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Different Ways to Repurpose Family Jewelry

Different Ways to Repurpose Family Jewelry

Family jewelry often holds lasting sentimental value, passed down through generations; each piece tells a beloved story. Yet, styles change, and sometimes, these precious items end up tucked away, forgotten. What if you could give new life to these treasures? Let's look at creative and heartfelt ways to repurpose family jewelry, blending tradition with modern aesthetic styles.

Why Repurpose Family Jewelry

Repurposing family jewelry isn't just about updating your accessories; it's about preserving memories. Each piece stores precious memories—your grandmother's engagement ring, your father's cufflinks. Repurposing is sustainable and eco-friendly, reducing the need for new materials and honoring the past. My mother's old brooch, now a necklace I wear daily, feels like a piece of family history to me constantly.

Creative Ideas to Repurpose Family Jewelry

Transform into New Pieces

One of the simplest ways to repurpose is to transform old jewelry into new pieces. For example, you could turn an outdated ring into a modern pendant or stylish earrings. My cousin had an antique ring resized and reshaped into a sleek bracelet, making it a perfect mix of vintage charm and contemporary style. This process can rejuvenate items, making them suitable for daily wear while maintaining sentimental value.

Combine Pieces to Create Unique Items

Why settle for one piece when you can have a statement item? Combine different pieces to craft something unique. Merge brooches and chains into a standout necklace or bracelet. I combined two mismatched earrings and an old chain into a custom charm bracelet. It's now a one-of-a-kind piece that always starts conversations.

Incorporate into Everyday Items

Repurpose jewelry into everyday accessories. Embed pieces into hairpins, belts, or bags for elegance. I added my grandmother's brooch to a plain clutch, turning it into a vintage chic accessory. You can also sew jewels onto shoes or clothing, adding a personal touch to your wardrobe.

Use in Home Décor

Jewelry can be more than just accessories; they can be part of your home. Incorporate pieces into picture frames, mirrors, or decorative boxes. Create art pieces or wall hangings with jewelry elements. A friend used her old family necklaces to decorate a lampshade, giving her living room a unique, sentimental glow.

Pass Down with a Twist

Modernize pieces for the next generation while preserving their original charm. Create keepsakes like lockets with family photos or initials. My sister turned an old signet ring into a pendant for her daughter, adding a contemporary twist to a family heirloom. These updated pieces ensure that family traditions continue in style.

Practical Tips for Repurposing

When repurposing, choose a trusted jeweler for custom work. They can help preserve the integrity and value of the original pieces. Before repurposing, safely clean and handle your jewelry to avoid damage. Remember, repurposing isn't just about creating something new but respecting the old.

Why We Can Help

At Bostonian Jewelers, we specialize in transforming old jewelry into new custom masterpieces. Our expert jewelers provide personalized advice and craftsmanship, ensuring your family jewelry retains its sentimental value while gaining a modern touch. Visit our store or website to start your repurposing journey today!

Revitalizing your jewelry is not just about fashion; it's about carrying your family's story into the future. So, get creative and let your jewelry dazzle with new life!

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Keep Your Jewelry From Tarnishing This Summer

Keep Your Jewelry From Tarnishing This Summer

Summer is a time for sun, fun, and, unfortunately, sweaty, tarnished jewelry. There's nothing worse than your favorite silver necklace turning dull or your cherished gold ring losing its shine. But don't worry! You can keep your jewelry sparkling and new all season long with simple tips. Let's learn how to prevent tarnish and keep your bling in perfect condition.

Why Jewelry Tarnishes

Jewelry tarnishes because of a chemical reaction with sulfur and moisture in the air, forming a dark coating. Actors like sweat, sunscreen, and humidity speed up this process in summer. Imagine spending a sunny day at the beach, only to find your silver bracelet has gone from chic to shabby by sunset. Understanding these triggers helps us take proactive steps to protect our precious pieces.

