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When Should You Take Off Your Engagement Ring?

When Should You Take Off Your Engagement Ring?

Are you engaged? Congratulations! Wearing a ring to show the world your commitment to the person you love can bring joy. But when should you take off your engagement ring?

Your engagement ring is more than just a pretty piece of jewelry; it symbolizes love and commitment and should be treated with respect, but sometimes it is necessary to take it off. Here are some tips on when to remove your engagement ring:

When You're Doing Manual Tasks

When doing tasks involving manual labor, like gardening, cleaning, or repair work, it's best to remove your engagement ring for safety reasons. Doing physical activities with an engagement ring can lead to damage or accidents due to the extra weight on your finger or getting caught in tools and machinery. Also, if the stone in the center of your engagement ring is loose, manual labor may cause further damage.

When You Go Swimming

If you plan on going swimming, take off your engagement ring before entering the pool or ocean. Saltwater and chlorine can cause jewelry to erode over time, so wearing an engagement ring while submerged isn't advised.

Chlorine exposure may also change the color and clarity of diamonds and other gems. Additionally, depending on what type of metal was used for your engagement band (gold, silver, etc.), these metals can turn colors from exposure to pool chemicals over time.

Before Applying Lotions And Cosmetics

Harsh chemicals found in beauty products such as moisturizers and makeup can cause dulling or tarnishing around metals used for jewelry making, which includes gold and sterling silver (unless given a special protective coating).

Other lotion ingredients, such as mineral oils or petroleum jelly, may cause dirt buildup, making your sparkly diamonds look less bright over time unless washed off regularly by removing the jewelry before applying them onto the skin.

Before Bedtime

Taking off any type of jewelry before bedtime is recommended as lying down with rings on fingers may snag sheets or pull hair while sleeping, which causes skin irritation overnight. It’s also important not to sleep with tight rings made out of harder metals such as titanium due to potential hand swelling during sleep, which could make taking it off more difficult later on in case of an emergency.

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If you are looking for a ring so beautiful it’d be hard to part ways with, contact Bostonian Jewelers! We design custom jewelry to meet your aesthetic needs. There’s nothing better than a unique jewelry piece made just for you! Contact us today to schedule a consultation. 

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How to Keep the Sparkle in your Engagement Ring

How to Keep the Sparkle in your Engagement Ring

Congratulations on your engagement! The question was popped, and you exclaimed, "yes," and now the ring sits perfectly on your finger. It's an exciting time! A few months down the line, the shine of your ring has dulled slightly. Fortunately, this isn't a permanent loss of shine. There are many ways to keep the sparkle in your engagement ring.

Stop Touching It!

It can be difficult to wear something so beautiful without admiring it consistently. Your ring catches your eye, and you can't help but touch it. Unfortunately, touching it so much is part of what dulls the shine. Your fingers have natural oils combined with everything else you've touched. Touching the diamonds transfers those oils, hair products, lotions, makeup, and more to the ring. 

It can be difficult to break your habit, but it is best to admire your ring with eyes only. Even when you are taking your ring off, avoid touching the diamond. Use the metal band to remove and put it back on.

Clean It Weekly

Cleaning your ring at home is a simple and effective process to keep the sparkle in your engagement ring. While special products exist for cleaning rings, they are not necessarily required to clean your ring well. In fact, all you need is some warm water, dish soap, and a soft-bristled toothbrush.

Start by putting warm water in a bowl and adding a squirt of Dawn or other dish soap. Place your engagement ring in the bowl and leave it for about half an hour. After the ring has soaked, remove it and use the toothbrush to brush the ring gently. You can then leave it on a towel to air dry or pat dry with a microfiber cloth. 

It is important to note that you must use the soft-bristled toothbrush gently. Scrubbing the ring could cause damage, especially if it's done weekly. A gentle cleaning once a week will help retain the ring's shine. 

Take Your Ring in For a Cleaning

A jeweler can clean your ring and help to maintain the sparkle. While the jeweler has your ring, they will likely check it for potential damages to ensure the cleaning will not harm it further. If damages exist, a professional jeweler can repair the ring for you. 

Who Can Help with Your Sparkle?

