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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.”

Next Sunday = Mother’s Day. Shop now!

Sunday, May 7th, 2017

Today is a big day at Borsheims, with Mr. Buffett appearing at the store to play games and see shareholders.

But Mr. Buffett himself would tell you not to forget the importance of next Sunday. Mother’s Day. If you have a mother in your life, make it easy (and a bit more affordable) on yourself by shopping today. Borsheims has a huge selection of jewelry, watches, and gifts that mom’s love – in all budget categories.

Here are some winning ideas from me. And I should know – I’m a mom of four!

A Roberto Coin letter is a great option. How cute are these? You could get you children’s initial(s) or get mom her own initial. They’re diamond pendants on white gold and are a little over $500 each.

Lagos has been one of the most popular brands at Borsheims the past few years. Their bracelets are infinitely stackable and can easily go casual or dressy. They start around $150 and go up from there.

For moms more into rings than bracelets, these stackable birthstone and diamond rings are fun. They range in price (depending on the birthstone) but start around $700.

 

I love this idea for a mother in your life who is an excellent dog-mom. How cute is this diamond paw-print necklace? It’s $445.

Borsheims gift gallery is also a perfect place to shop for mom. This collection from Spartina starts with the small case around $20 and the wallet for $45.

A house full of growing kids sometimes can use a boost in the good scent department. So this beautiful and great smelling candle is a welcome gift. At $40, it’s an affordable gift.

And if you need a way to literally tell mom you love her, this Ben’s Garden tray will do the trick. Mom can use it as a catch-all, serve food on it, or just stare lovingly at it each time she needs to feel the love from you. The best part? It’s only $48.

And remember – on each of these prices, our Berkshire Hathaway shareholders will get a discount. That just means you can buy more for mom! Your shareholder pass gets you an extra discount through Saturday (the day before Mother’s Day).

Happy shopping, shareholders!

 

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!

So you want to eat a steak…

Saturday, May 6th, 2017

Mark this one as the 3rd most frequently asked question at our shareholder information booth at Borsheims.

“Where can I get a good steak in Omaha?”

Everyone knows about Gorat’s – since that’s Warren Buffett’s favorite steak house – but it’s usually totally booked during Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend.

I usually ask shareholders a few questions about what type of experience they’re looking for. A traditional old Omaha steakhouse experience where you get pasta and baked potato as a side dish? A more updated experience? A quicker place or a more expensive sit-down place? There are so many great options and I love to talk about food.

(Here’s our list of restaurants by area of city. And here’s a past post discussing food. Here’s another. And now I’m hungry.)

Our fantastic local food critic at the Omaha World Herald must get the same question because she put out a list of steakhouses and hot new restaurants for shareholders. Click here to read her list.

And while it’s not a steakhouse, her list does mention Block 16 which is a MUST VISIT when I talk to out-of-towners. Delicious, affordable, and innovative. One of my personal favorites!

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.

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

Thursday, 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!