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How to Restore Heirloom Jewelry to Suit Your Style

How to Restore Heirloom Jewelry to Suit Your Style

There's nothing more special than a piece of jewelry that has been passed down from generation to generation, carrying years worth of memories and stories. Heirloom jewelry holds a sentimental value that a new piece simply can't replace. It often holds an emotional attachment to the original owner, whether it be your mom, grandma, great-grandma, aunt, or close family member. However, often these heirloom pieces sit in the back of a jewelry box for years untouched. Sometimes it just needs to be cleaned and shined, or there might be a missing gemstone or broken piece, or maybe it's just not in style anymore. Luckily, there are many different ways to restore or repurpose these heirloom pieces to make them more modern and fit your style! Here are a few ideas to breathe some new life into your special jewelry. 

Tune it Up

If your piece of jewelry is covered in cobwebs from sitting in the closet for years, maybe all it needs is a quick tune-up to make it wearable again! A proper cleaning can work wonders. Bringing it to a jeweler for a professional cleaning and inspection to ensure there are no loose gemstones or pieces may be beneficial. 

Change the Metal

While gold was typically the most popular metal choice back in the day, as it symbolized elegance and wealth, today, it's not necessarily everyone's first choice. Remounting the diamond of an heirloom ring onto a white gold or platinum band could give the piece a trendy and modern look! 

Repurpose the Piece

Let's face it; A vintage brooch that your grandmother wore in the '40s might not be in style right now, but that doesn't mean you can't find a way to make it stylish! Consider repurposing the gemstones to recreate your own unique piece of jewelry, while carrying the sentimental value of the heirloom. You can even take a larger piece, like a statement necklace, and turn it into several smaller pieces such as stud earrings so that multiple family members can enjoy the sentiment. This way, you can still have an heirloom piece with ties to the past, and can still be passed down and worn for years to come. 

Contact us for Jewelry Restoration

At Bostonian Jewelers, we specialize in jewelry restorations, and love being able to breathe new life into your special pieces of jewelry. If you're unsure how to make your heirloom jewelry wearable again, we'll help you reimagine and design a piece that beautifully suits your style, while maintaining its integrity. With nearly 50 years in the industry, you can feel confident leaving your valuables in our hands. We treat every piece with delicacy and care. Get in touch with us today to set up your consultation, and together we'll create something amazing!

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How to Tastefully Accessorize Your Wedding Dress

How to Tastefully Accessorize Your Wedding Dress

 

Once you’ve found the dress of your dreams for your special day, now comes the fun part; Accessorizing! Of course, the dress is the star of the show, but finding just the right accessories to complement it will bring the whole look together. From choosing shoes, to the veil, a headpiece, jewelry, and beyond, it can be easy to get carried away. You want to keep it elegant and tasteful. Matching your metals, keeping it minimal, and sticking true to your style will make all the difference. We’re here to provide you with some tips for choosing jewelry that’ll look absolutely stunning as you walk down the aisle to exchange your vows. 

Match Your Metals

When choosing your earrings, necklace, bracelets, etc., the first and perhaps most important rule of thumb is to match your metals. It’s best to match them to the metal used for your engagement ring and wedding bands to stay consistent. Some metals will match better with different shades of white. For example, an ivory dress wil best pair with gold, as it highlights the creamy shades of the fabric. If your dress has any sort of beading, let that guide you in the direction of a matching metal. If you’re unsure which metal would complement your dress best, our experts will be glad to point you in the right direction!

Less is More

You’ve heard the saying before, and it is especially true for your wedding look. The dress should be the statement and the jewelry is there to elegantly complement it. Too many accessories can be distracting and take away from your already gorgeous look. Dainty and classic pieces of jewelry such as diamond or pearl earrings will look stunning with any wedding dress. Small studs are a great choice or gem drops if you’re looking for something a little more bold. 

Consider Your Neckline

Wedding dresses can have all different necklines, from sweetheart, to high-neck, scoop neck or v-cut. When choosing a necklace, you’ll want to keep this in mind. Finding a necklace that’ll complement the shape of the neckline is key. If you have a high-neck gown, you may want to skip the necklace and opt for a fancier pair of earrings. 

Stay True to Your Style

Although it’s your wedding day and you may want to dress up like a princess, you’ll feel most comfortable in something that's close to your style. You’ll radiate looking like the most beautiful version of yourself (rather than a fairytale character)! If you typically opt for statement jewelry, then go for it. If you rarely wear jewelry, something subtle is probably your best bet. You may even consider choosing a piece with your birthstone or an heirloom piece that has special sentiment. 


