The price of amber is determined by the different life forms which are found in the stone. Intact insects, plants, flowers etc will increase the value of amber and these stones will be highly priced. Typically, an amber necklace with say, a trapped dragonfly, will have a high price and will enjoy a heavy demand in the market.
The prices of these gems can vary depending upon the clarity, color, polish and size of the piece. The prices mentioned in this article are in general for gems of fairly good color and good clarity. Opaque pieces of amber can usually be bought quite cheap – for as much as $0.10 to $1 for a carat or less. For pieces around an inch in size and with insect inclusions, the prices can range from $50 to $60. An average stone of a good size and with inclusions would cost around $195.
Good wholesale quality beads can also be purchased for as low as $15. Shapeless and uneven pieces without any fossil inclusions ranging from 1 to 1.5 inches in size and weighing around 10 to 12 carats would cost anywhere between $30 to $40. Polished beads without any inclusions of about 1 centimeter usually cost from $1 to $2 per carat.
Many a times, this gem is heated to give it an old or aged look. These pieces usually cost less compared to a similar piece having the original color.
Amber pieces with unusual flora and fauna are a collector’s item. Fossils in this gem always increase its value and beauty. A pendant with inclusions is guaranteed to get a good price in the market. A carved ring is also very highly priced in the market.
A significant difference in the price of the amber is made depending on the period from which the amber originates from. The older the gemstone, the higher is its price. However, it is not easy to identify the age of the stone. Most gemological laboratories also do not often certify amber gemstones. The process of finding out the age of the amber stone involves identifying the inclusions present in the stone and estimating the period in which it existed.
There is an interesting piece of news about a piece of Dominican amber with inclusions. Recently, such a piece with a large lizard trapped inside it was sold for $ 75000. This figure cannot really give us a hint of how high a price this gemstone can fetch.
In fact, the amount of history associated with amber jewelry would only serve to increase its market value. Similarly, antique jewelry or a pendant with insect is very highly valued in the market.
There are frequent attempts made in the market to sell amber ‘simulants’ as genuine amber. Simulants of this gem include ambroid, copal resin, kauri gum, dammar, celluloid and plastic. These simulants would normally cost a fraction of what a real stone costs.
Thus, we can see that the price of this gemstone mostly depends upon factors such as age, inclusions, quality and size.
Agathe von Trapp, born in 1913, is the eldest daughter of Baron Georg von Trapp. Agathe, her siblings and parents formed the famous Trapp Family Singers, which inspired the popular film, The Sound Of Music.This famous movie was based on books written by Maria about their lives and experiences from her perspective, which – of course – the movie producers had creative license with. After reading Agathe’s memoir, Memories Before And After The Sound Of Music, interest for Maria’s books will likely increase once again.
When I took on this project I reminisced to my husband about the bonding moments I had with my mother because of the movie; he went out and promptly rented the DVD from our local store. I think it is wonderful that the movie has survived all these years and can still be found on movie rental shelves. Memories Before And After The Sound Of Music is likely to experience similar success, simply due to how dear the family’s story has been to the masses.
The book is written as a non-fiction account from Agathe’s memory – as such, readers will see the changing times through the eyes of the eldest daughter of the family. Perhaps due to the fact that Agathe was a young adult at the time, the story does not include the causes of the turmoil. Her bitterness seeps through here and there – and at times, I got the impression that she had once harbored unpleasant feelings towards Maria and the movie producers, which seem to have healed. Agathe’s child-like adoration of her biological parents is apparent in their heroic and greater-than-life portrayal – but then, perhaps they really were like that.
Readers will find that Agathe’s book will travel farther back in time, before Maria entered their lives. The biography follows through to what happened after their escape and clarifies common misconceptions. I found it surprising that Agathe was 25 when the family left for America – the only “children” during the escape were those recently born from Maria.
Though this family’s story is definitely and inspiring riches-to-rags story, one cannot deny that this well-connected family certainly did not suffer like their countrymen. Isolated castles and mansions, pristine lakes and mountains, private farms, fully staffed estates… no, this was certainly not suffering, by any account. However, the war left the family with nothing but the loyalty and love of their fans and friends. This was enough for them to survive Ellis Island, find a home in America, record albums, go on tours and establish a successful music camp – which is operating today in Vermont.
As a fantastic bonus, the center of the book contains over 30 pages of photos of the family starting in 1875 through to images of the family today, including one shot of the next Trapp family singing group.
Author: Agathe von Trapp
Publisher: Publish America
ISBN 10: 1-4137-6026-0
ISBN 13: 978-1-4137-6026-2
When it comes to bodybuilding or building muscles in general, our body is often limited by our nutrition. And regardless of how hard we train, sometimes we just can’t make any progress as we are lacking important nutrients that help us achieve better results. Therefore, people turn to supplements.
Supplements are an amazing way to add valuable nutrients that help us build muscle, recover faster or train harder. They boost the results and push our limits, allowing us to make a significant progress with each training.
And despite the fact that we all have unique bodies and react differently to some supplements, there are 5 essential supplements that every bodybuilder needs.
Whey protein is a fast-digesting milk protein that helps deliver essential amino acids to the skeletal muscle. It is a foundation for muscle gains and the most frequently used supplement.
Whey is quickly shuttled into the muscles where it exerts its strong anabolic effects. Therefore, it is often used as a pre-workout and post-workout meal to increase protein synthesis and improve muscle restoration and recovery. Whether your goal is to drop body fat or build lean mass, adding a whey protein can speed both the loss and the gain process.
It can help with:
Recovery – After the intense workout your body desperately looks for protein to repair itself. If taken immediately after the workout, whey helps trigger rapid muscle recovery and builds strong and lean muscles.
Appetite Suppressant – Whey protein shake can be even used as a meal replacement or a healthy snack that will increase body’s protein levels and reduce daily calorie intake.
Amino Acids – Whey protein contains essential amino acids needed for protein synthesis.
Recommended daily dosage: 20-30g
Creatine is the second most used supplement and for a good reason – it is a naturally occurring substance that promotes increased muscle cell volume, lean body mass, post-workout recovery and increased muscle performance.
Naturally produces in liver, pancreas and kidneys, creatine is primarily found around skeletal muscle tissue (95%), where it is transformed into creatine phosphate from which the energy molecule ATP is produced.
Creatine increases energy and strength, allowing harder workouts and better performance, which cause muscles to become bigger and stronger.
The creatine level naturally found in our body is sufficient for ongoing cellular function and is definitely not enough to cause massive muscle growth. Therefore, people opt for creatine supplementation to reap its full benefits.
Recommended daily dosage: 5-10g
Branched Amino Acid (BCAA)
Branched-Chain Amino Acid, also known as BCAA, is another amazing supplement that bodybuilders use to improve their workout results. Protein consists of 20 amino acids, and only 3 of them are referred to as BCAAs: valine, isoleucine and leucine. They help regulate protein metabolism and stimulate protein synthesis.
BCAAs have a similar function as protein – they drive nutrients into the muscle tissue and help muscles recover faster. They also serve as an energy source during workouts, so taking BCAAs as a supplement can replace the nutrients lost during intense exercises. They also improve metabolic recovery and reduce pain caused by muscle fatigue.
Recommended daily dosage: 3-5 grams upon waking and 3-5 grams before and after the workout
Glutamine is the number one supplement for a speedy recovery and therefore essential for every serious bodybuilder. It slows down muscle-tissue breakdown during intensive workout which elevate endurance and improves strength. It allows bodybuilders to lift heavier weights for a longer period of time and train harder, which cause the production of greater lean muscles.
Glutamine also helps preserve the muscle tissue, which helps burn additional fat, while slowing down the muscle loss. It also improves the immune system by placing stress on the entire body instead of just the muscle and quickly restores the health of the muscle tissue, which ensures rapid recovery of the whole body.
Recommended daily dosage: 5 grams upon waking, 5 grams after the workout and 5 grams before bed
Beta-Alanine (BA) is a naturally occurring amino acid that increase intramuscular levels of Carnosine by 60% in less than a month. During high-intensity workout the body accumulates large amounts of hydrogen, which cause our pH to drop and we become more acidic. This lactic acid can decrease muscle performance, cause severe fatigue and shut down the nerve drive (causing muscle failure).
By taking Beta-Alanine supplements, bodybuilders maintain an increased level of Carnosine and delay the accumulation of hydrogen and all its side effects. BA also elevates endurance, delays fatigue, improves force output and repeated sprint ability and works great with creatine.
Recommended daily dosage: 2-6 grams per day, taken in smaller doses throughout the day
Local businesses are looking to capitalise on using search engines such as Google to drive traffic to their website and through their front door. Research has indicated that 60 to 70 percent of in store purchases start with research online.
For a small business this is a massive opportunity to help grow your business with an effective local SEO campaign. Below are 5 strategies you can do today to start your local SEO campaign started and dominating your competition
1 – List your business in Google Places
List and verify your local business listing in Google Places is a fantastic place to start your local SEO campaign, without a listing you will find it difficult to place your business in the top positions on page 1.
2 – Complete your Google Place page listing
When filling in your listing, ensure you fill out your listing to Google guidelines and so that it is 100% complete. Here are some handy tips to help get the most out of your listing:
Address: This gives Google an indication of your geographical location so they can relate your listing to searches. When completing your address include their suburb you are located in and the city name; a common fault is just to list the suburb. Including the city name in the address will help Google know you want to target your city and also help you by embedding part of your targeted search phrase(s) in the listing.
Categories: You have the option to include several categories that are related to your business. However, you only need to fill in the first category from the designated Google options. The remaining fields for categories can be used to fill with options that you may find more related or keyword rich.
3 – Get reviews
A massive factor in the way Google decides how to rank listings in Google Places seems to be the number of reviews a listing has. The more reviews, the better your changes are of being closer to the top. A great way to get reviews from current and past clients is ask for them in your electronic correspondence, eg, provide a link in an email newsletter or a link from your email signature.
Google will also use and display reviews from other review sites. A good way to find out what review sites Google are using in your industry is to do a few Google searches and take note of them. Now you know other review where you should list your business and ask customers to review you that will help in your local SEO.
4 – Build links to your website
Building links to your website is a necessary task if you want to see your website move up the search results page. There are many ways to complete this task and to do it yourself can be a little time consuming, but very rewarding when you achieve the results you want. To get the best results from your link building, it is a good idea to mix up the anchor text of the links that you build. They should range from keyword phrase rich links, products you sell, to your brand/business name. An important aspect of link building is to get the right anchor text pointing at the right landing page. For example, if one of the products you sell is blue widgets, it is advisable to build some links with the anchor text “blue widgets” and point them at your blue widget product page. This will inturn help you rank highly in the search engines when people search for “blue widgets”.
5 – Build Links to your Google Place page
Just like building links to your website, it can be a good idea to build links to your Google Place page. This will give Google an indication that your listing and business is very relevant to the keyword phrases that you are targeting; making you the authority in your industry and geographical location.
By implementing the above 5 local SEO strategies you will be heading in the right direction to have your business listed at the top of the search results and boosting the exposure of your business to your local marketplace.
Article marketing works. It is a medium you can use to market products, whether your own products or affiliate products. It simply involves writing articles which make people want to come to your site or to your landing page.
Now before you start getting excited, I have to tell you that you have to give value first before people would want to purchase something from you. You just don’t put together one or two crappy articles all in the name of getting traffic. No!
That’s just plain wrong.
You have to put the interest of your customers at heart first. This reminds me of the Law of Compensation which states that ‘The amount of money you are paid will depend on the need for what you do, your ability to do it, and the difficulty in replacing you.’
So you have to give valuable information to your readers.
Now what you want to create when you write your articles is what is called CURIOSITY. You want them to WANT MORE of what you have given them.
And they can only want more of what you have given if what you have given is valuable. So the idea is to give them a taste of the delicious meal you’ve prepared so that they will be the ones ordering more.
Now how do you do that? You give them useful but incomplete information. Yeah that’s how you do it. Now that you’ve given them a gift (something you gave them for free), they would trust you as an expert and someone who is willing to add value to their lives first, not just telling them to buy something from you on the first meeting.
You have to give before you receive. Give and it will come back to you. That is the way it is. That’s the Law of Sowing and Reaping.
So when you give a very informative article about how to solve a problem and you tell them that they can get MORE information if they go to your website, they will go there excitedly. This is because they now trust you as an expert and someone who is willing to be generous with their information before asking for something in return.
Examples of information you can write an article about are ‘how to make more money in less time’, ‘how to import cars without stress’, ‘how to get a visa without going to the embassy’, etc
Keep Writing Articles
DO NOT ever quit. Don’t just stop writing articles because after a month of writing there is no traffic to your site. You have to keep on believing you’ll succeed before you have your breakthrough. You have to stick to it. Keep on writing and adding value to lives. Share the information you have. The rewards will come if you don’t give up.
Don’t write articles once in a blue moon and expect instant results. Write at regular intervals. This helps you in the following ways:
1) Search engines love sites that are content-rich and are always being updated at regular intervals. It helps you rank high in the search results.
2) It motivates people who have been to your site keep coming back. I mean, why should they come back if they keep seeing the same old articles they’ve read a hundred times on your site?
So what is the summary of the above point? It is automation. Article marketing automates the internet marketing business. It automates your traffic. That is why it’s even good to contribute your articles to article directories like EzineArticles which ranks high in terms of traffic on Alexa. Once your articles are there, they are there for life and they bring residual traffic to you.
Keep Your Articles Short
The reason is because you want to keep people’s attention. You don’t want to bore them to sleep. You want to go straight to the point. I will suggest you keep it between 400 and 1000 words. There are a few times that your articles might have to be longer. But do that ONLY if it is absolutely necessary.
Write in a Professional Manner
By that I don’t mean you should write your article if you’re writing a formal speech. As a matter of fact you should write your article using simple, informal words as if you were talking to a friend. It makes you connect with your audience and makes you interesting. What I mean here is to reread your articles to make sure your spelling is correct, your grammar and punctuation are correct. The way you write can give people a good or bad impression about you.
I hope this article has given you lots of information on how to get started. Start writing articles today and make success out of it. Good luck.
There are four tendencies to drive the electronic products in the year of 2011, namely the improvement of energy efficiency, personalized medical care, the comfortable and safe movable device and the safe applications with low power consumption.
Every tendency needs some new technology. Although these technologies are on the different developing stage, they all devotes to reforming all the applications in people’s daily life. Especially the application of NFC technology will change the cell phone into electric wallet. Nokia has declaimed that the new releasing cell phone will contain the NFC function in 2011. The high-performance frequency technology is another increasing field. The development of wireless base station makes the data transmitted by the wireless connected terminal more and more. What is more, the IC drive used in the fluorescent lamp will also increase in the year of 2011.
The largest challenge comes from two aspects, one is the supply source, and the other is increasing potential of the new emerging market. Although the integration has not happened between the related industries, companies are trying to be complementary with each other, thus their income will increase, and their customers will get better solution. Besides, a flexible and competitive supply chain is very important to meet the demand of customers. Although the platform of technology can be gained by the outsourcing, the engineer needs the proper techniques process which is able to provide the advantage and leading technologies.
It is predicated that the growth of the electronic products will be stable in 2011. The entire industry’s growth rate will be between six percent and eight percent, and the high performance mixed signal will be higher than others. Meanwhile, the new business strategy and design will help the high performance mixed signal market more prosperous. The related integrated circuit of the electronic products is 02087MXP.
When cleaning the fan, you will need the following things:
-a screwdriver, to open the fan
-detergent and some warm water to clean it
-dry cloth or a towel to wipe off the remaining water
Not really a lot of things, right? Well, that’s one more benefit of oscillating fans-they are really easy to open and clean. An oscillating fan cools down more air than a regular fan, so it’s more likely to get dirty faster and more often. That’s why it’s design must allow easy cleaning.
So, the first thing you have to do in order to clean the fan safely is to unplug it from the electricity. After that wipe off the surface dust from the fan. When you have done that, you can begin disassembling it. Remove the grill by unscrewing the screws that keep it together. Some grills don’t have crews but clips and that makes the process even easier. Remove the blades by taking off the screws that keep them attached to the fan. Now you can use detergent to clean the grill and the blades. Be very careful with this because you don’t want any electrical components to get wet. After that use a dry towel or a cloth to dry the washed parts. Before reassembling, the grill and the blades should be left for some minutes to dry a bit more. That way, you will avoid getting injured or breaking down your fan. Reassemble the fan in the reversed order in which the parts were removed. Tightly screw in all the screws, plug it in and test it. Your crispy clean fan should now work perfectly, the ticking is probably gone, and the air is better because you stopped the accumulated dust from spreading around the room.
If you can hear the clicking noise while the head of the fan moves it could be just dirt. However, it could be that the gears are worn or loose. You will have to open it anyway so unplug it and to that.
– Take a screw driver and unscrew the grill of the fan. Take off the blades and clean them altogether with the grill, the shaft and the motor housing. For the grill and the blades you can use only water and detergent but for the shaft and the motor housing vacuum cleaning wouldn’t be such a bad idea. While you are there inspect the motor. If the gears look OK put everything back together again in the reverse order and plug the fan in the electricity. The fan should be running quietly now.
– If the gears look like they need a replacement or tightening up, then your work is not done yet. First check the set screw. If it’s loose tighten it up because this screw balances the blades and when it gets loose they are not balanced correctly and that may cause the buzzing and clicking sound.
– Also inspect the gear assembly and the motor housing. Try tightening them up. If you can then all should be good. But, if they can’t be tightened that means that they are worn and you have to replace them. After they are tightened or replaced lubricate the shaft and reassemble your fan.
The HTC Touch Diamond 2 imbued with a mind boggling array of awesome attributes is the latest entrant into the world of touch screen smart phones. Its multimedia properties are its hallmark.
An incredible touch screen
The HTC Touch Diamond 2 has a touch screen that fluxes the qualities of wideness and high screen resolution. The Windows Mobile 6.1 software works with a Touch FLO 3D interface for smooth navigation and increased efficacy of menus and mobile applications.
Interesting multimedia features
HTC Touch Diamond 2 is not just a mobile communication device. It is also a complete entertainment center with its outstanding multimedia powers. It has a 5 Mega pixel camera that helps you take dramatic photographs. The camera also has video capabilities. This is the apt choice for movie buffs, who can catch up on their favorite movies on this phone. The wide touch screen gives a superb boost to the phone’s multimedia mettle.
The MP3 player of the HTC Diamond 2 functions in a manner very similar to the Windows Media Player on a Windows PC. The player’s interface is remarkably user friendly. The audio quality is augmented by a wide spectrum of equalizer options. Enjoy listening to great music on your HTC Touch Diamond 2. The phone does not sport the usual 3.5mm output jack; instead headphones are supplied with the phone to serve as audio output devices.
Games are another exciting multimedia facet of the HTC Diamond 2. You can download games from the internet onto the phone. Motion based games can also be played on the phone.
Awesome mobile internet capabilities
The Touch Diamond 2 guarantees an immaculate internet experience as it uses the internet explorer as its web browser. The phone has a sophisticated technology called push internet which does away with lags in internet downloading. Pre selection of favorite websites is also possible. The HTC Touch Diamond 2 boasts of HSDPA that reaches speeds as high as 7.2 Mbps.
Wi-Fi connectivity lets you use wireless networks at work or home for establishing web access to save on heavy data charges. The Diamond 2 has GPS and excellent navigation software like accurate mapping and route plan applications to enable satellite navigation. You can even install third party sat nav software on the phone to transform it into a sat nav device because it is a Windows mobile.
Other special characteristics
Enabled with a zoom feature, the HTC Touch Diamond 2 increases your viewing pleasure while using the phone. Communication is rendered simpler with the Single Contact View that displays conversations in voice, email or text with each contact on one screen. The phone has Bluetooth connectivity too. This has a 1100 Mah battery with a 3 weeks stand by time and 5 hours talk time on 3G.It has windows mobile software too.
The HTC Touch Diamond 2 is a pocket friendly mobile phone that also conflates as an entertainment source with its first rate admirable set of multimedia aspects.
If you want to live healthily, besides exercising regularly and sleeping well, you will also need to eat healthily. This is no different for a dog. The truth is, if you feed your dog junk food, there is a danger of it passing away at a premature age. If you feed it healthy food, you will have a healthy companion that will live a long life.
If you are at a total loss of what kind of healthy food to feed your dog, you may want to consider this guide, Healthy Food For Dogs Homemade Recipes. Without over 245 recipes to choose from, your dog is definitely in for a treat.
Here are some of the things that you can learn from Healthy Food For Dogs Homemade Recipes.
1) Insecticides that are safe for your dog
2) How you can make your dog’s own shampoo
3) Home cook recipes that can chase away ticks, lice and fleas
4) How to get rid of stale basement smell that dogs give out when they are on a certain diet
Do not feel overwhelmed by 245 recipes. Chances are, your dog may be picky and will like some of those food and dislike others. So, this is the opportunity for you to take note so that next time, you know which recipes you should focus on.
It is important that you take good care for your dog’s diet. A lot of dogs could have to live to their ripe old age if and only if their owners have taken the trouble to learn more about healthy dog food.