What is Jade?

“Jade” is a cultural term used for a very durable material that has been fashioned into tools, sculptures, jewelry, gemstones, and other objects for over 5,000 years. It was first used to manufacture ax heads, weapons, and tools for scraping and hammering because of its toughness. Read More …

Testing Gold at Home

The term “real gold” in its popular usage does not necessarily imply that a piece of jewelry is made of pure gold. It is usually the case that the gold used in jewelry is mixed with other metals to make the resulting alloy harder and Read More …

The Golden Pagoda: Shwedagon Pagoda

The Schwedgon Pagoda (“Pagoda” meaning stupa) is the holiest Buddhist shrine in Myanmar and according to the legend; it was built about 2,500 years ago. However, archaeologists estimate the time period to be between the 6th and 10th centuries. The site is an iconic landmark Read More …

How Can You Tell if Silver Items Are Real or Plated?

If you have been wondering if that old tea set or silverware set is possibly worth a fortune, you’re not alone. Here are some ways to help you figure it out. Sterling or plate? Silver plating was created hundred’s of years ago as an inexpensive Read More …

Your Funtime Things to do This Weekend List

Find the perfect things to do in Houston this weekend with our Houston Weekend Guide for Friday, February 23 to Sunday, February 25, 2018. See celebrities ballroom dance, run a colorful 5K, take an educational cruise down the bayou, celebrate Creole Mardi Gras, jam out to live Read More …

The Mystery Behind The Creation of The Margarita on Margarita Day!

The margarita is often hailed as the quintessential “Mexican” cocktail, but just like cervesa, the origins of the drink are not definitively Mexican. Simply put, no one knows who dreamed up this delicious cocktail – but the stories behind the invention of the margarita are Read More …

Norse Myth of Brisingamen, a Necklace and the Goddess Freya Who Loved it

Freya, along with her brother Frey, was a fertility goddess who belonged to the Vanir, but lived with the Aesir faction of the Norse gods.  As well as being a fertility goddess, she was also a goddess of battle.  She was beyond beautiful and had Read More …

How Not to Get Scammed By T.V. Ads for Coins

If there is one story from this week that makes my blood boil is from the Houston Chronicle. They reported that a 72-year old woman was duped by the National Collector’s Mint (NCM) into purchasing $1.3 million in alleged rare coins. The elderly woman, like many other elderly Read More …

Presidents Day Origins

Presidents’ Day is an American holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February. Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, it is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government. Traditionally celebrated on February 22—Washington’s actual day of birth—the holiday became Read More …

A Little History About U.S. Paper Money

Large-Size U.S. Paper Money Large-size U.S. paper money of 1861-1929 was once 50% larger than today’s currency. Of all U.S. paper money, the large-size notes issued before 1929 offer the greatest variety of beautiful, artistic designs, subject matter, and history. Their unique themes and symbolic Read More …