How Amethyst Became One of the Best Kept Royal Secrets

How Amethyst Became One of the Best Kept Royal Secrets

February 25, 2020

The regal violet colors of amethyst are sought after by both the experienced and new collector. Amethyst is the birthstone for February... the 33rd wedding anniversary stone... and a common semiprecious gemstone in today’s market. But what if we told you that the amethyst was once an extremely rare jewel? It was so rare, in fact, that only royalty were allowed to wear it!

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The Ancient and Fascinating History of Jade

The Ancient and Fascinating History of Jade

January 31, 2020

Jade is a gemstone that’s familiar to a lot of us. Its friendly green color welcomes anyone who gazes upon it. People have appreciated jade since the prehistoric era! Few stones on planet Earth have a history as rich as jade. How much do you know about this amazing gemstone? Get ready to put on your explorer’s hat and find out! We’re going back in time to follow the epic adventure of jade.

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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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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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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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Why are Himalayan Salt Lamps so Popular Right Now?

Why are Himalayan Salt Lamps so Popular Right Now?

October 18, 2018

Himalayan salt lamps. Have you heard of them? Those pink rock lights are on everyone’s gift list these days. If you’ve wondered what makes them so popular, there are many good reasons! Let’s explore a few of them together and get to know this unique form of salt.

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