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Unique Mother’s Day Gifts (That Can be Bought Online!)

Unique Mother’s Day Gifts (That Can be Bought Online!)

With so much uncertainty surrounding us right now, there is one thing we can be certain of- That Mother’s Day is coming soon, and your mom deserves a gift that shows how much you appreciate her. While many in-store businesses are unable to be physically open right now, there are still so many opportunities to purchase personable gifts online! At Bostonian Jewelers, we offer our signature pieces for sale in our online store, many of which offer options for customization. Additionally, we’re still providing custom jewelry designs and restoration services. We’re able to do consultations virtually, and keep you involved in the process as we normally would. Keep reading to learn more about some of the wonderful gift opportunities that will put a smile on mom’s face this year- and for years to come!

Gorgeous Signature Jewelry Picks for Mom 

The Jasmine Collection of Earrings is one of our top picks for mom this year. With several different options to choose from, the Bostonian Jasmine Collection beautifully showcases the breathtaking gemstones used in each design. The delicate details of the Jasmine with Opals are reminiscent of the vintage Victorian era, with modern clean lines. These dangly earrings are a perfect style for day or night, also available with a gorgeous purple sapphire gemstone. Check out any of our other ready-made jewelry to shop designs available for purchase now! 

Custom Jewelry Designs

If you’re looking for something a bit more personalized, how about creating a one-of-a-kind custom piece of jewelry? We’ll work with you to bring your visions to life. Whether you have a simple bracelet in mind, a statement necklace, or dainty pair of earrings- You name it, we can design it. Custom jewelry is a gift that will be cherished by mom for decades, we promise! All of our jewelry is designed for longevity and comfort, made from responsibly sourced materials.  

Restore Her Favorite Pieces 

Is there anything more special than an heirloom that has passed down from generation to generation, holding so much sentimental value? If only jewelry could talk, the stories it would tell… If your mom has been holding onto a piece of jewelry in the back of her jewelry box but hasn’t worn it because it looks a bit outdated or is damaged, restoring this jewelry to a breathtaking new piece of jewelry is such a thoughtful gift; Perhaps a ring from her grandmother or great grandmother, or a signature piece that he mom wore on her wedding day. Bostonian Jewelers provides restoration services to bring antiques a new sense of purpose. We can clean and polish, replace missing gemstones, resize rings, provide micro laser welding, and much more!

Contact Bostonian Jewelers 

Ready to get started on something unique for Mother’s Day 2020? Set up a virtual one-on-one consultation with Bostonian Jewelers today! Fill out our online form, and one of our experts will be in touch with you soon. 

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A Message from Hagop Matossian of Bostonian Jewelers

A Message from Hagop Matossian of Bostonian Jewelers

On behalf of our team at Bostonian Jewelers, we’d like to thank you for your continuous support. Over the past 50 years, we’ve had the pleasure of serving the Boston area, and have faced the many ups and downs that our community has endured. During a time like this, we understand the importance of supporting one another, following the guidelines provided by federal and state officials, and working together to get through these trying times. 

Given the concerns raised by the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we felt that it was imperative to share with you our plan of action. The health and safety of our employees, customers, and community as a whole is our top priority. As we have been diligently monitoring the situation and following guidance from the CDC, we understand the severity of this pandemic. Preventing transmission of this particular virus is key, and therefore, we’re offering additional methods to keep our community safe, while encouraging the support of our local economy. 

Bostonian Jewelers is well equipped, given we have always been vigilant when it comes to sanitation and processing your order. We are doing everything necessary to ensure our store environment remains clean and as safe as possible during this crucial time.

Rescheduling Appointments: If you or someone you live with have a fever or are experiencing excessive coughing, sneezing, or other symptoms within 48 hours of your appointment, please reschedule to a later date when everyone is feeling better. We will be flexible with rescheduling! Additionally, we are offering alternative methods.

Alternative Consultations: We will continue to have design and restoration consultations, but would like to offer alternative methods including Facetime, Skype, and other platforms that support video chat to avoid the spread of germs. 

Free Shipping: We will be offering free evaluations and free insured return shipping for all repair or restoration projects. 

