The Fun and Ease of Online Shopping vs. The Brick and Mortar Option

Written by Anne Peterson

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I thought I’d cheat a little bit by trying to find something that could only be bought locally. That failure would take my sister’s idea outrepparttar utility of online shopping and blow it completely out ofrepparttar 146310 water. For this specialized task I picked one of my favorite foods –repparttar 146311 organic, wild blueberry pancake syrup sold in our local farmer’s market. While it’s always a pain to wake up early on Saturday mornings to drive allrepparttar 146312 way down torepparttar 146313 market, it’s worth it to get this locally-made, yet exotic product. Unfortunately for me, it was easy to find. I enteredrepparttar 146314 phrase Blueberry Syrup into Froogle and it wasrepparttar 146315 first product sold there. I had no idea they sold this stuff onrepparttar 146316 internet! The new franchising and marketing opportunities have enabledrepparttar 146317 local growers to market and ship their product all overrepparttar 146318 states.

One last shot – I’d look for something for my sister, to get something so personal and unique that you’d definitely have to go there to get it. It was an item that we had seen on a friend’s wall, and for years now my sister had wanted one of her own. As it turns out, Thai elephant painting (the elephants grab paintbrushes with their trunks and then paint a canvas) is now online, and yes, they will take custom orders. I hadn’t really been willing to fly to Thailand to get a painting, anyway, but I certainly hadn’t thought that would have been online.

I called up my sister in defeat. After two hours online, I had bought all my major presents. Sis answered her cell phone and said that she was still stuck in rush-hour traffic onrepparttar 146319 way torepparttar 146320 store.

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Precious Stones-The Big Five-Part 2 The Ruby

Written by Sam Serio

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The ruby is found in limestone deposits on side hills, butrepparttar largest quantity is found in alluvial deposits of gravel and clay in riverbeds. These deposits are about fifteen to twenty feet belowrepparttar 146273 surface and from a few inches to five feet in thickness. This material called “byon” is mined or removed and put through a washing process by whichrepparttar 146274 rubies are recovered.

The genuine ruby is gotten fromrepparttar 146275 mineral known as corundum. Emery, so much used, is an impure form of corundum. The superbly blood-red color ofrepparttar 146276 perfect ruby is produced byrepparttar 146277 very tiny portions of impurity inrepparttar 146278 substance after they have been crystallized by Nature’s wonderful processes. All genuine—that is natural stones, contain certain tiny flaws and blemishes and characteristic peculiarities. The fewer these flawsrepparttar 146279 rarerrepparttar 146280 gem. Imitation stones get their imperfections during manufacture, and asrepparttar 146281 chemists are more careful than Nature, these imperfections are less noticeable. Byrepparttar 146282 following differences betweenrepparttar 146283 real andrepparttar 146284 artificial, you can test your ruby. A real ruby contains irregularly shaped bubbles;repparttar 146285 imitation ruby contains bubbles that are perfectly round. Natural rubies all have a silky sheen, due to a number of tiny parallel lines going in three definite directions; imitation stones never have this characteristic.

While lab-created rubies and sapphires have a distinct use in jewelry, they can never affectrepparttar 146286 sale ofrepparttar 146287 real gems any more than isrepparttar 146288 case with imitation pearls. Aside fromrepparttar 146289 fact thatrepparttar 146290 imitation can always be ultimately detected,repparttar 146291 person desiring to purchase a ruby, as a ruby, and as a work of beauty and distinction wants a gem which he knows is one of nature’s rarities and is therefore possessed of intrinsically great value. A good illustration of this fundamental feeling is given by Mr. Zell a noted mineralogist, who says, “Many perfect copies ofrepparttar 146292 Sistine Madonna have been made by good artists,repparttar 146293 original is priceless,repparttar 146294 copies atrepparttar 146295 most are worth a few hundred dollars, this isrepparttar 146296 relation of a gem made in nature’s laboratory to one produced byrepparttar 146297 chemist.”

Today,repparttar 146298 ruby is still considered one ofrepparttar 146299 most valuable and beautiful ofrepparttar 146300 precious stones. Artisans of fine jewelry throughoutrepparttar 146301 world continue to utilize this fine gem in their creations. Ruby isrepparttar 146302 birthstone forrepparttar 146303 month of July.

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