Beautiful Ethiopian Emeralds

There has been a trickle of emeralds from Ethiopia for decades, but a new find in 2016 has created quite a stir in the gem trade. Learn about the quality, source area, and gemology of this deposit and how pricing of Ethiopian emeralds compares to Read More …

Here’s Your Hopping List of Things to do This Weekend

Find the perfect things to do in Houston Easter weekend with our Houston Weekend Guide for Friday, March 30 to Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018 Cheer on your favorite golfers during the Houston Open, dress in cosplay at Anime Matsuri 2018, see Robert Ellis in concert, hunt Read More …

Your Rockin’ List of Things to do This Weekend

Find the perfect things to do in Houston this weekend with our Houston Weekend Guide for Friday, March 23 to Sunday, March 25, 2018.  Jam out to your favorite bands at In Bloom Music Festival, celebrate German heritage in Tomball, raise funds in a floppy hat at Hats Read More …

Women and Jewelry: Judith Ripka

Award-winning designer Judith Ripka inspires those who appreciate style, design and uncompromising quality. “When a woman is wearing my jewelry, I want her to feel as if she is wrapped in one of life’s luxuries,” states Judith. Taught to see the beauty in all the Read More …

Spring is Finally Here!

It’s safe to say spring is officially here. The astronomical marker of the season, the vernal equinox, is today, March 20, at 11:15 a.m. CDT. But meteorological spring began weeks ago on March 1. Today’s vernal equinox marks the time when the sun crosses over 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 …

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 …

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 …