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The Process of Resizing a Platinum Ring

The Process of Resizing a Platinum Ring

There’s no quick and easy way to resize a platinum ring. It can be a tricky process that’s labor-intensive, time-consuming, and requires a particular heating treatment. It’s more challenging to resize a platinum ring than other precious metals since a higher heating point is needed to get it done. During the process, there’s a heightened risk of the heat affecting the stones. Want to resize your platinum ring? Let’s dig a little deeper into the process of resizing a platinum ring.

 

What Is Platinum?

The word platinum is derived from the Spanish word 'Platina', which means little silver. It’s a rare and valuable metal extensively used to make jewelry. Platinum is also resistant to corrosion and tough to damage. 

Resizing a platinum ring requires a jeweler with the skills and know-how to do the job. 

Stone Removal

When resizing platinum rings, the jeweler must remove the gemstone(s) to avoid damaging them. The reason for this is that the high heat can mess up the gemstones as they move quickly through platinum. The gem could be fragile, like an opal. Removal of the gems is the first step in the process. 

Sizing

At this point in the process, the size of the ring goes up or down based on the individual’s need. The jeweler cuts the “shank”, the curved portion of the ring, removes it and then recloses it. This can be done in one of two ways using soldering:

  • Closing it back up with a portion of what’s removed, making the ring smaller, OR
  • Adding a bit of metal to the “shank”, making the ring bigger.

Heat is used to open and close the “shank” when sizing up or down. A torch can be used, but a laser machine best suits platinum ring resizing for precision and evenness when heating. A platinum wire is often used to fuse the ring, closing it up.

Setting the Stone

After sizing the ring up or down, the next step is putting the gemstone(s) back in place. Since platinum is pliable, there’s a bit of ease to setting the stone.

Cleaning and Polishing

No resizing job is complete without the jeweler cleaning and polishing the ring. The ring's polish will either be a high finish or a matte/brushed finish. A matte finish can help to hide scratches. Cleaning the ring can be done using steam or in an ultrasonic tank, which helps remove debris created during the resizing process.

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Want to resize your platinum ring, so it fits just right? Let the master jewelers at Bostonian Jewelers get it done for you. Our skilled jewelers will not disappoint you. Visit us today.

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The Difference Between White Gold and Platinum Rings

The Difference Between White Gold and Platinum Rings

It’s time to buy a ring, and you’re unsure whether to choose white gold or platinum. Platinum is typically the more popular material, which is why the cost can be pretty expensive. Although, on the surface, these two metals may appear the same, many factors set them apart. Read this post to learn more about their differences before you make your decision. 

Durability and Care

Although white gold and platinum may look the same to the naked eye, they definitely hold up differently. White gold is a beautiful metal that looks gorgeous initially but wears out faster than platinum. It’s not pure gold, as it is made from yellow gold mixed with a white metal such as silver or nickel. After these metals are combined, the jewelry will be “rhodium plated” to give it a shinier finish. Over time, the rhodium plating will wear down, and the natural yellow color will show. Once this happens, you’ll have to get it replated to bring back the white color and shine. 


White gold jewelry may require a long-term commitment to maintenance, whereas platinum will age differently. Platinum will not change color over time; however, the material will lose its shiny finish. Some prefer this because the brilliance of the diamond will enhance. Platinum has better durability than white gold. Platinum can handle wear and tear better, which helps it last for generations. It doesn’t take much to get back to its original look and shine and can be resized if passed down. 

Hypoallergenic

Whether a metal is hypoallergenic or not may be a factor in ring shopping if you have sensitive skin. Hypoallergenic jewelry helps avoid the possibility of an allergic reaction. Platinum is a great choice since it is 95% pure and the only genuine hypoallergenic precious jewelry. Since white gold is made from a mix of metals, its potential to cause irritation is higher. 

Cost

Cost is the most significant selling point of white gold over platinum. Platinum will always be the more expensive option since it is rarer than gold. It is also more dense than gold, and since precious metals are priced by weight, it will be more costly. If you are on a budget yet still want to buy a beautiful ring for your significant other, white gold will be a great option. If you want the best of the best, no matter the cost, consider investing in platinum. 