Curbside Pick-up & Drop-off: Call us prior to your arrival time, and we will meet you at your vehicle to pick up your jewelry! We are also offering curbside drop-offs for your convenience.

Discount Code for Online Purchases: We’re offering a 25% discount for all orders placed online during this time, in addition to free shipping! Use code “COVID25” at checkout to redeem this offer. We are blessed to have our local and online communities and are grateful for your unwavering support. 

We continue to monitor the situation closely with the CDC and the State Health Department and will update our protocol as necessary. Lastly, we want to remind you that small family businesses depend on the support of our community. Let’s all work together and lift one another up! 

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me directly at Hagop@bostonianjewelers.com

 

All the Best,

Hagop Matossian

& The Team at Bostonian Jewelers

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How to Choose a Wedding Band: Men’s Edition

How to Choose a Wedding Band: Men’s Edition

You’ve already found the perfect ring for her, planned a romantic proposal, popped the very important question, and got the confirmation that you’ll be spending the rest of your lives together- How exciting! Amongst the many tasks that come next include shopping for a wedding band. While you may have seen our in-depth guide on wedding bands, outlining when you should start shopping, deciding if they’ll match your partners, and choosing a style, but this guide is all about the men (for once!) Choosing a wedding band for men can be a complicated decision, but we’re here to simplify it! 

Metal Options 

There is a wide variety of metal options available, and several of them are quite different from the metals that women will choose from. Some of the unconventional metals that work well for men’s bands include titanium, stainless steel, and cobalt to name a few. However, you can’t beat the classic look of gold or platinum. These two metals have stood the test of time, and are truly meant for longevity. 

Fit for Growth (or Shrinkage!)

Over time, it’s natural that our bodies will grow or shrink, and your fingers are no exception! Although most metals can never be adjusted, platinum and gold are both made to git these changes! Luckily, this includes all types of gold (yellow gold, white gold, and rose gold). Both platinum and gold can be altered to have your wedding ring sized when growing or shrinkage occurs. 

Follow the Trends

While creating something classic is a great option, checking out the latest trends in men’s wedding bands can be a great place to start! One of the popular trends we’ve seen lately is mixing metals. This is a great alternative to a class gold band, and can add a little bit of masculinity to the band. It’s also a great way to compromise with your partner! The groom can now choose his favorite metal and pair it with his partners for a unique look. Adding texture details to the band, such as a hammered finish or milgrain detailing is another trendy approach. To learn more about the latest trends in men’s wedding bands, our expert designers will be glad to assist you! 

Be Unique 

If trends aren’t your style, we’ll help you design something that is! Creating a band that suits your personality and showcases your individuality is key. If you’re a sports fanatic, our baseball band may be your perfect fit! If you want to make it even more personal, we can do custom engravements! Add you and your partners’ initials or a special date, such as your anniversary. 

Invest in Quality & Comfort 

Marriage was made to last a lifetime, and therefore your wedding band should be too! Our expert jewelers design with longevity and comfort as our top priorities. We take precise measurements, consider your lifestyle from work to play, and create pieces that you’re comfortable in. Put simply, we create heirlooms that are precious and can be passed down from generation to generation. We also take great pride in using responsibly sourced materials, ensuring that all metals are repurposed or recycled. When you choose Bostonian Jewelers, you can feel confident that you’re investing in quality jewelry that will last a lifetime.

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What You Need to Know When Purchasing Wedding Bands

What You Need to Know When Purchasing Wedding Bands

The time has officially come; You’ve already popped the question and she’s said “yes”, the venue has been booked, she’s found the dress of her dreams, save the dates have been sent out, and honeymoon planning is in full swing. Amongst all these tasks to check off your list during wedding planning comes perhaps one of the most important steps - Choosing wedding bands for both of you! Which rings will you slide on each other’s fingers as you say the words “I do” in front of your closest friends and family? Finding the perfect rings that not only symbolize your love but will stand the test of time and also match your personal style is key. There are so many things to consider during wedding planning, and if you know nothing about jewelry, this can seem like an overwhelming task. We’re here to give you some tips that’ll make wedding band shopping a breeze! 

