MSJ Handbook

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

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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sapphire jewelry

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

Learn the differences between each region's unique sapphires.
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crescent moon jewelry history

Crescent Moon Jewelry: Its History and Why it Makes the Perfect Wedding Gift

More than a trend, crescent moons have a long symbolic history.
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aquamarine gemstone

Aquamarine: March's Cleansing Birthstone

Everything you ever wanted to know about March's birthstone.
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rhodolite garnet guide

Rhodolite Garnet: A Guide to This Pink Gemstone

Learn all about this pink variety of January's birthstone.
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emerald jewelry cleaning and maintenance

Caring for Emerald Jewelry: A Guide for Cleaning and Maintenance

Keep your emerald jewelry looking its best with our guide.
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Demantoid Garnet jewelry

Demantoid Garnet: A Green Variety of January's Birthstone

A history and description of the green variety of January's birthstone.
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victorian jewelry history

The Victorian Era and Its Influence on Jewelry

Take a deep dive into the Victorian Era, from mourning jewelry to halo rings.
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demantoid and tsavorite garnets

Tsavorite and Demantoid Garnet: What's the Difference?

Find out how to tell the difference between these two types of green garnet.
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cultured pearl jewelry

Cultured Pearls: Timelessness in Jewelry

Learn the history and practice of how cultured pearls are formed.
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antique jewelry

What To Do if You've Just Inherited Antique Jewelry

From restoration to reselling, we break down everything you need to know about heirloom jewelry.
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what to know before you purchase a wedding band

What to Know Before You Purchase a Wedding Band

Here are five things you should consider before selecting the perfect ring.
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how to find out her engagement ring size

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

Here are three ways to find out your partner's ring size, and what to do if all else fails.
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