Your Memorial Day Weekend Things To Do

Find the perfect things to do in Houston this Memorial Day Weekend with our Houston Weekend Guide for Friday, May 25 to Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, 2018.  Marvel at magic tricks, meet the stars from your favorite comic-based films and TV shows, design and create your Read More …

Emerald Mining in Colombia

There has been more activity in emerald mining in Colombia in the last few years than at any other time in the four centuries since the Spanish first discovered the deposits. The past, however, has yielded many fabulous gems, the most famous of which are Read More …

Smithsonian’s 75-Carat Hooker Emerald Was Once Mounted Into a Sultan’s Belt Buckle

One of the world’s most spectacular examples of May’s official birthstone is the 75.47-carat Hooker Emerald, an historic gem that was once mounted into the belt buckle of an Ottoman sultan. Today, it is beautifully displayed in a platinum brooch adorned with 109 brilliant-cut diamonds weighing Read More …

The 37.8-Carat ‘Chalk Emerald’ Will Take Your Breath Away

Exhibiting the most highly prized velvety deep green color, the 37.82-carat Chalk Emerald is displayed near the Hope Diamond in the National Gem and Mineral Collection at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. The gem was sourced in the famous emerald-mining area near Read More …

The Gachala Emerald

Weighing in at 858 carats and displaying a superb vivid green color, the uncut “Gachala Emerald” is one of the world’s finest examples of May’s official birthstone. The hexagonal crystal was found at the Vega de San Juan mine in Gachala, Colombia, in 1967, and Read More …

Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle’s Diamond Tiara

Meghan Markle wore a stunning diamond tiara designed for Queen Mary loaned to her by the Queen as she walked down the aisle of St George’s Chapel, but what is the Queen Mary tiara and where did Meghan get the tiara? The beautiful detailed diamond Read More …

Your Minecraft List of Things to Do This Weekend

Find the perfect things to do in Houston this weekend with our Houston Weekend Guide for Friday, May 18 to Sunday, May 20, 2018.  Play a heated round of tug-of-war to raise funds for puppies, kick back with Cajun tunes and grub at the Bayou Jamboree, check Read More …

Emerald and Gold Treasures of the Spanish Galleon Nuestra Señora de Atocha

On September 4, 1622 the Tierra Firme flota of twenty-eight ships left Havana bound for Spain. With it was carried the wealth of an empire; Silver from Peru and Mexico, gold and emeralds from Colombia, pearls from Venezuela. Each ship carried its crew, soldiers, passengers, Read More …

A Storied History: Emeralds

Emerald’s lush green has soothed souls and excited imaginations since antiquity. Its name comes from the ancient Greek word for green, “smaragdus.” Rome’s Pliny the Elder described emerald in his Natural History, published in the first century AD: “…nothing greens greener” was his verdict. He Read More …

What Emeralds Can Do For You

As with most precious and semi-precious gemstones, it’s believed that they each possess the ability to bring emotions, luck, health and other things into our lives. Emerald is known as the “stone of successful love”.  It brings loyalty and provides for domestic bliss.  It enhances Read More …