Beryl-The Eighth Stone

October 18, 2009


Beryl-The Eighth Stone


Beryl is colorless and impurities are what cause various colors ranging through colorless to the deepest blue-green, nearly all translucent.  Each color has a distinct name:

Emerald – Green to dark green
Aquamarine – Light to dark blue, blue-green
Morganite – Pink to light purple
Golden Beryl -Golden yellow
Heliodor – Yellow, yellow-green, brown
Goshenite – Colorless to white
Red Beryl – Deep red (only comes from one locality in Utah)
Peach Beryl – Orange-pink
Green Beryl – Pale green

Emerald is the blue-green/green variety, a popular and quite expense stone nearly always flawed with impurities.  Oil is applied to the stone to enhance color and form, but disguise flaws.  This process should always be disclosed to the buyer as time deteriorates the oil and the flaws re-emerge.  Aquamarine is known as the blue to blue-green variety.  The color is lighter and also distinct from Emerald.

Morganite is a pink variety named after J.P.Morgan, the banker who is an collector.  The stone is light pink yet can be enhanced with heat.  Color ranges within the Morganite variety include from the lightest pink to an orange-pink.  Morganite may also be called Pink or Champagne Beryl.

Goshenite is colorless and its physical properties are identical to Emerald.  It is not used much as a gemstone but sometimes a green foil is used to coat the stone lending the appearance of an Emerald.

Red Beryl or Bixbite is the rarest gemstone in the world (see the blog regarding Bixbite).  A rich pink to blood colored Beryl which is very rare,  Only 60 pounds of dark red were said to have been mined from Utah, USA.  There are other mines but produce very little output and more of a strawberry red colored stone.

Golden Beryl or Heliodorite, produces a golden yellow color.  Heliodor and Golden Beryl are often confused with one another, as I confused them, collecting Golden Beryl from all over the world for Chrysolite.  Some of the Beryl within the eighth foundation of the painting is Golden Beryl, Heliodor and the other yellow Beryl.

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Properties: Beryl stones represent a group of minerals, which include aquamarine, emerald, golden or yellow beryl, heliodor and morganite, to name a few. Beryl assists its possessor in learning how to filter out distractions and unnecessary stimulation. Good for relieving stress, calming the mind. This stone works with the particular color in relation to each Chakra center. This stone is known to stimulate communication (blue), acceptance and healing (green), reawakens the love of married people (pink), supports spiritual growth (gold and white) and gives us strength and power (yellow).

Folk Remedies: Beryl has been used for centuries to help stomach, intestines, ulcers, nausea and eating disorders. It works with the mental body for exhaustion, depression and stimulates the mind, nervous system, spine and bones. Beneficial for elimination organs such as the kidneys, liver, and intestines. Helps strengthen the circulatory and pulmonary systems, making them more resistant to toxins and pollutants. Helpful to the eyes, throat and easing a stressed mental state. Beryl is often used as a sedative.

Feng Shui: Beryl stones are used in the Center area for harmony, balance and spiritual growth, in the North area for personal journey and in the Southwest area for relationships of any kind.

Suprisingly enough, before 1925 beryl was used only as a gemstone, but since then many important uses have been found for beryllium (e.g., in nuclear reactors, space vehicles, and X-ray tubes). No large deposits have been found, and most production is a by-product of the mining of feldspar and mica. Brazil is a major producer; others include Zimbabwe, South Africa, Namibia, and the U.S.


[Photo Women chatting on Victoria falls market]

Zimbabwe is named after Great Zimbabwe, the twelfth- to fifteenth-century stone-built capital of the Rozwi Shona dynasty. The name is thought to derive from dzimba dza mabwe (“great stone houses”) or dzimba waye (“esteemed houses”). Cultural and religious traditions among the Shona, Ndebele and smaller groups of Tonga, Shangaan and Venda have similarities in regard to marriage practices and the belief in supernatural ancestors. All those groups called on the support of the spirit world in the struggle for independence, which was achieved in 1980. European culture and values indelibly shaped the urban and rural landscapes, particularly in terms of the use of space, and the structure and practice of government. Black Zimbabweans have assimilated more white Zimbabwean culture than vice versa. In these distinct cultures, which generally are referred to as African and European, the most obvious differences are economic. While the white minority lost political power after Independence, it has retained a disproportionate share of economic resources.

