You Lucky Girl! Your Birthstone is a Diamond!

April babies get one of the most popular and most precious gemstones as their birthstone: the diamond. Diamond jewelry is an ideal gift for a loved one born in April. As the gemstone with the highest rating on Moh’s hardness scale, with a score of Read More …

Women and Jewelry: Paloma Picasso

Known for her signature lipstick color, Paloma Picasso designed jewelry for Yves Saint Laurent and Tiffany and Co. before launching her own line. Paloma Picasso, the daughter of Pablo Picasso, was born on April 19, 1949, in Vallauris, France. In 1986, Picasso was working as Read More …

The Swedish Cameo Tiara

The Swedish tiaras are some of the oldest still in use, and the cameo tiara is one of them. Brides of the Swedish royal family have traditionally worn the Cameo Tiara as their wedding crown for decades and it was again in the spotlight when it was worn by Read More …

How Much Do You Know About Aquamarine?

Aquamarine is the birthstone for the month of March. The seawater color of aquamarine has given this gemstone its name as the name “aquamarine” is derived from the Latin word for seawater. The specific term “aquamarine” was apparently used in an important gemological work by Anselmus de Read More …

Swarovski on Display at the Oscars This Weekend

There will be half a million Swarovski crystals on the Dolby Theater stage for every year the Oscars have been presented. That’s 45 million crystals in honor of Oscar’s 90th year. Production designer Derek McLane hand-picked most of the sparklers for the starry proscenium he Read More …

Boots On for the Rodeo and More Things to do This Weekend

Find the perfect things to do in Houston this weekend with our Houston Weekend Guide for Friday, March 2 to Sunday, March 4, 2018. Take a flower-filled tour through River Oaks, see a Tony Award-winning musical, learn the basics of photography, grow heirloom tomatoes, dance to DJ Read More …

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 …