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Tips on Buying an Engagement Ring

Tips on Buying an Engagement Ring

Buying an engagement ring can be an exciting yet scary experience! Of course, you would want the ring to be perfect since it will represent your everlasting love for your partner. Although it is easy to romanticize the process, buying an engagement ring can be a big expense that you want to get right. Whether you are shopping for rings together or buying it solo, here are some tips for buying the perfect ring. 

Choose Your Shape and Band

Knowing what diamond shape your significant other would love will help you tremendously. This will give you more information on pricing, carat count, and more. Every shape has a different price per carat. Pear and marquise cuts are less expensive, whereas round cuts can be costly. Research different ring cuts, and find two styles that suit your significant other. 


Engagement rings and wedding bands are traditionally made from yellow gold, white gold, silver, or platinum. However, rose gold has gained popularity as a modern alternative. Platinum is more expensive than silver because of its higher density and rarity. Take into account your lifestyle, aesthetic, and budget, for some metals scratch or wear down easier than others. 

Pick Your Carat Size

Some prefer a large stone, whereas others prefer the clearest diamond possible. Your significant other should have an idea of their stone size since that is an important factor in ring shopping. Once you find that size, color and clarity can be tweaked to something within your budget. Keep an open mind–your significant other may think they know what size they’d like, but may find something different once you start shopping. Save costs by buying a less common carat size. Diamond prices are also determined by popularity. 

Cut and Clarity

You can save money by purchasing the lowest color diamond that remains colorless to the naked eye. Same with clarity–opt for the lowest clarity diamond. However, never sacrifice the quality of the cut of the diamond. The cut is a major factor in the sparkle of the diamond. If an expensive, rough diamond is cut poorly, it will look worse than a less expensive diamond cut perfectly. 

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The Benefits of Jewelry Restoration and Repair

The Benefits of Jewelry Restoration and Repair

Have you discovered an old piece of beautiful jewelry in the attic that needs some TLC? Perhaps you've hit your most beloved ring off the wall too many times. No matter the reason for needing jewelry restoration and repair services, there are many benefits that you can reap! When you send in your jewelry to fix or restore its original beauty, you can expect to gain more than planned. 

Make Your Pieces Look New with Jewelry Restoration

Jewelry restoration is designed to bring your older pieces back to life. Over time, jewelry can become dull and appear lifeless. However, your old jewelry can take a fresh breath with a skilled restoration expert. Proper restoration means old pieces will be what they once were – there is no need to make old jewelry look modern. Restoration can, however, make your jewelry as good as new. 

Save Time and Searching Efforts

Do you have an old piece of jewelry that you just loved but cannot wear? Whether you fear damaging it further or it is unfit to wear, you might find yourself searching for something similar to take its place. Fortunately, you don't have to keep searching. Save your time and efforts by getting the original piece restored or repaired.

Keep Your Beloved Jewelry on You

You shouldn’t have to keep a beautiful piece in a box to preserve it! Wear your beloved ring, necklace, or earrings. Should you require work in the future to bring it back to life, jewelry restoration can work wonders!

Save the Heirloom!

What kind of heirloom has been passed down in your family? Is it your great grandmother’s brooch? Your grandmother’s sister’s earrings? Maybe it’s your father’s great grandfather’s tie clip. Whatever your heirloom is, jewelry restoration and repair can help to keep it in perfect condition. There is no need to hide away an heirloom for fear of ruining it. Wear it proudly and use restoration services to give it new life as needed. 

Expect Quality Work from Restoration and Repair 

An expert in jewelry restoration and repair uses the correct tools for the job. Your stones will be kept safe in the hands of a true professional. Quality is a top priority for the best jewelry restoration experts, so finding the right person for the job is vital. 

Looking for Jewelry Restoration and Repair?

When you’re ready for jewelry restoration and repair from a real professional, Bostonian Jewelers is the place for you. Our team of experts will handle your jewelry with the care and attention it deserves, bringing it back to its stunning existence. Trust us with your jewelry needs, and contact us today! 

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Hypoallergenic Metals for Sensitive Skin

Hypoallergenic Metals for Sensitive Skin

Nickel, copper, and other non-pure metals can cause allergic reactions in those with sensitive skin. Such reactions include rashes, itchiness, and other skin irritations. The best solution to avoid these allergic reactions is to switch to hypoallergenic metals for your jewelry. Common hypoallergenic metals consist of stainless steel, gold, and sterling silver. Continue reading to learn more about these hypoallergenic metals. 