If you’re looking for a local jeweler to help maintain your ring and its sparkle, Bostonian Jewelers is the one you want. Our expertise in diamonds and engagement rings can provide you with a thorough cleaning. Keep your engagement ring in its original state with our help.

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Tips for Picking the Perfect Men’s Wedding Band

Tips for Picking the Perfect Men’s Wedding Band

We all know the excitement and pressure of finding the perfect engagement ring for a woman, but what about wedding bands for a man? A wedding band is a piece of jewelry one will wear for countless years. Therefore, it must be the perfect band to showcase your individual style. Shopping for a wedding band when there are millions of options to choose from can be overwhelming. Continue reading for tips to help narrow down your search. 

Decide the color and material.

Determine the type of metal and color you want the most for your wedding band. The metal type is perhaps the most important factor because it will determine many aspects of the ring–the color, strength, durability, etc. The most common metals for men’s wedding bands are gold, platinum, and tungsten carbide. Consider researching the pros and cons of different types of metals to help with your decision. 

Choose the width of the ring.

The width of the ring is all up to preference. Choose the size that would fit your style best. Think about what will look good on your finger; if the width is too wide, it may look clunky and awkward, and if it is too thin, it can look underwhelming. 

Choose the style of the ring. 

Men’s wedding bands are commonly plain with no design. However, incorporating a design will make your band more personal and can be a great way to stand out. Some popular designs include stripes, two-tone metal, a pattern, or a non-metal inlay. It is also not typical for men to have diamonds in their wedding bands, but why not add some bling?! Diamonds and rare stones can make a ring pop with its own unique flare. Not every man wants a flashy wedding band, but it is a matter of preference. 

Decide on the finish of the ring. 

The finish of your ring can determine how the metal looks. There are different options for finishes: polished, brushed, hammered, etc. Is smooth and polished more your style, or would you like to have a textured, hammered look to your band? The finish can transform your wedding band into something unique and beautiful! 

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If you are unsure about what you want for your wedding band, schedule a consultation with Bostonian Jewelers. Our team specializes in custom jewelry and is sure to create a ring perfect for your taste. Fill out our contact form or give us a call! 

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Quick Guide to Different Jewelry Metals

Quick Guide to Different Jewelry Metals

People have different aesthetic preferences when it comes to jewelry. White or yellow? A little matte or extremely shiny? There are several properties that each metal possesses, making them ideal for jewelry making. 

We’ll shed some light on each type of metal to make jewelry purchasing less overwhelming. Using this information, you can create a collection suited to your taste, preferences, and spending limit.

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Different Types Of Jewelry Metals

Jewelers have used just about every kind of metal to create jewelry perfect for your requirements. Taking the raw material and transforming it into something different has allowed jewelers to target the right audience and customize pieces according to consumer needs.

Jewelry production primarily uses noble metals. They are advantageous since they don’t corrode or oxidize. They can withstand acid as well. They are used as currencies and can be found anywhere in the world, but not in great abundance.

Here are four types of metals primarily used to make various forms of jewelry.

Gold

Mostly recognized for its beauty, gold holds high value due to its tarnish-free properties and excellent workability. Furthermore, it doesn’t tarnish itself. You can always get your gold jewelry professionally polished to bring it back to life, regardless of how old it is.

Sterling Silver

There was a time when silver outgrew the value of gold due to its accessible uses. In modern times, the quality of silver has allowed it to be used in batteries, magnetic strips, and photography, to name a few. It’s more abundant, making it more affordable than gold.

Platinum

Platinum is a stronger metal than gold. Due to its tarnish-free and oxidization-free properties, it is also used in laboratories as an electrode.

It is also inherently hypoallergenic. Platinum is a fantastic choice for items with a diamond setting, including wedding and engagement rings, because it is highly resistant to stress and temperature.

Titanium

Despite being exposed to the environment, titanium is durable and doesn’t corrode or rust. It is more expensive and about half as light as stainless steel, but it is also just as strong.

This attractive ring is ideal for anyone who leads an active lifestyle thanks to titanium’s outstanding strength and lightweight. Additionally, the finish is mistier. Although it isn’t matte gunmetal, it is unquestionably less white than stainless steel.

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So, the next time you opt for metallic jewelry, you know which options to choose from. All metals have their pros and cons. It all comes down to which metal perfectly meets your needs.