When You Should Shop for Wedding Bands 

This step typically comes about 4 months before the big day! Depending on if you want a customized ring, or will choose a band from the jeweler, the timing may slightly differ. At Bostonian Jewelers, we specialize in custom jewelry, and also offer engravements! Carving both of your initials, or a special date into your bands can be a unique way to symbolize your relationship. If you’re in a bit of a time crunch or just prefer something a little more simple, we also have a full selection of our classics! 

Think Practical

Wedding bands are meant to be worn forever; After all, the tradition was created to symbolize the eternal love you share with your partner! All of our wedding bands are designed for longevity.  Choosing rings that are comfortable enough to wear every day is a necessity. That’s why comfort is one of our highest priorities when designing any piece of jewelry, and especially wedding bands. We base our designs on your lifestyle and will take certain things into consideration, such as if you’re someone that works with your hands every day. Taking precise measurements is also key, so that you feel confident wearing it even when working, knowing that it’s not going to slip off your fingers or feel too tight. 

Do They Need to Match? 

This is a common question that arises between bride and grooms; Should your wedding bands match? The simple answer- No! This is a more traditional theory that existed years ago, and many couples still opt to use the same metal type. However,  in the present-day, it’s not a necessity! Some couples choose bands that will complement one another, and others choose to completely customize for their own unique styles. It’s something that you’ll be wearing forever, so if your styles differ, that’s perfectly normal! 

Choose Your Metal

First, you’ll want to consider which type of metal you’ll want for your band. Platinum is one of the most popular choices for a wedding band, because of its hardness. The durability of platinum, combined with the prestigious look has made it a go-to choice for many brides and grooms. White gold is another beautiful choice that offers a bit more polish and shine, making it a nice backdrop if you’re going to have diamonds embedded. Yellow Gold tends to be a more traditional choice for wedding bands. With a mixture of pure gold, copper, and silver, yellow gold offers a sense of warmth. Other popular metals include palladium, rose gold, silver, titanium, and steel. 

Select a Style 

Once you’ve selected a metal, next you’ll need to select a style. Wedding bands come in a variety of styles including stacking, curved, nesting, eternity, and the list goes on. A jeweler will be able to guide you through the unique styles and choose something that you’ll love. Some of our top picks at Bostonian Jewelers include the Awe Stacking Ring and Slim Diamond Eternity Band for women, and the Satin Finish band for men. 

Shop at Bostonian Jewelers

Want to learn more about our custom wedding bands? Check out our online selection of rings or stop by our jeweler’s studio in Downtown Boston today! Our expert designers will be able to guide you throughout the entire wedding band selection process. Being part of these special moments in our clients lives in one of the favorite parts of what we do! 

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Getting A Head Start on Valentine’s Day Gifts

Getting A Head Start on Valentine’s Day Gifts

The chaos of the holidays may be over, but before you know it, the stores will be stocked with heart-shaped candies and teddy bears. Valentine’s day tends to sneak up on us every year, leaving us scrambling to find a meaningful gift on the 13th. So this year, we’re here to help you get ahead and give ideas that will be unique! Instead of the typical flowers, chocolate, and dinner, why not give that special someone a gift that’ll last and be a token of your love for years to come? A special piece of jewelry makes a great gift! Whether you want to create a custom piece or select from our ready-made pieces at Bostonian Jewelers, we have a wide variety to choose from. 

“Heartbeat” Necklace 

Anything heart-shaped makes a classic valentine’s gift! Our heart-shaped necklace can be customized to mix and match her favorite gemstones and colors. You can choose between platinum, yellow gold, white gold, or rose gold chain. For gemstones, we can use either ruby or diamond, or even customize with her birthstone for an extra personalized touch! Whichever you choose will make a gorgeous combination that she’s bound to love! It can be layered with her other favorite necklaces, or stand alone as an eyecatching piece that sparkles brightly. 

Love Infinity Necklace 

Another valentine’s classic is our pendant necklace with the love infinity symbol. Suspended from a 17inch rose gold chain, the pendant’s everlasting message speaks for itself. This is a great option for immediate pick-up or in-store delivery. 

