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A Guide to Art Deco Jewelry

A Guide to Art Deco Jewelry

The Roaring Twenties were a time of celebration as the globe celebrated the end of a war. The decade saw a liveliness in music, entertainment, food and drink, and fashion.  Termed “art deco,” the style of this era was characterized by bold geometric shapes, strong outlines, and rich colors. Jewelry, too, was influenced by this modern look. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about art deco jewelry, and how to still rock it today!

Platinum

New technology and a post-war enthusiasm for all things glitz and glamour meant platinum was in fashion for the art deco era. Because platinum is much stronger than gold or silver, less material was needed to support gemstones and other elements. You can expect to see light, delicate designs using platinum. 

New Settings

Many art deco pieces feature an invisible setting, also called a mystery setting. Instead of placing stones in settings with large metal prongs, the invisible technique puts stones into low mounts. When they are set, you can’t see the metal settings. This gives the jewelry a cleaner appearance and makes several small stones look like one large one.

Gem Cutting

Another innovation of the art deco era was gem cutting. Instead of more traditional shapes, like round, pear, and square, jewelers of the time focused on cutting entirely new forms to create mosaic styles. Trapezoids, octagons, triangles, and arches were popular choices to create a whole new jewelry design. 

Man-Made Materials

Authentic gemstone jewelry was still expensive at the time, so many jewelers turned to synthetic lookalikes to bring jewelry to every woman. Bakelite was one material that could be used to mimic the look of gems, amber, and even wood. 

Pearls

Around this time, scientists learned that they could manipulate oysters into bearing pearls. These cultivated pearls were much more inexpensive than natural pearls, making them accessible to nearly everyone. Because of that, art deco jewelry often features pearls, especially in long, layered necklaces. 

Focus on Art

Before the art deco era, jewelers and artists were separate. Jewelers were experts in cutting, shaping, and setting stones and metals, while artists created decoration. However, in the 20s, jewelers and artists collaborated to create pieces that weren’t only valuable but intentionally designed. Instead of the gemstones being the central focal point, they were used as a medium to create an artistic, wearable piece. 

Art Deco Jewelry at Bostonian Jewelers 

Art deco jewelry is truly unique and stylish. For a great selection of gorgeous art deco jewelry you can try out for yourself, head over to Bostonian Jewelers , the expert custom jeweler in the Boston area. 

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Frequently Asked Questions About Gold Jewelry

Frequently Asked Questions About Gold Jewelry

Gold jewelry has been a staple in cultures all around the world for thousands of years, symbolizing power, and also a sign of wealth. Over the years, it has remained prevalent as a classic in jewelry design. But even though it’s been around for a while, there are still some common questions that people have when choosing gold. Below, we’ve answered a few frequently asked questions about gold jewelry, so keep reading to learn more!

What Color is Gold? 

Gold is naturally a bright yellow color. The more pure the gold jewelry is, the more yellow it will appear. 

What Do 10k, 14k, 18k, and 24k Mean for Gold Jewelry?

These numbers refer to the purity of the metal. “K” stands for karat, which is another way to show the percentage of gold in the alloy. An alloy is a mixture of metals. Gold is a naturally soft metal, so it must be mixed with other metals to make it stronger and more resistant to damage during use. 

  • 10K is 41.7% pure gold
  • 14K is 58.5% pure gold
  • 18K is 75% pure gold
  • 22K is 91.7% pure gold
  • 24K is 100% pure gold. 

The remaining percentage of yellow gold’s alloy usually includes copper, nickel, zinc, or silver. 

What’s the Difference Between Carat and Karat?

Both carat and karat refer to the percentage of gold in the alloy. Karat is technically the correct use. Although used in this situation for gold, Carat is actually a unit of weight used for gemstones. Carat is most often used outside of North America to refer to gold. 

What is Rose Gold? 

Rose gold is an alloy that uses pure gold and copper. The addition of copper lends a red or pink tint to the yellow gold. 

