How to Buy Moonstone

When buyers select moonstones, they look for three key factors: bodycolor (background color) and color and orientation of the sheen. Moonstones range in appearance from semitransparent to opaque and colorless to white, with a blue, silver, or white adularescent effect. Moonstone bodycolors vary widely. They Read More …

Father’s Day Things to do This Weekend

Find the perfect things to do in Houston this Father’s Day weekend with our Houston Weekend Guide for Friday, June 15 to Sunday, June 17, 2018.  Hear readings from a New York Times best-selling author, transport to Hogwarts during a magical concert from the Houston Symphony, cheer on hundreds Read More …

Shades and Uses for Moonstone

Blue, or Cat’s Eye Moonstone, promotes clarity of the mind and inner vision, keeping one focused while in a meditative or altered state of awareness. It is particularly helpful in seeing emotional patterns and life lessons, and in balancing yin and yang energies. Gray Moonstone Read More …

Introducting June’s 2nd Birthstone: Moonstone

As ancient as the moon itself, Moonstone holds the power of mystery. Its secrets are locked beneath a pearly veil, and with them, our own hidden truths. Only within its reflected light can we begin to understand what it has to teach us. Moonstone is Read More …

Filipino Fisherman Reveals 75-Pound Pearl He Kept Hidden for A Decade

A fisherman in the Philippines might have discovered the largest natural pearl ever found — and then kept it hidden under his bed for 10 years. The pearl’s existence was revealed by Aileen Cynthia Maggay-Amurao, a tourism officer in Puerto Princesa, on the island of Read More …

Pearl Harbors

During the long history of pearls, the principal oyster beds lay in the Persian Gulf, along the coasts of India and Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), and in the Red Sea. Chinese pearls came mainly from freshwater rivers and ponds, whereas Japanese pearls were found near Read More …

It Doesn’t Have to Be This Way

I’m taking a break from my normal jewelry focused blogging to bring attention to a topic that most of us don’t want to talk about: suicide. With the high-profile suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain happening this week within just days of each other, Read More …

A Musical List of Things to Do This Weekend

Find the perfect things to do in Houston this weekend with our Houston Weekend Guide for Friday, June 8 to Sunday, June 10, 2018. Toast 24 years of St. Arnold brews with an all-day concert and aged beer tastings, bring the kids to a free Read More …

The Pearl’s Symbol of Wealth and Power

Before the creation of cultured pearls in the early 1900s, natural pearls were so rare and expensive that they were reserved almost exclusively for the noble and very rich. A jewelry item that today’s working women might take for granted, a 16-inch strand of perhaps Read More …

How Mikimoto Changed the Pearl Industry

A CULTURE IS BORN Kokichi Mikimoto, the son of a noodle maker, had a dream and a hard-working wife, Ume. Together they set about to do what no one else had done—entice oysters to produce round pearls on demand. Mikimoto did not know that government Read More …