What to Expect When Selling Your Jewelry

Selling your jewelry can be a daunting experience, especially when you aren’t sure what the process is like.  Market Square Jewelers has been buying, selling and trading our pieces for over 30 years. We have a welcoming environment for you to sell your jewelry at each of our locations in Dover, Portsmouth, Newburyport, Cambridge and Portland.  We go over each piece and walk you through…

Gem Mystique: A Guide To Gemstone Meanings

Gems and crystals are having a resurgence in popularity right now.  From healing ailments, to attracting abundance, gems and crystals have a long history of being used metaphysically based on their believed properties.  Read on to learn more about popular gemstones and how they are used in metaphysical and spiritual practices. Agate Agate is found…

Tourmaline: The Electric Stone

It took nearly three hundred years for gemologists to recognize tourmaline as a unique gemstone.  Although considered a semi-precious stone, tourmaline is found in a wide range of beautiful colors that can rival some of the world’s finest gems.  From peachy pinks to forest greens, there is truly a tourmaline for every taste.  Read on…

Sphene: A Rare Beauty

It is difficult to describe the extraordinary colors of a sphene gemstone.  The flashes of fiery orange in the depths of green are not unlike the burst of color in changing autumn leaves, or the first rays of sunlight across a field glittering with morning dew.  Though not as well known as the sapphire or…

From Pharaoh to Fashion: A History of Egyptian Revival Jewelry

Ancient Egypt has provided a wealth of inspiration to artists and designers over the past two centuries.  Several significant events in the region contributed to the public’s interest in antiquity, and created a demand for design that brought the exotic into the everyday.  Read on to learn more about Ancient Egyptian jewelry design and the…

A History of Charm Jewelry

Charms can be traced back to the Neolithic Period, when pieces of bone, shell, and wood were strung on leather into elaborate bracelets.  Through the Bronze Age and Ancient Egypt, charms were used as amulets or talismans to ward off evil and bring good luck to the wearer.  These charms were carved to look like…

Peridot: The Gem of the Sun

Peridot is often overshadowed by its green counterpart, the emerald, but there’s more to this vibrant gem than meets the eye.  Beloved since Ancient Egypt, the peridot has long been associated with light.  It’s fitting that this gem is the official birthstone for August, matching the lush hues of summer and it’s long sunny days. …

The Summer Jewelry Care Handbook: 10 Essential Tips

From how to keep your jewelry clean, to packing for vacation, to which gems need protection from the sand and surf, consider this your definitive guide to summer jewelry care.  Here are 10 tips to help you keep your fine jewelry in great condition, through the dog days of summer and beyond!

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,…