What is White Gold?

White gold is a gold alloy that is at least 25% nickel and zinc with yellow gold. The more nickel and zinc, the whiter the metal will appear. White gold looks similar to platinum. 

Is Gold Hypoallergenic?

Pure gold is naturally hypoallergenic, but because 24K gold isn’t strong enough to use alone for jewelry, it is unlikely that you’ll get a genuinely hypoallergenic piece of gold jewelry. Nickel is a common allergen, so when it is alloyed with gold, you won’t get the hypoallergenic characteristics of pure gold. Titanium may be a better alternative to white gold, as it is hypoallergenic. If you want yellow gold, get the highest karat possible. 

Contact Bostonian Jewelers 

Still have questions about gold jewelry? Whether you want information about an existing piece of gold jewelry or you need help choosing the right gold for a new piece, the professionals at Bostonian Jewelers are here to help you out! As the expert custom jewelers in the Boston area, we’ll be able to help you choose the right metal and create a gorgeous unique piece of jewelry for you. Contact us today to setup a consultation

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Custom Gift Ideas for New Moms

Having a baby is one of the most monumental times in someone’s life. It is such a joyous time, but also overwhelming. Once the baby arrives, many people love to shower the new mom with gifts; Baby clothes, toys, diapers, or even flowers or a spa gift card for her. However, if you want to do a little something different for the mom (since she’ll probably have more newborn clothes than she’ll know what to do with!) custom jewelry is a unique idea. Custom jewelry is a special gift that’ll acknowledge the huge life event, yet be useful and cherished for years to come, even once the baby grows up. Below are some ideas to get you started! 

Engraved Necklace

An engraved necklace is a great gift to add some personalization. You could use the baby’s birth date, initials, or even their full name/nickname on any pendant. If the new mom plans to have more children, you could start with just a single circle pendant, which could later become interlocking circles to represent the rest of her children. You could also do a long pillar bar with all the baby’s stats; Birthdate, time, coordinates of the birthplace, and initials or name. Either way, this is an incredibly unique and special gift for any new mom! 

Family Tree Pendant Necklace

This Bostonian favorite was designed with new moms in mind! With little baby footprints in the center of the tree, the little acorns pendant necklace can be customized to include the birthstone of the new addition to the family. Plus, new gemstones can be added as the family grows! 

Monogrammed Pendant 

A monogrammed pendant with the baby’s initials is another unique gesture to represent the newest member of the family. This is a great everyday staple that’ll go with any outfit, casual or dressy. 

Birthstone Ring 

A gemstone ring that includes the baby’s birthstone, and perhaps even yours and your husband or partners is another great way to represent the whole family! We have many different Bostonian classics that can be customized with the birthstone of your choosing. For example, the cascade nesting ring could be added to your engagement ring and wedding band to “complete the family.” 

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Looking for just the right gift to customize for a new mom? The experts at Bostonian Jewelers are here to help. Order a unique piece online or contact us today to set up a consultation to get started. 





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Holiday Jewelry Gift Guide 2021

The holiday season is such a magical time; From the family traditions to decorating the house all festive, and baking cookies. It’s the most wonderful time of year! However, the hustle and bustle of the season can certainly be stressful. The thought of going to a mall and fighting the crowds to comb through the shelves to find just the right gift for everyone on your list can be daunting. Instead of getting someone yet another candle or pair of Christmas PJs, this year get them a gift they’ll cherish for a lifetime! For someone special on your list, jewelry is a great gift; Moms, wives, sisters, daughters, and yes, even husbands, dads, etc… Below is our holiday gift guide for jewelry! 

Diamond Bar Necklace

You know what they say, diamonds are a girl’s best friend! You can’t go wrong with the diamond bar necklace. This popular and stylish petite diamond bar pendant and chain features round melee diamonds. The chain can be customized to rose gold, yellow gold, or white gold depending on your preferences. 

