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

Written by Anne Peterson

When my sister and discussed our shopping plans this year we found to our surprise that our attitudes were much different. She wasrepparttar hip New Yorker, living in a trendy section of Brooklyn and commuting in to her publishing job in Manhattan. I’m a down home Midwestern type of girl who prefers to drive everywhere and I love my suburb. We were chatting together on my mother’s couch after we had stuffed ourselves with cake from our parent’s anniversary party, and when we got ontorepparttar 146310 topic of shopping (my favorite pastime), my sister gave me quite a shock. While I was dreadingrepparttar 146311 upcoming birthdays and Christmas, but my sister had a very positive outlook. She was looking forward torepparttar 146312 experience, and I was flabbergasted.

As it turned out, she was a devote of shopping online, and so she was looking forward to surfing around, researching options and deals, and getting all her shopping done early. I argued with her, saying thatrepparttar 146313 personalization of actually finding a gift by oneself in person was something that couldn’t be duplicated by a machine. Also, many ofrepparttar 146314 really great items I would like to get were notrepparttar 146315 kind of items that were technologically oriented, and what little vendors would have their stores online?

The debate got pretty heated, and soon we decided to bet on it. We bet each other a new iPod player (pretty technologically oriented there, but I figured that I could sort it out once I won) thatrepparttar 146316 other person would have much better shopping runs if each of us usedrepparttar 146317 other’s techniques. I was positive that if she could discover how nice it was to go intorepparttar 146318 brick and mortar shops, she’d forget all about online shopping – and I definitely knew that I would like shopping online. Since we were basically buying gifts forrepparttar 146319 same people, we’d have a fair contest. We’d be fair in our evaluations, as well, and insist on telling each other how we’d done. Each of us would raterepparttar 146320 shopping system on ease, quality, price, and getting gifts that was appropriate and appreciated byrepparttar 146321 recipients. Here’s our results:

For our brother’s present, I hopped ontorepparttar 146322 internet and typed in bird watching intorepparttar 146323 search engine. After searching through a couple options, to my surprise I quickly found a birding book that was specific to our state, plus a CD of bird calls. The site not only offered free shipping, but would wraprepparttar 146324 package and mail it torepparttar 146325 my brother. “Well”, I thought. “That was easy – but I knew books and CDs were easy to get viarepparttar 146326 internet. How about something tough?”

Precious Stones-The Big Five-Part 2 The Ruby

Written by Sam Serio

What fairy tales of enchanted princesses and legendary lore ofrepparttar Arabian Nights does notrepparttar 146273 mere mention ofrepparttar 146274 ruby conjure up to our imagination! No stone has been more intimately connected with poetry and romance, and few gems can compare either in beauty or value with a perfect ruby. When Solomon exclaimed that “a virtuous woman was more valuable than rubies,” and Job, that “the price of wisdom is above rubies,” they both mentioned what to them wasrepparttar 146275 most valuable thing in existence. And its value and rarity have not decreased since their time. Today a perfect ruby of five carats will fetch at least five timesrepparttar 146276 value of a diamond ofrepparttar 146277 same size and quality, while rubies without flaw or blemish, and ofrepparttar 146278 true pigeon-blood variety, weighing as much as ten carats, are so rare and valuable that ten timesrepparttar 146279 value of a perfect diamond would be considered a very low price to pay for so perfect a gem.

The ruby isrepparttar 146280 oldest or first known of all precious stones, dating far back inrepparttar 146281 early history of Chaldea and Babylonia. The finest specimens, as well asrepparttar 146282 largest quantities, are found in Upper Burma, and atrepparttar 146283 present time over one-half ofrepparttar 146284 world’s supply comes from this locality. The rubies found in Ceylon, Siam and Australia have notrepparttar 146285 deep rich color ofrepparttar 146286 Burmese ruby which is a shade of red slightly inclined torepparttar 146287 purple and is often called “Pigeon Blood Ruby.” The value of rubies depends upon their color and transparency.

The red sapphire or ruby isrepparttar 146288 most valuable ofrepparttar 146289 corundum family, and when found of a good color, pure and brilliant, and in sizes of one carat and larger, it is much more valuable than a fine diamond ofrepparttar 146290 same size.

Rubies and Sapphires are scientificallyrepparttar 146291 same stone, differing only in color. Corundum,repparttar 146292 predominating mineral of both, is composed of nearly pure alumina. The coloring substance, which differentiates rubies and sapphires, is believed to be chromium. Inrepparttar 146293 scale of hardnessrepparttar 146294 gem ranks as No. 9 and is thusrepparttar 146295 hardest of all substances exceptingrepparttar 146296 diamond. Color isrepparttar 146297 most important factor in determiningrepparttar 146298 value ofrepparttar 146299 ruby. The gem is always more or less imperfect, but its freedom from bad imperfections is also important. Since fine rubies of all sizes are extremely rare,repparttar 146300 price increases very rapidly with an increase in size, and a fine ruby of more than four carats commands an extraordinary price and can be said to berepparttar 146301 most valuable of all gems, exceeding greatly a diamond of equal weight. The color ofrepparttar 146302 ruby varies fromrepparttar 146303 lightest rose tint torepparttar 146304 deepest carmine, butrepparttar 146305 rarest and most valuable shade is known as Pigeon Blood. This isrepparttar 146306 color of arterial blood. The ruby has always been greatly admired, and many say thatrepparttar 146307 ruby inrepparttar 146308 British Crown isrepparttar 146309 most beautiful gem they have ever seen.

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