Top 7 Fossil Fun Facts about Orthoceras

Top 7 Fossil Fun Facts about Orthoceras

October 30, 2019

Orthoceras! It’s the world’s most popular fossil. These striking white creatures rest inside dark limestone, frozen in time. You may have seen them in a rock store before. An orthoceras is an ancient mollusk that lived in the Ordovician period. At that time, the earth was mostly covered in water. It had a soft squid-like body inside a cone shell. Over time, its aragonite shell turned into calcite and fossilized. Let’s explore more fun facts about this fascinating marine fossil! 

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The Secret Life of Petrified Wood

The Secret Life of Petrified Wood

September 25, 2019

What if we told you a tree could transform into a gemstone? Believe it or not, it can! The result is called petrified wood, and it’s prized by jewelers, carvers, and collectors all over the world. 

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Quartz Crystal: Everything You Need to Know

Quartz Crystal: Everything You Need to Know

September 12, 2019

Okay, we’re going to say it: Quartz is a rockstar. Why? It’s the gem than can do just about anything! Also known as rock crystal, quartz is the second most abundant mineral in the earth’s crust behind feldspar. It’s made of silicone and oxygen atoms. Quartz has a huge gem family! There are many kinds of quartz - chalcedony, agate, chrysoberyl, rose quartz, amethyst, citrine, smoky quartz, and more. Each kind is unique and beautiful in its own way, just like people. Let’s explore the story behind this fascinating gem family. Rock on!

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Terror of the Seas! The True Story About the Awesome Megalodon

Terror of the Seas! The True Story About the Awesome Megalodon

July 23, 2019

Hands down, the megalodon is the largest and toughest creature that ever lived. This prehistoric shark has captured the minds of people around the world. It’s even famous in Hollywood! In 2018, a popular movie came out called “The Meg.” This sci-fi thriller was all about the sheer might and terror of the megalodon if it were alive today. In real life, the megalodon is extinct and probably wouldn’t be that monstrous. But it’s still big - and just as awesome!

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What are the Best Gift Ideas that Wow Dad?

What are the Best Gift Ideas that Wow Dad?

June 03, 2019

There’s no doubt about it... Dads are awesome. Teacher, grill master, referee. Handyman, coach, gentleman. Their job description covers a lot... and this Father’s Day is the perfect time to show appreciation for the Dad in your life! Hard to shop for? These gifts from Michael’s Gems and Glass are wonderful ideas that are as unique as he is.

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7 Sparkling Gifts That Mom Will Treasure

7 Sparkling Gifts That Mom Will Treasure

April 25, 2019

Mother’s Day is right around the corner! Isn’t it wonderful that we get to honor the hardworking Moms, Grandmas, and Mom figures in our lives? Below are some excellent gift ideas from Michael’s Gems and Glass that show them your love and appreciation.

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7 Fun Ways You Can Have Agate Geodes in a Wedding

7 Fun Ways You Can Have Agate Geodes in a Wedding

April 09, 2019

Rocks in a wedding! Natural themes continue to grow this year, and geode weddings are in style. Their striking colors have captivated people for millennia. No two agates are alike. Their shimmering beauty offers a truly unique wedding experience your guests will talk about. 

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A Day in the Life of a Mosasaur

A Day in the Life of a Mosasaur

March 06, 2019

The mosasaur is a fascinating creature. This ancient, warm-blooded, marine reptile once lurked the Earth’s primal oceans. While T-Rex dinosaurs ruled the land, mosasaurs dominated the sea. People herald them as the last of the “Great Marine Reptiles.”

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4 Popular Ways to Use Glass Suncatchers this Year

4 Popular Ways to Use Glass Suncatchers this Year

February 14, 2019

Our glass suncatchers at Michael’s Gems and Glass are gorgeous by themselves as decorative accents. Known as the visual equivalent to wind chimes, the jewellike look of glass suncatchers is a beautiful addition for any home.

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5 Awesome Gifts that Will Make You Rock the Holidays

5 Awesome Gifts that Will Make You Rock the Holidays

December 06, 2018

We all know that the holidays are right around the corner! It’s always nice to find the unique gift you haven’t thought of on your shopping list. At Michael’s Gems and Glass, we have tons of interesting items for your friends and family. They're great for science nerds, creative folks, and history buffs alike! Here’s a look at a few awesome ideas to spread some good cheer.

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