August 22, 2017

On Aug. 22, 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt kicked off a tour of New England with a car ride through Connecticut. His journey marked the first time a United States president made a public appearance by automobile while in office.

According to The New York Times, chee...

August 16, 2017

Gladiolus (from Latin, the diminutive of gladius, a sword,) is a genus of perennial cormous flowering plants in the iris family (Iridaceae).

It is sometimes called the 'sword lily', but is usually called by its generic name (...

August 14, 2017

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 December as the only months represented by three gems.

The original birthstone for August was Sardonyx, and then peridot...

August 10, 2017

The original birthstone for August was Sardonyx, and then peridot was added, becoming August’s primary gem.

SARDONYX OVERVIEW

Sardonyx combines alternating layers of sard and onyx—two types of the layered mineral chalcedony—to create a reddish zebra-striped stone with...

August 9, 2017

August now joins June and December as the only months represented by three gems.

The original birthstone for August was Sardonyx, and then peridot was added, becoming August’s primary gem.

PERIDOT OVERVIEW

Though peridot is widely recognized by its brilliant lime green gl...

August 3, 2017

August is the eighth month of the year (between July and September) in the Julian and Gregorian calendars and the fifth month to have the length of 31 days.

In the Southern Hemisphere, August is the seasonal equival...

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