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 a style of jewelry that…

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. January – Garnet January’s birthstone is the garnet, a stone that promotes vitality, health, passion and pleasure. February – Amethyst February’s birthstone is the amethyst, believed to…

Cabochon Collection

It was the varied beauty of American agates and jaspers that we first fell in love with.  Having traveled all over the US in search of these beautiful specimens, here we present to you some of our favorites! We are setting and selling more and more of these interesting and unusual cabochons into our gold…

Hand Engraving Services: Monograms, Lettering and Scripts

At Market Square Jewelers, we offer hand engraving services for all kinds of jewelry: signet rings, lockets, flatware and wedding rings.  We have been working with the same master engraver for over twenty years.  He is truly an artist and we feel so lucky to have him as part of our team.  Please take a…

Featured Item: Ethiopian Opal Lariat Necklace in Yellow Gold

The inspiration for this designed piece came from an antique lariat, a delicate necklace that has a long tassel as its centerpiece. Antique lariats date all back to the turn of the century, the Victorian time period, and like lavaliers were often given as engagement gifts from a man to a woman. This lariat features…

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…

Meet Alex! Our Online Sales Manager

If you have purchased from us online, you have likely worked with Alex, our online sales manager.  She first began at MSJ in our Portsmouth, NH store and now manages all of our online sales.  She is the creative behind our Instagram account and our unique window displays.  You’ll never find her without high heels…

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 color and saturation, sparkle or “life”, cut and color modifiers help us determine a sapphire’s country of origin. Traveling…

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,…

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…

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…

Rhodolite Garnet | Elizabeth’s Ring Envy

Rhodolite Garnet, Raspberry Garnet, Pink Garnet! A guide to this pink garnet gemstone! We just sold the most amazing rhodolite garnet last week and I’m missing it! It was a classic cushion cut shape set into a sleek and modern yellow gold half bezel – the perfect set up to show off the beauty of…