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• The word “diamond” has its origins in the Greek language from the word Adamas, which translates “unconquerable and indestructible.” The Greeks believed them to be splinters of stars that had fallen to Earth and believed diamonds promoted strength, invincibility, and courage to those who wore them. • Ranked as the hardest natural substance on Earth, diamonds are composed entirely of carbon, the only gemstones composed of just one element. They are formed at high temperatures under intense pressure 87 to 120 miles (140 to 190 km) within the Earth’s mantle over billions of years. A volcanic eruption can often bring diamonds to the Earth’s surface. Although there are synthetic “diamonds,” there is no man-made way to reproduce the tremendous heat and pressure found deep within the Earth that creates diamonds. Millionaire publisher Malcolm Forbes had this to say about diamonds – “Diamonds are nothing more than chunks of coal that stuck to their jobs.”

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DIAMONDS (continued): • Although diamonds are 58 times harder than the next hardest mineral on Earth, they are quite brittle and can be shattered by the single blow of a hammer. And if a diamond is placed in an oven at a temperature of 1405° F (763° C), it will disappear without leaving so much as an ash behind. • About 250 tons of earth must be mined to produce a single one-carat diamond. Over 130,000,000 carats weighing 57,000 lbs. (26,000 kg) of diamonds are mined every year – a value of about $9 billion.

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• Diamonds were first discovered in India, but most diamond deposits are found in Africa and Russia. There are significant deposits in Brazil, Australia, and Canada, and in a few U.S. states, Arkansas, Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana. There’s only one mine in the world where you can be a miner, located at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas, a 37.5-acre ancient volcanic crater. For $7, you can mine all day and keep anything you find. In 1990, one lucky park visitor found a diamond weighing 3.03 carats in the rough. After cutting, the gem was a perfect 1.09 carat. Don’t get your hopes up, however – gemologists estimate this was a one in a billion occurrence. • Although less than 1% of diamonds are mined in the U.S., America buys more than half of the world’s total production of quality gems. • A diamond’s value is based on the “Four C’s” – carat weight, clarity, color, and cut. A diamond’s carat is not the same as that of gold. Pure gold is considered 24 carats, while one diamond carat is 0.007055 oz. (200 mg). Not all diamonds are clear. The presence of impurities causes the gems to vary in color, as can heat or irradiation. Nitrogen in a stone produces a yellow color, while irradiation might produce green. Blue, red, brown, pink, orange, and even black might result from the presence of both irradiation and heat. Clear diamonds are the highest grade and value. • Diamonds lose about 50% of their original weight during the cutting and polishing process, changing a rough stone into a faceted gem. One diamond weighing two carats is worth double that of two one-carat diamonds. About 75% of all diamonds sold worldwide are round cut. Other popular cuts include the football-shaped marquise, the pear cut (which are rounded on one end with a tapering point on the other), and the emerald cut, Continued on page 7

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Jade has been known to mankind for some 7000 years, but in prehistoric times was known more for its toughness and was used for weapons and tools. As early as 3000 BC Scott McQueen jade was employed in China as a royal gem and has enjoyed a long history in the art and culture of the Chinese empire. Over the years the people of Asia have placed a greater importance on jade than any other culture. The ancient Mayas, Aztecs and Olmecs of Central America also valued jade – even more highly than gold. The Maoris of New Zealand continue to use jade in weapons and cult instruments, a practice that began in early times. In ancient Egypt jade was admired as the stone of love, inner peace, harmony and balance. Other religions and cultures have also deemed jade as a protecting force and good fortune. Today this gem is believed to be a symbol of goodness, beauty, justice, wisdom, compassion, and courage, not to mention, female-erotic! Jade’s subtle luster along with its naturally toughness may be why it has been so appreciated around the world and down through the centuries. It comes in many fine nuances of green, but also in shades of white, black, gray, yellow, orange and even in delicate violet tones.