Gold

Gold is a metal commonly sought after in jewelry for its lovely, yellow hue. Gold jewelry is found in different karat counts; jewelry components are usually in 14kt gold because 24kt (pure gold) is too soft. Therefore, the other 10 parts are made from other metals and can be made with other hypoallergenic metals. This can be perfect for those with skin sensitivities. 

Gold-filled or gold-plated is a great affordable option for those who want to enjoy gold jewelry. These use other metals as the main component and cover it with a thin layer of gold. It can be long-lasting without fading if properly taken care of. 

Stainless Steel 

Although stainless steel can contain nickel, it is still considered a hypoallergenic metal. This metal is made of alloy, which can include chromium, steel, and nickel. However, it can come in different grades of nickel content. Stainless steel is resistant to corrosives and rusting, and is commonly used as surgical instruments or piercing jewelry. 

Silver

Sterling silver is an alloy. It can tarnish easily, so it is typically plated with rhodium to keep its shine. Because of silver’s delicate nature, silver jewelry is often silver plated or filled. Similar to gold, another metal would be used as the main component with a thin layer of silver to coat it. Sterling silver is a great option for those with less severe metal allergies.

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Hypoallergenic metals are perfect for those who want beautiful jewelry without frustrating allergic reactions. Bostonian Jewelers is the leading high-end custom jeweler in the Boston area with years of professional experience and can create the perfect piece for you! Contact us today! 

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How to Store Your Jewelry

How to Store Your Jewelry

Are you looking for a way to keep your jewelry organized and accessible? Check out these tips for storing your jewelry! Whether you have a lot or just a few pieces, these tips will help you keep everything together and looking great. Read on to learn more!

Store Your Jewelry in a Safe Place Where it Will Be Protected from Damage.

To keep your jewelry looking its best, it is important to store it in a safe and secure place where it will be protected from damage. This can mean choosing a location out of direct sunlight or away from areas where things are prone to get thrown around recklessly.

A padded jewelry box or velvet pouch is ideal for storing your favorite pieces, as they will help prevent scratching, dents, and other forms of wear and tear.

Additionally, it is important to store your jewelry separately so that the various elements do not intermingle and cause tarnish or discoloration.

Whether you choose to store your jewelry in a glass case or drawer, the key is ensuring that it is safely tucked away from harm. With careful storage techniques, you can help protect your most precious pieces for years to come.

Make Sure to Clean Your Jewelry Before Storing It.

Many people don't realize that cleaning your jewelry before storing it is important.

When you put dirty jewelry away, it can become tarnished or stained. And if you're storing multiple pieces of jewelry together, the dirt and grime can actually rub off on other pieces, causing them to become dull or discolored.

To avoid this, take a few minutes to clean your jewelry before putting it away. A quick wipe down with a soft cloth will remove any dirt or fingerprints, and if you're using a storage box or pouch, make sure it's clean before adding your jewelry.

Store Your Jewelry in a Cool, Dry Place.

One of the best ways to protect your jewelry is to store it in a cool, dry place. Extreme temperatures and moisture can damage delicate materials like gold and silver, so be sure to keep your jewelry stored in a cool, dry environment.

While it is stored, check on your jewelry periodically to make sure that it is not becoming tarnished or discolored. With proper care, your jewelry will stay beautiful for years to come.

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Now that you know how to properly store jewelry, it is time to add some to your collection! Bostonian Jewelers is the leading custom jeweler in Boston, dedicated to creating beautiful pieces you’ll fall in love with. Visit our website or give us a call today to learn more about our products and find the perfect option for your collection.

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Your Guide to Rhodium Plated Jewelry

Your Guide to Rhodium Plated Jewelry

Rhodium plating is commonly used in jewelry to enhance the luster and durability of metals. This material gives silver and white gold metals a smooth and shiny finish in jewelry. It is best paired with diamonds, for it can bring out the brilliance of the diamond. However, there are some cons to rhodium plating. Continue reading for more information on this material. 

What are the Properties of Rhodium?

