Your 4th of July Weekend of Things to Do

Find the perfect things to do in Houston this Fourth of July weekend with our Houston Weekend Guide for Independence Day, Friday, July 6 to Sunday, July 8, 2018. Get crafty in a BYOB watercolor painting class; run a family-friendly 5K at Karbach Brewery, join a sand Read More …

Where Do Rubies Come From?

The Mogok Valley in Upper Myanmar (Burma) was for centuries the world’s main source for rubies. That region has produced some of the finest rubies ever mined, but in recent years very few good rubies have been found there. The very best color in Myanmar Read More …

10 Fun Facts About 4th of July You Probably Forgot

It’s time to stock up on beer, brats, fireworks, and apparel with the American flag plastered all over it because Independence Day is nearly here! Before you fire up the grill and set off those sparklers, bone up on some interesting history with these 4th of July Read More …

The Lore of Ruby

Like a perfect red rose, the Ruby’s rich color speaks of love and passion. Called the “Rajnapura” or King of Gems by ancient Hindus, July’s birthstone is among the most highly prized of gems throughout history. The Ruby was considered to have magical powers and was Read More …

July’s Birthstone: Ruby

July Birthstone – Ruby It doesn’t matter if your astrological sign is Cancer or Leo, if your birthday is in July, then you share the same birthstone…a red ruby. Known as the “King of Gemstones”, the ruby is not only stunningly beautiful but also symbolizes Read More …

How to Choose Alexandrite

Alexandrite tends to contain few inclusions. Good color change and strong colors have a higher value. Green/purple hues are more desirable than yellow/brown. Look for a medium lightness that allow for maximum color vibrancy. Stones that are too light look washed out while stones that are too Read More …

Your 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 29 to Sunday, July 1, 2018.  Center your body and mind in a free outdoor yoga class, explore Houston’s culture and make new friends on a unique pub crawl, Read More …

Ural Mountains and the Discovery of Alexandrite

As the story goes, Alexandrite was initially discovered in the 1830s, in the emerald mines of the Ural Mountains of Russia. The bright green stone was at first mistaken for emerald, until the sun went down. In the light of candles, its greenish hue vanished Read More …

Is Alexandrite the Most Expensive Gemstone in The World?

  Along with diamonds, rubies, and emeralds, top quality alexandrite’s are among the most expensive gemstones in the world. In larger sizes over 4.00 or 5.00cts., Burmese rubies are more rare and expensive than alexandrite’s but in sizes below 1.00cts., alexandrite’s are generally more expensive Read More …

The World’s Largest-Faceted Alexandrite

The Smithsonian Alexandrite was unearthed in Sri Lanka, and holds a cushion mixed cut. Typical of most alexandrite, the Smithsonian jewel is red and green in color, and weighs 65.08 carats. It is currently one of the rarest, and most valuable, jewels in the world. Read More …