Double Pearl Open Ring


As we’ve seen in 2021, pearls are back in style! (Not that they were ever really out…) This double pearl open ring offers a classic take on a trendy look. It features two stunning high luster white cultured pearls atop a solid 14k yellow gold curvy band. No matter what your age or style, this ring is sure to match any aesthetic and make a statement. 

The Classic Knot Pearl Earrings


We can’t get enough of pearls this year; Plus, these would match the pearl ring mentioned earlier if you wanted to give a set! The classic knot pearl earrings feature 14k gold and a pair of freshwater pearls, for a gorgeous everyday look. 

Emerald Three-Prong Stud Earrings 


Did you know that emeralds are a symbol of love and protection? These emerald earrings make a meaningful and special gift for someone you love. They are petite enough to stack up the ear with multiple piercings, or a bold statement piece on their own. Available in 14k yellow or white gold.

Onyx cufflinks

Cufflinks are always a great gift for men; It’s something they like to have when they get dressed up for a fancy occasion, but never think to buy for themselves. These cufflinks have an arc-shaped onyx inlay to create a fresh, and clean look. These offer a timeless and classic style that’ll go with any shirt and suit. 

 

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Ready to get started on your holiday shopping? Check out our ready-made jewelry at Bostonian Jewelers online or stop in our store today. Looking for something custom? Contact us today to set up a consultation. 




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How to Upgrade Your Engagement Ring

How to Upgrade Your Engagement Ring

Your engagement ring is incredibly special, and something that you’ve probably kept near and dear to your heart for years! If you’ve been married for a while, you may be thinking about an upgrade for your ring. You and your spouse likely have saved up more now than when you first got engaged and can afford to spice it up a bit! Whether it’s a special anniversary or just a good time for you financially, upgrading your ring is a great way to add a little pizazz. When people think of upgrading, they usually just think of a bigger diamond. However, there are plenty of other ways to upgrade your ring if you don’t want to touch your center diamond! Below are a few ideas to start thinking about your upgrade.

Enhance your accents 

An easy way to upgrade your ring and add a little more sparkle is to incorporate a few diamond accents. Smaller diamonds or stones can be added to either side of your center stone, or added to the entirety of your band to create a completely new look! “Peek-a-boo” accents can also be added into the profile view to create a little something extra, without too much of a dramatic change. 

Add Some Color

Back in the day, it was the norm to use only traditional diamonds for your wedding ring. However, in modern times, plenty of different colored stones are used in engagement rings! If you’ve always wanted a pop of color in your ring, now’s your chance. Consider adding sapphire, ruby, or emerald stones to your engagement ring. Using your children’s or spouses’ birthstones can make it even more meaningful. New stones can be added to the band as accents, or perhaps as additional stones to create a three-stone look. 

Change the Metal Type

If you love your stone but don’t necessarily love the band anymore, changing up the metal can modernize your ring. If you find that your ring is hard to match with other jewelry or your wardrobe because of the metal, here’s your chance to make it easier to wear with everything. You can even add a band for something extra! 

Start From Scratch

This may not be the ideal solution for everyone if you’re sentimental to your original ring, but if you want a full upgrade, there’s always the option of starting over completely! Sometimes this can symbolize the start of a new chapter of your marriage. This way, you can get exactly what you want and have a little fun designing your own ring if you didn’t have that opportunity the first time around!

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Interested in upgrading your wedding ring? Contact the experts at Bostonian Jewelers to get started. We’ll work with you to carefully and precisely determine the best upgrade solutions for your ring, and beautifully bring it to life! Fill out an online form to set up a consultation

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A Guide to Halo-Setting Engagement Rings

A Guide to Halo-Setting Engagement Rings

Choosing an engagement ring is such an exciting time! Whether you’re shopping with your partner, or just getting ideas before he pops the question, it’s important to do your research! It’s a big investment, and something you’ll hopefully wear for the rest of your life, so you want to be happy with your choice! There are so many different diamond cuts, metals, and options for design when it comes to engagement rings, so it can be overwhelming knowing where to start. We have a full guide on how to prepare for engagement ring shopping, but here we’re going to focus on halo-setting engagement rings! Halo engagement rings have become an increasingly popular choice over the years, and for good reason. They’re absolutely stunning! Below we’ll cover what exactly a halo setting is, how to pair it with a wedding band, and beyond. 

