MSJ Handbook

Everything you wanted to know about jewelry history, gemstones, and jewelry care.

antique lavalier pendant history

The History & Beauty of the Lavalier

The origins and evolution of this iconic necklace.
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old mine cut diamond

Old Mine Cut Diamonds: What They Are & Why We Love Them

Learn the origins and characteristics of this beloved antique diamond.
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guide to gold jewelry

A Beginner's Guide To Gold Jewelry

Learn everything you need to know about gold, from karats to cleaning.
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die struck filigree method history

Struck By Light: Art Deco Filigree Jewelry History & Method

Learn how the die struck method was used to create Art Deco filigree.
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pietra dura jewelry

Pietra Dura Jewelry and the Art of Mosaic

Learn about this beautiful art form and how it differs from other mosaic jewelry.
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moonstone properties history lore

Dreaming of Moonstone: Properties, History, and Lore

This mysterious gem possesses a deep symbolism and unrivaled beauty.
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amethyst history and symbolism

Love, Wine, and the Beauty of Amethyst

Learn about the history and symbolism of February's birthstone.
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history of rose gold jewelry

The Evolution of Rose Gold Jewelry

Rose gold has undergone a dramatic transformation over the last century.
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varieties of garnets

Ten Varieties of Garnets You Should Know

Learn about these essential garnets, and find the perfect one for you.
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history of camphor glass

The History and Early Origins of Camphor Glass

From mourning to fashion, camphor glass has a fascinating history.
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Pantone's 2019 color of the year living coral

How To Wear Pantone’s 2019 Color of the Year

Coral is not just a beautiful color, it's also a stunning gemstone.
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history of black hills gold

The History of Black Hills Gold

Believed to have been inspired by a vision, this classic jewelry style is steeped in myth.
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properties and history of blue zircon

The Ancient Beauty of Blue Zircon

Discover why this fiery and vivid blue gem is unlike any other.
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history of dinner rings

The History of Dinner Rings

You've heard of cocktail rings, but how about dinner rings?
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how to care for antique silverware

How to Care for Antique Silverware

The ins and outs of caring for your heirloom silver.
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citrine history meaning lore

Fall In Love With Citrine

Read about the history and meaning of November's birthstone.
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Victorian mourning jewelry hair locket

Victorian Mourning Jewelry

From hair jewelry, to wearable urns, learn about the origins of this somber fashion trend.
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jewelry superstitions

Cursed Gems and Jewelry Superstitions

The origins of jewelry superstitions and why opals aren't actually bad luck.
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