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,…

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…

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…

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…

Before You Purchase a Wedding Band, Read MSJ’s Guidance!

1. Skin Tone and Gold Color Skin tone plays an important factor in which ring will look best on your hand. Before stepping into the store, consider whether you have cool or warm skin tones. Cool skin tones usually have pinkish or reddish undertones and warm skin tones will have yellow or golden undertones. You’ll…