The Native American Legend of Turquoise

Legend has it that the Native American Indians danced and rejoiced when the rains came. Their tears of joy mixed with the rain and seeped into Mother Earth to become Sky Stone Turquoise. Turquoise, the “fallen sky stone” hidden in Mother Earth, has been valued by cultures for its beauty and reputed spiritual and life-giving […]

What do you Know About Zircon?

Many people have heard of zircon but never seen it. This is mostly because of colorless zircon’s wide use as a diamond simulant in the early 1900s. It was long ago replaced in that role by more convincing look-alikes, but its name still means “imitation” to many people. That’s unfortunate because zircon is a beautiful […]

About Tanzanite

Tanzanite is the blue/violet variety of the mineral zoisite (a calcium aluminum hydroxyl Sorosilicate) belonging to the epidote group. It was discovered by a Tanzanian Jumanne Mhero Ngoma in the Mererani Hills of Manyara Region in Northern Tanzania in 1967, near the city of Arusha and Mount Kilimanjaro. Naturally formed tanzanite is extremely rare and is endemic only […]

The Largest Turquoise Mined

This gigantic Turquoise nugget is one of the largest ever found. Weighing in at a huge 97 pounds, this surreal piece features a light blue glossy band cutting across the piece of otherwise greenish-blue Turquoise. The surface texture is extremely intricate with an abundance of crevices and crenellations. Discovered in 1979, the nugget is one […]

December Babies Have Four to Choose From!

Those who were born in December have the amazing choice of choosing between 3 different minerals to make their birthstones. The birthstones for December are Tanzanite, Zircon, Blue Topaz and Turquoise. What these stones seem to have in common is the fact that they all share the same color but in different shades: blue. It is probably 3 […]

How The Ugly Sweater Tradition Began

The ugly Christmas sweater has become a ubiquitous feature of the holiday season, on par with grumbling about Black Friday or wrestling with the Christmas lights.  These tacky garments are now being re-appropriated from their perpetual spot in the wardrobe of great-aunt Edna or your third-grade social studies teacher.  Telltale signs of the ugly sweater […]

The Carolina Reaper Challenge

With all of the talk about these “pepper challenges” my boss decided that today was the day to challenge the entire company to do the Carolina Reaper Challenge. Since I’m closest, I went first. My first impression of the pepper was ewe, it’s kinda waxy. I hate weird consistencies. It had a slight sweet flavor, […]

The History of Squash Blossom Jewelry

The squash blossom has developed slowly and has roots deep in non-native culture and history. The principle part of the necklace is the crescent-shaped “Naja” pendant, which the Southwestern Indians first saw as iron ornaments on the horse bridles of the Spanish Conquistadors in the late 1500s and early 1600s. Captured or traded, these ornaments […]

Will Palladium Prices Surpass Gold?

Recent record-high palladium prices won’t necessarily mean increased supply since the bulk of the metal is mined alongside other metals, meaning limited reaction to its own price picture, says Metals Focus. The consultancy said Tuesday that it looks for global palladium production to decline by 2% to 6.7 million ounces next year. There is an […]

Why Do You Love Football?

What’s the attraction to football? Each year, every week, a game can be found just about anywhere. While I can understand the game, I wouldn’t call myself a fanatic. If my team happens to do well, great, if not I don’t really care. Now some may say that I’m not a true fan because of […]