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WALL STREET JOURNAL SAYS COLOURED GEMS ON THE RISE-SEE HERE

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The coloured gem market — sapphires, rubies and emeralds — is just as valuable as the diamond market.

At a time when many investments offer low returns, many investors will fill a bag with precious stones and hope they will be worth a fortune some day.

Check this chart about the rising prices of gemstones.

Unlike diamonds, though, the $10 billion coloured gems market is mysterious and poorly understood.

This Wall Street Journal video illustrates the issues.

Henry Sapiecha

Sir Richard Branson attended the event as the Antwerp diamond academy as Guest of Honour event

Antwerp diamond companies participated in their very first ‘Antwerp Diamond Academy’ on May 6, 2012, in Stadsschouwburg, Antwerp. The focus of this Academy was ‘Innovation’. Sir Richard Branson attended the event as its Guest of Honour and unfolded much of his experience and guidance to the participants during an interactive panel discussion. His talk delivered some key business approaches including:

– Luck and one’s gut feeling account for 50-50 percent in success , business acumen comes automatically . So follow your gut feeling.

– Delegate responsibilities to others in the organization and free yourself to do something else.

-Give a bigger than expected promotion to the staff which will influence the staff to perform better.

-Manpower is the key, keep good people with you and give them what they deserve.

-Your staff spends most of their life in office so the office environment should be very encouraging and pleasant. Sir Branson also stated that he loved to ‘do things which change people’s life and that’s how it converts in a successful business model’.

The event was segmented into various workshops in different halls including – social media , IT solutions , optimizing time , e-business etc.

All the fee towards Sir Branson from this event will be forwarded to Virgin Unite, a charitable arm of the Virgin Group. During the event, Sir Branson also launched the electronic trading platform – Diamdex.

Varda Shine, CEO of Diamond Trading Company (DTC) was also present at the event.

The AWDC noted that the ‘Antwerp Diamond Academy’ will be organized on a regular basis to provide Antwerp diamond companies with practical information to help boost their business.

Sourced & published by Henry Sapiecha

Sir Richard Branson attended the event as the Antwerp diamond academy as Guest of Honour event

Antwerp diamond companies participated in their very first ‘Antwerp Diamond Academy’ on May 6, 2012, in Stadsschouwburg, Antwerp. The focus of this Academy was ‘Innovation’. Sir Richard Branson attended the event as its Guest of Honour and unfolded much of his experience and guidance to the participants during an interactive panel discussion. His talk delivered some key business approaches including:

– Luck and one’s gut feeling account for 50-50 percent in success , business acumen comes automatically . So follow your gut feeling.

– Delegate responsibilities to others in the organization and free yourself to do something else.

-Give a bigger than expected promotion to the staff which will influence the staff to perform better.

-Manpower is the key, keep good people with you and give them what they deserve.

-Your staff spends most of their life in office so the office environment should be very encouraging and pleasant. Sir Branson also stated that he loved to ‘do things which change people’s life and that’s how it converts in a successful business model’.

The event was segmented into various workshops in different halls including – social media , IT solutions , optimizing time , e-business etc.

All the fee towards Sir Branson from this event will be forwarded to Virgin Unite, a charitable arm of the Virgin Group. During the event, Sir Branson also launched the electronic trading platform – Diamdex.

Varda Shine, CEO of Diamond Trading Company (DTC) was also present at the event.

The AWDC noted that the ‘Antwerp Diamond Academy’ will be organized on a regular basis to provide Antwerp diamond companies with practical information to help boost their business.

Sourced & published by Henry Sapiecha

 Pink Diamond fancy Engagement Rings & high end bling jewellery

Whatever the reason, there is no denying that pink diamond engagement rings are quite spectacular, and not only that, so is their price!

Pink diamond rings are so much more expensive than the equivalent white diamond in the same ring, so you better have a pretty extreme budget if you plan on buying one.

pink diamond engagement rings

Check out this vivid fancy teardrop pear pink diamond (above) that sold at Sotheby’s back in 2006 for $6.2 million. Now that’s a ring!!!

Pink diamond engagement rings, or more specifically pink diamonds, are the most popular color of all the fancy diamonds.

Maybe it has to do with the fact that pink is a variation of red and represents love or that natural red diamonds are the rarest and most expensive of all.

Or perhaps it’s because the color pink is traditionally thought of as the most feminine color. It might also have to do with the 6.1 carat pink diamond Jennifer Lopez received as an engagement ring from Ben Affleck, or the $1.8 million pink diamond ring that David Beckham bought his wife as an attempt to make up for his public indiscretion.

