Coffee Mug Promotes LTC?

There is a giant coffee mug that is touring the country trying to promote Genworth Financial’s Long Term Care insurance. A fitting symbol for the insurance industry as many sales meetings take place in a home over a mug of coffee, however, I think it is also a fitting symbol for the whole issue of buying Long Term Care insurance. How often do we just have another sip of coffee instead of having that uncomfortable conversation?  What’s more fitting than if that big old coffee mug comes to Texas where everything is bigger there.



LTC Coffee Mug

Nobody wants to get sick and yet it happens all the time. Nobody wants to be a burden on their loved ones, and yet that is so often the case. Families need to start having these conversations. Maybe you don’t need to purchase a policy, but you have to make sure that you have looked over your options before you make that decision. How long can you self-insure? How much will be covered by medicare or Medicaid? It is only through discussing and exploring your options that you can find the right path. That line kind of sounds like a proverb, but it is very true.

This is a blog for an insurance broker’s website, but is not here to push people into buying policies for coverage that they don’t need. We only provide you with the information you need to make your decision. At that point it is up to you to read it over and talk it over with your loved ones. There is no salesman to twist your arm and you can take all the time you need. The best part is that we have brokers with years of experience in the industry that can connect you with the policies that are right for you.

I read about the Genworth mug in a paper from Virginia. I hope that this two-story mug will be the inspiration that people need to start talking about the future. I know that it is only going to be you the people that make these decisions, but sometimes you need an icebreaker. The big mug will be touring more cities next year and you can go have your picture taken with it. Or just get a free, and more proportional, coffee mug. It is a good way to find out more about Long Term Care insurance, if a giant inflatable coffee mug is your cup of tea.

The most important thing is that you explore your options and find a health care plan that meets your needs. For many people that will mean purchasing Long Term Care insurance and investing in their future. You can’t find your plan until you start to look so contact LTC Texas today.

Blue Diamonds Are Sublime

Beautiful. Unbreakable. While diamonds are usually crystal clear, there are some variations in color which result from certain impurities or defects in their lattice atoms. These discolorations in diamonds result from variations in their atom’s structure, chemical properties, or exposure to other factors such as radiation.

When pure diamonds are subjected to nitrogen, they may turn yellowish, which reduces the price of the stone. When a diamond is exposed to radiation, it may turn green. When there is a certain portion of scattered boron in the diamond’s matrix, it will have shades of blue.

Usually, people and jewelry lovers prefer the pure and transparent diamonds but there are times when colored diamonds, especially pink or blue ones, are priced even higher and are more sought after. An excellent example is the Hope Diamond, also referred to as “Le Bijou du Roi,” which is kept safe in the Smithsonian Natural History Museum.

The Hope Diamond is a perfect example to show that blue diamonds are marvelous. It is a large diamond with a deep-blue shade weighing 9.10 grams or 45.52-carats. Although known for being cursed, the present owner of this valuable gem has had no unfortunate experiences related to it.

When exposed to ultraviolet light for a few minutes and viewed in the dark, the Hope Diamond exhibits phosphorescence; a kind of photoluminescence closely related to being florescent. Diamonds have the ability to disperse light of different colors and blue diamonds such as the Hope Diamond even show phosphorescence!

Another famous blue diamond is one which used to belong to the King of Spain; the Wittelsbach Diamond. Sold for more than $24 million at an auction, this 35.56-carat once held the record for most expensive rate per carat for a diamond.

Not only are blue diamonds beautiful to behold, they also have functional purposes not limited to being wonderful pieces of jewelry. In some cases, blue diamonds can function as natural semiconductors. This is a unique trait of blue diamonds because most diamonds are the opposite; they are usually great electrical insulators.

This semiconductive capability of blue diamonds originate from and is made possible by the boron impurity of the stone. Instead of the usual carbon atoms in pure diamonds, blue diamonds have boron in their matrices, which adds a hole to its valence band.

From light to deep and rich blue shades, blue diamonds are indeed cool and captivating precious stones to behold. They may have their boron impurities, but these so called defects make them unique and sometimes even more desirable than the normal type of pure diamonds.