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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!

 

Borsheims Cocktail Party Goes Worldwide!

Saturday, May 6th, 2017

We love that the appeal of Berkshire Hathaway is universal. We talked with shareholders last night from all over the world as they arrived in Omaha to take part in Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend.

In addition to the shareholders who travel from near and far, we also have members of the media who send stories back to their homes for everyone interested in seeing what Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend is all about. And we’ve definitely seen an increase in media from other countries over the past several years – particularly in media from China and India.

One of those crews last night had a great opportunity to chat with Borsheims CEO Karen Goracke from the middle of the shareholder cocktail party. Watch the interview below to see what Karen tells Berkshire Hathaway shareholders and fans in India via Economic Times Now’s Tanvir Gill.

Our local crews love to cover the festivities, too! You can watch the coverage from the local ABC affiliate by clicking here, the CBS affiliate by clicking here, and the NBC affiliate by clicking here.

 

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.

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.

 

Shareholder Discounts Start TODAY!!!

Monday, 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!

Plan your Berkyville Buys Now!

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

We’re almost two weeks away from the most fun annual shareholders meeting on the planet!

It’s time to start thinking about what deals you can score when you shop in Berkyville – the huge convention center filled with Berkshire Hathaway companies selling their goods to you at a steep discount.

We don’t know yet what kind of great deals our sister companies like Pampered Chef and Brooks will be running this year.

We do know the Bookworm (not a Berkshire company, but a friend) has released its list of Warren Buffett-approved books they’ll have on site. Click here to see what the Oracle hopes you read.

And we’re ready at Borsheims to share the incredible deals on jewelry, watches, and gifts we’ll be offering. These deals are available both Friday and Saturday at the CenturyLink Center and they really are incredible. We have diamond studs, pearl strands, watches, and all sorts of Berkshire Hathaway souvenirs you’ll want to take home at you – at prices that no one can beat.

Watch the video to get a glimpse of all we have to offer this year. But act quick if you want to purchase during Berkshire weekend. Many of our items sell out quickly!

Buffett-related Learning Opportunities in Omaha during BRK Weekend

Monday, April 17th, 2017

While most shareholders come to Omaha to take in the meeting, do some shopping (and saving!), and see the sights, there are several shareholders who want to soak up as much Buffett and Berkshire knowledge as they can. For them, Omaha has plenty to offer! Over the past decade or so, many seminars have popped up surrounding Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend to provide eager shareholders with even more Buffett and Berkshire related information.

Here are a few that have caught our eye – and a bit of info about them from their respective websites:

Value Investing Panel at Creighton University
Friday, May 5, 2017 – 3:00pm

Creighton University’s Heider College of Business and Portfolio Practicum class will be hosting a value investing panel discussion at 3:00 pm on Friday, May 5th, in the Mike and Josie Harper Center. A reception will follow the panel discussion at 5:00 pm.

Currently in it’s ninth year, the Value Investing Panel (VIP) is organized and run by the Portfolio Practicum students each year, and is designed for students and investors interested in value investment. It is also open to members of the community who would like to hear panelists’ thoughts on the current state of the stock market and alternative investment strategies. Picking the brain of just one of the panelists would be illuminating. Hearing their combined thoughts in a panel discussion atmosphere is a rare opportunity.

The Portfolio Practicum class is an experiential learning opportunity unique to the Heider College of Business. Students learn portfolio management techniques and augment classroom lessons on valuation skills while gaining real-world investment practice; this year’s class invested more than $6 million of the University’s endowment.

Genius of Buffett Seminar
The Genius of Warren Buffett is the first of twelve in-depth sessions of the extraordinary life of a financial, management, business and charitable legend. The course is offered at the University of Nebraska at Omaha by the author, Buffett Scholar and worldwide lecturer Robert P. Miles.

The course has been designed for students of all ages including: Berkshire Hathaway shareholders, senior managers, entrepreneurs, private investors, investment professionals, association executives, foundation leaders, corporate directors, family offices and generally for those with a curiosity and fascination of Warren Buffett, to join with UNO graduate students to explore an in-depth evaluation of the life, character, investment, management, business, and charitable career of one of the greatest business leaders of all time.

Course runs 8am – 5pm Monday, May 1 through Wednesday, May 3. Participants may attend optional evening dinner (not included) at various Omaha locations.
Value Investor Conference

A small gathering for the independent thinking investor, where world-class investors meet Warren Buffett CEOs. Geared particularly for the very seasoned and concentrated investor who prefers a more quantitative (numbers and measurable) and qualitative (management and non measurable) approach to selecting investments.

According to Berkshire Hathaway Vice Chairman Charlie Munger, “All intelligent investing is value investing.” Therefore, this value and intelligent investor retreat is enjoyed by independent minded investment professionals from around the world representing private investors,certified financial analysts, high net worth individuals, hedge fund managers, family offices, registered investment advisors, stock brokers, financial consultants, security analysts, pension fund consultants, public pension funds, independent trust companies, endowments, foundations, and mutual fund managers.

Seminar is Thursday and Friday, May 4 and 5 at University of Nebraska Omaha.

We hear that these seminars can sell out quickly, so make sure to register soon if your’e interested. If we weren’t so busy during Berkshire weekend ourselves, we would attend!

Watch the Becoming Warren Buffett Documentary on Eve of Berkshire Weekend

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

This is an exciting opportunity for those Berkshire Hathaway shareholder traveling to Omaha early.

Our wonderful nonprofit local theater is showing a special screening of the excellent documentary Becoming Warren Buffett.

Becoming Warren Buffett Doc showing

You will need advance tickets to attend the showing at 7pm on Thursday, May 4th.

Tickets are on sale starting TODAY (April 6) by clicking here or visiting www.filmstreams.org/film/warren.

We have talked before on this site about how much we love this documentary. It’s a great insight into Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway, and even if you’re not a Berkshire groupie, it’s a moving portrait of a human. We can’t recommend it enough!