Tips to Prevent Tarnishing

Here are some of our best tips to help you prevent tarnishing this summer;

Store Properly

How you store your jewelry can make a world of difference. Use airtight containers or zip-lock bags to minimize exposure to air. Please keep them in a cool, dry place, away from sunlight. I once forgot my silver earrings on a sunny windowsill; by the end of the week, they looked ancient! Anti-tarnish strips or silica gel packets are great for added protection.

Clean Regularly

Regular cleaning is vital. Use a gentle jewelry cleaner or a DIY solution with mild soap and water. Avoid harsh chemicals and abrasives. After a fun night out, quickly wipe your jewelry with a soft cloth to remove oils and residues. It's a slight touch that makes a big difference.

Wear with Care

Be mindful of when you wear your jewelry. Please put it on after applying lotions, perfumes, and hairspray. Remove it before swimming, exercising, or anything that makes you sweat. I once wore my favorite necklace to a sauna – big mistake! Also, avoid high-humidity environments or prolonged sun exposure, which can speed up tarnishing.

Use Protective Coatings

Consider applying a thin layer of clear nail polish to create a barrier against tarnish. This tip has saved my costume jewelry collection! For valuable pieces, professional anti-tarnish treatments are available at most jewelry stores. Make sure to ask your jeweler at your next visit.

Special Considerations for Different Metals

Silver Jewelry: Silver needs frequent cleaning and proper storage. It's more prone to tarnish, so keep a close eye on it.

Gold Jewelry: Gold is less prone to tarnish but can still dull over time. Regular care will keep it shining.

Costume Jewelry: Costume jewelry often tarnishes faster. Take extra precautions with these pieces, as they are typically more vulnerable.


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With these tips, you can keep your jewelry looking fabulous all summer. Remember, a little care goes a long way in maintaining the sparkle of your favorite pieces. So, get started today and enjoy a tarnish-free summer!

At Bostonian Jewelers, we offer a range of products and services designed to keep your jewelry in top condition. We've covered you, from professional cleaning solutions to jewelry restoration services. Visit our website or drop by our store for expert advice and premium care products. Let us help you keep your treasures shining bright!

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How to Design Custom Wedding Bands

How to Design Custom Wedding Bands

Your wedding band will be one of the most essential pieces of jewelry you’ll own. It symbolizes the love between you and your partner, so it’s no wonder you’re considering creating unique wedding bands with their own story. Designing a custom wedding band allows you to create something extraordinary and meaningful; here’s a brief guide to help you start the design process. If you think you’re ready, contact our team at Bostonian Jewelers to learn more about it. 

Find Your Wedding Band Inspiration 

Before starting the design process, you need to find inspiration from different sources. We know the final product will be unique, but it’s always good to have some roadmap to get us started. Pinterest and Instagram are great platforms where you can browse through countless images of wedding bands to see what styles, metals, and stones you like best. You could also visit our storefront in Boston to try on some different styles and designs to see how they feel and look on your hand. Lastly, start thinking about memorable elements from your relationship—places, symbols, and shared interests- that could all be incorporated into your design. 

Set A Wedding Band Budget

The next step is to determine what you can afford. Custom rings can range from affordable to quite expensive, depending on the materials you use and the complexity of your design. Setting a budget in the early stages of the design process will help you make an informed decision and avoid any cost surprises. If you’re concerned about this side of things, we urge you to contact our team to discuss your options. 

Choose the Wedding Band Elements 

After finding inspiration and knowing what you can afford, you can select some aspects of the ring you want as the foundation. To start, you can choose the metal for your bands. Common options include: 

  • Gold: available in yellow, white, and rose 
  • Platinum: durable and hypoallergenic
  • Palladium: affordable alternative to platinum
  • Silver: budget-friendly, less durable

After choosing which metal you like, you can consider which gemstones you’d like, if any. While diamonds are traditional, you can select any gemstones that hold special meaning in your life. For example, birthstones, colored gems, and lab-grown diamonds are great alternatives to traditional diamonds. 

