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May 23, 2011 Mr. Kevin Kennedy Executive Committee Goldman Sachs 200 West Street New York, NY 10282 Kevin, Attached is proposed "Diamond Boxes" initiative. The downside/risk/investment is miniscule. The upside/potential/reward is formidable. I can make this happen for Goldman. Please forward this LINK ( www.DB1000.com ) to the appropriate..... Alert them, of course, to the password – 7777777 Aside from profits, Goldman would directly impact global diamond prices – as well as sovereign wealth funds. Sincerely,


DIAMOND BOXES PROPOSAL for Goldman Sachs


DIAMOND BOXES TABLE OF CONTENTS Overview Why Buy a Diamond Box Transformation Potential Clients for Boxes Comparison: Loose Diamonds v. Diamond Box Comparison: Gold Shares v. Gold Bars v. Diamond Boxes David Birnbaum Expertise and Credentials – related Building Blocks Liquidity Characteristics Diamond Boxes Lo/Hi Carrying Costs; Insurance Costs; Shipping Costs Profit To Sponsors Built-In Advantages Precedent continued


DIAMOND BOXES TABLE OF CONTENTS Potential Evolvement The Right Moment Burgeoning China and India Biggest Risk / Upside Diamond Specs X Diamond Specs Y Diamond Specs Z Protecting the Integrity of the Boxes Sample Box Manifest Evaluate 2 Salient Issues Senior Executive Succession


DIAMOND BOXES Overview DB/R1 is very leading and veteran original-source international Diamond, gem and rare jewels dealer. DB/R1 has developed a new concept investment vehicle – Diamond Boxes. Minimum unit size: $500,000. These Boxes are priced (and lab-verified to be) at inter-dealer cost. Each of the gem diamonds in the Box is triple-Lab certified – and liquid. The Boxes themselves are liquid. The objective is to both capitalize on premium certificated gem diamond historical and potential exceptional appreciation over the next decade – as well as to provide a compact, portable, nearinvisible, rarefied investment/store of wealth. This should prove to be, as well, a quite-timely currency/inflation hedge/insurance. The DB/R1 firm has the critical mass of expertise, global sourcingpower, and blue-chip credentials and reputation – to pull-off this sensitive project – both at the global sourcing level and at the VIP end-user level. The DB/R1 Client roster includes Heads of State, many Fortune 1000 owners and presidents, as well as very leading bankers. More detail on the Boxes follows on the next page.

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More Detail Diamond Boxes  The premium gems are selected by us for maximum upside potential and liquidity.  The contents of the Boxes are transparent and the goods can always be inspected.  The Boxes are lab-sealed and numbered after they are labcertified, packed and contents photographed – for maximum international liquidity.  The content detail will be provided, as well, both on a CD and on a USB flash drive containing: - all certificate data - pricing - GIA certificate copies - photos and videos of each individual gem  As a reality-check – any random jeweler in the world inspecting the CD or USB drive – should be able to readily verify that the Diamond Box contains premium gems – priced at inter-dealer pricing.  Volume purchasing and nimble global sourcing enable us to deliver the Boxes at this price level.

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 The Sponsor can deliver or store Boxes anywhere in the USA – or at any Free Port globally – and/or can move them between our vaults globally at client request – anytime.  The Boxes have several levels of liquidity: both individually as individually plastic-sealed GIA lab-certified gems – and as components in a sealed numbered Box in our global network. Valuation-quotes will be provided quarterly.  ‘Major Bank’ will act as Custodian of the Boxes for all those not taking out their Boxes. ‘Major Bank’ (or DB/R1) can, as well, readily arrange delivery globally – at any point going-forward.  Lloyds of London guarantee available on Box manifest.  The product – Diamond Box – is simultaneously simple, yet highly-sophisticated. Lo-risk / High upside. A unique asset class. Tangible, yet globally liquid. A sophisticated add-on to a diverse portfolio.


Why Buy a Diamond Box

price trends

supply demand characteristics

inflation hedge

dollar devaluation

hedge against financial system meltdown (global bankruptcy) or shutdown (nuclear stuff) general volatility and uncertainty

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unique asset class

diversifies portfolio

2 levels of liquidity

potential windfall profits - if big buyer wants to scoop-up

invisible, if so-desired

desire for sundry financial anchors in context of rapid global pace of change

great legacy/heirloom items

(usable as emergency collateral with banks, etc.)


