Omaha, NE – Dozens of Berkshire Hathaway shareholders had the opportunity to purchase jewelry from Warren Buffett today (Sunday, May 5) at Borsheims Jewelry in Omaha, Nebraska. Mr. Buffett offered shareholders his “Crazy Warren” pricing – a big discount off the shareholders already large discount they receive during the Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend.
Shareholders interested in buying jewelry from Mr. Buffett have been working with sales associates and making appointments for weeks. The times to buy from Mr. Buffett booked up quickly, with a record number of shareholders requesting appointments.
Mr. Buffett’s sales ranged from diamonds to watches to a ruby ring.
Here are a few stories about what he sold:
- A young man wrote Mr. Buffett a letter saying he wanted to buy his engagement ring from him. Mr. Buffett wrote the man back, saying he would. The man bought the diamond ring from Mr. Buffett Sunday afternoon and Mr. Buffett told him, “it comes with a guarantee that she’ll say yes.”
- One shareholder found a ring with brown diamonds in the shape of a snake. She was born in the year of the snake and had always wanted a snake ring. Mr. Buffett sold her the ring, then posed for photos with the shareholder and her snake ring.
- Another shareholder bought three of Borsheims new signature diamonds*. She plans to have them made into earrings and a ring. She made the purchase with her children and grandchildren standing around her.
The Borsheims Signature Diamonds are new this year at Borsheims. Borsheims highly knowledgeable staff worked with a diamantaire in finding the best possible cut for the new line of stones. The result is a star cut into the culet of the diamond, giving the diamond additional fire and brilliance. (The culet is the tiny facet or point on the base of gemstone that reflects light passing through the stone.) These diamonds come from Canada’s Northwest Territory, where miners and environmentalists have worked closely together for the past decade to determine the best and most environmentally-friendly way to extract the diamonds forming there for more than three billion years. Each Signature Diamond is laser-inscribed with a one-of-a-kind identification number, the Borsheims name and a maple leaf guaranteeing its Canadian origin. The ID numbers are registered with the GIA, allowing customers to always be able to identify their diamond and trace its roots back to the mines in Canada.
The fun and games start at 1pm today at Borsheims for Berkshire Hathaway shareholders.
And we want you to have fun and games, too! Join us by playing along. Here’s how:
BRIDGE Bridge is again upstairs this year on the second floor of Regency Court. Anyone is welcome to play as long as they know how to play bridge. It helps if you already have your foursome put together, but if you are solo come upstairs and sign up and we will try to get a group together for you. Bridge usually begins at 1pm, but a few people have been known to start playing earlier. I say get there by noon at the latest if you definitely want a seat. The experts, Sharon Osberg and Bob Hamann usually arrive between noon and 1pm. We do not know if Warren Buffett or Bill Gates will play bridge this year.
CHESS This is really amazing to watch. Patrick Wolff is a two-time U.S. Chess Champion and Grandmaster. He will play six people at the same time while blindfolded. It is incredible to see. If you want to be one of the six people to try to beat Patrick, you can sign up at the Media/Info kiosk in the center of Regency Court starting at noon. At 1pm, we will take the list over to the chess area and draw the names of the six people who will play. You must be there at 1pm when your name is called in order to have a seat.
TABLE TENNIS Mr. Buffett asked Ariel Hsing, Olympic Table Tennis star, back to Borsheims for another shareholders weekend! We are expecting her to start playing around 1pm. Shareholders can form a queue to try their table tennis skills against the young champ. We will provide paddles and balls, but if you are partial to one you are welcome to bring it. She usually stays for a few hours and rarely gets beat, but you are welcome to try! We do not know if Mr. Buffett or Mr. Gates will play against Ariel Hsing this year.
MAGICIAN Norman Beck is an excellent magician and will do tricks in front of (and to) any shareholder near where he is performing. He is usually located near Williams Sonoma, so be camped out there if you are hoping to catch his show.