What is a Halo Setting?

A halo setting features a large center stone or diamond with smaller accent stones, typically pavé diamonds, that encircle the primary stone. The halo setting stones can be the same shape or different as the center diamond. This setting creates a stunning ring that shimmers and shines beautifully in any lighting! 

When did Halo Settings Become Popular?

Halo settings have always been around, but they didn’t become popular until Kate Middleton showed off her sparkly new halo setting engagement ring in 2010. Middleton’s ring featured a sapphire center stone sitting in a diamond halo setting. It’s no surprise that halo settings grew in popularity after her ring’s debut! They’re absolutely gorgeous, and even fit for royalty! Who wouldn’t want to sport the glitz and glam of a halo diamond ring?

Do Certain Cuts of Diamonds Work Best for a Halo Setting?

Although any cut of diamond can be used for a halo, round diamonds typically work best, as it creates perfect symmetry! However, if you prefer square, emerald cut, oval, or a different cut, these can be just as gorgeous! Work with your jeweler to find just the right cut for your dream ring.

What Style Wedding Bands Pair Best With Halo Engagement Rings?

When choosing an engagement ring, it’s important to keep in mind what you’ll want for a wedding band. Because of the edge that the halo setting creates, it can be a little more challenging to find just the right wedding band to pair it with. Oftentimes, a curved wedding band will be the best choice! Either a wrap around or slip-under band will work perfectly with a halo setting. It’s up to you whether you want a diamond band or something a little more simple! We say you can never have too many diamonds! 

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Jewelry Trends for Fall 2021


If you’re someone who’s into fashion, you probably love keeping up with the latest trends each season. As jewelry fanatics, we can’t help but get excited about these trends as well, especially when it involves accessorizing! We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite jewelry trends for fall of 2021. Keep reading below to see how you can incorporate some of these jewelry trends into your fall wardrobe! 

Flowers 

You may think of flowers as more of a spring or summertime look, but they’re staying in style even longer this year! Jewelry featuring dainty or bold flowers has been a popular trend already this fall. If you want to hop on board with this trend, we have some perfect pieces to get you started. Our “Flower Power” ring features a cluster of adorable gemstone engraved flowers. For a bit of a bold look, our daisy earrings are a must-have for this fall! 


Chandelier Earrings 

Another popular trend right now is dangly earrings, or long “dangly” earrings. Modern chandelier earrings are a great way to dress up an outfit, whether you have a minimalist or edgy style. Some of our favorites from our Bostonian Jewelers collection include these gorgeous antique trillion diamond drops and the amethyst gem drop earrings




Charms

Old chunky charm bracelets may be out, but simpler charm pieces are back in style! They add a bit of character and depth to any look. Two of our favorite “charm” necklaces include the monogram necklace and three leaf clover necklace. The monogram necklace is a great personalized gift for birthdays, anniversaries, and beyond. If you’re looking for a gift for a Boston Celtic’s fan or someone who celebrates their Irish heritage, the three-leaf clover necklace is perfect! 






Chunky Golds & Colors 

Gold is a classic choice that seems to never go out of style, but in the past we’ve seen it used in more traditional monochromatic pieces. This fall, we’re seeing gold mixed with bold colors for an interesting accessory for any occasion! Our jasmine grape berry sapphire earrings or green tourmaline halo ring are very fitting for this trend.

