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Borsheims Offers Lab-Grown Diamonds for Berkshire Shareholders

May 4th, 2017

If you like technology and diamonds, you’re going to love this.

Borsheims is among the first jewelry stores in the nation to offer lab-grown diamonds and lab-grown diamond jewelry. The diamonds, which are chemically and optically identical to diamonds formed in the earth, have been grown in a lab using the latest technology.

The lab-grown diamonds are tetrahedral carbon allotropes – exactly like earth-grown diamonds – and are formed using a process similar to what happens in nature, but using higher heat and pressure to speed up the growth of the diamonds. They have the same brilliance, sparkle, and traits as diamonds mined from the earth. In fact, expertly trained gemologists cannot detect any difference between the lab-grown and earth-grown diamonds. And – important note here for our budget-conscious shoppers – they generally cost 20-30% less than a diamond formed in the earth.

Borsheims has been offering these lab-grown diamonds for the past few months, and they’re proving to be popular both with the budget-conscious shoppers and those shoppers concerned about the environmental impact of mining for diamonds.

And – like we do with all of our other diamond options – we’re bringing in extra, spectacular pieces for Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend. One of our lab-grown diamond vendors, ALTR, is bringing in a never-before-seen couture piece called Indra’s Net. It’s so new – they don’t even want to share a picture on the web beforehand, so you’re going to have to come into Borsheims and see it in person!

We have a lot of options in lab-grown diamond jewelry. You can check out some of our online lab-grown diamond jewelry collection here, starting at around $750. We also have loose lab-grown diamonds, waiting for you to select them and make your own ring, pendant, or studs. Stop in to the store to check them out. Our friendly and attentive staff is excited to show you these amazing new options!

 

 

The Berkshire Hathaway Weekend App is Back

May 4th, 2017

In addition to managing this handy dandy blog, our crew at Borsheims also runs a shareholder info desk at Borsheims throughout Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend. We can’t answer every question, but we’re pretty good at trying!

And one of the things we get asked most is if we have any extra shareholder guides for the weekend. We do, but we tend to run out quickly. We do have it handily linked at the side of the blog, but sometimes that’s not the easiest to search through.

One Berkshire Hathaway shareholder has helped us all out by turning the shareholder guide into an app the past several years. It’s an easy way to have all the weekend’s info at your fingertips.

To find it, search for Berkshire Hathaway meeting in the App Store. And by the way – it’s free.

And if you know Brent Truell – thank him for us! It’s nice to have an app to direct shareholders to use during the hectic but very fun weekend.

Have $1 Million to Spend at Borsheims? Here’s how!

May 4th, 2017

It would be horrible if you were walking around Borsheims this week with $1 million in your pocket and no idea how to spend it.

We’re here to help you part with your money – and to receive something stunning in return!

So here are a few ideas that are all right around $1 million retail. Berkshire Hathaway shareholders, of course, get a discount and will have plenty of money left to buy other fun souvenirs from the weekend!

First up, how about a just-over 15-carat cushion cut diamond. It’s set in platinum with another 1+ carats of trapezoid diamonds surrounding it.

If your fingers are already laden with diamonds, perhaps a diamond pendant necklace is in order. It’s a 7.60 carat pear diamond set in 18k yellow gold. It retails for just under $1 million.

Maybe you prefer a necklace to a pendant? Hard to argue with 55.26 carats of diamonds in this platinum Diamond Riviera necklace that retails for $1 million exactly.

“But I prefer my diamonds yellow,” you say? Okay, we have a 20.21 carat radiant cut fancy yellow diamond ring that’s just a smidge over $1 million.

But again, that’s all retail pricing. Shareholders get a bargain!

These amazing pieces are all from one of our favorite vendors, Rahaminov. They have a spread of jewelry priced below and far above $1 million, and it’s all in our Luxe Salon during Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend. Stop in today and let us help you part with your million dollars!

News Release: New, Exclusive Diamond Options for Berkshire Shareholders

May 3rd, 2017

Berkshire Shareholders Presented with New, Exclusive Diamond Options

Omaha, NE – The thousands of people visiting Borsheims during this weekend’s Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholder weekend will have more diamond options than ever before – including diamonds that will help build a well in southern Africa, diamonds grown in a lab, and diamonds featuring the signature of Warren Buffett.

Borsheims has partnered with trusted mining company Leo Schachter to exclusively offer Kalahari Dream Diamonds, where each diamond sold benefits communities in the Kalahari Desert in the countries of South Africa, Namibia, and Botswana. The diamonds are ethically mined and responsibly prepared by exacting artisans and available only at Borsheims. During Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend, the sale of each Kalahari Dream diamond will go toward building a well in a village in Botswana that does not have regular access to water. Customers can choose between loose diamonds, pendants, earrings, and rings in the Kalahari Dream Diamond collection.