Add Custom Personal Touches 

This may or may not be the hardest step. Custom wedding bands are, of course, all about personalization. Some options include engravings of special dates, initials, or meaningful quotes that can be engraved inside the band. Unique designs are also a fun option, which could be a one-of-a-kind pattern or motif—if you have a favorite hobby, movie, book, etc., that is meaningful to you, it could be incorporated into the design. As mentioned above, personal touches could also be added through birthstones and gems that are meaningful to you and your partner. 

Work with Bostonian Jewelers

After finalizing what type of design you’d like, finding the right jeweler is crucial. At Bostonian Jewelers, we promise to bring your vision to life. We have plenty of experience with creating beautiful custom pieces. We can set up a one-on-one consultation to discuss your budget and inspirations and bring it to life. 

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Jewelry Appraisal 101

Jewelry Appraisal 101

Have you ever wondered about the value of your favorite jewelry? Whether you're considering selling old pieces to make room for new ones or simply curious about their worth over time, appraising your jewelry is a great idea. Here's everything you need to know about jewelry appraisal, from the basics to understanding the processes.

What is Jewelry Appraisal?

Appraisal involves assessing a piece of jewelry's cost, quality, and authenticity. Appraisers are skilled in various appraisals for insurance coverage, resale value, and educational purposes for curious individuals. Many seek appraisals when inheriting jewelry or determining its current market value, as market dynamics constantly evolve.

Appraisal Types

Understanding the various types of appraisals is essential, as each serves a distinct purpose. The most common is an insurance appraisal, which helps you determine a replacement value for insurance coverage in case your jewelry gets stolen or lost. 

A fair market appraisal estimates the price that a buyer and seller would agree upon in an open market. This type of appraisal is used for estate planning, taxation, or legal purposes. 

While these are the two primary types of jewelry appraisals, numerous other appraisal methods are available to suit your specific needs.

Understanding The Appraisal Process:

Understanding the jewelry appraisal process is essential, especially for first-time appraisals. The appraiser typically begins by thoroughly examining the piece and assessing various factors such as the materials, gemstones, craftsmanship, and condition.

Next, the appraiser researches the piece within the current market context, considering factors like demand, rarity, and comparable sales. This research allows them to estimate the jewelry's value in real-time.

The appraisal process typically takes 45 minutes to an hour. However, to ensure accuracy and thoroughness, it may take longer for particularly rare or complex pieces of jewelry.

Choosing An Appraiser

When selecting an appraiser for your jewelry, choosing someone with a wealth of experience and a range of certifications is essential. Look for appraisers with certifications, such as GIA (Gemological Institute of America) or AGS (American Gem Society), indicating gemological knowledge expertise. 

Additionally, the appraiser must follow the guidelines set forth by reputable organizations such as the International Society of Appraisers (ISA) and the American Society of Appraisers (ASA). By choosing an appraiser with these credentials, you can have confidence in the accuracy and professionalism of the appraisal process.

Work with Appraisal Experts at Bostonian Jewelers

Ready to have your jewelry appraised? We're here to assist you every step of the way. Our experienced team will guide you through the entire appraisal process, ensuring that your jewelry's estimated value is determined using the most thorough and reliable methods. Whether you're seeking evaluation for a new piece or have been curious about the worth of an older one, we're dedicated to providing you with support and expertise.

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How To Protect Your Jewelry From The Elements This Summer

How To Protect Your Jewelry From The Elements This Summer

With summer approaching, it's time to start putting away the cold-weather clothing and pulling out all you need: swimsuits, beach cover-ups, short-sleeve shirts, shorts, and open-toed shoes! But one thing we often forget when we head to the beach or lay out in the sun is the impact that it has on our jewelry (and our skin).

Not only does continuing to wear your jewelry in specific environments create the risk of damage, but it can also harm your skin. That's why we have put together some tips to help keep your precious valuables—your jewelry—safe while you enjoy all that fun the sun offers.