Transformation Transforms a quasi-liquid single diamond (liquid only at what an individual jeweler will pay a check for it) an internationally liquid medium in large $-unit form by Birnbaum selecting items for maximum potential appreciation in that Box category Then, GIA + IGI lab窶田ertifying it (if not prior) having the GIA laser-engrave the GIA cert number onto its girdle (Birnbaum) 360 degree video-taping of each diamond > CD of entire series in the Box (including all certificate copies) IGI lab-certificate valuing the item at Inter-Dealer Fair Market Value IGI lab-sealing the item

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Then IGI + Birnbaum sealing (& dating) (& noting total IGI valuation) of the (multiple of $500,000) ENTIRE Box Then, an International Financial Firm wrap-around Sealing the Box Then Birnbaum + IGI POSTING IGI inter-dealer value online at Sealing point + then Quarterly (eventually, monthly) International Financial Firm Custody + guarantees Integrity of individual Box

We have a viable, portable, invisible, international, liquid trading medium in super-selected certificated gem diamonds in multiples of $500,000

unique store of wealth & value

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Unleashes Potential

The Birnbaum plan for Diamond Boxes unleashes the underlying potential of diamonds – the rarest Precious item on earth - as a medium of liquid store of wealth. The combined integrated package to a very great extent ‘solves the problems’ which have hitherto impeded diamond potential on several key fronts.


Potential Clients for Boxes

Any Individual with a Portfolio Any Buyer of Gold Intelligence Agencies Governments Foreign Corporations Russian Oligarchs Autocrats


Comparison $10,000,000 Loose Diamonds v. Diamond Box Series of 10 carat Diamonds

Diamond Box

Bought Within 10% of Inter-dealer?

unlikely

likely

Liquid at cost + after 2 years

unlikely

likely

Liquid by sending an email?

no

yes

Liquid without moving it?

no

yes

Liquid via Wire Transfer?

not so quick

yes

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Comparison $10,000,000 Loose Diamonds v. Diamond Box Series of 10 carat Diamonds

Diamond Box

Liquid during crisis?

not so quick

yes

Offered item Triple-sealed? Lab + Birnbaum + Financial Sponsor Bank

no

yes

Offered item possibly Counterfeit?

possible; Will 99% need re-certification by GIA Lab

no

Offered item possibly damaged, nicked?

yes; may need re-polishing; then, re-certification

no

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Comparison $10,000,000 Loose Diamonds v. Diamond Box Series of 10 carat Diamonds

Diamond Box

Levels of Liquidity

1

2 underlying diamonds + Box network

Liquid away from a major Diamond center?

not really

yes


Comparison $10,000,000 Gold Shares v. Gold Bars v. Diamond Boxes

Liquidity Historic Appreciation 24 month Appreciation Overpriced? Volatility In Strong hands? Portable? Invisible? Upside Potential Windfall profit possible? Legacy item? Bragging rights?

Gold Shares ++

Gold Bars ++

Diamond Boxes +

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++

++

too hi ? too hi ? possibly possibly too volatile? too volatile? not necessarily not necessarily

++ + ++ Yes

Yes No +

No No +

Yes Yes +++

No + not really

No + not really

Yes +++ +++


David Birnbaum Expertise and Credentials – related Strong brand and cachet at VVIP level Diamond Wholesaling Diamond Retailing Sales Management Marketing Advertising Merchandising Media Deluxe Catalogue development Art Direction Branding

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Selling to Corporate World Selling across Asia Selling to super-rich Talented and savvy team Well-known across top-tier financial community Well-known to global billionaire community Plugged-in at highest levels politically Strong personal brand Global Brand Known for super-Quality & optimal-Value – market niche Has been through the diamond cycles 1974 -2001 Steeped in global diamond industry currents – entire life Respected industry commentator A pre-eminent World Class dealer – at the top-tier rare jewel industry level Top track record in rare gem market-timing


Building Blocks Crucial components The Box buyer needs assurance that indeed, everything hangs together as articulated by the Plan. All the key players – the Originator Diamond Firm (Birnbaum) the Sponsoring Financial Institution the Laboratories must have credibility and credentials. The more, the better. Ultimately, first the individual Box Buyer – and then the financial world, at large, needs to believe that this all hangs together. Self-fulfilling prophecy: The more Buyers, the stronger the Network; the stronger the network, the more liquid the Boxes become; The more liquid the Boxes become, the more Buyers. And, ongoing in a positive ‘loop’ – feeding upon itself.

