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… Read the full article on marketsquarejewelers.com

Masonic Symbols and Their Meanings

Masonic jewelry has a following beyond those involved in Freemasonry.  The iconic symbol of square and compass evokes the same mystery and mystique that surrounds the fraternity it represents.  We illuminate some of the more common symbols you’re likely to see in jewelry below, using Allen E. Roberts’ The Craft and Its Symbols as a guide……

The Enduring Romance of Toi et Moi Rings

Most people think of the diamond solitaire as the most iconic symbol of engagement, but for centuries the Toi et Moi ring has been favored as the truly romantic way to show your love to someone.  Toi et Moi (French for “you and me”) rings are distinguished by two gems, often identical in size, set…

The Beauty of Antique Seed Pearl Jewelry

Seed Pearl Jewelry in the Victorian Era Glistening like drops of morning dew, seed pearls are more than just accent gems.  They add femininity, refinement, and sophistication to the jewelry they adorn.  Seed pearls reached the height of their popularity in the Victorian Era.  The Victorians, who loved using jewelry as symbolic sentiments, viewed pearls as…

Exotic Romance: The History of Bohemian Garnet Jewelry

From fashion to interior design, bohemian style is as popular as ever – but have you ever wondered where it comes from?  The word “Bohemian” derives from the region of Bohemia, a kingdom which later became Czechoslovakia.  Among other flourishing trades, this region produced gorgeous, deep red garnet gemstones and… Read full article on marketsquarejewelers.com

Crescent Moon Jewelry: Its History and Why it Makes the PERFECT Wedding Gift

This simple, delicate curve has been a favorite motif of artists and jewelers for thousands of years. Although the crescent moon appears on talismans and jewelry from some of the oldest of archaeological finds, in vintage jewelry we see it most often in Victorian and Art Nouveau era pieces. The Roman Goddess Diana: Surge of Mythological Motifs in Art Nouveau Jewelry…

Victorian Jewelry – Rose Gold, Seed Pearls, and Cigar Bands – YES!

The Victorian Era of jewelry and design technically began with the 1837 Coronation of Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Empress of India. In reality it took a few years for the young queen’s love of art and fashion to become influential, with her style truly taking hold in the…