Protect Your Jewelry this Summer with These 3 Tips

Summer brings trips to the pool, lazy afternoons at the beach, and hours spent frolicking and playing outside. Unfortunately, all this fun isn't so fun for our jewelry. Our rings, necklaces, watches, bracelets, and everything in between need some added care and thought to protect their value and keep them looking safe all year long.

1. Lock Up Jewelry in the Safe While Traveling

If you plan to hop on a plane or travel long distances away from home this summer, consider leaving fine jewelry at home. Traveling puts you and your wearables at greater risk of theft. Changes in daily habits can make us more forgetful, increasing the risk that we might take off a piece and then forget to put it back on. Let's also not forget the concern of losing rings and other jewelry in the pool—or worse—the ocean. When possible, leave those items at home. 

2. If Jewelry is Coming with You, Wear It 

If you're destined to bring your jewelry, especially when traveling on a plane, the safest thing to do is wear it. You should not check a piece of fine or precious jewelry in your luggage. And even keeping jewelry pieces in your carry-on should be avoided. Accidents—and thefts—do happen.

3. Take Jewelry Off When Applying Sunscreen 

Before applying the sunscreen, remove your jewelry and put it in a safe place that you will remember. For rings in particular, make sure your fingers are dry before putting the rings back on again. Hands can get and stay quite slippery after applying sunscreen. That said, aside from the risk of losing your jewelry, keeping it from coming into too much contact with the sunscreen in the first place is essential. Oils and lotions love to make their way into the crooks and crannies of our beautiful jewelry. This will make your jewelry look dirty but can also inadvertently cause sand and other abrasive substances to harm rings and jewelry.

What To Do For Your Sunscreen-Dirtied Jewelry

Remember how we mentioned that jewelry and sunscreen combined can be dangerous for the skin? It's true. If you accidentally leave sunscreen on jewelry, necklaces, and watches and wear them out in the sun, it can cause a painful rash underneath. 

So, if your jewelry was overexposed to sunscreen and sand this summer, bring it to Bostonian Jewelers. We'll restore your piece to remove harmful elements that can cause further damage.

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Popular Jewelry Gifts for Mother's Day

Popular Jewelry Gifts for Mother's Day

When buying jewelry for the woman in your life, who needs an official holiday? Yet, indulgence aside, buying her jewelry every day can be expensive and ruin the element of delightful surprise. That's why holidays such as Mother's Day are the perfect opportunity not only to surprise and delight your favorite mom but also to wow her with something that is gorgeous in the box it came in and even more gorgeous when she wears it.

Jewelry Items Mom Will Love this Mother's Day 

When buying jewelry for anyone, you must consider their tastes and interests. You also want to pay extra close attention to the gift recipient herself before you head off to the jewelry store. Does she wear rings beyond her engagement ring and wedding band? 

Are her ears pierced? If so, how many sets of earrings does she typically wear? Does she like to wear traditional watches, or is she more of a sports watch gal? What about bracelets? Does she ever toss some on for a night on the town? 

Knowing these things will help you narrow your selections and choose an option she will love. So, without further ado, check out these items, perfect for a Mother's Day jewelry gift.

  1. Mother and Child Pendant: This one might take a bit of pre-work, as these are typically customized. Ask us for options to make a unique pendant to symbolize her role as a mother. And if your pocketbook can make it happen, consider adding her children's birthstones somehow.
  2. Anniversary Band: Happy wives and moms proudly wear their wedding rings. An anniversary band is a beautiful gift, even for a mom on Mother's Day. It can be worn with her existing rings, on an adjacent finger, or on her other hand.
  3. Tennis Bracelet: Ladies love to show off their bling, so why not gift her a gorgeous tennis bracelet she can wear when she heads out with her girlfriends, for date night, or even just a special day spent with the kids?
  4. Diamond Earrings: If mom has pierced ears, especially if she has a second or third set, gifting her a pair of diamond earrings can never go wrong. Consider a more extensive set for the primary piercings and slightly smaller for subsequent piercings.

