A History of Charm Jewelry

Charms can be traced back to the Neolithic Period, when pieces of bone, shell, and wood were strung on leather into elaborate bracelets.  Through the Bronze Age and Ancient Egypt, charms were used as amulets or talismans to ward off evil and bring good luck to the wearer.  These charms were carved to look like…

Peridot: The Gem of the Sun

Peridot is often overshadowed by its green counterpart, the emerald, but there’s more to this vibrant gem than meets the eye.  Beloved since Ancient Egypt, the peridot has long been associated with light.  It’s fitting that this gem is the official birthstone for August, matching the lush hues of summer and it’s long sunny days. …

The Summer Jewelry Care Handbook: 10 Essential Tips

From how to keep your jewelry clean, to packing for vacation, to which gems need protection from the sand and surf, consider this your definitive guide to summer jewelry care.  Here are 10 tips to help you keep your fine jewelry in great condition, through the dog days of summer and beyond!

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…

The Jewelry Casting Process: Lost-Wax Casting

Have you ever wondered how a beautiful gold ring is formed?  A lot goes into a single piece of fine jewelry, from casting to gem setting to hand finishing.  Market Square Jewelers is proud to announce the opening of our casting studio, allowing us to produce custom work and our vintage reproduction line, Elizabeth Henry,…

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…

Announcing Our New Store in Cambridge, MA

We are so excited to announce the opening of our newest location in Cambridge, Massachusetts!  Located at 1156 Massachusetts Avenue in Harvard Square, this store is surrounded by rich history in a diverse, bustling city.  Many of you may recognize Andrew, who will now be working in this new location!  Stop by and say hi, and enjoy…

Dripping in Jewels: Hollywood’s Influence on Jewelry Design

Hollywood’s Golden Age produced some of the most iconic actresses in film.  To attract audiences to the cinema, movie makers decked out these actresses in exotic and lavish jewels.  Stars like Greta Garbo, Jean Harlow, and Claudette Colbert became jewelry trendsetters, known for their iconic style as much as their talent and beauty.  Lengthy pearl…

Styled Shoot: An Acadia Elopement

We had the pleasure of collaborating with some wonderful photographers and stylists for a wedding shoot at Acadia National Park.  Featured are our vintage bangle bracelets, a vintage mixed metal wedding band, and pieces from our Elizabeth Henry Collection: The Rosie floral wedding band and The Madeline green tourmaline ring.  We especially love the look…