Topaz, the Rainbow Hued Stone

Those born in November have a choice of birthstones, the beautiful topaz which comes in a rainbow of colors or the yellow, gold or amber citrine. We’ve written generally about both stones here and about citrine here. Let’s focus on the gorgeous topaz today. Topaz come in various tones and saturations of blue, green, yellow, […]

MLB Rings Bring the Bling!

Being in the middle of “Red October” and the MLB playoffs got us thinking: where did the tradition of World Series rings come from? So we did a little research and found out the following really cool facts: Rings for winning the World Series have been a tradition since 1932. However, the concept of valuable […]

Fun Facts about Pink Tourmaline, the Modern October Birthstone

Those lucky enough to be born in October have a modern (pink tourmaline) and a tradition (opal) birthstone. We’ve written about opal last year, so thought we would delve into the beautiful pink tourmaline. In addition to being a birthstone of October, it is also the gift for the 8th wedding anniversary. Read on for […]

Fun Facts about Sapphires

The September birthday, Sapphire, is beautiful and a favorite of royalty, think “royal blue,” for centuries. We’ve written about them several times sharing and . But there is still so much to know! Keep reading for some fun and interesting facts about sapphires! Toughness: Sapphires are a tough gem, a 9 out of 10 on […]

What’s in a Name? How Grandparents get their Nick Names.

With National Grandparents Day just past, we started to wonder about the many different names that grandparents are called. While many grandparents choose to remain traditional with Grandma or Grandpa, there is wide spectrum of nicknames: MomMom/PopPop, Meemaw, Gramps/Gram and so many more. So where and why did these nicknames come from? Grandma and Grandpa […]

Third August Birthstone – Spinel

August babies are super lucky – they get to choose between three different gems: Peridot, Sardonyx and Spinel. We’ve shared details about peridot and sardonyx in past blogs and so today we will focus on spinel, a stone that comes in a multitude of colors from red to purple to blue and bluish green. Spinel […]

Back to School!

The days are getting shorter and when that starts to happen, we all know what time it is! Back to School! If this time of year makes you a little down, we have just the fun facts to cheer you right up. Read on for fun facts about school. Did you know…? High school didn’t […]

Dos and Don’ts of Accessorizing at Work

We love our jewelry and want to show it off every chance we get. However, there may be times when we need to consider what is appropriate when it comes to wearing jewelry to the office. Jewelry draws the eye and even small pieces draw attention to where it is placed, which can be both […]

Symbolism of the Ruby

The gorgeous ruby is the July birthstone as well as the traditional gift for celebrating 15th and 40th wedding anniversaries. Rubies have symbolized power and protection throughout the ages. They were believed to protect warriors in battle. A more modern day connection to this belief are the ruby slippers worn by Dorothy in The Wizard […]

The History of Ice Cream

Did you know that ice cream’s roots can be traced back as far as the second century BC? Based on texts that have survived, including the Bible, we know that Alexander the Great and King Solomon enjoyed snow/ice drinks flavored with honey, nectar and fruit juices. The Romans were also fans of this iced concoction […]

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