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.

Fall In Love With Citrine

The color yellow is having a kind of renaissance at the moment, which makes citrine the perfect gem for our time.  As the autumn leaves fall in colors of amber and russet, we crave the warmth and sunny disposition of citrine jewelry.  Whether large and sparkling in a cocktail ring, or richly hued in a…

Victorian Mourning Jewelry

Many people believe that in late October, the veil that separates our world from the spirit realm is the thinnest.  So, what better time to discuss Victorian mourning jewelry?  In the 19th century, mourning wasn’t just about grief.  It also encapsulated love, sentimentality, and remembrance.  From miniature urns, to locks of hair, mourning jewelry was…

Meet Alison, Our Jewelry Repair Expert

If you’ve ever had an item of jewelry repaired at our Cambridge, Portsmouth, Portland, Newburyport, or Dover locations, you’ve likely benefited from the artistry and expertise of Alison, our lead bench jeweler.  We sat down with her to learn more about her journey and how she got to where she is today. All In The Family…

Cursed Gems and Jewelry Superstitions

Can jewelry bring bad luck or predict the future?  History is peppered with lore about cursed gems, talismans, and rules for wearing your jewelry.  Read on to learn about famous jewelry superstitions and where they come from. The Curse of the Koh-i-Noor Diamond One of the most infamous gems is the Koh-i-Noor diamond.  It first…

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…