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….

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 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…

Ultra Violet: Gems Featuring Pantone’s Color of the Year

We’re in love with Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year: Ultra Violet.  From amethyst to purple sapphires, take a look at some of our favorite pieces featuring this gorgeous color. Amethyst White Gold Pave Diamond Halo Cocktail Ring Amethyst in Filigree Drop Earrings Rare Imperial Purple Ceylon Sapphire Platinum Engagement Ring Fine Amethyst Cocktail Ring…

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…