Engravable Multi-Strand Bracelet

Jewelry makes a great gift for the special men in your life, too! This Polished Engravable Leather Bracelet is a neutral gift, that can be personalized! We can engrave initials of you and your partner, a special date such as your anniversary, nicknames, and beyond. This bracelet is sleek and polished looking, with a magnetic clasp for ease of use. 

Custom Jewelry From Bostonian Jewelers

If you want to give a gift that’s fully customized and from the heart this year for valentine’s day, we also specialize in custom jewelry! From rings to necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and beyond, we can make your visions come to life. Use her birthstone or custom engravement for a unique touch in any piece. Want to learn more about the custom design process? Get in contact with us today to get started.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Our Top Jewelry Picks

‘Tis the season… The Christmas lights are strung, the tree is decorated, and the stockings are hung by the chimney with care! The holiday season is among us, and it’s time to start thinking about what you’re going to get for the special ladies on your list! If you’re considering buying jewelry, now’s the time to do so, to ensure Santa’s elves will be able to deliver it in time. We’ve put together a guide of a few of our stunning jewelry pieces that she’s bound to love! Check them out below, and visit our fresh stock page for more readily available pieces that’ll make a great gift.

Ruby Halo Ring

Nothing says “the holidays are here” quite like this stunning Ruby Halo Diamond Ring! The intense, rich color of the ruby is the perfect match for the season! Inspired by the center gemstone, each diamond is individually selected to handcraft a unique, eyecatching piece. The detailing of this ring, from the handmade thin bezel frame to the diamonds set beneath the ruby on either side, makes this ring simply breathtaking. It can be mixed and matched with any of our stacking rings for an even flashier look! Any woman in your life is bound to love this stunning piece!

Dainty Diamond Stud Earrings

Every girl needs a classic pair of diamond earrings that she can wear for any occasion! Whether it be a holiday party, formal dinner, business meeting, or just a casual date, these diamond studs will become her go-to. This dainty pair is perfect for layering up the ear or looks gorgeous on their own. Available in white and yellow gold, these earrings match stunningly with all her favorite jewelry pieces. 

Open Heart Diamond Cluster Ring 

There’s no better way to remind her of your love than a heart-shaped piece of jewelry. Our unique diamond heart ring is a classic, that is low-profile yet simply stunning. With 14 round brilliant diamonds set into a delicate 18k white gold band, an adorable open heart is created! This ring can be worn alone or stacked with several bands!

Order Holiday Jewelry Today

At Bostonian Jewelers, we specialize in handcrafted, unique jewelry pieces that are designed to last a lifetime! Jewelry is a timeless gift that she’ll appreciate for years to come. Purchase a piece online today, or visit our store in Downtown Crossing to explore and pick up a ready-made piece on the spot!

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What You Need to Know About Jewelry Appraisals

What You Need to Know About Jewelry Appraisals

Although your jewelry may be priceless to you, holding sentimental value and memories, knowing and understanding the value of your jewelry is important. Whether it be precious heirlooms that have been passed down from generation to generation or your brand new engagement ring that you're proudly displaying on your finger, you should have it appraised by a professional. There are a number of things you should know about jewelry appraisals, and we’re here to give you the facts! 

Why Have Your Jewelry Appraised

The first question you’re probably asking yourself, is why do I need my jewelry appraised? The ultimate reason for having your valuables appraised is for insurance purposes. An engagement ring, for example, is a big investment that you’ll want to have covered in case of unfortunate circumstances (such as having it stolen, or lost). Having an up-to-date appraisal will cover you financially in this case, ensuring that you’ll be fairly compensated. With accurate and up-to-date appraisals, you can have peace of mind wearing all of your cherished jewelry. 

When and How Often to Have it Appraised 

The sooner you can get your jewelry appraised, the quicker you’ll be covered. After the initial appraisal, it’s recommended that your jewelry be reappraised every 3-5 years, as the value of jewelry and gemstones can fluctuate. If your appraisal is out of date, the jewelry may be insured for less than its current value, leaving you with a financial loss if it were stolen, lost, or damaged. When you have your jewelry appraised at Bostonian Jewelers, we’ll send you a postcard reminder when it’s time to have it reappraised; Just be sure to keep us updated with your current address! 