Looking for the Best Mother's Day Jewelry?

Whether you have a clear idea of what to get or need some guidance, Bostonian Jewelers is here to help. Our experts can assist you in selecting a Mother's Day gift that will truly appreciate her for all she does. We'll ensure your gift has that wow factor when she opens the box, making her Mother's Day extra special.

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Can You Resize a Ring?

Can You Resize a Ring?

Rings. They look like just a simple round metal forged to fit the finger, but there's much more to those cylindrical metal blocks than that. Rings are used in so many different ways; in fact, they have become part of our everyday lives. Rings are used as stylish accessories, a symbol of status and wealth, and, of course, to show the promise of eternal love. But as perfect and beautiful as rings are, sometimes they don't fit. So what do you do when your ring does not fit? Is resizing it an option without spoiling the quality? Read on to find out. 

What Does Resizing Mean?

Ring resizing is precisely what it sounds like. It involves widening or narrowing the band of the ring. It's simply reducing the circumference of the band or increasing it, as the case may be.  A ring could involve just a millimeter, like a fraction of an inch. Ring resizing can be done for rings of all materials: gold, silver, titanium, and other metals.

People have their rings resized for all kinds of reasons. Some newly engaged lovers don't know their partner's ring size, which is normal. For others, it may be due to weight loss or weight gain. People also resize their rings because they want to wear them on a different finger; the reasons are limitless.

How is Resizing Done?

Resizing is done either through the machine or by hand. The method may depend on the degree of changes needed to get a perfect fit. Most people prefer hand resizing because it usually provides a more precise fit. Hand resizing is, however, more expensive, and people who want a much cheaper option will prefer machine resizing. Machine resizing costs less but is usually less accurate than hand resizing. The accuracy, however, can also depend on the person doing the resizing.

How To Make A Ring Bigger

When a ring is too small, it's practically impossible to wear. Even if you do manage to fit it in your finger, it will make you feel really uncomfortable and may even block your blood flow. There are basically two ways to fix this and make the ring bigger. The first way is to add extra metal to the ring's band. A professional jeweler will add extra metal, usually the same metal material the ring is made of or a compatible alternative.

If adding extra metal is not a good option or there needs to be more material, the jeweler may also recommend stretching the ring. This is done by pulling apart the ring and then elongating it. 

How To Make A Ring Smaller

There is usually one way to make a ring smaller than its original size: by cutting part of the ring's shank and then joining the cut ends together again, usually by soldering.

There could also technically be a way to make a ring more significant than the intended size fit without resizing it, especially if there is no time to resize it professionally. If that is the case and the ring is more significant than your ring size, you can make it smaller using ring overlays. Ring overlays can help make it tighter and prevent the ring from slipping.

Bostonian Jewelers Ring Resizing

Ring resizing, if done right, can give you the ring of your dreams, but when done wrong, it can make your wearing experience terrible and even cause a health hazard by constricting blood flow. That's why you need a professional jewelry service that can give you a ring that's just right. Bostonian Jewelers is a professional jewelry service with staff that are experts in resizing rings. If you need to resize your rings, Bostonian Jewelers is the service you should choose. 

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Best Diamond Shape For Your Finger Shape

Best Diamond Shape For Your Finger Shape

You have been hoping to buy something special for that special someone, a diamond ring that will dazzle them and add to their beauty. But you have a dilemma; you can't just decide on the ring size and type to get. Some people want rings with large diamonds encrusted on them despite it not being a proper fit with their fingers and their dress. This blog will explore just how to pick the diamond ring that best fits your finger shape.

Best Diamond Ring For Long Fingers

Let's be honest: broader and longer fingers are generally more dazzling with diamond rings. There's just someone that goes with it that makes the fingers pop out and allows the diamond ring to merge with the finger's aesthetics. This combo is deadly because, with it, the diamond ring is no longer just a simple accessory; it becomes a personality and a part of them.

