Origins of Sapphire: Kashmir, Ceylon, Australian and Montana Sapphire

Sapphire, whether from Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Thailand, Africa, or Montana US, all have the same chemical composition – they’re all corundums.  The difference lies in their growing environments and the trace elements present during their formation. Quality characteristics such as… Read the full article on marketsquarejewelers.com

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…

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…

Rhodolite Garnet | Elizabeth’s Ring Envy

Rhodolite Garnet, Raspberry Garnet, Pink Garnet! A guide to this pink garnet gemstone! We just sold the most amazing rhodolite garnet last week and I’m missing it! It was a classic cushion cut shape set into a sleek and modern yellow gold half bezel – the perfect set up to show off the beauty of…

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……

Demantoid Garnet, A Green Variety of January’s Birthstone

First discovered in the Ural Mountains of Russia in the 1860’s, demantoid garnet soon became a sought after gem of European aristocracy. This green gem was set in jewelry of every type, from simple Victorian rings to ornate lavalier pendants. For years it was a favored treasure, until, eventually, the mines became depleted. While this scarcity meant… Read…

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…