• Apr012018

    April Birthstone

    For those fortunate to be born in April, the most prized gemstone of all is their birthstone. For this month, diamonds truly are a girl’s (or…

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  • Mar012018

    March Birthstone

    For the lucky individuals born in March, the birthstone associated with this early spring month is aquamarine. The serenely colored aquamarine invokes the tranquility of its…

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  • Feb012018

    February Birthstone

    For individuals with February birthdays, the amethyst makes a perfect birthstone. This month is often cold, dark and short for many people around the world, so…

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  • Jan012018

    January Birthstone

    For babies born in January, the garnet is the perfect gem to represent their birthstone. This beautiful stone, which is most commonly red but can be…

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  • Dec012017

    December Birthstone

    December’s birthstones offer three ways to fight the winter blues: tanzanite, zircon and turquoise – all of them, appropriately, best known for beautiful shades of blue.…

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  • Nov012017

    November Birthstone

    Individuals born in November can choose between two sunny gemstones to brighten up this chilly month. November’s birthstones, topaz and citrine, are both known for their…

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  • Oct012017

    October Birthstone

    Individuals born in October get to choose between two birthstones—tourmaline and opal. Each gem then unveils nearly limitless possibilities, as each one comes in a rainbow…

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  • Sep012017

    September Birthstone

    September’s birthstone is the sapphire—a precious gem of wisdom, loyalty and nobility. This stone is said to focus the mind, encourage self-discipline and channel higher powers.…

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  • Aug012017

    August Birthstone

    We have a birthday present for those born in August: the stunning spinel has been added to your month’s birthstone lineup! August now joins June and…

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  • Jul012017

    July Birthstone

    Ruby, the king of precious gems, is the birthstone for fortunate folks born in July. Symbolic of the passion and energy associated with the color red,…

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  • Jun012017

    June Birthstone

    June is one of only three months that has three birthstones associated with it, giving the lucky people born in June a choice of gemstones between…

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  • May202017

    May Birthstone

    May birthdays fall right in the heart of spring, and the emerald is the perfect gem to symbolize and celebrate this month. Prized for its brilliant…

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  • May192017

    Birthstones by Month

    What is a more personal touch to add to your unique, custom creation from Half-Past Eight Studios than your own birthstone? Traditionally, a birthstone is associated…

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  • Feb242017

    Pecan: Locally Sourced from the Heart of Texas

    Half-Past Eight Studios is located in Denton; the Heart of Texas. Did you know the State Tree of Texas is the Pecan? We, in fact, have…

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  • Feb022016

    What is a Bentwood Ring?

    A bentwood ring is just what it sounds like; a ring made of bent wood. A thing of beauty. A durable piece of wearable art. So?…

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  • Aug042015

    Operation Exploration

    Phew! That one took a while! LAST summer, I was approached by Explorium Denton* and asked if I could build a life-size Operation game, but with…

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