 

Animal Jewelry 

We know that animal lovers may reject the idea of clothing made from animal fur, but animal inspired jewelry pieces are 100% animal-lover approved! This fall, we’re seeing animal jewelry from butterflies, to elephants, penguins, and beyond, becoming the statement piece of an outfit. Combining with the trend of charms, our animal pendant necklaces are the perfect piece to accessorize this fall! 

Contact Bostonian Jewelers 

Ready to get on trend this season with your accessories? Our pieces at Bostonian Jewelers are timeless, while fitting the latest trends. Browse our selection of fine jewelry pieces online or in our store at Bostonian Jewelers! We also specialize in custom jewelry design to create a piece specifically for you. Contact us today to set up a consultation! 



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Gold VS Silver: Which is Right for You?

Gold VS Silver: Which is Right for You?

Purchasing fine jewelry is a big decision. You’re investing your hard-earned money into purchasing a special piece of jewelry that’ll likely be worn for decades, so it’s important that you love it! Whether it’s an engagement ring, an anniversary gift, or you’re treating yourself to a new piece, one of the first steps will be to decide which metal will be used in your piece. One of the oldest debates in jewelry is Gold vs. Silver; which is better? There’s no simple answer that applies to everyone, but there are some key factors you can use to determine what’s right for you! Keep reading to learn more about the characteristics of each to help you decide which you’ll choose. 

Durability

Both gold and silver are durable enough for daily wear, but gold is more durable. Gold is scratch-resistant and won’t tarnish as you wear it. If you’re purchasing a ring and are someone who works with your hands a lot, gold may be the better option for you. Silver jewelry can be more prone to scratches and requires regular polishing to prevent tarnished jewelry.

Gold VS Silver Investment

The money you spend on fine jewelry isn’t just money spent on pretty things, it’s a real investment! Determine your budget before you start jewelry shopping so your jewelry can determine if silver or gold would be a better fit. Gold jewelry costs more at the time of purchase, but it also holds more value overtime. If you want an engagement ring that will become a valuable family heirloom for generations to come, gold is the way to go. If you want a piece that’s more affordable right now but may not hold as much value in the future, silver is your best bet.

Personal Style

Most importantly, you need to love what you’re wearing! Go into the jewelry store with an open mind and allow your eyes to wander to pieces that reflect your personal style. If you’re shopping for someone else, consider the types of jewelry you’ve seen them wear in the past to purchase something they’re likely to feel comfortable wearing!

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If you need help choosing between gold and silver or have more questions about the different types of fine jewelry, contact Bostonian Jewelers today. We’re an expert fine jeweler in the Boston area that offers custom jewelry pieces designed to your exact specifications! Schedule a consultation today or stop by our jewelry store in Downtown Crossing, Boston. 

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Where to have your valuable jewelry repaired in Boston

Where to have your valuable jewelry repaired in Boston

A valuable piece of jewelry is something that you wouldn’t trust in the hands of just anyone. Whether it’s a sentimental heirloom that’s been passed down from generation to generation, or perhaps your wedding jewelry, it’s something that you don’t want out of your sight for long. However, over the years, it’s likely that your special pieces of jewelry may need some repairs to keep them in mint condition. From resizing a ring to fit your fingers at all stages of life, to replacing missing gemstones, to regular professional polishing, it’s crucial to find a jeweler you can trust. If you’re looking to have your valuable jewelry repaired or restored in the Boston area, you can count on Bostonian Jewelers. With more than 50 years in the industry, we have the knowledge, experience, and tools to precisely repair your valuable jewelry. Keep reading to learn more about the jewelry repairs we offer in Boston! 