Create a Custom Piece

While we offer a gorgeous selection of ready made jewelry to choose from, you may want to create a custom piece to suit your style. After all, it’s your special day, and you should have exactly what you want down to every last detail and accessory. Our jewelers in Boston have been creating bridal jewelry for decades, and have the expertise to create just the right piece for you. Get in touch with us today to set up a consultation

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The Gemstone of Summer; Ruby

The Gemstone of Summer; Ruby

While some people like to categorize the months by zodiac signs and horoscopes, as jewelers, we of course associate each time of year with a gemstone. Most people are likely aware that each month has a gemstone or “birthstone” associated with it. But did you know that each of the 4 seasons does as well? By no surprise, summer’s gemstone is the Ruby, also the birthstone of July babies! The ruby is a breathtaking gemstone with a history dating back to around 200BC. We love creating unique jewelry pieces with this gorgeous gemstone of summer! Keep reading to learn more about the history of the Ruby, and check out some of our top picks for ruby pieces! 

Why Rubies are a Special Stone

The ruby is a special stone, as it’s considered one of the “big four,” meaning that it’s a precious stone. Rubies are valued according to their color, opposite of how diamonds are characterized by how colorless they are. The most valuable rubies have a deep blood-red color, with a high level of clarity. These deep hues represent passion, vividness, and power. Glowing rubies suggest a sense of love, warmth, and vitality, which has made them a popular choice for engagement rings! 

The History of the Ruby 

The story of the precious ruby gemstone can be traced back to the ancient Silk Road of China, when Asian traders imported rubies back to their native cultures. Rubies were always held in high regard, symbolizing good luck for many Asian cultures. These valuable gemstones were used not only in jewelry but also to ornament armor for wealthy noblemen of this time. Some wealthy people laid rubies at the foundations of their home as a good luck charm. The ancient Hindus thought of ruby as the king of all gems and believed that wearing it could ward off evil. While the meaning of ruby gemstones has changed throughout the years, the ruby is still a rare and valuable gemstone that is cherished by many. 

Our Top Ruby Gemstone Jewelry Pieces

Ruby Halo Ring

The ruby halo ring is simply stunning! The design is centered around the oval ruby, beautifully showcasing the rich and intense red color. 

Flora Tiny Baguette Band

For a more low-profile look, this stacking ring with a ruby diamond is dainty and sophisticated. 

Bostonian Makes Waves

This original inspired design features gorgeous red rubies and diamonds and can be customized just for you. Shop the Bostonian Waves ring.  

Create a Custom Piece of Jewelry

Whether your jewelry style is bold, simple, or somewhere in between, ruby is a gemstone that will always be in style. Rubies are a classic used in many different pieces of jewelry. If you want to create something special using rubies, we can help you design and create your own custom piece of jewelry! Get in contact with us today to schedule a consultation and get started.

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Bostonian Jewelers Safety Precautions During COVID-19 Reopening

Bostonian Jewelers Safety Precautions During COVID-19 Reopening

It’s no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the lives of many across the globe. While it has been extremely difficult for individuals and businesses alike, we’re so grateful for the amazing and supportive clients we have at Bostonian Jewelers. As businesses in Massachusetts begin to reopen, we understand that we all hold a huge responsibility to take the necessary safety measures to protect ourselves and others. Our top priority is the health and wellbeing of our community as a whole, and we have implemented additional precautions to continue operating safely at this time. We wanted to take a moment to share with you the steps we’ll be taking, as we navigate through these unprecedented times together. 

Safety Protocols: 

  • Bostonian Jewelers will be open by appointment only- No walk-ins, please. Our space is limited, so we’ll only be accepting one scheduled appointment at a time to ensure we’re able to maintain the 6 ft. standard. 
  • All team members and guests will be required to wear a mask or face covering at all times, per state regulations. 
  • We’ll greet you verbally! No handshakes, high-fives, or hugs at this time, please. 
  • Please wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before entering the building. Our team members will be following the same protocol, in addition to wearing gloves.
  • If you don’t feel comfortable coming in, don’t worry! We’re still offering curbside pick-up and delivery for your orders. Call when you arrive, and someone will bring your jewelry out to your car promptly. 
  • While social distancing is still the recommended protocol, we’re glad to continue offering virtual consultations! You can still come prepared with inspirational photos, questions, and we’ll discuss all options as we normally would. 
  • Online ordering is always a great option! Check out our selection of ready-made jewelry, for a fully contactless process. 