Read more: Culture of Zimbabwe – traditional, history, people, traditions, women, beliefs, food, customs, family, social, marriage, men, life, population, religion, rituals, History and ethnic relations


The Second Congo War, also known as Africa’s World War and the Great War of Africa, began in August 1998 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly called Zaire), and officially ended in July 2003 when the Transitional Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo took power (though hostilities continue to this day). The largest war in modern African history, it directly involved eight African nations, as well as about 25 armed groups. By 2008 the war and its aftermath had killed 5.4 million people, mostly from disease and starvation, making the Second Congo War the deadliest conflict worldwide since World War II.   Millions more were displaced from their homes or sought asylum in neighboring countries.  Despite a formal end to the war in July 2003 and an agreement by the former belligerents to create a government of national unity, 1,000 people died daily in 2004 from easily preventable cases of malnutrition and disease.

Please don’t miss Peter Oborne’s magnificent piece on Zimbabwe in today’s Daily Mail.


Peter has covered the tragedy of that country with necessary relentlessness and courage. His great fear is that the rest of us are forgetting Zimbabwe:

The world’s attention has shifted away.

Now, with the focus no longer on him, Mugabe is free to continue this unprecedented campaign of electoral cleansing.

For the past week, having slipped into Zimbabwe as a businessman, I have seen the relentless increase in intimidation from government forces.

I can report that every day it is reaching a new level of intensity, sweeping like a killer virus through the country.

Even by Mugabe’s standards, the scale and brutality is horrifying.

He is right. Our attention mustn’t wander until Mugabe and his thugs are gone.


The Star Spangled Banner Lyrics
By Francis Scott Key 1814

Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
‘Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion,
A home and a country should leave us no more!
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

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What America was v.s What America has Become

The development of the Culture of the United States of America has been marked by a tension between two strong sources of inspiration: European ideals, especially British; and domestic originality.

American culture encompasses traditions, ideals, customs, beliefs, values, arts, and innovations developed both domestically and imported via British colonization and immigration. Prevalent ideas and ideals which evolved domestically such as important national holidays, uniquely American sports, proud military tradition, and innovations in the arts and entertainment give a strong sense of national pride among the population as a whole.

It includes both conservative and liberal elements, military and scientific competitiveness, political structures, risk taking and free expression, materialist and moral elements.

It also includes elements which evolved from Native Americans, and other ethnic subcultures; most prominently the culture of African American slave descendants and different cultures from Latin America. Many cultural elements, especially popular culture have been exported across the globe through modern mass media where American culture is sometimes resented.

Remember that cover photo of Barack Obama on Rolling Stone, the magazine that, uh, endorsed his candidacy for president? And remember that cover photo of Michelle Obama on Vogue, the magazine that has endorsed the First Lady’s look?  The Obamas made a little money for their girls’ new school, the private Sidwell Friends School in Washington — where tuition runs $28,442 in the lower grades and $29,442 in the upper grades — with some autographs for a school benefit the other night.

Will Smith at the World Premiere of "Hancock". Grauman's Chinese Theatre, Hollywood, CA. 06-30-08

1. Will Smith – $80 million
2. Johnny Depp – $72 million
3. Eddie Murphy – $55 million
3. Mike Myers – $55 million
5. Leonardo DiCaprio – $45 million
6. Bruce Willis – $41 million
7. Ben Stiller – $40 million
8. Nicolas Cage – $31 million
9. Will Ferrell – $31 million
10. Adam Sandler – $30 million


Richest man in the world, billionaire Warren Buffet

First place on the Forbes list: Stock exchange guru Warren Buffet (77). The American investor’s fortune has risen to 62 billion US dollars, making him the richest man in the world.

Somehow I just knew that searching Warren Buffet and Diamonds would show the truth of blood money and would bring me here:

A Message from Warren E. Buffett
Chairman, Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

What You Should Know About the Jewelry Business
 You don’t need to understand the economics of a generating plant in order to intelligently buy electricity. If your neighbor is an expert on that subject and you are a neophyte, your electric rates will be identical.

But jewelry purchases are different. What you pay for an item vs. what your neighbor pays for a comparable item can be, and often is, widely different. Understanding the economics of the business will tell you why.