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Initial Confidence Initial Confidence is the key (necessary) spark. Initial Confidence gets the first (say, 36) Buyers on-board. The existence of (say, 36) initial Buyers is a key motivator for the next 360 Buyers. Growing Pains The premium diamond market is ultimately thin. Focusing Box demand on a thin band of diamond sizes. Would cause distortions; Meaning the cost would jump at least temporarily. The remedy is to have a wide-enough selection of Box $magnitudes, or example $500,000, $1MM, $5MM, $25MM so that the buyer (Birnbaum) can buy across a large range of sizes, enabling the Buyer (Birnbaum) to maintain the upper-hand in various segments. What Is Necessary to Light the Fire The Sponsoring Financial Institution must be able to say We have commits (or sales) for X number of Boxes We are limiting the total Box $-amount to $Y for the first 12 months; those who are on the ground floor are likely to do better than later participants. The train is leaving the station. Can we sign you up.


Liquidity Characteristics Diamond Boxes 2 Levels At Break-Up Level Break-open the box and sell the individual still-double-sealed and still-double-certified gems individually

In Box Level Via Sponsor Bypassing Sponsor presumably a myriad of options will evolve

Inasmuch as Box holder will receive ongoing IGI Lab inter-trade Lab valuations quarter on both Individual stones and on the box, as a whole the Box Holder will have significant power


Lo / Hi

Low Downside / Hi Upside

Low Overhead / Hi Sales

Low Risk / Hi Possible Reward

Low Tech / Hi Barrier to Entry


Carrying Costs – miniscule if client stores in safe deposit box

Insurance Costs (assuming Client wants visibility) – miniscule if client stores in safe deposit box

Shipping Costs – miniscule assuming Client uses Brinks or Malca-Amit


Profit To Sponsors

Initial sales: Spread between Cost > IGI Lab-certified Inter-dealer pricing

Secondary sales: Market-maker [But owners can potentially market, as well, bypassing Sponsor – as presumably internet exchange will appear]


Built-In Advantages

FTM* is big advantage Birnbaum is big advantage Leading Investment Bank is big advantage Trademarks and Patent-pending are advantages

In combination, quite formidable

*First To Market


Precedent Predecessor (rough diamonds) BOX concept

DeBeers actually originated the concept of a Diamond BOX many decades ago . However, in their case it refers to a BOX of Rough Diamonds offered to SightHolders, typically 10x / year. Typical value: $500,000 - $5,000,000 each BOX. These are the ‘real’ BOXES. Rough diamond BOXES. But, we will peg-off their well-deserved cachet for our polished diamond BOXES. David Birnbaum was a name principal in Andor & David Birnbaum, Inc., International Diamond Cutters and De Beers Sightholders. Consequently, he has intimate familiarity with De Beers BOXES. DeBeers expects its SightHolders to polish/cut/manufacture the rough inside the BOX. However, there is an ongoing ‘gray market’ in these BOXES. Technically, according to DeBeers guidelines, a SightHolder can lose his ‘Sight’ if he even once re-sells a box; but DeBeers seems to ‘wink’ at the practice, as they could easily put an end to it.

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As noted, there is an ongoing ‘gray market’: So, for instance, a March 2011 Category “3A” BOX will have a discount or premium to the original price (Note: Most are currently trading at premiums to SightHolder cost). Once in a while, old BOXES (say, 5 – 15 years-old) are offered on the (gray) market via intermediary diamond brokers. Naturally, the BOXES must still have their original DeBeers “seals” – to be market-able in sealed-BOX-form. The Birnbaum firm never sold-off one of its own BOXES, but it did buy BOXES on the ‘gray market’. To be clear, this ‘gray market’ is 1000% legal. It is just that DeBeers severely frowns on the SELLER (not upon the BUYER). In any event, this inter-Diamond Manufacture grey-market has nice and ongoing intrigue. And quite real hi-energy cachet. So, the industry itself, will grasp our intent immediately.


