Posts Tagged ‘Shareholder’s Weekend’

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 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.

 

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!

Today is the day: Call Gorat’s!

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

If you want in on one of Berkshire Hathaway shareholders favorite Omaha traditions, make sure to call today and reserve your table at Gorat’s for dinner during Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend.A photo of the exterior of Gorat's steakhouse

Here’s what Warren Buffett says about the event:
One of Warren’s favorite steakhouses will open Sunday for a private shareholder event. Dinner will be served from 1-10pm. To get a reservation, call 402/551-3733 starting on April 3 (but not before). If Gorat’s happens to be booked on Sunday, try them on any other evening you are in town. They are open Monday – Thursday 11am – 9pm, Friday 11am – 10pm and Saturday from 5 – 10pm. Reservations are suggested and can be made any time for Thursday, Friday or Saturday of the shareholders weekend.
We have never been able to attend the Sunday event at Gorat’s (we’re still wrapping up our Sunday fun at Borsheims at that time), but we’ve eaten at Gorat’s a number of times. It’s great – and sitting a table or two away from Warren Buffett is the cherry on the cake (or the cherry in your root beer float, if that’s more your style).

But call soon – the tables fill up quickly!

Our Favorite Lines from Warren Buffett’s Annual Letter

Saturday, February 25th, 2017

Warren Buffett’s annual must-read letter to shareholders was released this weekend.

I consider it a mini-course in investing, with a strong side of humor – mentioning topics like colonoscopies, the Old Testament, and stockyards.

You can read it here.

But here are a few of my favorite Buffett-isms from this year’s missive. They’re all direct quotes from the letter:

 
  • Every decade or so, dark clouds will fill the economic skies, and they will briefly rain gold. When downpours of that sort occur, it’s imperative that we rush outdoors carrying washtubs, not teaspoons. And that we will do.
  • I’ll repeat what I’ve both said in the past and expect to say in future years: Babies born in America today are the luckiest crop in history.
  • My suggestion: Before even discussing repurchases, a CEO and his or her Board should stand, join hands and in unison declare, “What is smart at one price is stupid at another.”
  • If there were ever to be another Ajit and you could swap me for him, don’t hesitate. Make the trade!
  • As Charlie says, it’s great to have a manager with a 160 IQ – unless he thinks it’s 180.
  • We like to make hay while the sun sets, knowing that it will surely rise again.
  • When it comes to wind energy, Iowa is the Saudi Arabia of America.
  • In a couple of instances, I stumbled in assessing either the fidelity or ability of incumbent managers or ones I later put in place. I will commit more errors; you can count on that. Fortunately, Charlie – never bashful – is around to say “no” to my worst ideas.
  • Be aware, though, that it’s the growth of the Berkshire forest that counts. It would be foolish to focus over-intently on any single tree.
  • It is true that we own some stocks that I have no intention of selling for as far as the eye can see (and we’re talking 20/20 vision).
  • What is easy with millions, struggles with billions (sob!)

Warren Buffett’s Annual Letter Coming Saturday

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Clear your calendar. Block off your Saturday. Get your reading glasses cleaned and at-the-ready.

Saturday morning, our esteemed Chairman Warren Buffett is expected to release his annual letter to shareholders. It’s full of details on how Berkshire Hathaway is performing, a general outlook on the world, funny anecdotes and one-liners, and information about this year’s Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend.

In advance of the letter, Berkshire Hathaway already released a little news about the weekend, and it’s big news for our friends in Kansas City and Dallas.

For the first time, Nebraska Furniture Mart will offer the Berkshire Hathaway discounts at ALL their locations – not just the Omaha store.

The meeting will also be live streamed once again, allowing shareholders and non shareholders around the world to get a taste of the meeting.

But we all know that there is no substitute for being in Omaha and experiencing Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend firsthand. So book that trip and get ready. May 6th is approaching quickly.