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Buffett-Signed Diamonds, Pearls, & Pens Hot Sellers at Borsheims

Sunday, May 7th, 2017

Buffett-Signed Diamonds, Pearls, & Pens Hot Sellers at Borsheims

Omaha, NE – Berkshire Hathaway shareholders snapped up anything emblazoned with Warren Buffett’s signature during the 2017 Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend at Borsheims. Diamonds, pearl strands, and pens featuring the signature of Berkshire Hathaway’s Chairman were among the best selling items, with the pens selling out the first day of the shareholder weekend.

Borsheims has offered a $15 ballpoint pen featuring Mr. Buffett’s signature for a few years now, but this year Borsheims offered a Mont Blanc rollerball pen with a black precious resin cap and barrel and Mr. Buffett’s engraved signature on the barrel. The pen sold for $246 and all of the pens were purchased by the end of Friday night’s shareholder-only cocktail party at Borsheims. The pen is still available for special order online at Borsheims.com.

The pearl strands featuring Warren Buffett’s signature engraved on the clasp were also new this year. Several strands of the pearls were made by TARA Pearls and sold, both white and multi-colored. On each strand, Mr. Buffett’s signature was engraved on the clasp and adorned with diamonds. You can see and download a photo of the pearl strands featuring Mr. Buffett’s signature here.

The Warren Buffett signed diamonds have been extremely popular with shareholders since Borsheims first started offering them in 2014. Borsheims brings in a very limited supply of loose diamonds featuring his signature, and shareholders who purchase them can have them set in a ring, stud earrings, or a pendant necklace. Some shareholders even keep the stones loose and return year after year to purchase additional signed diamonds to add to their collections. Each diamond featuring Mr. Buffett’s signature is part of Borsheims Signature Diamond collection, which is mined and polished in Canada. The signature is engraved inside the diamond, and requires a jeweler’s loupe to view. You can see and download a photo of it here.

Borsheims President & CEO Karen Goracke called it another successful Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend. “We love being able to host shareholders from all over the world during this weekend, and we know they love all things Warren Buffett,” Goracke said. “We were not surprised they were buying up all things ‘Warren’ and finding lots of tangible ways by which to remember their trip.”

Borsheims shareholder pricing continues through this Saturday, May 13th.

Borsheims Fine Jewelry and Gifts is one of the nation’s largest independent jewelry stores and a proud member of the Berkshire Hathaway family. With an international clientele spanning 50 states and six continents, Borsheims continues to operate with the vision that has guided the company for more than a century: “We are privileged to share in the special moments in our customers’ lives. We will treat this opportunity with the respect and importance it deserves.”

Plan ahead for Sunday: Bridge, Ping Pong, and Magic at Borsheims

Saturday, May 6th, 2017

Sunday of Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend is dedicated to shopping, brunching, and games! We have a few changes this year, so even if you’re a regular for what I think is the most relaxing, fun day of the weekend, read below if you want in on the action:

BRIDGE Bridge has moved this year to the area of Regency Court by the waterfalls. If you’re looking at Borsheims, take the long hallway to the left of the store’s entrance and you’ll see the bridge area. We have very limited viewing areas for bridge this year, so prepare yourself for a crowd and try to go with the flow.

If you want to play bridge, you are welcome to play but you must already know how to play the game. It helps if you have your own foursome put together, but if you’re solo or short a player or two, come to the sign-up table at bridge we’ll try to get a group together for you. Bridge usually begins at 1pm, but a few people have been known to start playing earlier. We will have the sign-up sheet ready at noon and if you definitely want a seat, that’s when you should arrive. The experts, Sharon Osberg and Bob Hamann usually arrive between noon and 1pm.
Ariel Hsing plays Warren Buffett and Bill Gates

TABLE TENNIS Mr. Buffett asked Ariel Hsing, Olympic Table Tennis star, back to Borsheims for another shareholders weekend! We expect her to start playing around 1pm. Shareholders can form a line to play her (usually to three points, which goes quickly!). We will provide paddles and balls, but if you are partial to your own paddle, you are welcome to bring it. Ms. Hsing usually stays for a few hours and rarely gets beat, but you’re welcome to try! In past years, Mr. Buffett and Bill Gates lead off the play with her.

MAGICIAN Norman Beck is an excellent magician and will do tricks in front of (and to) any shareholder near where he’s performing. He will be located near Williams Sonoma, so be camped out there if you’re hoping to catch his show.

Hope you can join us for the fun!

We’re Going on a Jewelry Tour at Borsheims!

Friday, May 5th, 2017

You’ve never seen jewelry cases as packed as we have them at Borsheims during Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend. As we walked around the store, we compared the cases (and the store) to a super-crowded street market, but only with high-end jewelry, watches and gifts.

Whether or not you plan to buy – and whether or not you’re a shareholder- all fans of jewelry should stop into Borsheims in the next few days to check out the amazing pieces brought in specifically for this weekend.

Here’s a tour of a few pieces that caught my eye during a quick walk around the store. Start your tour in the Luxe Salon – the circular area in the center of the store. It’s full of our most exquisite pieces and you could honestly spend all day there looking at jewelry that is rare enough to be found in museums.

Check out the Warren Buffett signed diamonds first. They’re on your right and are limited edition. They sell fast every year, so if you want one, sit down and buy one right away. They’re usually gone by Sunday!

Directly across from the Warren Buffett signed diamonds are the Warren Buffett signed pearl strands!

We told you earlier today about the one-of-a-kind pearl strands from TARA & Sons featuring Warren Buffet’s signature on the clasp. They’re even more incredible in person. This strand is very long featuring multi-colored pearls. The clasp is gorgeous in itself – covered in diamonds and Mr. Buffett’s signature. They are definitely worth a peek yourself.