Potential Evolvement Diamond Boxes

International Trading Market

Virtual Global Exchange

Surrogate sovereign currency


The Right Moment

I actually did my Harvard Masters Research thesis Spring 1974 on “Diamonds as an Investment” (I still have the original report), and have had no shortage of opportunities to pitch the concept. But, I never have, heretofore – as “investors” could not truly “pull out profits” within the classic investment paradigms. However, under the BOXES umbrella, with a little luck investors should do just fine. The “stars are now aligned”


Burgeoning China and India

Love gems Are buying gems in ever-increasing dollar-volume Are potential major engines for ever-increasing gem appreciation over the next several decades


Biggest Risk / Upside

Biggest Risk: Overheats global diamond market

Biggest Upside: control Virtual Global Exchange – diamond market place


Diamond Specs X

Lab:

GIA

Sizes:

1.01 – 5.50 carat

Shape:

Round Brilliant

Color:

D–I

Clarity:

Flawless – VS1

Cut:

Excellent

Fluorescence:

None

certification dating: last 24 months last 6 months prior 6 days

in general if VVS2 if Flawless-VVS1

[ and, No laser or HP/HT or anything unusual ]

(see exclusions below)


Diamond Specs Y

Lab:

GIA

Sizes:

4.01 – 7.50 carat

Shape:

Emerald-cut or Asscher-cut

Color:

D–G

Clarity:

Flawless – VS1 (VS2 if Asscher-cut)

Fluorescence:

None

certification dating: last 24 months last 6 months prior 6 days

in general if VVS2 if Flawless-VVS1

[ and, No laser or HP/HT or anything unusual ]

(see exclusions below)


Diamond Specs Z

Lab:

GIA

Sizes:

0.70 – 1.60 carats

Shape:

Classic Shapes

Color:

Fancy Purple Pink

Clarity:

Flawless – SI1

certification dating: last 24 months last 6 months prior 6 days

in general if VVS2 if Flawless-VVS1

[ and, No laser or HP/HT or anything unusual ]

(see exclusions below)


Protecting the Integrity of the Boxes Birnbaum Diamond Boxes 9 Bullet Points

1) GIA Lab (580 Fifth Ave) will technically certify the diamonds – and laser-inscribe its particular GIA certificate number onto the girdle of the respective diamond 2) Birnbaum buys select goods 3) IGI Lab (589 Fifth Ave) will - provide "Fair Market Value" (inter-dealer value) Appraisal - plastic-seal each GIA certified diamond into its own IGI-numbered packets - plastic-seal the ENTIRE Box of good and affix IGI seals to entire Box 4) Birnbaum affixes Birnbaum seals to entire Box 5) ‘Major bank’ to be Custodian of Boxes – (for all Boxes not taken-out by buyers)

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6) Lloyds of London can guarantee that Box goods match their manifest 7) ‘Major Bank’ can ship Boxes – any time – globally 8) Quarterly valuation by Lab 9) Sponsoring Group (Sponsoring Financial Institution + Birnbaum) will make-a-market in the Boxes

Birnbaum Boxes: Uncontestable & Bulletproof


Sample Box Manifest

available upon request

dated timely, as per your request


Evaluate

whether the Box availabilities for the first 12 months should be limited to Partners and Senior Executives of the Sponsoring Financial Bank


2 Salient Issues

Off Shore option

Sales Tax issues


Senior Executive ELLE CHOI

Korean-American here since age 15

[Age 5-10 in Japan]

Graduate Gemologist from the GIA

David’s lieutenant and gemologist

With him since 1995

Works hand-in-hand with David on most all matters.


Succession

David B is (young) 61 “The Plan” Eventually, after 2020: after 2025: etc.

b. 1950 ½ day 1/4 day

Senior Lieutenant Elle Choi, Senior Gemologist is mid-forties (10+ years span with DB/R1)

David’s son, Solomon Birnbaum see www.SolomonBirnbaum.com (same password as this site) enters NYU / Stern Fall 2012


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