If you see diamond fingers on people with broader or longer fingers, you will notice that their every motion and gesture accentuates the diamond ring on their hands. This is especially true in diamond rings with an elongation effect like emerald, marquise, and pearl cuts. While longer fingers can undoubtedly support a high-carat diamond, it is usually preferred that people with petite fingers use low-carat ones.

Best Diamond Ring For Petite Finger

For those of you with petite fingers, there's also something for you. If you want to make an impression with your diamond ring, you should go for Oval and marquise-shaped diamonds; they create the illusion that your fingers are wider. Also, make sure that these diamonds have a wider band but not too wide, as it will make it look awkward and silly. They are trending, and their surface area and higher carat weight are the best ways to showcase your status.

Best Diamond Ring For Wide Fingers

If you have chubby fingers, don't sweat it—we've also got something for you. Chubby has its beauty, too, and it means you can pull off bolder and more dazzling rings—that is, if you have the budget for it. For you, teardrop and radiant-cut diamonds are the perfect fit. They are more dazzling, and with the wide finger, they help draw more attention to the ring on your finger.

Best Diamond Ring For Large Knuckles

There are plenty of options available for you if you have large knuckles. The above diamond types, such as oval, emerald, and teardrop, are perfect for you. They look flattering and are just perfect for making your hands look slimmer. Wide ornate ring bands are the way to go, but note that you should get one big enough to fit over your Knuckles.

Best Diamond Ring For Square Fingers

Some people might say square fingers do not look good with diamonds, but on the contrary, they do. Anything can work out if it's the right shape and setting. To make it work out, avoid princess-cut and square-cut diamonds and instead opt for Oval and emerald cuts as they help create an illusion of a longer and more slender finger. This helps counteract the squareness of your fingers. To complete the look, add a classic side stone ring for a feminine touch and tapered bands to mellow out the squareness of your fingers.

Work with Bostonian Jewelers

When it's all said and done, it's still not easy to choose, but worry not—Bostonian Jewelers is here to help. Bostonian Jewelers has a large collection of rings in all shapes, colors, and sizes, and you can make your selection with the help of professionals.

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The Process of Custom Ring Design

The Process of Custom Ring Design

Do you have a specific vision for an engagement ring or wedding band? At Bostonian Jewelers, we want to make the custom ring design process simple for you. We specialize in crafting bespoke engagement rings, wedding bands, and fine jewelry. Our integrated technology, such as three-dimensional design and printing, laser welding, and advanced casting methods, can bring your vision to life. 

We’ve broken down this process so that it is designed to be a rewarding journey to the wedding ring of your dreams. Custom design can feel daunting, but we work hard to eliminate the confusion. Contact us today to get started. 

 

Step 1: Initial Design Process

The first part of this process is discussing what you would like your ring to look like. Schedule an appointment to meet our designers, or walk in! We want to give you the piece you’ve been dreaming of, so try to come to this with a clear vision of what you want. Bringing along any inspirational images and elements of the design you’d like will help us start building our first adaptation. 

Step 2: Computer Aided Drawing Technology

The next step is using our 3D computer-aided drawing technology (3D CAD) to build out the first design of your custom ring. This step will enable you to be involved throughout the process so you know exactly what we are designing. These are high-resolution images of your piece of jewelry before it’s completed. Your approval is essential before proceeding to the next step.

Step 3: 3D Mold Printing

Once approved, we move on to creating the actual mold for your unique piece of custom jewelry. We utilize high-resolution 3D printers to create a wax mold, allowing you to see and feel your custom ring. This will also let you lay gemstones into the appropriate areas, giving you a sense of what your finished product will look like. We will also use this 3D wax mold to build the actual piece of jewelry - we make an impression of the wax, burn it out, and replace the cavity with the metals of your choice. 

