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…

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…