Contact Bostonian Jewelers 

We hope that you’ll feel safe and confident with our services, and we look forward to seeing you- whether it be virtually or 6 feet apart- soon! As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out. If you’re interested in any of our services, we encourage you to schedule an appointment

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Designing an Engagement Ring Virtually

Designing an Engagement Ring Virtually
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected many plans, but it certainly shouldn’t get in the way of one of the biggest moments of your life. Big events and parties may be canceled, but love certainly is not!  If you were planning on popping the question in the near future but hadn’t started the process of choosing or designing a ring yet, no need to worry. While some jewelers are beginning to open around the state, you may still not be comfortable leaving your home for a consultation, and we fully understand! We’re gladly still offering virtual consultations to meet the needs of all our clients. We’ll work with you to create the ring of her dreams! Keep reading to learn more about our virtual consultation process and designing a custom engagement ring with Bostonian Jewelers. 

Setting up the Consultation

Scheduling the initial design consultation is the first step in the process of creating a gorgeous custom ring! To book your virtual consultation, all you have to do is simply fill out an online form or give us a call. From there, we’ll send you a Google Hangouts or Zoom link for us to both join at the time of your appointment. We’ll treat the virtual consultation just as we would an in-person one; Together, we’ll look over your inspirational images, discuss the different options for gemstones and metals, sizing, and all of the other key details we’ll need. 

Designing the Model

Once we’re on the same page about the details of the ring, we can start the design process! We use sophisticated 3D CAD technology that allows us to create realistic renderings of your design so that you can see exactly what the ring will look like. Once you see and approve these high-resolution images, we move onto the phase where we create wax models of your engagement ring. This allows you to see and feel what the actual ring will be like. If you choose to do this virtually, we can discuss alternative solutions for this step. 

Diamonds & Gemstones

After we have the final design approved, we’ll start sourcing stones for your ring. With custom designs, you get to choose the exact stone that’ll be used in your ring, from the type, color, and shape. These stones can all be shared virtually through images or videos to make the decision. 

Engineering the Ring

Lastly, when the design process is complete and we’ve agreed upon all aspects of the ring, we begin the process to make your dream ring come to life! Our craftsman handset each of the stones, add detailing and finish the metal right in our Boston studio. We guarantee you’ll be satisfied with the precision and quality of our craftsmanship! 

Delivery

And finally, your dream engagement ring is completed! We’ll happily deliver the ring to you to ensure it gets in your hands safely. When you receive your ring, we’ll also give you your appraisal, information about ring insurance, and guidance for how to care for your ring properly. 

Contact Bostonian Jewelers

Ready to get started on your custom ring? Get in contact with us today to schedule your virtual consultation with Bostonian Jewelers! We look forward to working with you and creating something beautifully unique. 

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Engagement Ring Trends We’re Seeing Everywhere in 2020

Engagement Ring Trends We’re Seeing Everywhere in 2020

While classic diamond rings are always a gorgeous choice, as custom jewelers, we’ve seen and created some unique and trendy engagement rings that we couldn’t help but share. From intricate settings to clusters of diamonds and bold flashy rings, these 2020 trends are absolutely stunning! Check out some of our favorite engagement ring trends and creations below.   

Intricate settings

It’s all in the details! While the diamond is the focal point of the ring, that doesn’t mean the setting can’t be beautifully crafted, too. These intricate settings are becoming more popular and we’re loving it. A detailed setting is a luxurious way to add some more personality to the ring, while still showcasing the center stone. Using colorful gemstones, geometric shapes, and other intricate detailing, we can create a unique setting for your diamond.  

 

Big and Bold

All eyes will certainly be on you, with these big and bold engagement rings! It seems that more and more brides are opting for flashy, unique rings, rather than dainty and modest. Whether it be a large diamond or a unique gemstone, such as a ruby or sapphire, there are no rules when it comes to your engagement ring! It should showcase your individual personality and be something you’ll love for decades to come. We can help design something that’s bold and beautiful, while still tasteful and timeless. 

 

Cluster Rings

The more diamonds the merrier; That’s what we always say! It looks like one diamond just isn’t always enough, and especially this year. More and more brides are loving the “cluster” of diamonds. The Bostonian Three Stone Ring has long been a favorite of ours, and we love seeing how it fits into recent trends. We can also create custom cluster designs, mixing and matching with your favorite diamond and gemstone cuts. Either way, you can’t go wrong with a cluster of diamonds! 

 

Alternative Halos

Let’s get edgy, ladies! While your center diamond may be a traditional cushion cut or oval diamond, adding a bolder, sharper halo will really make it stand out! Alternative halo shapes, such as sunburst and pointed flower-like petals are becoming a desired choice for many brides in 2020. 

 


Let’s Create Something Unique Together

If you’re looking to create a beautiful custom engagement ring, we’d love to help you bring your visions into reality! We’ve been designing custom engagement rings for more than 50 years in the Boston area. Learn more about our custom design process here, and contact Bostonian Jewelers today to get started! Fill out an online form or give us a call at 617-523-2934!

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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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