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…

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…

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

Amber: The Million Year Old Beauty

Looking into a piece of amber is like entering another world.  Molasses like tendrils seem frozen in time, kissed by a golden sunset and surrounded by glittering, confetti-like inclusions.  There is a warmth about amber that other gems lack.  It’s soft in the hand, and carries with it the evidence of a prehistoric world.  These…

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…

A List of Birthstones and Their Meanings

Wearing your birthstone is a wonderful way to create a personal connection with your jewelry.  Below we’ve provided a list of birthstones for each month and their meanings… Read the full article on marketsquarejewelers.com

Quality Characteristics and Value of Sapphire

Are sapphires graded like diamonds, using a grading scale like the 4Cs?  How do I know the sapphire I am buying is worth the asking price?  Why is one sapphire so much more expensive than another of the same size and carat weight? These are some of the common questions that we receive about our…

Origins of Sapphire: Kashmir, Ceylon, Australian and Montana Sapphire

Sapphire, whether from Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Thailand, Africa, or Montana US, all have the same chemical composition – they’re all corundums.  The difference lies in their growing environments and the trace elements present during their formation. Quality characteristics such as… Read the full article on marketsquarejewelers.com

Bloodstone, My Love: A Secondary March Birthstone

My Love of Bloodstone: The Moon-Lit Dancers One of my first pieces of jewelry was a bloodstone pendant, my father gave me, set in a simple four prong silver mounting. The piece was particularly special because the red specks formed two dancers beneath a glowing orange moon. For me, this stone symbolizes freedom of expression,…

Aquamarine Gemstone: March’s Cleansing Birthstone

Aquamarine, literally translated from the Latin, means “Water of the Sea”, a name given to this beryl both for its unique color, and for its soft, watery translucence. The gemstone is believed to be a healer of one’s body by both soothing and cleansing it, as ocean water would. The Beryl Family Aquamarine is part…