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…

Caring for Emerald Jewelry | A Guide for Cleaning and Maintenance

We just sold the most amazing oval emerald in our Portland, Maine store; a 5 carat oval in a simple yellow gold mounting. One of the customer’s biggest concerns was how best to care and maintain this high-end and rare gemstone so that she can always enjoy it and eventually pass its beauty to a family…

Jewelry Repair in Our Dover, New Hampshire Location

OUR WORKSHOP With six in house jewelers and decades of experience at the jeweler’s bench, our team of metal smiths can meet all your jewelry repair needs. We specialize in antique jewelry restoration and we work in all precious metals: platinum, gold, silver and palladium. Our workshop, established in our Dover New Hampshire location, services all……

Victorian Jewelry – Rose Gold, Seed Pearls, and Cigar Bands – YES!

The Victorian Era of jewelry and design technically began with the 1837 Coronation of Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Empress of India. In reality it took a few years for the young queen’s love of art and fashion to become influential, with her style truly taking hold in the…

Why We Love Vintage and Estate Jewelry

While modern jewelry is produced in lots of tens, or even hundreds of thousands of identical pieces, antique rings were crafted in much smaller production runs, with each individual mounting finished by hand. This means that each vintage ring is unique, bearing small details that are individual and beautiful. We’ve worked with couples for over…

Tsavorite and Demantoid Garnet: What’s the Difference?

Unearthed Mysteries Behind Green Garnet Tsavorite and demantoid garnet have many similarities. They are both from the garnet family, they are in the same color range, and they are both a 6.5-7 in hardness. So what makes these two stones so different? Species Distinction Though both tsavorite and demantoid are of the garnet family… Read the full article…

Cultured Pearls – Timelessness in Jewelry

Although pearls have been prized for thousands of years, the culturing process only started it’s existence around the 1800’s with the culturing of “blister pearls” and soon replaced the previously popular mother-of-pearl industry. The perfection of the culturing process along with the modern pearl market and international trade industry really only came into its own…

I’ve Just Inherited Antique Jewelry, What Do I Need to Know?

Heirloom pieces can make especially meaningful bridal jewelry. Passed down from generation to generation, they have an aura of love and family already instilled in them. Unfortunately, with that lovely sentiment comes a generation’s worth of wear and tear, as well! Heirloom pieces, be they twenty years old or from the 1800’s, can almost always…