By cutting out the costly middleman, an HRI Distributor can offer potential customers great value on precious gemstones. The question is, “How can that potential customer confirm the value of the precious gemstones?” Most times, the potential customer is a friend who knows the Distributor and knows they are not an expert on gemstones. Therefore, how can the Distributor prove their value to the friend?
To solve this issue and deliver Gems to the consumer for less than the traditional retail store while retaining the real value regardless of who sells them, Gem-Cache was born.
Gem-Cache contains precious gemstones: emeralds, rubies, and sapphires. They are contained in a 3/4 inch bar with 22-carat Gold leaf wrapped all the way around the outside. The front is much like a US dollar bill. Embedded in the top left hand corner is the Gem(s). In the top right and bottom left corner is the dollar value (price), which is also spelled out along the bottom.
On the back, you will see the Independent Professional Appraisal confirming the type and value of the precious Gemstone(s) embedded in the front. The detailed gemstone(s) appraisal has a picture of the Gemstone(s) along with all the information about the four “C”s: Cut, Clarity, Color, and Carat. The appraisal also includes the signature of the appraiser, the date of the appraisal, and of course, the official appraised value of the Gemstone(s).
Gem-Cache is a jewelry store in a box. It comes with instructions, a guarantee, and a warranty that it is an authentic Gem-Cache. All our emeralds come from the Muzo mine in Columbia, which is the number one source of emeralds in the world. Every other mine in the world rates their emeralds according to Muzo quality: Muzo 1, Muzo 2, Muzo 3, and so on. An emerald of equal clarity and size to a diamond is actually worth four times as much. Rubies are the 2nd most expensive gemstones, then sapphires, and finally, diamonds. In fact, if the De Beers family had not controlled 80% of all the diamond mines since the 1800’s and masterfully created great marketing lines like “Diamonds are Forever” and “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend”, then diamonds would be so plentiful worldwide that emeralds, rubies, and sapphires would be known as the true rare precious gemstones they really are.
Three Major Reasons for Buying
While Gemstones look gorgeous, are beautiful and sparkle, there are actually three major reasons for buying them:
Gemstones are great for making jewelry or for giving as gifts. If you look at the Crown Jewels or other expensive jewelry pieces, you will notice they have a big emerald or ruby, with a bunch of diamonds around them. In the same way, in all high-end jewelry, diamonds are commonly used to enhance the true colors of emeralds, rubies and sapphires.
Most people buy gemstones based on what looks good or what they can see will make a great jewelry piece. For example, if you’re making earrings, you want to buy something smaller that’s maybe oval or rectangular and, you will need two of the same size. If you are planning to make a ring, you might consider whether to get a few pieces or just one solitaire piece and if it’s to be a necklace, you will want to consider what size gem and how many.
Jewelry makes great presents for anniversaries, birthdays, graduations, or whatever the occasion. The nice thing about gemstones is they are good value for everybody. There are endless types of jewelry pieces a person can have made from them. In fact, the most expensive part of a jewelry piece, in many cases representing about 85% to 90% of the price of the jewelry, is the gem itself. It is the best gift to give since the receiver can now create his or her own customized piece for little money. Jewelry is all about the gemstone.
2) Lasting Value
The second reason to consider buying gemstones is to collect them. You can collect them just because you like them, and the great side benefit about collecting gems is, historically, they go up in value. The population on earth is growing all the time, and there are less and less gemstones to be mined. Since they get fewer, gemstones go up in value because of supply and demand. This is a great way to pack a little savings away for retirement, university costs or as an emergency fund, etc. There are many stories coming out of war zones where people have escaped with nothing but their lives and some gemstones, and thus, they were able to sell them and get money unlike other refugees since their previous country’s paper money was worth nothing. Remember that unlike gold, gemstones weigh nothing in comparison to its value; a million dollars’ worth can fit in the palm of your hand, making them very portable.
The Secret to Wealth
While it helps if you make more money, the secret to wealth is really all about how much of it you keep. In other words, if Joe makes $25,000 a year and manages to save $10,000 while Eric makes $100,000 a year but spends $110,000… who’s wealthier? Eric’s mismanagement of money puts him on the way to bankruptcy! However, Joe has a liquid $10,000, and it is likely to increase year after year. Therefore, Joe is wealthier.