They aren’t exactly sure what gives the pink diamond its color but they suspect it has to do with pressure down below the earth’s surface. Whatever the cause, a pink diamond ring is absolutely amazing and something most of us can only dream about owning.

Most of the world’s pink diamonds come from the Argyle mine in Australia and each has a laser inscription that identifies its authenticity and origin and have sold for up to a magic million a carat. These diamonds are so rare that they expect the supply of the mine to run out within the next decade or so.

According to this article in The Australian “Supply is expected to dry up by 2019, making them up to 50 times more valuable than an equivalent white diamond.”

While a few hundred years ago pink diamonds were found in India, Brazil and Tanzania, today Australia produces about 95 percent of the world’s supply. So time is running out for those of you who will settle for nothing less than “natural” pink diamond engagement rings.

The GIA’s (Gemological Institute of America) classifications for the most common pink diamond color groups range from purplish-pink, pink, to orange-pink. Natural fancy diamonds should always come with a GIA standard diamond grading report and a special  GIA Colored Diamond Identification and Origin Report, which is basically a color report and identifies the nature of the color and pink color grade.

Color Enhanced Pink Diamonds:

pink diamond ring

Like all the other fancy colored diamonds, gemologists have been able to replicate the pink color (at least to some extent) in a laboratory using genuine white diamonds, irradiation, and heat pressure. These are real diamonds that have been enhanced by man and are pink to the eye. They are not a natural pink diamond and therefore much more affordable.

Synthetic Pink Diamonds (Lab Created, Man-Made Diamonds)

Synthetic here refers to the process rather than the stone because the final product contains the characteristic diamond crystal composition from actual carbon atoms—in other words, it’s a real diamond.

The diamonds are grown in a lab under conditions which simulate the processes of nature that form a diamond. So you end up with a stone that has all the properties of a real diamond without taking hundreds of years to form. They can be made to resemble all the most popular fancy colors including the much coveted pink.

Pink diamond engagement rings are rare and expensive because a genuine natural pink diamond is one of the rarest things found on earth. If your budget won’t allow for the real thing, consider the gemologist enhanced variety or one of the other precious beautiful gemstones that will give you the look you want at just a fraction of the cost.

Sourced & published by Henry Sapiecha

 Pink Diamond fancy Engagement Rings & high end bling jewellery

Whatever the reason, there is no denying that pink diamond engagement rings are quite spectacular, and not only that, so is their price!

Pink diamond rings are so much more expensive than the equivalent white diamond in the same ring, so you better have a pretty extreme budget if you plan on buying one.

pink diamond engagement rings

Check out this vivid fancy teardrop pear pink diamond (above) that sold at Sotheby’s back in 2006 for $6.2 million. Now that’s a ring!!!

Pink diamond engagement rings, or more specifically pink diamonds, are the most popular color of all the fancy diamonds.

Maybe it has to do with the fact that pink is a variation of red and represents love or that natural red diamonds are the rarest and most expensive of all.

Or perhaps it’s because the color pink is traditionally thought of as the most feminine color. It might also have to do with the 6.1 carat pink diamond Jennifer Lopez received as an engagement ring from Ben Affleck, or the $1.8 million pink diamond ring that David Beckham bought his wife as an attempt to make up for his public indiscretion.

They aren’t exactly sure what gives the pink diamond its color but they suspect it has to do with pressure down below the earth’s surface. Whatever the cause, a pink diamond ring is absolutely amazing and something most of us can only dream about owning.

Most of the world’s pink diamonds come from the Argyle mine in Australia and each has a laser inscription that identifies its authenticity and origin and have sold for up to a magic million a carat. These diamonds are so rare that they expect the supply of the mine to run out within the next decade or so.

According to this article in The Australian “Supply is expected to dry up by 2019, making them up to 50 times more valuable than an equivalent white diamond.”

While a few hundred years ago pink diamonds were found in India, Brazil and Tanzania, today Australia produces about 95 percent of the world’s supply. So time is running out for those of you who will settle for nothing less than “natural” pink diamond engagement rings.

The GIA’s (Gemological Institute of America) classifications for the most common pink diamond color groups range from purplish-pink, pink, to orange-pink. Natural fancy diamonds should always come with a GIA standard diamond grading report and a special  GIA Colored Diamond Identification and Origin Report, which is basically a color report and identifies the nature of the color and pink color grade.

Color Enhanced Pink Diamonds:

pink diamond ring

Like all the other fancy colored diamonds, gemologists have been able to replicate the pink color (at least to some extent) in a laboratory using genuine white diamonds, irradiation, and heat pressure. These are real diamonds that have been enhanced by man and are pink to the eye. They are not a natural pink diamond and therefore much more affordable.

