repairs jewelry and watches. They offer instant CASH, not checks, for old gold jewelry and precious items.

Customers and bargain hunters can find excellent buys for in-store items ranging from 40% to 60% below retail. These items include electronics, cameras, watches, jewelry, and other collectables.

The Lowis family actively support the communities in which they do business and hiring their employees from the neighborhoods where the businesses are located. They also willingly and enthusiastically share their extensive business knowledge and experience by teaching those that want to learn.

Gold Star Jewelry and Coin Company is open Monday through Saturday 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM. We’re located at 7048 N. Clark Street, Chicago IL 60626; Phone: 773.942.6556.

Come in and see us . . . You’ll be glad you did!!!

Are you looking to sell your old jewelry, or are you in the market for some really super bargains? Well now is the time to take advantage of the best prices for gold, silver and diamonds. And Gold Star Jewelry and Coin Company in Rogers Park, is the place to go.

“A lot of people have never been to a pawnbroker before. They have the images in mind from old movies that show pawnbrokers as less than scrupulous merchants waiting to take your valuables and give you little in return,” points out the Lowis family, owners of Gold Star Jewelry and Coin Company. A pawnbroker runs a legitimate, regulated business where people from all income levels go to sell or buy items of value such as gold chains, rings, watches, coins, electronics, musical instruments, collectibles, etc.

“There has always been a place for the pawnbroker in the community,” explained the Lowis’, whose family has been in the business for over three generations and for more than 100 years. We are a unique business because we buy and sell valuables and collectables, with many of the items having meaning and representing family history. We serve people form all walks of life and in every income bracket, loaning cash from $10 up to $100,000. We also buy and sell items from as little as $50 to well over $150,000.”

These businesses are an important part of the community they serve, and in the case of Gold Star Jewelry and Coin Company, are active in local charities and dedicated to providing the most ethical and personalized service to their customers, most of which become like family. “We take time with each customer, get to know them as individuals and we try to educate them about the service(s) that best suits their need. This is a service business that relies on repeat customers that demand confidentiality and fairness,” Joyce says.

Gold Star Jewelry and Coin Company is a great place to bring your unwanted gold jewelry, diamonds, silver, and coins, and an ideal place to shop for bargains. If you’re in the market to buy, their knowledgeable staff will help you find gold and estate jewelry, watches, cameras, electronics, collectables, and musical instruments at 30% to 60% off retail. “And, if you need a loan or you’re in the market to sell, we’ll give you a free appraisal and hassle-free INSTANT CASH for your valuables,” Joyce says.

“Our company stands behind every sale. Any customer not satisfied with their purchase, may return it within 48 hours for a full refund; no questions asked,” they maintain.

In a continuing effort to overcome the stereotypes of the trade, the Lowis’ work closely with the Chicago Police to recover stolen property. Every item taken in is reported and reviewed by the police to ensure that it is not stolen. If the police identify a stolen item, they retrieve it and Lowis takes the loss.

“We’ve gotten really good at spotting suspicious goods,” they explain, “we can tell by the way a person handles merchandise if it is theirs or not.”

The down-turned economy has hit many people hard. With lost jobs, reduced hours, and mounting unpaid bills, people are looking for relief. Many are forced to change their lifestyle habits by giving up what they don’t need, managing their budgets more tightly, and by shopping for bargains. Whatever your income bracket, situation, or need, it’s time to put aside the stereotypes and misgivings. It’s time to think outside the box and to visit this reputable and knowledgeable PAWNBROKER around the corner. You’ll be glad you did!

Gold Star Jewelry and Coin Company is open Monday through Saturday 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM. We’re located at 7048 N. Clark Street, Chicago IL 60626; Phone: 773.942.6556.

Come in and see us . . . You’ll be glad you did!





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