While you’re checking out the pearls with Warren Buffett’s signature, you an go ahead and give this pearl and amethyst cuff a glance. It’s really three-dimensional and set in 18k rose gold, which gives it a lot of warmth.

While you’re wandering around the Luxe Salon, head over to the Kalahari Dream Diamond collection, where each diamond is mined in the Kalahari Desert region of southern Africa. The sales of these diamonds are earmarked to build a well in a village in Botswana that doesn’t have access to clean water. Beyond the feeling of doing good that you’ll get from buying these diamonds, you’ll also get an incredible set of diamond jewelry! The necklace features nearly 11 carats of diamonds and retails for $165,000. The earrings are diamond studs with a removable jacket totaling more than 9 carats and retailing for $95,000.

Keep going around the Luxe Salon circle and you’ll run into a few cases from Rahaminov. Each piece there is more amazing than the last. The true showstopper this year might be this 30 carat oval diamond ring! Watch how it scintillates as it moves!

Once you’re done there, pick your jaw back up off the floor and exit the Luxe Salon and you’ll walk straight into a case full of diamonds in every color of the rainbow – courtesy our friends at JB Star.

We have fancy intense blue, fancy pink, fancy intense green and on and on and on.

These range from $2.5 to $4 million each. They’re phenomenal.

Take a right from JB Star and you’ll see a big section of our cases devoted to Roberto Coin. Always a favorite our Borsheims shoppers, my personal favorite Roberto Coin piece this year is this rooster ring, celebrating the year of the rooster!

How fun is this! He’s #1 of 25 total in the world. I’ve never had a rooster made solely out of sapphires set in 18k white gold. Why not now? For the price of $14,500 retail, it can be yours.

Walk around the next island to find the Mattia Cielo collection which is full of movement due to the titanium wire used in each piece.

It bends and moves and is very light and super cool. Check their ring out, too!

Those bands move back and forth, drawing attention to the gorgeous diamonds underneath.

You’d really be missing out if you didn’t wander on over to our watch section, especially to the Cartier counter. This Reves de Panthere has nearly 600 diamonds and is a WOW piece! Take it home with you for a cool $166,000.

That’s all the tour I could get in within an hour, but I’m sure you can see just as much or more. There’s plenty in here to view!

And remember to bring your shareholder pass so you can get a discount on all these fabulous pieces!

Insider Tips for Friday’s Cocktail Party at Borsheims

Friday, May 5th, 2017

Are you ready to party with thousands of your closest shareholder friends while checking out some of the world’s most amazing jewelry, watches, and gifts?

Get ready! Because the party at Borsheims starts in just a few short hours!

Here are some helpful tips for getting the most out of your Friday night Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend kick-off party:
  • Plan ahead for parking. It will be tight and some of the businesses near Borsheims will tow if you park in their lots. My ideas: carpool, Uber or taxi, or ride the Borsheims shuttle from Westroads that runs from 5:30-10pm. There will be a lot of signage up to direct you at Westroads.
  • Bring your patience for the bar and buffet. We have two of each – a full set-up inside Regency and a full set-up in the tent outside. They’re both usually packed with long lines, especially when the party begins at 6pm.
  • You want to dance? Hit up the tent outside. We’ve got a great band playing! Bluehouse is a local favorite!
  • Shopping is a bit tricky on Friday night with all the people. If you’re serious about shopping, we recommend arriving earlier in the day to allow you the best shopping experience. You can still shop Friday night, but moving around the store is a bit more difficult.
  • Bathrooms? The porta-potties outside might be your best bet. Otherwise there are restrooms back by the fountains in Regency or through Borsheims gift gallery near customer service.
  • Remember it’s a cocktail party! Bring your cocktail party attitude and get ready for some fun! You’ll be mingling with other shareholders, getting an eyeful of beautiful jewelry, and enjoying the excitement that Berkshire weekend always brings.
We’re so glad to have you here! If you have any tips – or any questions – hit me up at the shareholder info booth at Borsheims or leave a comment here.

Best Signature on your Pearls? Warren Buffett’s of course!

Friday, May 5th, 2017

For Warren Buffett fans, there’s no signature you’d rather have on your pearl strand. Borsheims this year is offering a very exclusive and limited number of pearl strand necklaces featuring Warren Buffett’s signature on the clasp of the pearls.

The signature on the clasp is adorned with diamonds and on featured on either white, yellow, or rose gold. Some strands are multicolored and some are white.

 

 

We expect these pearl strands featuring Mr. Buffett’s signature to sell quickly – similar to our diamonds signed by Warren Buffett. The pearls come from one of our favorite pearl vendors, TARA & Sons. Each year, they bring in the most exquisite pearls available in the world to show Berkshire Hathaway shareholders. Now, they’ve collected the finest pearl strands and combined it with Warren Buffett’s signature to create what will be a best-seller for the weekend.

Warren Buffett’s signature on the pearl strand clasp is a bit easier to see than the signature on the diamonds (it’s inscribed inside the diamond – you need a loupe to view it) so this is a great opportunity for those shareholders who like to more visibly show their affection for Mr. Buffett.

Whether or not you’re in the market for a pearl strand with Warren Buffett’s signature, stop into Borsheims to check them out. They’re truly one-of-a-kind and only available at Borsheims this weekend.

And if you want to learn more about the diamonds, click here for additional information.

Borsheims Offers Lab-Grown Diamonds for Berkshire Shareholders

Thursday, 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

Thursday, 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.

News Release: New, Exclusive Diamond Options for Berkshire Shareholders

Wednesday, 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!

Wednesday, 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!

Buy a diamond at Borsheims, Build a Well in Botswana

Tuesday, 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.