Synthetic Pink Diamonds (Lab Created, Man-Made Diamonds)

Synthetic here refers to the process rather than the stone because the final product contains the characteristic diamond crystal composition from actual carbon atoms—in other words, it’s a real diamond.

The diamonds are grown in a lab under conditions which simulate the processes of nature that form a diamond. So you end up with a stone that has all the properties of a real diamond without taking hundreds of years to form. They can be made to resemble all the most popular fancy colors including the much coveted pink.

Pink diamond engagement rings are rare and expensive because a genuine natural pink diamond is one of the rarest things found on earth. If your budget won’t allow for the real thing, consider the gemologist enhanced variety or one of the other precious beautiful gemstones that will give you the look you want at just a fraction of the cost.

Sourced & published by Henry Sapiecha

Diamond Investing News on coloured diamonds

 

Demand for colored diamonds is surging and prices are rapidly following the upward trend. According to Leibish Polnauer, President of Leibish & Co, a five carat yellow diamond is currently selling in the range of  $75,000-$100,000, and notes that this is a 40 percent increase over last year’s prices. Gem Diamonds (LON:GEMD), whose Ellendale mine supplies Tiffany & Co. with yellow diamonds, announced that in the first quarter of 2011, it sold the jeweller these stones for an average of $3,379 per carat compared to $2, 545 per carat during the first quarter of 2010.

Interest in colored diamond prices and the profit potential of the stones is extending beyond producers and industry consumers to an expanding number of individual diamond investors. Leibish & Co maintains a special inventory of investment grade colored diamonds and confirms an increase of profit-focused clientele. Sean Dunn, Vice President of J.R. Dunn, reported a similar trend. Tight supply and growing demand, especially in emerging countries, are increasing prices throughout the diamond industry.

However, colored diamonds are much rarer than white stones, therefore a surge in interest is difficult to accommodate. High-end US consumers have come back to the market, said Dunn. “But demand in Asia is simply outstripping supply,” he adds. “Our inventory often sells faster to international clients. Some fly in willing to pay prices above retail. They take the diamonds overseas and sell them for even more.” Both India and Hong Kong are considered hot markets for colored diamond activity.

Before investing

 

Predictions for growth and longevity in the colored diamond market are highly optimistic. However, there are a number of things to consider before getting into this game. Foremost, is the forewarning that these investments are not for everyone.

Leibish says colored diamond investing is for people with liquidity and a long term view. According to Dunn, demand allows some people who bought diamonds in 2010 to sell them for decent returns now, something that hasn’t always been done. By his own account Polnauer says, Leibish sold an intense 4 carat yellow diamond about a year ago. The jeweler offered to buy it back at a 20 percent premium and the client refused. It’s all about the stone a person possesses, which is why Polnauer says an investor must study this market.

Dunn further stresses that investing in colored diamonds is a gamble. He also highlights the fact that some stones definitely offer a much higher probability of attractive returns, but, there is never a guarantee. “Generally, smaller stones (a carat or less) are harder to capitalize on. But there are exceptions.” Australian pinks are considered extremely rare and blues also tend to be placed in the rare and desirable categories. These stones may warrant investment at smaller sizes. Another thing, says Dunn, is that investors should avoid stones with undesirable characteristics.

Individuals who want to avoid venturing unguided into this market may want to consider the Novel Diamond Fund. The first of its kind, the newly launched fund specializes almost exclusively in the investment of colored stones. In an interview with Bloomberg, Alan Landau, CEO of Novel Asset Management, explained that the fund will focus on diamonds valued at $1 million or more. Investors will, therefore, be able to enjoy the historically high returns in this type of investment which have thus far been enjoyed mostly by those in the industry.

Instead of the buy and hold strategy common among funds of other types, Landau said this fund is going to exploit a spread created by buying at wholesale prices and selling at retail. Although open to new investors now, the fund is scheduled to close in October. Landau told Bloomberg he expects major institutions to catch on to the diamond investing trend and move into this market. Polnauer told Diamond Investing News, he expects colored diamonds to be like gold… experiencing drastic price increases over the span of a few years.

Sourced & published by Henry Sapiecha

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The rich rewards of a rare gem

April 18, 2011 – 4:17PM


A rare 24.78 carat Fancy Intense Pink diamond that was auctioned last year. Photo: AFP Photo

Although a 10-carat purplish-pink diamond failed to meet its reserve price at an auction last week, experts say the market for the rare gems is still strong.