Rhodium is a corrosion-resistant metal with a silvery-white appearance. It can reflect up to 80% of light and give off one of the best sheens achievable. It is a rare material that can be up to 20 times more expensive than gold. Since it is never found as a single mineral, it is cultivated in very small quantities with nickel and platinum ores. The production rate of rhodium is pretty scarce,  and with huge demand, it is considered one of the world’s most expensive metals. 

Rhodium has been used as a coating for jewelry for decades. It can enhance the durability of the metal in jewelry; however, it cannot be made into jewelry itself. Rhodium is a brittle metal that cannot be easily shaped or formed. 

What is the Process of Rhodium Plating? 

Jewelry can receive rhodium plating through an electroplating process. The jewelry must be thoroughly cleaned to remove all contaminants for the plating to hold. After cleaning, the jewelry is dipped into rhodium solution, and a positive electrical charge fuses the rhodium onto the base metal. This process takes around an hour and a half to complete. 

Rhodium is permanent and has a long-lasting ability; however, it can suffer from wear and tear. The material wears off over time and may need to be replated every 12-18 months. This can vary depending on the wear and tear the piece sustains and the plating thickness. 

What are the Pros and Cons? 

There are many benefits to Rhodium plating, but there are some disadvantages as well. The most significant benefit would be the excellent luster. The sheen of the material makes jewelry absolutely stunning. As stated before, rhodium does wear off over time and will require replating. Not many shoppers know about the element’s lasting ability; thus, this may be a disadvantage to some, given the expense. Price is probably the biggest disadvantage. Jewelry with rhodium plating is extremely costly. Nevertheless, it is a valuable investment that can last for years if properly cared for. 

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Contact Bostonian Jewelers to learn more about the different materials and plating for jewelry if you're in the Boston area. We're the leading high-end custom jeweler in the Boston area with years of professional experience. 

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A Guide to Choosing an Eternity Wedding Band

A Guide to Choosing an Eternity Wedding Band

Wedding bands are an essential part of any marriage ceremony, symbolizing an endless love and bond that cannot be broken. Eternity bands are a type of wedding band that encircles the finger with a row of diamonds or other stones; they also have their own meaning relating to romance and enduring commitment. Here is a guide to choosing the perfect wedding band for your significant other. 

What is the Difference Between an Eternity Wedding Band and an Engagement Ring? 

Traditionally, an engagement ring has a larger central stone, unlike the eternity band adorned with smaller diamonds or stones. Although, there are no rules on which is more appropriate; eternity bands can be worn as engagement rings. Choose a ring that best fits your significant other’s individuality and personality. You can even get both! 

Should I match the Eternity Band to the Engagement Ring?

Eternity bands traditionally match the engagement ring in metal and style when purchased as a wedding band. A matching set will ensure that the pieces will fit properly together without detracting from one another. If your significant other is in on choosing their rings, you will have a clear idea of what to purchase. If not, go to a professional jeweler that can help you design a band that will suit the original engagement ring. At Bostonian Jewelers, our staff specializes in custom jewelry designs that will wow your lover. 

How Can You Wear Your Eternity Band? 

Eternity bands are typically worn on the left finger underneath the engagement ring. You can also keep your eternity band on your left hand and move your engagement ring to the right if you do not like stacking your jewelry. However, if you don’t mind or prefer stacking your jewelry, or own multiple eternity bands, there are different ways you can wear them. You can place your engagement ring on your right hand and stack eternity bands of various metals, colors, and stones to create a personalized look. Whichever look you are going for, make sure you can find beautiful bands without breaking your budget. 

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If you are looking to purchase an eternity band, contact Bostonian Jewelers today! As the leading custom jeweler in the Boston area with years of experience, we can help you choose the perfect eternity band. Want a custom piece?  Each item is handcrafted entirely in-house, keeping our clients involved throughout the entire process. Set up a consultation today to get started! 

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How to Tastefully Incorporate Birthstones into Custom Jewelry

How to Tastefully Incorporate Birthstones into Custom Jewelry

Purchasing fine jewelry is always a big decision, and not just because of the high-end price tag. You want to purchase a piece that you love enough to wear and cherish for years to come. The best jewelry pieces are ones that have a personal meaning while still looking absolutely stunning. Incorporating birthstones into jewelry is a great way to make it more unique, but doing it tastefully can be a challenge. We have some tips to help you create a gorgeous custom piece of jewelry with birthstones. 