For customers concerned about the environmental impact of diamond mining, Borsheims is among the first independent jewelry stores in the world to offer lab-grown diamonds and lab-grown diamond jewelry. The diamonds, which are chemically and optically identical to diamonds formed in the earth, are grown in a lab using a process similar to what happens in nature but with higher heat and pressure to speed up the growth of the diamonds. The lab-grown diamonds are priced around 30% less than a diamond formed in the earth.

 

 

Another one-of-a-kind option for diamond lovers at Borsheims is a limited edition of Warren Buffett signed diamonds. Each year since 2014, Borsheims has offered shareholders a small collection of loose diamonds inscribed with Mr. Buffett’s signature. The diamonds, part of Borsheims’ Signature Diamond collection, are mined and polished in Canada. The diamonds sell quickly each year, with customers always asking for more. This year, each Warren Buffett signed diamond comes with a Sarine Digital Experience, allowing the customer to use their phone to scan the QR code and then view and loupe the diamond and Warren Buffett’s signature on their phone.

 

Borsheims President & CEO Karen Goracke says providing these exclusive diamond options stays true to Borsheims history. “Borsheims has always been known for its huge selection of jewelry and our attention to our customers desires, and these diamond options are another step in that direction,” Goracke said. “We are embracing shareholders and customers who are increasingly socially and environmentally conscious and who want the latest technology in every aspect of their lives.”

We would love to have you in the store to look at all our jewelry, watch, and fine gift options. If you are covering the events at Borsheims this weekend, here’s what to expect:

FRIDAY, May 5- Shareholder-Only Cocktail Party from 6pm to 9pm
  • Media should enter through the event’s northeast entrance of the parking lot (near Evereve) and must have a Berkshire Hathaway issued press credential to be admitted.
  • Just like shareholders, media will need to go through the metal detectors and have their bags checked before being allowed in
  • Please check in with the media check-in desk in the center court of the mall once you have entered.
  • Media is welcome to cover shareholders both inside and outside of Borsheims, but will need to be escorted due to security restrictions
SUNDAY, MAY 7 – Shareholder-Only Shopping Day from 9am to 4pm
  • Media should enter through the event’s northeast entrance of the parking lot (near Evereve) and must have a Berkshire Hathaway issued press credential to be admitted.
  • Just like shareholders, media will need to go through the metal detectors and have their bags checked before being allowed in
  • Media is welcome to talk with shareholders inside and outside of Borsheims, but will need to be escorted due to security restrictions.
  • Please check in with the media check-in desk in the center court of the mall once you have entered.
  • We expect Warren Buffett to arrive around 1pm to play bridge with friends and table tennis against Ariel Hsing. You should arrive early if you want to cover either event as it will be packed and Mr. Buffett has been known to arrive early.
  • The Bridge gaming area will be very congested. Please plan ahead and arrive early to secure an appropriate spot.
We are thrilled to have you visiting Borsheims this year and would love to answer any questions you may have. We provide a lot of information and inside tips at www.borsheimsbrk.com. For more information about Borsheims or Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend, contact us:

Trisha Meuret: 402.658.0017, tmeuret1@gmail.com

Adrienne Fay: 402.391.0400, adriennefay@borsheims.com

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Hashtag those posts, people!

May 3rd, 2017

You already know you can find us on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Pinterest, and Instagram. But to make it easier for us all to communicate with each other, please use the official hashtag #BRK2017.

Not only does using the hashtag allow everyone interested in the weekend to communicate with each other more easily, but it also will take your Twitter and Instagram posts and broadcast them to the two huge screens up at Borsheims. See your tweets or pics up on the big screen by using the hashtag Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

I look forward to the online chatting!

Rare, Collectible, Heirloom Jewelry at Borsheims

May 2nd, 2017

In addition to the incredible recently-mined diamonds at Borsheims for Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend, we are also bringing in a selection of rare, collectible jewels from Siegelson, New York.

We’re talking jewelry and artwork about a century old and worn and owned by the elites and near-royalty of the time.

If you love heirloom pieces, these are must see jewels this week. If you really love them, they’re must-buy pieces!

I want to highlight a few pieces in the collection:

This is the Mughal Heart – a heart-shaped Golconda Diamond necklace.

The center heart-shaped diamond weighs in at more than 30 carats. It is a D-color, internally flawless, type IIa diamond and an extremely rare gem.

 

 

 

 

It was owned for years by the Drexel family, a prominent British-American family. They were bankers and financiers and founded Drexel University. The heart was passed through a few generations of the Drexel family, including to socialite Noreen Drexel who wore it on my occasions, including at the Tiffany Ball where she was photographed chatting with John and Jackie Kennedy.