Where to Get Your Jewelry Appraisal in Boston 

When choosing where to have your precious jewelry pieces appraised, you’ll want to find a reputable company that you feel comfortable bringing your valuables. At Bostonian Jewelers, we treat your jewelry with the utmost delicacy and respect. We don’t require that you leave it with us; All that we ask is you schedule an appointment to allow us proper time for your evaluation. We offer extensive appraisal services, which are accepted by all insurance companies. When we’ve finished examining your valuables, we’ll provide you with a report outlining our opinion of the value of your item at that point in time. To learn more about our jewelry appraisal services, get in touch with us today! Fill out an online contact form or give us a call at 617-523-2934 to schedule an appointment. 

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The Perfect Holiday Gift for Her: Custom Jewelry

The Perfect Holiday Gift for Her: Custom Jewelry

Before you know it, we’ll be decking the halls with bows of holly, stringing lights on the Christmas tree, and hustling and bustling to get our gifts bought and wrapped. While some find Christmas shopping to be enjoyable and fun, others find it rather stressful, struggling to find just the perfect gift. Instead of fighting the crowds on Black Friday at the mall, or searching the internet far and wide for the best Cyber Monday deals, how about getting that special someone a unique, timeless gift that she’ll love; Custom Jewelry. At Bostonian Jewelers, we specialize in custom jewelry designs, from rings to necklaces, earrings and beyond. 

Why Give Custom Jewelry 

Creating a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry is a thoughtful and meaningful gift that will last a lifetime. Spending the time to carefully pick out the detailing for a piece of jewelry that you know she’ll love will mean the world to her. Considering her favorite things when it comes to jewelry, such as which gemstones she’ll like, if she has a flashy or more dainty style, will allow you to show her just how much you care! You can even engrave custom dates, such as an anniversary, or initials to make it even more unique. No matter what piece of jewelry you choose and how you customize it, the thought put into it will make it special. 

How the Custom Jewelry Process Works 

Now that you’re convinced that custom jewelry is the perfect gift for the holidays, it’s important to understand how our process works. Our craftsman at Bostonian Jewelers has been creating custom jewelry for 50 years, and have inevitably perfected the process over the years. We include you throughout the process from start to finish. The first step is to start with a consultation, so we can get an idea of what you have in mind, and work together to determine how we can bring these ideas to life. Next, we use CAD technology to create designs for your approval. From there, we create a 3D mold printing, to allow you to get a sense of what your precious piece of jewelry will feel like. Once you’ve approved the design, the final piece is created! 

Contact Bostonian Jewelers 

If you’re interested in creating a unique piece custom jewelry this holiday season, now’s the time to get started to ensure Santa can deliver it in time! We guarantee her reaction of Christmas morning will be priceless. Get in touch with us today to schedule an appointment, or stop by our store in Downtown Crossing.  

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How to Take Care of Your Jewelry

How to Take Care of Your Jewelry
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As you get older and start to collect more valuable pieces of jewelry, it’s essential to learn how to properly care for them. Although cleaning and caring for your jewelry may not have been a priority growing up, as the pieces were probably trendier and cheaper, the jewelry that you acquire throughout your adult life are ones that will hopefully last you a long time; When taken care of correctly, they can even last forever! Here are a few tips to take care of your valued jewelry. 

When to Remove Jewelry 

If you’re working with your hands, you should always take off your jewelry to protect it. No matter what type of metal or material your jewelry is made from, it’s delicate. Before working with any chemicals or abrasives, such as cleaning products, be sure to remove your rings and bracelets. You should also take them off before playing any sports or going to the gym to avoid damage. We also recommend taking all jewelry off before swimming, especially in pools that contain chlorine. 

Put Jewelry on Last 

When you’re getting ready in the morning or dressing up for a night out, it’s best to wait to put on your jewelry as the final step. You may not realize it, but there’s a sufficient amount of chemicals in the products you use, from hair spray to makeup, and perfume. It’s also best to avoid lotion, as it can build up on your jewelry. 

