Some Interesting Facts About Garnets

Garnet is found the world over, and though commonly known to be red, it is in fact found in a variety of colors and chemical formulas, each with its own set of spiritual properties. Legends and folklore place garnet among the most ancient of talismans. Read More …

How to Do Last Minute Christmas Shopping

Scenario: It’s Christmas Eve and you’ve left the Christmas shopping till now. Whatever the reason for your lack of planning, it’s still possible to come up with last minute gift ideas that match your budget and the tiny amount of time left to shop. Take Read More …

Turquoise is Blue, too AND A Rarely Known December Birthstone

Turquoise is one of the world’s most ancient gems. Archaeological excavations revealed that the rulers of ancient Egypt adorned themselves with turquoise jewelry, and Chinese artisans were carving it more than 3,000 years ago. Turquoise is the national gem of Tibet, and has long been Read More …

You Have a Blue Topaz. Now What?

As with all light colored gems, the value of the topaz increases with its intensity of color. Topaz has a definite sky-blue color and is uniform in color, often without overtones. While it is often pale, it can also be bright or sometimes even an Read More …

The Science of Topaz

Topaz also aids verbalization and is excellent for meditation and living according to your own aspirations and views. It helps you recognize truth and wisdom and where exactly you have strayed from your own truth. It is a great choice for the time when we Read More …

The Mystical Powers of Topaz

*The information provided here is for entertainment and reference purposes only. It is based on centuries of folklore, most of which came the birthstones of your loved ones, or your favorite combination of colors about before the age of modern medicine. It is not meant Read More …

Tourmaline: October’s Alternative Birthstone, Its Meaning, Powers and History

The Meaning and History of Tourmaline Tourmaline is the alternate birthstone for October, along with the opal. The stone was first discovered by Dutch traders off the West Coast of Italy in the late 1600’s or early 1700’s. The name tourmaline comes from the Sinhalese term “turmali,” which was Read More …

Let Me Tell You About Opals

The name “opal” originates from the Greek word opallios, which meant “to see a change in color.” The Roman scholar Pliny used the word opalus when he wrote about this gem’s kaleidoscopic “play” of colors that could simulate shades of any stone. Opal’s characteristic “play-of-color” Read More …

Tax-Free Weekend in Texas: 2017 Dates

The state of Texas is offering one tax-free weekend events during 2017. Make sure that you are prepared with the list of items that are permitted and exempt. According to the Texas Comptroller’s Office: This year’s Sales Tax Holiday is Aug. 11-13. As in previous Read More …

What to Buy in August and What to Hold Off On

August is an oddball month in retail: July’s Prime Day is over and September’s Labor Day is still ahead. So what’s worth splurging on this month? Before you hit the stores or the Web for some end-of-summer shopping, here’s your go-to guide for what to Read More …