The Benefits of Dead Sea Brine

The benefits of Dead Sea brine are not immediately obvious, unless you are aware of the fact that one type of salt is not the same as any other. In fact, the Dead Sea has one advantage over other so-called natural salts in that it is an ancient inland sea which is not subject to a continuous flow of water into it and out of it.

Because of this, this body of water has retained the remnants of its one-time habitation by a large number of different organisms, ranging from fish to mollusks, and is consequently packed full of minerals, vitamins and many other nutritious substances that can help to supplement what is occasionally missing from your diet through direct contact with, and absorption through, your skin.

The reason that Dead Sea brine is so effective is that you can maximize the absorption through bathing in it. Yes, nutrients can be absorbed through the skin in the form of creams, oils and emoluments, but not nearly as much as liquids can when your body is immersed in them.

One of the conditions that Dead Sea brine can help to relieve is the immune system response known as psoriasis. This causes skin cells to be regenerated at several times the normal rate and can be a very unsightly though completely innocuous skin condition. Many who suffer from psoriasis use the brine and the salts regularly to maintain their condition, and in some cases even cure it.

The brine cleans out your pores and keeps them free of oils, and can hence help to prevent acne, and healthy pores and follicles also means healthy hair. For overall skin conditioning it is difficult to beat Dead Sea brine. But what are the drawbacks?

The first is that this natural skin care product is one of the most imitated of them all. There is nothing to stop any Tom, Dick or Harry from dissolving some table salt in tap water, adding a bit of baking soda and something to make it just ever so slightly translucent, and selling it as the genuine thing. Even ordinary sea water has been bottled and sold.

One of the better ways to take advantage of the properties of the concentrated minerals contained in this brine is to use skin care products that have been formulated with it. What would you rather purchase: a product containing Vitamin E, glycol, collagen, ethanolamine, hydrogenated lecithin and sodium lauryl sulfate, or a natural oil containing Dead Sea brine?

Even by itself, the brine is natural and beneficial to your skin. However, the Dead Sea is gradually drying up due to the River Jordan being increasing diverted and used for irrigation and drinking water, and there will come a time when there is none. Until that day, fakes will become an increasing problem so if you can get your hands on the real stuff then enjoy the benefits of Dead Sea brine while it is still available.

Laura’s website Castle Baths Spa Products offers information on a several different natural skin care products, and for more information on using dead sea brine for skin care, check out Castle Baths Dead Sea Brine.

Origin of the Diamond Trade

Today, diamonds are available for purchase by anyone who can afford them, but at the beginning of their history, diamonds were believed to be owned and adorned only by Royalty and the super wealthy people in society. How did this gem that used to be exclusive become everybody’s gem? This phenomenon started with a company named De Beers during the early 1900s in what has become the greatest marketing campaign ever created that changed the diamond industry for good.

Cecil Rhodes, a young man from South Africa, started De Beers Consolidated Mines in 1888 by buying up claims of small mining companies as well as properties for diamond mining purposes. This came to be after mines and river deposits in the country became popular for their abundant diamond production. With De Beers, Rhodes became the greatest producer of rough diamonds in South Africa that at its peak, De Beers even managed to control up to 85% of the world’s diamond supply.  To easily market his diamonds, Rhodes established a strong partnership with the Diamond Syndicate based in London.
 
Another strategy the company used was to eliminate competition, so Rhodes either offered competitors who entered the market to join his operation or he simply bought them out. Rhodes believed that the only way to maintain the value as well as the price of diamonds was to control its supply.  This principle proved to be the greatest driving factor of the De Beers Empire until the end of the 1990’s.
   
To control supply, De Beers mined the rough diamonds and sold them once a month to a handpicked group of buyers called sightholders. To be a sightholder, a company must commit to buy a pre-determined quantity of merchandise every month amounting to millions of dollars and were rarely able to reject a parcel of diamonds. From the sightholders the diamonds are sold either as cut and polished gems or as rough diamonds to rough diamond traders who in turn sell them to diamond manufacturing companies.  Manufacturing companies cut and polish these diamonds and then sell them, either directly or through brokers, to diamond dealers located in major diamond centers around the world. The largest diamond centers today are located in cities such as Antwerp, Tel Aviv, Mumbai, and New York.
 
At this point, the dealers sell the diamonds to wholesalers who then sell them directly to retail jewelry stores as loose diamonds or mounted jewelry.  This multi-layered marketing hierarchy of diamonds has taken its toll on its affordability so that many companies started to immediately streamline their operations by cutting out the middlemen and reduce costs. Jewelry manufacturers began buying in bulk directly from diamond manufacturers and then sell them directly to retail jewelry stores. In the same manner, some Diamond Dealers began selling directly to retail stores cutting out the unnecessary wholesalers or middlemen.
 
Today, the Internet has further cut many people in between as diamond manufacturers are now selling directly to the consumer through their very own online jewelry stores. 

In the next article we’ll explore how De Beers launched their US marketing campaign as well as the ensuing 1980’s US diamond market revolution.

About the Author
Eli Zabib, a GIA educated Graduate Gemologist, invites you to benefit from his 15+ years of experience in the diamond and jewelry industry. Become a diamond “expert” by downloading your free 29 page Diamond Buying Guide eBook at http://www.yourspecialdiamond.com and browse the topics in the Diamond Education & Resources center.