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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!

 

FAQ: Can I get a picture with Warren Buffett?

Sunday, May 7th, 2017

We know that the vast majority of our Berkshire Hathaway shareholders are Warren Buffett groupies who would LOVE to get a selfie with the big guy. In fact, that’s probably the biggest goal of a lot of people who come through Borsheims on Sunday, the shareholder only shopping day when Mr. Buffett stops by to play a little ping pong and bridge.

So the question we get a lot is “How do I get a picture with Warren Buffett?” And unfortunately, I don’t have very good news. It is very difficult during Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend to get a selfie with Warren Buffett. The one I found on Twitter to the left is one from about a month ago.

During Berkshire Hathaway shareholders weekend, there are about 44,000 shareholders (this year’s number of shareholder passes issued according to local media) who are hoping to get close to Warren Buffett. Because there are so many people, Mr. Buffett has to have extra security around him to protect him from the crowd of well-wishers. Imagine if you were a very spry 86 years old and had 44,000 people wanting to get near you. It would be crazy! And we all want Mr. Buffett alive and well for as long as we can have him, so it’s essential that he be surrounded by security this weekend to keep him safe. Besides, if he started taking selfies with shareholders, when would it stop? It’s all he’d get done all weekend.

So snap away with your cameras while Mr. Buffett is walking through Borsheims today, while he’s playing ping pong, and get an action shot of him playing bridge. But know that’s probably the best you will be able to get this weekend. That and his image on everything from whiskey stones to decorative pillows.

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!

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.

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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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!

What’s the Best Nickname for Warren Buffett?

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

Visitor's Guide Cover 2017This year’s annual meeting theme is a definite nod to one of Warren Buffett’s nicknames. He’s often referred to as the “Wizard of Omaha,” and this theme definitely has a yellow brick road, there’s-no-place-like-home feel going to it.

Omaha’s Buffett-focused reporter, The Omaha World-Herald’s Steve Jordon, is apparently not a fan of that nickname. In his column last week, he noted his preference of a nickname.
“Personally, I prefer “Oracle,” but that’s tougher to show in a drawing”. – Steve Jordon, Omaha World-Herald reporter
So what do you think? Do you have a nickname you use for our esteemed Chairman? Take our poll to vote on your favorite, or submit your suggestion for a nickname for Mr. Buffett!


The New Meeting Guide is Here!

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

This is how I’m feeling today!

The New Phonebooks are Out

I’m not sure what it is about the annual meeting guide’s first appearance in my mailbox each year, but it does make me believe that, in the words of Navin R. Johnson, “I’m somebody now!”

All joking aside, the arrival of the annual meeting guide is always exciting because we get an official rundown of Berkshire Hathaway shareholder weekend fun. And a glimpse of the theme of each year’s meeting. This year’s cover is very fun!

Visitor's Guide Cover 2017

Make sure to peruse the guide online by clicking here or you can always find the guide on the right side of our homepage here at www.borsheimsbrk.com.

Read through it, Berkies, and make sure to ask me any questions you may have.

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!