May 13, 2010
Since we are the “Jewelry Expert” Blog, we typically write about jewelry — of course! But we are hiring for a new full-time sales associate and just can’t help sharing some of the amusing things that people include on their resumes and cover letters. Hope you get a kick out of them like we did. 🙂
- “My objectives are to provide quality service to costumers and clients.” — They sound like fun people.
- “i worked for my father…who deals in precious and semi precious jems and minerals…” — Wonder what those look like.
- “Objective: To gain employment in the Food Service Industry for an upscale restaurant as a Professional Server or as part of the wait staff, tending bar and/or other front of the house positions or duties.” — We are not a restaurant!
- “Note this is mostley my restuarant expirience, which was mostly P/T…however I was employed by Fed Fed Ex ground for 5 years.”
- “Objective: To obtain an internship in the field of Anthropology to gain knowledge and experience.” — I know we deal with a lot of old people, does that make this an anthropological position?
- “i have some experience in customer service but would always b willing to train practice and learn as much as possible” — Really, is it that hard to put an “e” after the “b”? And how about using some periods — there were four sentences and not one used capitolization or punctuation.
- Education: School X – Twelve Credits, School Y – Seven Credits — Do people care how many credits you completed at each school? If so, seven doesn’t seem like very many…
- Two applicants are registered physical therapists, one is a veterinary technician, two have Master’s degrees in social work and one is a civil engineer — Why do you want this job?!?! I think they’re just applying anywhere they can!
- About 1/3 of the applicants didn’t send a cover letter (though we asked for one) and four out of 30 have sent no resume, just a few sentences about themselves.
Even though we are poking fun, we feel bad that this is the kind of information people are putting out there as the first impression of themselves. Surely they’re all using a computer that at least has spell check. If they aren’t, they should. We hope all our applicants find jobs, but unfortunately they won’t be with us. Good luck to them, and may their resume writing get better.
March 29, 2010
As mentioned before, people in ancient times believed that gemstones had magical powers that aided and protected the wearer.
We’ve compiled a list of the “powers” associated with each birthstone. You might just want to start wearing some of them yourself.
- Garnet was said to ensure safe travels and good health, to prevent skin disease and assure the wearer of love and faithfulness. Garnets were also used as bullets because the stone was said to cause wounds more dangerous than those caused by normal bullets.
- Amethyst was said to make the wearer gentle and amiable. The name amethyst comes from the Greek word meaning “not to intoxicate,” and it was an ancient belief that people could drink alcohol in abundance but remain sober if they wore amethyst. Those who tried found it to be untrue.
- Aquamarine was said to enhance the beauty of the wearer. It was also used to treat liver disease and diseases of the eye.
- Diamond comes from the Greek word meaning “unbreakable.” Even though they are the hardest-known substance, diamonds can chip or break. Because they are “unbreakable” many people believed diamonds could render all poisons harmless.
- Linked to fertility, emerald was the birthstone of spring and was frequently worn by women to ease childbirth. It was also used to stifle an epileptic fit.
- Attributed to the Goddess Venus, pearls are a symbol of innocence.
- Alexandrite was used by people recovering from surgery or a prolonged illness, specifically of the spleen and pancreas.
- Historically, rubies are associated with royalty and power. They were thought to prevent the loss of blood, strengthen the heart and were even used as an antidote to poison.
- In the past, peridot was used to cure liver disease, free the mind of envious thoughts and to dispel night terrors.
- Sapphire is associated with the eye and the sky, so it was thought that sapphires enabled the wearer to read the future. It was also believed that sapphires render black magic harmless and help the wearer discern falsehood and guile.
- Opal is said to provide great luck and increase self-esteem because it possesses virtues of all the stones whose colors appear within it.
- Tourmaline has been said to keep the digestive system healthy, to strengthen teeth and bones and to soothe stress.
- In the Middle Ages, It was believed that topaz healed physical and mental disorders and prevented death.
- Citrine used to be carried for protection against snake venom and evil thoughts.
- Tanzanite was worn by new mothers to ensure healthy lives for their children.
- In ancient times, zircons were used to restore appetite, induce sleep and protect against lightning.
Pictures from www.windsun.com, www.parentwellbeing.com and www.pricescope.com.
March 25, 2010
We all have a birthstone, yet most of us don’t have any idea why.
It is believed that birthstones originated during the time of Moses, because it was at his command that the breast plate of Aaron, a high priest, be made with 12 colors representing the 12 tribes of Israel.
People soon wanted to own the 12 stones of the sacred breast plate and began wearing one gemstone per month. This practice soon changed as people desired individuality. They began wearing only the gemstone associated with their birth month, thus creating “birthstones.”
It was believed that each birthstone represented a magical power such as protecting the wearer in battle, ensuring fertility, aiding in sleep and preventing drunkenness.
If you don’t know what your birthstone is or want to know someone else’s, check out the list below.
- January: Garnet
- February: Amethyst
- March: Aquamarine
- April: Diamond
- May: Emerald
- June: Pearl or Alexandrite
- July: Ruby
- August: Peridot
- September: Sapphire
- October: Opal or Pink Tourmaline
- November: Golden Topaz or Citrine
- December: Tanzanite or Blue Zircon
Our next post will include information about each birthstone — including some of the funny reasons people used gemstones.
March 12, 2010
In February they wrote about the 507-carat Cullinan rough diamond, which was unearthed last September in South America by Petra Diamonds Ltd., a London-based mining company.
Dubbed the “Cullinan Heritage,” the diamond rough weighs exactly 507.5 carats and looks a bit like a large (oddly-shaped) chicken egg.
Petra sold the diamond to a Hong-Kong jewelry company for $35.3 million, the highest sale price ever recorded for a rough diamond. In a press release to National Jeweler, Petra said it doesn’t yet know what the buyer, Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Company Ltd., plans to do with the rough.
“According to the release, the price achieved for the Cullinan Heritage is a reflection of the incredible rarity of the diamond in terms of size as well as color and clarity,” the NJ article states. The rough sold for a little less than $70,000 per carat.
This diamond is the 19th largest piece of rough ever unearthed. The Cullinan mine has been the source of many other spectacular diamonds, including the largest gem-quality rough diamond in history. It was called the “Cullinan” and weighed an incredible 3,106 carats — imagine what that looks like in your hand!
To read the full National Jeweler article, visit http://www.nationaljewelernetwork.com/njn/content_display/diamonds/pricing/e3i7f27204a864d83e7eecfcc08d4a6dd83.
Photo from www.idexonline.com portrays Petra CEO Johan Dippenaar holding the Cullinan Heritage.