MSJ Handbook

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

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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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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