The Significance of Birthstones

Specific gemstones are assigned to each month of the year as "birthstones." Some months even have multiple birthstones for different dates at the beginning and end of the month. Birthstones are unique colored gemstones that signify the month that someone was born. Many people like to incorporate birthstones of their children and other loved ones into jewelry so they have a special way to cherish them. You can also incorporate your own birthstone to make a piece of jewelry unique just like you!

Types of Jewelry to Add Birthstones to

Birthstones are most commonly added to necklaces and rings, but they can be added to earrings and bracelets as well. Rings can be customized with one large birthstone right in the center as the main stone, or with smaller birthstones surrounding a diamond as the main stone. Mother’s rings are a common type of custom birthstone ring that features the birthstone of each child the mother has had.

Birthstone jewelry tends to look more high-end and unique when the birthstone stones are not the centerpiece of the jewelry. For instance, earrings with a diamond surrounded by smaller sapphires looks better than just a large sapphire. Birthstones can be added to gold or white gold jewelry. The vibrant colors match both types of gold perfectly, so it just comes down to personal preference.

Why Custom Designed Birthstone Jewelry?

Sure, you can find pre-made birthstone jewelry online or at a jeweler in the mall. While those pieces might have the type of stone you want, they definitely aren’t unique. There’s nothing that makes your birthstone jewelry any different from everyone else’s when you purchase from a mass-manufacturer.

By spending a bit more to purchase a custom designed jewelry piece, it will feel even more special. You can also customize the size, placement, and orientation of the stones. You never realize how lackluster pre-made jewelry is until you see a perfect piece of custom jewelry that brings your vision to life!

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If you’re in the Boston area, contact Bostonian Jewelers to learn more about designing custom jewelry. We're the leading high-end custom jeweler in the Boston area. Nothing is quite as beautiful as a jewelry piece that’s custom designed and truly one of a kind! 

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Jewelry Trends We’ll See in 2022

Jewelry trends are constantly changing, just like fashion and makeup trends. Whether you prefer bold and flashy jewelry or subtle and delicate, keeping up with the latest trends is is the best way to keep your jewelry collection looking fresh year after year! Checkout these 2022 jewelry trends that are going to be everywhere this year.

Statement Earrings

This year, it’s all about eye-catching earrings that look straight out of an old Hollywood photoshoot. Statement earrings can come in the form of a chandelier design, pendants, fringe, and so much more! Anything that drops down from the ear and grabs the eye will fit right into 2022 fashion.

Y2K Reminiscence 

Do you remember the bright, colorful candy jewelry of the early 2000’s? If you were into accessories at that time, it’s impossible to forget. Y2K reminiscent jewelry was making waves on the runway in 2021 and in 2022, it’s becoming even more of a popular trend. These pieces of jewelry feature bright colors, fun designs, and an almost childlike feel in the best way! It’s impossible not to feel vibrant and trendy when you’re wearing Y2K inspired jewelry.

Body Chains

Body chains had a moment in the spotlight years ago, but they’re coming back stronger than ever. Body chains come in a variety of styles to fit your comfort zone. Some begin around the neck, fall down the chest, and secure around the waist. Others just go around your waist based on customized waist measurements. There are body chains for the simplest and most extravagant tastes! You can even find body chains in different colors, types of metal, and with varying levels of intricacy.

Chunky Gold Necklaces

Chunky gold necklaces are another item that graced the runway in 2021. These chains can be worn alone or used to layer with other necklaces for an even more impressive look. Finding the perfect chunky gold necklace is all about finding the right length and thickness to fit your aesthetic. It’s best to try a few on in person before you jump into this 2022 jewelry trend!

Contact Bostonian Jewelers 

Which trend do you see yourself getting into this year? If you’re ready to refresh your jewelry collection with timeless, yet trendy pieces, visit us at Bostonian Jewelers! As an experienced jeweler in the Boston area, we offer custom pieces that can be worn for decades. No matter how the trends change in 2022 or beyond, you’ll look better than ever in a custom jewelry piece from Bostonian Jewelers. We can also help custom design a piece of jewelry as a gift for someone you love. Contact us today to set up a consultation

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