Storing & Traveling Separately 

Even if you’re extremely careful when wearing your jewelry, damage can still occur if it’s not stored properly. Necklaces with delicate chains can easily become tangled together, or pieces can knock against one another, causing scratches.  Pearls, precious metals, and some gemstones are particularly fragile. Storing your special pieces in individual cloth pouches or cases is a great way to keep them safe. This is especially important when traveling, as tossing your jewelry in toiletry cases or makeup bags can cause immense damage. Try using a travel jewelry case of jewelry rolls that will keep your valuables safe! 

Jewelry Care Kit 

Having certain jewelry cleaning and care items handy at your house will make it easier for you to give your pieces the attention that they need! Here’s a list of a few items you may need: 

  • Chamois cloth for polishing and drying 
  • Soft-bristled brush to clean smaller crevices
  • Rubbing alcohol, only for use on hard gems and metals 
  • Jewelry cleaner for gemstones, diamonds, and precious metals

Know When to Call a Professional Jeweler 

Although minor repairs and cleaning can be done at home, most repairs should be left to the experts. Taking your valuables to a professional jeweler will ensure they are fixed properly, and avoid causing further damage by doing it yourself. At Bostonian Jewelers, we offer a variety of repair and restoration services, including missing gemstones, bent rings, ring sizing, microlaser welding, cleaning, and polishing. You can feel confident about leaving your valuables in our hands. To take advantage of any of our services, get in contact with us today! Fill out an online form or give us a call at 617-523-2934

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A Guide to Purchasing the Perfect Engagement Ring

A Guide to Purchasing the Perfect Engagement Ring

Planning a proposal is one of the most special times, but it can also be overwhelming. The pressure of deciding just the perfect time and place to ask, figuring out what you’ll say, and getting permission from her father or family are all big steps. For many men, this is also the first big jewelry purchase they’ll be making. With so many designs, styles, price points, etc., it can be extremely confusing at this already overwhelming time. That’s why we’re here to give you a step-by-step guide that’ll get you started and lead you in the right direction to finding the perfect engagement ring for that special someone.

Establish a Budget

First and foremost, it’s crucial to establish a realistic budget. When you walk into a jewelry store, this is one of the first questions they’ll ask you, since the price range for engagement rings can vary immensely. While there are plenty of old theories about how much you should be spending on a ring, for example, 2-3 months' salary, the reality is that you should pick a budget you’re comfortable with. There’s no need to go into crazy debt to purchase a ring. It’s meant to be a symbol of your love, and the thought that goes into the purchase of the ring is just as important. Once you’ve landed on a pricepoint, a jeweler can better guide you.

Determine Her Ring Size

This is a big one! While it is possible to have rings resized if you were to purchase the wrong size, you’ll save yourself a whole lot of hassle, money, and potential embarrassment by finding out her ring size first. If you want to keep the surprise factor, there are a few ways you can get it without asking her size. Try to grab a ring from her jewelry box that you can bring with you to the jeweler. You can also ask a family member or friend that you trust to keep the secret!

Research Her Style

Once you’ve settled the logistics such as the budget and ring size, this is where you can have some fun and get creative! You’ll want to take note of the type of jewelry she normally wears, and her overall style. Does she like bold, flashy pieces? Or is she more of a subtle, dainty type? Think about her personality, too. If she’s outgoing, she might like a big, sparkly diamond, whereas someone who’s more reserved might prefer something small and elegant. You’ll also need to consider the band; Does she wear more gold, silver, or platinum? Getting some help from her girlfriends might be helpful for this one, too. Chances are, she’s already described her dream ring to them!

Selecting a Diamond

When choosing the perfect diamond, you’ll want to keep in mind the 4 C’s: Cut, color, clarity, and carat weight. These factors, in addition to the shape, should all match her style and preferences. A jeweler will be able to guide you through the diamond selection. At Bostonian Jewelers, we specialize in custom engagement rings, and love being able to be part of these special moments with our clients! To learn more about our custom jewelry process and CAD technology, click here! You can also check out some of our ready-made pieces here.

 

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