Step 4: Cast Processing and Gem Placement

Once the casting process is complete, your ring will go through multiple polishing, blending, and softening steps. This is where custom elements such as engraving, micro-detail applications, and size adjustments are implemented. We then bring your ring for gemstones to be matched for size and quality and securely set into the piece. We will give the ring a final polish with an industrial ultrasonic bath and a high-pressure steam to remove any remaining residue. 

Work with Bostonian Jewelers 

After everything, our favorite step is seeing the first expression once we deliver the finished design. We have experienced and shared tears of joy and emotions that accompany these special moments. Three generations of manufacturing exceptional jewelry have separated Bostonian Jewelers from the competition by using innovative designs and techniques to make your dream piece of jewelry. Book your consultation with us today to get started.

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How To Keep Your Jewelry Looking Fresh

How To Keep Your Jewelry Looking Fresh

From your everyday jewelry to the expensive pieces you put on special occasions, jewelry requires cleaning occasionally. Jewelry, unlike our day-to-day clothing, is often overlooked during cleaning because most people believe it retains its shine for a long time.  This belief is untrue, as jewelry can become dull if neglected. Cleaning your jewelry requires special precautions to prevent damage, as over-cleaning can degrade its aesthetic value. 

Keep reading to learn different ways to clean metals and keep your jewelry fresh. As always, contact the professionals at Bostonian Jewelers to get your jewelry properly refurbished. 


How Often Should I Clean My Jewelry?

There is no one-size-fits-all rule to cleaning your jewelry, as it depends on how often it is worn, the last it was cleaned, and how it is stored. Some jewelry attracts more dirt than others and should be cleaned biweekly or monthly, while others don't. The general rule most people abide by is cleaning every two months to ensure it retains its color and shine. 


Tips To Clean Your Jewelry 

Cleaning your jewelry only requires professional help if stated by the jeweler or jewelry company. If you own regular jewelry pieces, the following are ways to keep them clean:-


Use liquid wash to clean your jewelry. 

Your liquid wash is suitable for washing dishes or clothes and can also clean your jewelry if appropriately used. The popular liquid soaks like Blue Dawn can eliminate months and years of dirt embedded deep in your jewelry. Another advantage is these washes are cheap, readily accessible, and can clean most metals, including silver, brass, titanium, gold-fill, and even aluminum, without damage. 


How-To Use:

  1. Soak the jewelry in soapy water (containing an equal mixture of liquid wash and water) for several minutes.
  2. Lather with the soap and rub the jewelry between your palms gently. Use a soft toothbrush to brush the joints and detailing if your jewelry has any engravings or carvings.
  3. Repeat the procedure if the water gets brown or dark.
  4. Rinse the jewelry with warm water and allow it to air dry. You can use a hair dryer/blower (on the lowest heat or most relaxed setting) to dry the jewelry. 

Use baking soda to clean your jewelry. 

Baking Soda is a powerful kitchen compound used for baking and even cleaning. It is used in many DIY procedures and has proven effective countless times. Mix baking soda with water and form a thick paste. Rub the paste on your still-dry jewelry for some minutes, and use a soft toothbrush to get the paste into the detailing and other tight corners. Rinse with water and air dry. 


Use plain vinegar to clean your jewelry. 

Vinegar effectively removes tarnishes in copper and brass jewelry. Soak the jewelry in vinegar for a few seconds. Remove the piece and wash with a non-lotion dishwashing soap and water for a few minutes. Rub it gently between your fingers and rinse thoroughly under cold water. Pat dry with a clean, lint-free towel to remove water spots, or use the blow dryer in a low setting. Ensure it is properly dry and stored in a fool-proof Ziploc® bag. 


Work with Bostonian Jewelers 

Bostonian Jewelers offers jewelry restoration and repair services. Whether you've uncovered vintage jewelry or forgotten about some beloved jewels that need a touch-up, our experts in Boston are the ones to choose from. Contact us today to schedule a one-on-one consultation.

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