Art from Outer Space

Art from Outer Space   Formed by the most powerful forces in the universe, meteorites can often seem like works of art. James Hyslop, Head of Science & Natural History in London, selects highlights from Deep Impact: Martian, Lunar and Other Rare Meteorites.   1 The Read More …

Sardonyx and Onyx in History

The historical uses for Sardonyx and Onyx consists of a long history of use for hardstone carving and jewelry, where it is usually cut as a cabochon or into beads. It has also been used for intaglio and hardstone cameo engraved gems, where the bands Read More …

Your Groovy Weekend List of Things to Do

Find the perfect things to do in Houston this weekend with our Houston Weekend Guide for Friday, August 17 to Sunday, August 19, 2018.  Learn how to prepare delicious Parisian macarons, grab a drink at a new bar in the Heights, cheer on the Texans in a Read More …

Sardonyx – The Flower Red Poppy

Sardonyx – The Flower Red Poppy   The Sardonyx is the birthstone of August and its related flower is called the red poppy, a strong and wild species. This meaning that if you have a baby and he/she is born between the 23 July and the 23 Read More …

The Green Goddess

The August birthstone is sometimes referred to as the extreme gem due to the fact that peridot is found in volcanic rock and meteorites. The word peridot comes from the Arabic faridat which means gem. Do you have an August birthday and call peridot your birthstone? Celebrate this month in Read More …

The Rich History of Sardonyx

Sardonyx combines alternating layers of sard and onyx—two types of the layered mineral chalcedony—to create a reddish zebra-striped stone with white bands. Its name, similarly, combines sard (referencing the ancient Persian city, Sardis, in present-day Turkey, where the red stone was found) with onyx (from Read More …

Sardonyx and What You need to Know Before You Buy

Before you consider purchasing August’s alternative birthstone, let’s get in to the differences between what you can come across in the marketplace. An educated buyer is always a better buyer! Sard and Sardonyx The terms sard and sardonyx are often subject to confusion in the Read More …

Healing Properties of Peridot

What are the healing properties of Peridot? The Peridot powers include prosperity, good luck, happiness, and peace. Its vibration resonates with success, openness, and growth. It is perfect for manifestation of all desired things! The beautiful olive-green Peridot gemstone can also be very helpful if Read More …

Tax Free Weekend Things To Do!

Find the perfect things to do in Houston this weekend with our Houston Weekend Guide for Friday, August 10 to Sunday, August 12, 2018.  Learn how to cook a delicious chile relleno, watch a back-to-school fashion show that benefits pediatric cancer patients, see country music star Read More …

Sales Tax Holiday Weekend is Here! Aug. 10 – 12, 2018

Heads up everyone! The tax free weekend begins tomorrow. I have included, in this blog, a list of the qualifying and non-qualifying items that you can purchase to get tax free. I’ve also included a link to the State Comptroller’s website for more information. Now, Read More …