To begin with, all jewelers turn their inventory very slowly, and that ties up a lot of capital. A once-a-year turn is par for the course. The reason is simple: People buy jewelry infrequently, and when they do, they are making both a major and very individual purchase. Therefore, they want to view a wide selection of pieces before zeroing in on a single item.

Given that their turnover is low, a jeweler must obtain a relatively wide profit margin on sales in order to achieve even a mediocre return on their investment. In this respect, the jewelry business is just the opposite of the grocery business, in which rapid turnover of inventory allows good returns on investment though profit margins are low.

In order to establish a selling price for their merchandise, a jeweler must add to the price they pay for that merchandise, both their operating costs and desired profit margin. Operating costs seldom run less than 40% of sales and often exceed that level. This fact requires most jewelers to price their merchandise at double its cost to them or even more. The math is simple: Jewelers charge $1 for merchandise that has cost them 50 cents. Then, from their gross profit of 50 cents they typically pay 40 cents for operating costs, which leaves 10 cents of pre-tax earnings for every $1 of sales. Taking into account the massive investment in inventory, the 10-cent profit is adequate but far from exciting.

At Borsheim’s the equation is far different from what I have just described. Because of our single location and the huge volume we generate, our operating expense ratio is usually around 20% of sales. As a percentage of sales, our rent costs alone are fully five points below those of our typical competitor. Therefore, we can, and do, price our goods far below the prices charged by other jewelers. In fact, if they priced to match us, they would operate at very substantial losses. Moreover, in a virtuous circle, our low prices generate ever increasing sales, further driving down our expense ratio, which allows us to reduce prices still more.

How much difference does our cost advantage make? It varies by competitor but, by my calculation, what costs you $1,000 at Borsheim’s will, on average, cost you about $1,350 elsewhere. This is called the “Borsheim’s Price”. There are very few instances where we are unable to offer you those great savings due to restrictions, but you will always know upfront if an item is non-discountable.

Of course, price means nothing unless you are sure of the quality of what you are getting. When products are branded, such as watches and chinaware are, comparisons are simple. But jewelry is usually a “blind” item – and that puts virtually all purchasers at the mercy of the seller.

I can remember well how helpless I used to feel in a Fifth Avenue or Rodeo Drive jewelry store, where the only thing I knew for sure was that the operator had extraordinarily high overhead – and that they had to cover it in their sales price. I was also wary of the “upstairs” solo operator who operated on consignment merchandise, since that would have cost them more than merchandise bought outright, and would necessarily have inflated their retail price. And, finally, I always worried about the quality of what I was getting I couldn’t tell the difference between an emerald or a diamond worth $10,000 and one whose value was $100,000. (I still can’t.)

My sense of helplessness led me to an obvious conclusion: “If you don’t know jewelry, know your jeweler.” For that reason, I made all of my jewelry purchases at Borsheim’s for many years before Berkshire Hathaway bought the company. I didn’t know stones, but I did know Ike Friedman, the retailing genius who had built the business from nothing into one of the nation’s largest independent jewelry stores. When I purchased Ike’s business, I did it without an audit but with full confidence that I was getting value received. And that’s just what I got – precisely as I had when I purchased a single piece of jewelry from him.

The main point of this letter is to tell you that you don’t have to live near Omaha to benefit from Borsheim’s. Our “shop-at-home” program brings Borsheim’s to our qualified customers. Simply contact Borsheim’s to describe what you’re looking for – to any degree of detail. We will assemble selections that best reflect your wishes and send them to you. Then, in the comfort of your own home or office, you can conveniently and leisurely select the item(s) you most prefer, or return the entire selection.

Our results from this “shop-at-home” program have been amazing. Customers have loved it and keep coming back for more. Each year, we send out several thousand packages, ranging in value from $100 to $500,000. Call us at 800-642-GIFT (4438) to learn how to qualify for Borsheim’s “shop-at-home” program.

At Borsheim’s the service will be exemplary, the price will be exceptional and the merchandise will always be what you are told that it is. You have my word.

Warren E. Buffett
Chairman of the Board

Oddly enough his “word” does not mention the countless lives lost for profit-his profit.

As “rich” as the man is, is as poor as the poorest man on earth.  Neither take with them that which is in their hand, they take that which is in their hearts and what they leave behind in the hearts of others.  The rich man will leave this earth with less than the poor man for he has not learned of life, only money and greed.  The poor man will leave this earth rich in its truest form for he has learned the humbleness of life.