Turquoise: Stone of the Ancients

Turquoise is a stone that has fascinated cultures for millennia.  Turquoise jewelry was found in the tomb of an Ancient Egyptian queen, and is among the world’s oldest know jewelry.  Prehistoric indigenous tribes of the U.S. mined turquoise in the southwest.  In Persia, China, and Tibet, turquoise has been revered for thousands of years.  Perhaps…

The Jewelry Casting Process: Lost-Wax Casting

Have you ever wondered how a beautiful gold ring is formed?  A lot goes into a single piece of fine jewelry, from casting to gem setting to hand finishing.  Market Square Jewelers is proud to announce the opening of our casting studio, allowing us to produce custom work and our vintage reproduction line, Elizabeth Henry,…

Opal: The Queen of Gemstones

Opals are truly one-of-a-kind.  Gemstone identification books will tell you that opals cannot be mistaken for any other gem.  They glow and sparkle with a rainbow of colors, ethereal and enigmatic.  To look into the depths of a precious opal is to perhaps see the way Impressionist painters saw, a world full of movement and…

Announcing Our New Store in Cambridge, MA

We are so excited to announce the opening of our newest location in Cambridge, Massachusetts!  Located at 1156 Massachusetts Avenue in Harvard Square, this store is surrounded by rich history in a diverse, bustling city.  Many of you may recognize Andrew, who will now be working in this new location!  Stop by and say hi, and enjoy…

Dripping in Jewels: Hollywood’s Influence on Jewelry Design

Hollywood’s Golden Age produced some of the most iconic actresses in film.  To attract audiences to the cinema, movie makers decked out these actresses in exotic and lavish jewels.  Stars like Greta Garbo, Jean Harlow, and Claudette Colbert became jewelry trendsetters, known for their iconic style as much as their talent and beauty.  Lengthy pearl…

Styled Shoot: An Acadia Elopement

We had the pleasure of collaborating with some wonderful photographers and stylists for a wedding shoot at Acadia National Park.  Featured are our vintage bangle bracelets, a vintage mixed metal wedding band, and pieces from our Elizabeth Henry Collection: The Rosie floral wedding band and The Madeline green tourmaline ring.  We especially love the look…

Featured Item: An Antique Etruscan Revival Turquoise Pendant

Every now and then, we get a Victorian Era piece that really stands out from the rest.  This large medallion pendant, with its pavé set turquoise gems, is one of those pieces!  Everything from the granulated texture of the gold, to the design of the settings, to the elegantly draping tassel accent, makes this brooch…

Antique Pocket Watches: The Art of Functionality

As useful as they are beautiful, antique pocket watches have stood the test of time.  Whether you love them for their ornately decorated cases, or for the intricate mechanics inside, it’s hard not to appreciate them as works of art.  Click on the photos to learn more about the pieces you see here, and read…

The History of Cameo Jewelry

There are few pieces as synonymous with antique jewelry as cameos.  There’s something about those ghostly white figures, carved as if by magic, that seems so classic and so enchanting.  Come with us on a journey into the history and beauty of this iconic piece. What is a Cameo? The term “cameo” usually refers to…