|Warren Buffett’s signature is laser inscribed on the diamonds.|
What’s more valuable, Warren Buffett’s signature or a diamond? Berkshire Hathaway shareholders attending the company’s annual meeting in Omaha, Neb., won’t have to choose.
Borsheims Fine Jewelry and Gifts, owned by Berkshire Hathaway, will give shareholders attending the May 3 meeting the exclusive opportunity to buy a diamond laser-inscribed with Warren Buffett’s signature. Some will even be able to buy Buffett-signed diamonds directly from the man himself on May 4, as he will be selling jewelry from Borsheims for the fourth consecutive year.
The limited-edition diamonds went on sale Monday, said Adrienne Fay, Borsheims marketing and advertising director. There are 26 loose diamonds available, ranging in size from 0.75-carat to 5 carats and in price from $5,000 to more than $200,000. They are available in round and square cuts and are ready to be mounted as earrings, pendants or rings.
In addition, Fay said 25 of the Warren Buffett-signed diamonds have been set into diamond pendant necklaces and will be on sale only at the CenturyLink Center, the site of the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholders meeting. The 0.5-carat diamond pendant necklace featuring Buffett’s signature normally would retail for $2,500, but Berkshire Hathaway shareholders can purchase it for $1,750.
Each diamond comes with a pamphlet describing its special nature and a loupe so the buyer can see the inscription, the company said. There are no plans to sell any more of these Buffett-inscribed diamonds.
“All of the diamonds are already inscribed with Mr. Buffett’s signature,” Fay said. “We currently have no plans to sell more than more than the 25 pendants or 26 loose stones as they are a special and exclusive addition to our inventory for the shareholder weekend.”
The diamond sale serves as a promotion for the Borsheims Signature Diamond collection. Each diamond has a star cut into the culet of the diamond, giving the diamond additional fire and brilliance, the company said in a statement. The diamonds originate in Canada’s Northwest Territory in which the company says miners and companies use the “most environmentally friendly way to extract the diamonds.” Each diamond is laser-inscribed with an identification number, the Borsheims name and a maple leaf, guaranteeing its Canadian origin. The inscription allows buyers to identify their diamond and trace it back to its Canadian mine.