 

 

I love this diamond bow brooch from 1904. Made by Cartier, it is an openwork millenarian ribbon bow brooch with floral and foliate motifs, set with old European-cut and rose-cut diamonds. The diamonds total more than 43 carats and the brooch measures about 4.5 inches across.

 

 

 

 

 

A very different piece is this Art Deco Retrograde Colored Gemstone and Diamond Gazelle Clock. Siegelson tells us this clock is an incredible example of the retrograde movement perfected in the 19th century. This clock has the hour hand rotating for twelve hours before a spring brings it back to the initial twelve, while the longer minute hand operates similarly over a 60 minute interval.

The sculptures are three gazelles made of aquamarine, resting on an agate and lapis lazuli platform above a fountain with rock crystal waterfalls cascading into an agate pool. It’s an incredibly unique piece and a rarity to find one this extraordinary for sale.

These unbelievable pieces – and more – are arriving in store this week and will all be on hand by Friday to greet the Berkshire Hathaway shareholders. And they’re all for sale! Come and in to see these heirloom pieces for yourself. Maybe you’ll fall in love and take one home with you!

 

 

 

Buy a diamond at Borsheims, Build a Well in Botswana

May 2nd, 2017

We are so thrilled to announce this endeavor.

Borsheims has partnered with trusted diamond company Leo Schachter to produce the Kalahari Dream Diamonds. Our diamond buyer, Heather Ingraham, has been instrumental in developing this idea. She has traveled to the Kalahari Desert area to witness firsthand the impact ethically sourced diamond mining can have on the community.

Borsheims Kalahari Dream Diamonds give directly back to those communities. In fact, each Kalahari Dream Diamond sold during Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend will designate money toward building a well in a village in Botswana that does not have access to water.

These diamonds are beautiful. We have them in loose stones, pendants, earrings, and rings. We also had a few large jewelry pieces created just for Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend.

But beyond the beauty of the diamonds, we love the beautiful story they tell. Heather tells it best in this quick video.


We hope you can come in and see the Kalahari Dream Diamond collection for yourself. Or check it out online by clicking here. It is available only at Borsheims and we are so proud of Heather and all our customers supporting this important mission.

 

Shareholder Discounts Start TODAY!!!

May 1st, 2017

Let the shopping begin! Borsheims discount starts today and runs through Mother’s Day (don’t forget Mother’s Day!). And Nebraska Furniture Mart’s discount starts tomorrow and runs through Monday. For the first time this year, Nebraska Furniture Mart is honoring the discount at all their locations.

Just show your credential to receive the discount. Hope to see you in store soon!

Weather Forecast for Berkshire Hathaway Weekend

May 1st, 2017

I am so glad this past weekend was not Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend.

It was rainy. And cold. And windy. And miserable. And a few miles outside of Omaha, it was snowy.

This is not how Nebraska usually looks on May 1st. Photo Courtesy Antelope County News.

But we promise things are looking up! By the time most shareholders arrive into Omaha on Friday, we’ll be back to our usual spring loveliness around here!

The forecast from our good friends at KETV (the local ABC affiliate) shows some perfect weather just in time for shareholders to arrive.

70s and sunny sound amazing – especially after all the rain and nasty weather. It even looks dry – so hopefully we won’t have a bunch of soaked shareholders this year.

Pack accordingly, Berkies! We’ll see you in a few days!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Berkshire!

April 27th, 2017

This is a picture from a few years back, but I feel like we’re getting there at Borsheims! No shareholders sporting passes around their necks yet, but I was just on the sales floor and things are definitely starting to look Berkshire-ready.

Let me give you a little tour of how things are shaping up at Borsheims.

The gift gallery is quickly filling with new and exciting pieces. These sculptures and home decor by Michael Aram are stunning. The gold is absolutely beautiful and check out one of our favorite pieces:

It’s Icarus – known for flying too close to the sun. He’s displayed in front of a gorgeous painting by Michael Aram. It’s worth checking out in person.

Our Judith Leiber purses are elegantly squeezed into the display case so we can fit the most in for our shareholders. I love this frog prince.

The gift gallery isn’t getting all the attention. We have a new area in the store designated for Monica Rich Kosann jewelry. It’s become a fast favorite among customers.

My favorite Monica Rich Kosann pieces are the lockets. They’re lovely – not too flashy but absolutely perfect.

The sales floor is ready and we’re packing in more jewelry by the day, with some of the biggest and most amazing pieces arriving next week just in time for shareholders. You can beat the rush and shop now, and don’t forget the Berkshire Hathaway shareholders discount period starts on Monday at Borsheims!