“Pink diamonds are red hot,” said David Young, president of Wexford Capital Management, a broker of fancy coloured diamonds.

Christie’s had expected the 10.09 carat Fancy Vivid purplish-pink diamond to fetch as much as $US15 million at a recent auction. Four other pink diamonds had sold for more than $US1 million per carat at auction in the past 15 months.

The record for a diamond sold at auction is held by a Vivid Pink five-carat diamond at $US2.1 million per carat in 2009.

Although Christie’s did not explain why the gem missed its reserve, gemologists and dealers say once you reach the realms of $US1 million-plus per carat, buyers becomes particularly scrupulous.

“When you get up to this level of stone – these Rembrandts, these Monets, these one-of-a-kind pieces- they have to be held up to a very high standard if someone’s going to put that much money on the table,” said Stephen Hofer, a New York research gemologist and diamond cutter specialising in coloured diamonds.

Experts agree that prices for coloured diamonds, pinks in particular, are on the rise, noting that a barrier was broken in recent years that thrust pinks previously selling for $US500,000 to $US600,000 a carat into the $US1 million-a-carat realm.

While the 10-plus carat pinks stun with their size, diamonds extracted from the Argyle diamond mine in Western Australia command similar sums with the intensity of their colour.

Global miner Rio Tinto’s Argyle mine is the world’s only consistent supplier of pink diamonds. While smaller, experts said the rare and exquisite Argyle gems are in a class all their own.

At Argyle, pink diamonds making it to the annual tender are literally one in a million. For every one million carats of rough diamonds produced from the mine, only one polished carat is offered for sale in the tender. In terms of global diamond production, pinks make up only 0.03 percent.

Each spring Rio Tinto displays its finest 40-55 diamonds weighing 0.50 carat or more and ranging in colour from light pink to red, and even violet, at private viewings in exclusive hotels in cities like New York, Paris, and Hong Kong.

The location of the private viewings is kept secret until the day they are shown. Once these rare stones have made their way around the world, sealed bids from diamond connoisseurs and collectors are tallied and the winners notified.

Last November London jewellery dealer Laurence Graff paid $US46 million for a 24.78-carat pink diamond at a sale in Geneva, the highest total price for a gem at auction. He renamed it the “Graff Pink.”

“The thing about the Graff diamond is that it’s a piece of art. There is not another one like that anywhere,” said Gary Roskin, gemologist and founder of The Roskin Gem News Report.

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Dear Henry Sapiecha,

We are pleased to announce the next National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS) workshop in Perth.  Interested in learning about NRAS and how it can boost your personal wealth through property investing?  GPS is hosting NRAS seminars to explain the financial benefits to investors, how it works and what properties are available Australia wide.

NRAS Property Workshop


The National Rental Affordability Scheme explained

GPS is proud to provide Australian investors with the opportunity to take part in the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS) with properties all over Australia.  This workshop will teach you about NRAS and the excellent tax free rebates/incentives for the next 10 years.

By supplying you access to a website especially designed to provide detailed analysis you will be able to assess the benefits of NRAS on a range of effective investment properties nationally

Some of the topics to be covered in depth are:

What is a NRAS?

Why NRAS was introduced.

Government Tax Free Incentives.

What are the financial benefits to the Investors?

What properties are available in Perth under NRAS and how do they compare?

How does GPS assist in choosing the best NRAS product Australia Wide?

A case Study and a lot more.

Perth Workshop Details:

NRAS workshop:

When: Wednesday 8th September 2010

Location: GPS Perth Office – Suite 1, 251 Hay Street, East Perth WA

Arrive: 5:45pm for Registration, Networking & Refreshments
6:00pm Start – 7.30pm

We extend the invitation to you and your associates who you believe would also benefit from this education. You may register your interest for this workshop in your State.

Please RSVP at your earliest to confirm your attendance to the workshop by simply completing the online form: www.gpsnetwork.com.au/NRAS-Property.asp

Best Regards,

The GPS Team

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Published by Henry Sapiecha

Hi again

DEVELOPING A POSITIVE MINDSET

The following is a statement from a serious money making person - Jon
It says it all. Take note and learn.
My footnote at the end

QUOTE

I've been ranting and raving lately about the
importance of your wealth DNA.

Why is it such a big deal?

I bump into so many individuals, especially at
seminars and when I get to talk to them, it's
obvious to me that no matter how specific you
layout a strategy, you just know they're never
going to be successful.


How do I know?

It's in the way they speak and the language they
use.

They generally fall into 3 categories. You might
think that this bit doesn't relate to you, but
let's see.

