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……

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…

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…

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…

How Can I Find Out Her Ring Size Without Her Knowing?

Ask a friend If you want a surprise proposal, a great way is to ask a friend for her ring size. Even if she doesn’t know, she could be the one to subtly ask. She could also take your girlfriend engagement ring shopping just “for fun” and report the size back. We always have groups…