MSJ Handbook

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

sphene gemstone

Sphene: A Rare Beauty

Sphene's are rare, but unrivaled in their fiery green beauty.
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Egyptian revival jewelry

From Pharaoh to Fashion: A History of Egyptian Revival Jewelry

How discoveries from Ancient Egypt influenced jewelry design in the modern era.
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charm jewelry history

A History of Charm Jewelry

Learn about the history of charms and some common symbols you'll find.
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Peridot jewelry history and lore

Peridot: The Gem of the Sun

Read about this green gemstone with a cult following.
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summer jewelry care

The Summer Jewelry Care Handbook: 10 Essential Tips

We cover everything from cleaning to storage, and much more.
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Turquoise: Stone of the Ancients

Turquoise: Stone of the Ancients

Learn the properties, history, and lore of turquoise gemstones.
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lost wax jewelry casting process

The Jewelry Casting Process: Lost-Wax Casting

Learn about the lost wax casting process and how we create custom jewelry.
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Opal history lore symbolism

Opal: The Queen of Gemstones

Learn all about how opals form, and their long history and symbolism.
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Hollywood jewelry

Dripping in Jewels: Hollywood’s Influence on Jewelry Design

Iconic moments in Hollywood jewelry history and the stars that set the trends.
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antique pocket watches

Antique Pocket Watches: The Art of Functionality

We cover everything from care and maintenance, to beauty and mechanics.
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cameo jewelry

The History of Cameo Jewelry

Read about this ancient art and how it became an iconic symbol of heirloom jewelry.
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masonic rings

Masonic Symbols and Their Meanings

Read this handy guide to learn the symbolism found in Masonic jewelry.
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Amber: The Million Year Old Beauty

Amber: The Million Year Old Beauty

Discover the symbolism and science behind this ancient gem.
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toi et moi ring

The Enduring Romance of Toi et Moi Rings

See why toi et moi rings make the perfect engagement ring.
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antique seed pearl jewelry

The Beauty of Antique Seed Pearl Jewelry

Find out why seed pearl jewelry is a great way to start your antique jewelry collection.
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Victorian bohemian garnet jewelry

Exotic Romance: The History of Bohemian Garnet Jewelry

Mysterious and beautiful, Bohemian garnet jewelry has a fascinating history.
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birthstones and their meanings

A List of Birthstones and Their Meanings

Read our essential guide to birthstones and what they symbolize.
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Quality Characteristics and Value of Sapphire

Quality Characteristics and Value of Sapphire

Everything you need to know to determine the quality of a sapphire.
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