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Dreaming of Moonstone: Properties, History, and Lore

A shimmering orb of light, ethereal and pearlescent, full of mystery and romance… These words would be just as apt describing a moonstone as they would the celestial body this gem is named after. Moonstone has been coveted since antiquity, its characteristics undeniably reminiscent of a full moon. Beyond their beauty, moonstones have a certain…

Love, Wine, and the Beauty of Amethyst

Amethyst is well suited to be February’s birthstone. Legend has it that the patron saint of romantic love, Valentine, wore an amethyst carved with the image of Cupid. Once reserved for the rich and powerful, amethyst has since become a favorite in jewelry. Because amethyst is so ubiquitous in the gem world, it can be…

The Evolution of Rose Gold Jewelry

Rose gold, also known as pink gold, has fluctuated both in popularity and hue over the past century. Although it has evolved, rose gold endures as a beautiful alternative to the bright warmth of yellow gold and the cool tones of white gold. By learning about the different eras of rose gold jewelry, you will…

Ten Varieties of Garnets You Should Know

Garnets have a long and ancient history, from the beaded necklaces of Egyptian pharaohs, to the carved signet rings of Ancient Rome, to the pavé jewelry of the Victorian Era. These days, January’s birthstone is no longer only for the privileged, and it makes the perfect addition to your jewelry collection. Here are ten important…

The History and Early Origins of Camphor Glass

Camphor glass jewelry is beloved by Art Deco aficionados. Unique and distinctive, it instantly evokes the slinky dresses and smokey speakeasies of the era. Below, we take a deep dive into the history of camphor glass and its somewhat macabre origins… Read the full article on marketsquarejewelers.com

How To Wear Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year

It’s official: Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year is “Living Coral”. In their words: “Living Coral embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment.” We love coral for its many variations and how beautiful it looks set into jewelry. Not only is coral flattering to every skin…

The History of Black Hills Gold

Even if you’ve never heard of Black Hills gold, you’ve likely seen its signature design.  Alloys of rose and green gold, along with bright yellow gold, are used to form polished grapes and textured leaves.  This motif adorns everything from rings, to cross pendants, to earrings.  Black Hills gold is neither a brand, nor a…

The Ancient Beauty of Blue Zircon

Of all the popular blue gemstones, none can match the fire and brilliance of blue zircon. Zircon has the unique distinction of being the oldest mineral on earth at 4.4 billion years. Its icy blue hues and festive sparkle make it our favorite December birthstone, yet it is still relatively unknown to those outside the world of gem collecting. Below, we explore why blue zircon is such an exceptional gemstone.

The History of Dinner Rings

You’ve heard of cocktail rings, but what about dinner rings? This vintage style is less ostentatious, but no less beautiful than its over-the-top counterpart. Read on to learn more about the history of dinner rings and why they are essential to any jewelry collection.