Common Jewelry Repairs 

Even if you treat your jewelry with the utmost care and attention, some repairs and restorations will simply be inevitable. When it comes to heirloom jewelry, restorations and repairs are often a necessity to keep the special piece in wearable condition for generations to come! Below are some of the most common jewelry repairs we can assist with:


  • Missing gemstones
  • Broken ring shank
  • Bent rings
  • Cleaning and polishing
  • Precious metal plating
  • Broken gemstones
  • Ring sizing
  • Microlaser welding

Jewelry Restoration Services in Boston

If you have an old piece of heirloom jewelry just sitting in the back of your jewelry box because it has a missing gem, is not the right size for you, or simply is just outdated, having it restored is the best option. At Bostonian Jewelers, we love being able to breathe new life into your special pieces of antique jewelry, making them modern and wearable again. With our expert craftsmanship and attention to detail, we’re able to complete even the most intricate of projects. You can feel confident leaving your valuables in our hands, knowing that all work is completed on-site in our Boston location. No pieces of jewelry will ever be shipped out. Some of our jewelry restoration services can even be done while you wait. 

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If you have a valuable piece of jewelry in need of restoration or repairs, you can count on Bostonian Jewelers! Contact us today to set up a consultation in our Boston studio. Fill out an online form or give us a call at 617-523-2934. 

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How to Design a Custom Engagement Ring

How to Design a Custom Engagement Ring

When it comes to selecting an engagement ring, it’s a decision that should be made with a lot of thought. Not only is it an expensive purchase, but it’s also something that’ll hopefully be worn for a lifetime. While traditionally the man would surprise the woman with a ring he’s selected, in more modern days, it’s not uncommon for a couple to pick out the ring together. Since it’s such a large investment and many women are particular about what they want, it simply makes more sense to make the decision together. If you’re ring shopping and not finding the ring of your dreams, perhaps creating a custom engagement ring is the best option for you. When you customize your ring, you can get everything you want down to the most intricate details. If you’re considering designing a custom engagement ring, we have some tips to help you get started. 

Find Inspiration Images

To get your creative juices flowing, it’s always a good idea to start by looking up some inspiration images. Start searching Pinterest boards, social media pages of custom jewelers, wedding inspiration blogs, or any other wedding outlets you can think of. Save any and all images that catch your attention. From there, you can start determining which elements of each ring you gravitate towards. You’ll likely notice a common theme among the images you’ve saved, whether it be a certain diamond cut, metal, or setting that you’re drawn towards. This will help you have a starting point for your own unique ring. 

Choosing Your Metal

Once you’ve gathered some inspiration for your custom engagement ring, one of the first decisions to make is which metal you’ll use. Some of the most commonly used metals include gold, silver, platinum, and titanium. All of these metals are durable and long-lasting, so it’ll depend on your personal preferences and style. Learn more about the different qualities of these metals here to help determine which may be best for you1 

Selecting a Stone 

Perhaps the most important part of designing your custom engagement ring is sourcing just the right stone. Whether you desire a traditional diamond or want to opt for something a little more unique such as a sapphire or emerald gemstone, the choice is up to you! You’ll also want to determine the cut of diamond you prefer. Depending on your finger shape and size, there are different cuts that will best suit your hand. Additionally, you’ll also want to consider whether you want a traditional diamond, lab-grown diamond, or moissanite. There are advantages to each, and a professional jeweler can help you choose the right option for you, based on your preferences and budget! 

The Setting

Once you’ve chosen your stone, next it’s time to think about the setting. If you were overwhelmed with the number of diamond cuts to choose from, there are even more settings to consider! From a halo setting to cathedral, prong, tiffany, bezel, pavé, vintage, cluster, three-stone settings, and beyond, there are so many options for all styles. 

Consider Your Wedding Band 

Lastly, when designing your engagement ring, you’ll also want to keep in mind what you’ll want for your wedding band. If you and your partner plan to match or coordinate rings, this is something you’ll want to consider. 

Contact Bostonian Jewelers to Setup a Consultation 

While it may seem overwhelming, designing a custom engagement ring is so worth it! With the help of an expert custom jeweler, it can be a fun and exciting experience. Ready to get started creating your own custom engagement ring? Contact Bostonian Jewelers today to set up a consultation and get started!

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