The first question that I ask them is, what is
that has stopped you in creating more success in
your life so far?

The overwhelming answer is that they start
talking about events or other individuals who
have somehow controlled their destiny.

They're playing what I call the "blame-game".

They'll blame the economy, the government, the
stock market, their broker, a real estate agent,
a former business partner, their ex-wife, you
get the drift...


You'll never become wealthy if you fall into
this category.

You have to take 100% responsibility of where
you are at right now. You'll never be able to
move forward if you don't accept this.

Here's an interesting story. I once told this to
someone, (I wont mention who) and they
aggressively came back at me with...

"So if I'm walking down the street and a brick
falls on my head, it's my fault?"

No, it's not your fault... But how you respond
to the event is your choice.

Let me ask you this, do you have any friends or
family that have been on workcover for 5 years,
waiting for payout?

Now don't get me wrong, of course injuries
happen, but your attitude to how you respond to
events that seem challenging at the time is so
important when you're building a foundation for
wealth.

The next attitude of mediocrity is
"justification".

If you're not blaming, you are usually
justifying your situation in some shape or form.

I've had people say to me, "Money is not really
important to me."

Guess what... These guys are usually broke.
Guaranteed.

Another way of justifying their lack of money
position, they generally use dumb comparisons
like, "Money is not as important as love" or
"Money is not as important as your health."

Isn't that dumb? It's like you can only have one
or the other. I know you can have both or all
three.

The next dumb attitude is complaining.

In fact, this is the worst thing you can do,
guaranteed to keep you broke, and it gets even
worse... Your health will suffer as well.

I'm a big believer in what you focus on expands.
Read that again... It's THAT powerful.

When you're whining, moaning and complaining,
the only likely outcome is that you're going to
get more of the same crap that you're
complaining about.

When you're complaining, you become a living,
breathing crap-magnet.

Have you ever met a rich person who bitches and
moans all day long.

THINK POSITIVE ALL THE WAY TO THE BANK

Here's some homework for you that could
potentially give you some instant results in
your life.

Are you suffering from a little bit or a lot of
the above "wealth-stealing" principles?

You might say to me that, nup, you don't do any
of the above.

Here's a challenge for you...

For the next 7 days, try this. Don't blame,
justify or complain... No matter what.

Look at every experience and say to yourself,

"Mmmm.... What have I done to create this?"
(Responsibility)

"What's my positive response? If at all..."

"What can I learn from this situation that will
be useful to me?"

See how you go... I bet you it's not going to be
easy. But if you take up the challenge, you're
going to be amazed at the insights and
transformations that will start to appear.

...And remember, it's nothing more than taking
100% responsibility of your own life.

Regards - Jon


Some people have not got a life.
They are so busy complaining that life passes them by
Scared to take risks and explore opportunities
or better still create opportunities.
They are always victims..HA-HA-HA
Get a grip and crush that mentality or
forever walk in someone elses shadow
YOU CAN GET JUST ABOUT ANYTHING YOU WANTY IN LIFE -
ENGAGE A POSITIVE MINDSET

Sourced and Published by Henry Sapiecha 17th March 2010

REFUGEE PAYMENTS DISGRACE.

government handouts $$$$
government handouts $$$$

NO WONDER THEY WANT TO COME AND LIVE HERE…

It is interesting that the Federal Government provides a Single Refugee with a monthly allowance of $1,890.00 and each can also get an additional $580.00 in Social Assistance for a total of $2,470.00. Family of 4 receive $9,880.00 per month. Family of 4 receive yearly $118,685.00

*A single Australian Pensioner who, after contributing to the growth and development of Australia for 40 or 50 years, receives only a monthly maximum of $1,012.00 in old age pension and guaranteed income supplement.

Maybe our pensioners should apply as refugees!

Let’s send this to all Australians so we can all be ticked off and maybe we can get the refugees cut back to $1,012.00 and the pensioners up to $2,470.00. And enjoy some of the money we are FORCED TO SUBMIT to the government.

*Please forward to every Australian to expose what our elected politicians are doing to the OVER-TAXED AUSTRALIAN.

This is the reply of the Australian government:

http://www.immi.gov.au/media/letters/letters08/le08002.htm

Similar emails are doing the round in the USA as well:

http://www.snopes.com/politics/immigration/refugees.asp

and in Canada:

http://www.ccrweb.ca/refassistrebut.html

The Aussies have the same gripe as the Brits!!

Is the system wrong or right??

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS?

Compliments of >>>ACBO CALL CENTRE

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Posted by Henry Sapiecha March 12th 2009

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