Making more money is good, but keeping the money you made is even better. So, how about this to increase your personal wealth: Every time you buy something, you first try to trade your Gem-Cache. That’s right, you keep your money! It can work any time you meet an owner, even with a small vendor; say, “Listen, here’s my $500 worth of gems. I’ll give them to you for only $450 worth of credit which I’ll spend on your fruits and vegetables over the next few months.” The owner is thinking, “That’s a pretty good deal for me. My cost on those fruits is so much cheaper, and I’m paid in full up-front. I also have that customer locked in for the next few months so he is not buying from a competitor, guaranteed!” This is a WIN-WIN for both the owner and you since neither of you is paying the retail price.
History of Barter Trade
The Colonial Era. During the 17th and 18th centuries, money was scarce, so the colonists relied primarily on bartering with commodities such as beaver pelts, corn, musket balls, nails, tobacco, and deerskins (from which we get our modern slang, "buck" meaning "dollar").
The Great Depression. During the1930s, money was scarce. People established barter groups like The Unemployed Citizens League of Denver (with 34,000 members) and the National Development Association.
The Early 1980s. During a long recession, bartering regained popularity. It was featured in many magazine articles and books. A business-consulting firm might agree to offer its expertise to a restaurant in exchange for meals. Alternatively, a trucking company might trade its services to a marketing firm in return for promotional items. Hundreds of barter clubs were created throughout the nation.
As you can see, the idea of trading is not new, and in fact, it grows in popularity whenever there is a recession. Trading something you bought at wholesale for something that you need just makes sense. Gems are one of the few items in the world that bring value to just about anyone living anywhere, making them the best trade item on the planet!
This is where you can get the most value out of your Gemstones. Gems are great for trading. This is where you really win big. With HomeRun International, you pay only a fraction of the price for precious gemstones from 45% to as low as 29.5%.
Example 1: Let’s say that somebody has a used stereo for sale. The stereo is $1,999 new with full-blown stereo speakers; it’s the whole package. The Seller had it for less than 2 years, and they need to sell it due to limited space. They put it up for sale at $1,000, first come first served. It’s a good deal because it’s half price. If it’s been a few weeks with no offers so far, the Seller might consider a trade, wouldn’t he? So, you might say, “I happen to have some precious gemstones that I would like to trade you. I can make you a great deal. Tell you what; I’ll give you a $1,000 in gems. You can pick whatever gems you want; I got a few here from which to choose.” If he says no and you really want the stereo, you can always offer more. Most likely, the seller is thinking, “At least I’m getting the full price I wanted, and I have really got to get rid of it now because it’s taking up space.” So he says, “Ok.” Now, what’s your cost? If you paid 29.5%, you paid $295 for $1,000 in Gem-Cache. For $295, you got his $2,000 stereo. For sure, that’s a great deal for you and he is happy too. You can keep it, knowing you got a great deal, or you can put the stereo up for sale yourself for $1,200, $1,000, $800, it’s doesn’t matter since you will make money.
Something to keep in mind is if you’re buying a $2,000 item, it’s unlikely that you can hand over $5,000 worth of Gem-Cache and get the seller to give you $3,000 change (but if he did, that would be nice!) Therefore, the best way to have flexibility in negotiating is for you to be prepared with several Gem-Cache of different values so you can give only the value of what you agreed upon.
The trading possibilities are endless. If you’re going to trade, of course, you can’t go to Wal-Mart and say, “I want to pay for this $1,000 worth of groceries with this $1,000 worth of gems.” To make a trade, you will have to speak to an owner, like the Seller of the stereo in the above example. Trading gems at a surplus store, a used items store, or any store where the owner is available is totally realistic. You can show the value is in fact the value by inviting them to research the Independent Appraiser and confirming he is one of the top professionals in the industry, and that he created a computer program to appraise colored gemstones that is used internationally. Further, the value is confirmed since the Gem-Cache is sealed. Once you have found an owner (the person who is capable of making the decision) you can offer to trade.
Example 2: Another great example of places to trade is with professionals such as doctors, lawyers or accountants as they are owners selling their personal time. They decide whether they could use a precious gemstone for a present or to store away, etc. If they are hesitant to consider trading their services for your Gem-Cache, you could sweeten the offer by being available when they are not busy or someone cancelled on them, therefore they have an open time slot. Now, they get something for what would have otherwise been their dead or wasted time.
Example 3: Let’s look at another example of when someone will consider a trade. John has owned a store selling chairs for 10 years. Of course, he has lots of every kind of chairs imaginable, and of course, his house has all the best chairs possible. He is a week away from his wedding anniversary and needs a present.
The following tips will make it easier when planning to make a trade: