Several years before my retirement, a select number of Rolex dealers, myself included, were invited to tour the Rolex factory in Geneva. It was the month of March and I was attending the Basel trade fair in Switzerland.
This was not an old man's game, but Larry and I agreed that the experience was unlike anything either of us had ever been involved in. And so, despite the complaints from our various body components, we were happy and proud to have shared in this once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
They lead us on some fairly easy riding, given that it was our first day. Yet, riding through the Sierra Madres was awe-inspiring as I experienced a part of God's creation unlike anything I had seen before.
I do not do well as a passenger in a vehicle, being somewhat prone to motion sickness. I had no idea as to what lay ahead but found out soon enough. Almost five hours later, driving over one of the most torturous roads I have ever experienced, we arrived at our lodgings.
Well, life has a funny way of intruding upon one's best-laid plans. And with four sons at home and a growing business which demanded too much of my time, thoughts of returning to the "dude" ranch were buried for many years.
But think for a moment about the scrap value of your car vs its showroom sticker price. A dramatic difference! The ratio on scrap jewellery vs its retail price is not as bad as on cars, but the principle is similar.
In particular, diamondsover one carator larger, and natural coloured gems like rubies, sapphires, and emeralds, may also have substantial dollars hidden within. The question remains as to how do I cash in?