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DIAMONDS (continued): a rectangular shape with cropped corners. • Although blue, green, and pink diamonds are extremely rare, they are not the rarest gems. That honor belongs to the pure red ruby. Diamonds themselves aren’t actually rare at all, with thousands mined every year. • The world’s largest diamond was found in South Africa in 1905. Dubbed the Cullinan, it weighed 3106.75 carats uncut, three times the size of the next largest diamond, the Excelsior, also found in South Africa. The Cullinan was cut into the 530-carat Great Star of Africa and the 317-carat Lesser Star of Africa, along with 104 other diamonds of flawless color and clarity. Today they are all part of the British crown jewels. • The legendary Hope Diamond is a 45.52-carat deep blue stone famous for a supposed curse upon its owners. Its blue color is attributed to trace amounts of boron and nitrogen within its composition. When exposed to ultraviolet light, it produces a red phosphorescence, a “glow-in-the-dark” effect. The curse alleges that the gem brings tragedy to all who own it or wear it, but it’s likely that the stories were fabricated to heighten the diamond’s mystery and consequently, its value. However, legend has it that two owners committed suicide, another was killed by Russian revolutionists, one murdered by her sweetheart, and another thrown from a precipice. At one point, the gem was in the possession of Marie Antoinette and her husband King Louis XVI, who were guillotined. It’s believed that the Hope Diamond came from a mine in India, and was brought to Paris by a French gem merchant. It currently resides in the Smithsonian Institute, donated by diamond merchant Harry Winston in 1958. The irreplaceable gem is reportedly insured for $250 million. It’s displayed behind a 3-inch-thick (76 mm) bulletproof glass in its own display room.

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Ask the Dentist Q: Does Gum Disease Cause Heart Attacks? A: Yes…….and strokes, low birth weight babies. Recent research proves a definite link between gum disease, heart disease, stroke, and pre-term low birth weight babies. Good oral health is more than just having an attractive smile; it can have a definite relationship to your overall health, lifestyle, and longevity. The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) reports that more than 90 percent of all systemic diseases can be manifest in abnormal oral health. Q: How do I know if I have Gum Disease? A: Warning signs of gum disease include: • Stinky breath • Puffy, red, sore gums that may bleed when brushing or flossing • Loose teeth • Changes in the way the bite fits or feels • Receding gums exposing the root surfaces Q: Is gum disease contagious? A: Yes! The bad bugs (“bacteria”) that cause gum disease are readily passed from one person to another. (Be sure to “think before you kiss”!) Gum disease (Periodontal Disease) is an infection in the gums and bone supporting the teeth, caused by specific bacteria. These bacteria organize into a sticky, creamy, stinky substance (paque) that sticks tenaciously around the teeth and gums. Gum disease can advance for years without detection or pain. Damage to the supporting bone is irreversible. The best cure is prevention before it happens or stopping gum disease in its tracks before major damage and tooth loss occur, and before you pass it to your “significant other”. See your dentist and dental hygienist and be sure to ask those important questions above – or call our office for a FREE Periodontal check-up and exam. Please see our ad on page 1 of Tidbits 720-870-9500 10470 S Progress Way #100 Parker, CO 80134

¥ The idea for the Tooth Fairy seems to have originated in Germany, but the tradition has changed over the years. Instead of putting the tooth under a pillow, Germans used to put the tooth in a rat hole in the hope that the new tooth would grow in to be as strong as the teeth of the rat. *** Thought for the Day: “I must say I find television very educational. The minute somebody turns it on, I go into the library and read a good book.” -- Groucho Marx (c) 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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Earth Day has grown into an international movement whose goal is to raise awareness of the need to take action to sustain a healthy, sustainable environment. You can do your part through recycling and other measures, but you can also apply some of the lessons of Earth Day to your financial situation — and, in particular, to your approach to investing. Give these ideas some thought:

Make the most of your existing resources. One of the most valuable lessons of Earth Day deals with the need to be responsible managers of the natural resources we have available. As an investor, it’s important to maximize the benefits of the resources to which you have access. For example, are you contributing as much as you can afford to your 401(k)? At the very least, you should put in enough to earn your employer’s match, if one is offered. Take advantage of a favorable environment. Underlying all Earth Day activities is the goal of creating a healthy environment in which to live. You may also benefit from a positive investment environment — and that’s what we appear to be experiencing, at least in terms of low interest rates, low inflation and the financial market. So in this favorable atmosphere, look for those investment opportunities that are appropriate for your situation. Don’t over-consume. Excess consumption has played a big role in causing some of the environmental issues we face. Consequently, many Earth Day programs teach us to get by with less, or at least to avoid acquiring more than we need. To translate this philosophy into your investment habits, take a close look at the number of trades you make. Are you constantly selling old investments and buying new ones in the hopes of capturing higher returns? This type of trading can result in significant fees and transaction costs — and possibly higher taxes, too. Perhaps just as importantly, this constant activity, with all its starts and stops, may detract from your ability to follow a long-term, consistent investment strategy. Avoid “toxic” investment moves. The motivation to create Earth Day developed, in part, by the growing awareness that industrial toxins were affecting our air and water. And you can find many toxic investment moves, too. To illustrate: Many people chase after “hot” stocks after hearing about them from friends or relatives, or seeing them touted by so-called experts in the media. But by the time these people acquire the hot stocks, the stocks may already have cooled off. Furthermore, these stocks may not have been appropriate for these investors in the first place. Another potentially “toxic” investment move is to try to time the market — that is, try to buy investments when prices are low and sell when they’re high. In theory, this is a good way to invest; in practice, it’s almost impossible to predict market highs and lows Instead, consider buying quality investments and holding them for the long term, or at least until your needs change. By following these Earth Day-related suggestions, you can help yourself make progress toward a healthier — and possibly more productive — investment environment. And that’s worth celebrating more than once a year.

Cindy Rose

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Debt Collection Basics for the Small Business Part Two: Navigating the Legal Maze of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) was enacted to protect consumers from harassment by debt collectors. The FDCPA applies only to consumer debts. A consumer debt is any obligation to pay money for a transaction that was primarily for personal, family, or household purposes. Business debts are not covered under the law. The FDCPA also does not apply to original creditors or lenders collecting their own debts. There is an exception. If an original creditor uses an assumed name or pretends to be a debt collector to collect their own debt, they have to comply with the FDCPA. The FDCPA contains some fairly complicated rules governing collection of consumer debt. A debt collector cannot threaten to take any action that is illegal or which the collector does not actually intend to take. A debt collector cannot attempt to collect any amount not authorized by agreement or not otherwise allowed under the law. The FDCPA also limits communications that a debt collector may have regarding the debt. This article is a brief overview of the provisions of the FDCPA. The law is complex and there may be specific sections that apply to your business. Please consult with your attorney before attempting to contact customers for collection purposes. For more information about the FDCPA please attend our free collections seminar on April 24, 2013 at 5:30 pm. Seating is limited so please RSVP to rsvp@fourthstreetlaw.com. Debt collection is an important aspect of business law. Businesses that are not paid for their products or services are not in business for very long. That’s why it’s important to have a legal resource for persuading customers to pay their bills. At Fourth Street Law, LLC, we provide these services to many types of businesses. Whatever business you are in, we welcome your inquiries about collecting what is due to you. How can we help? For more information, please call (303) 388-2787 or e-mail Stephen@ fourthstreetlaw.com. Please see our ad on page 2 of Tidbits

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¥ On May 3, 1946, in Tokyo, the International Military Tribunals begins hearing the case against 28 Japanese military and government officials accused of committing war crimes during World War II. The trial ended with 25 of 28 Japanese defendants being found guilty. Of the three other defendants, two had died during the trial, and one was declared insane. ¥ On May 5, 1955, the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) becomes a sovereign state when the United States, France and Great Britain end their military occupation, which had begun in 1945. With this action, West Germany was given the right to rearm and become a full-fledged member of the western alliance against the Soviet Union. ¥ On May 2, 1964, an explosion of a charge assumed to have been placed by Viet Cong terrorists sinks the USNS Card at its dock in Saigon. No one was injured and the ship was eventually raised and repaired. The Card had arrived in Saigon two days earlier. ¥ On May 4, 1970, at Kent State University in Ohio, students protesting the Vietnam War torch the ROTC building on campus, and Ohio Gov. James Rhodes called in the National Guard to restore order. The Guardsmen fired into the crowd, killing four and wounding 11. They were later brought to trial for the shootings, but found not guilty. ¥ On April 29, 1986, in a game against the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park, Roger Clemens of the Boston Red Sox becomes the first pitcher in Major League Baseball to strike out 20 batters in a nine-inning game. Ten years later, Clemens repeated the feat.

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