Contact Bostonian Jewelers today for professional guidance on different types of metal perfect for jewelry making and the best designs.

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What Is A Diamond Accent?

What Is A Diamond Accent?

Diamonds are so stunning that they turn people's heads wherever they go. They are available in various qualities, designs, and forms. Whether you're a seasoned buyer or just starting, you should educate yourself on diamond embellishments.

Are you curious about diamond accents (and how they may elevate even the most stunning jewelry to the realm of the extraordinary)? Continue reading!

What Exactly Are Diamond Accents?

Diamond accents are tiny diamonds deliberately placed around a larger diamond in rings and other jewelry designs. These diamonds often have a carat weight of 0.25 or less and are cut more crudely. Thus, they are only a little sought after individually.

Several diamond accents are typically put logically to produce a spectacular result. Jewelry artisans use accents to increase and vary the ring's glimmer, shine, and sway design.

Types of Diamond Accents

Currently, there are four typical applications for diamond accents in jewelry, and they are:

  • Baguette-cut Diamond Accents

These diamonds have a rectangular shape with a step cut. Baguette diamonds are usually set as accent stones, with one on either side of a larger center stone. In addition, baguette diamonds are cut with only 14 facets, so they don't compete with larger diamonds for attention.

Due to their somewhat lengthy nature, baguette diamonds are simple to set within a narrow ring. Because of this, a channel setting is frequently used for baguette diamonds that run the length of a ring or bracelet.

  • Marquise Accent Diamonds

These diamonds have an oval shape with rounded corners that taper to sharp points at the top and bottom. In the same way, as baguette diamonds are typically set as side stones, marquise accent diamonds serve that function most often.

The unique shape of a marquise diamond contrasts beautifully with the traditional round cut of a diamond, creating a stunning and unique piece of jewelry. In addition, their unusual cut gives them greater flexibility.

  • Trillion Accent Diamonds

These triangle diamonds are cut similarly to radiant diamonds to maximize their brilliance. Triliard diamonds are frequently used as the smaller of the two accent stones in a three-stone setting.

A diamond with the brilliance of a trillion will outshine others that aren't as brilliant. This is why round, oval, or radiant center stones work best with trillion accent stones.

  • Round Accent Diamonds

The simplicity and elegance of round diamond accents cannot be overstated. Because of how well its timeless shape complements all other diamond shapes, this is the most adaptable accent diamond.

Side stones, pave settings, and channel settings all feature prominently for round diamonds. The fashionable halo setting, in which smaller round diamonds frame a larger center stone, is another common application of round diamonds. These gems will make any occasion shine brighter and more brilliantly.

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Diamonds used as accents can elevate a simple band to a new level of radiance and sophistication. Contact Bostonian Jewelers for custom diamond pieces and beautiful jewelry. With years of experience, we will surely design a piece you will love.

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The Ideal Diamond Shape for Your Hand Size

The Ideal Diamond Shape for Your Hand Size

There are many factors to consider when choosing your perfect diamond shape–budget, style, durability, etc. It’s easy to fall in love with a diamond you see on someone else on social media. However, another factor to consider is how a particular shape will look on your hand. There has been plenty of instances where a buyer loves the look of a shape in pictures but not on them. If this is the case for you, continue reading to figure out which diamond shape would be the most flattering on your finger. 

Wide Hands or Fingers

If you have wider hands or fingers, you may love the diamond shapes that offer a slimming effect. The best diamond shapes for this goal would be oval-shaped, emerald cut, or marquise cut. Also, if you are dying for a large diamond on your finger, you are in luck! Larger diamonds with long, fancy shapes tend to look amazing on wider hands. Go bold with intricate details and unique bands. Don’t worry about your budget; there are plenty of options for a statement piece for an affordable price. 

Slim Hands or Long Fingers

Luckily for you, if you have long fingers or slim hands, you have plenty of options for your ideal diamond shape. Figure out your goals and how you want your ring to affect the look of your hand; to accentuate your long fingers, consider an elongated piece, and if you want balance, choose a round cut. Wider diamond rings work beautifully with longer hands since they look proportional. 

Small Hands

Smaller, daintier diamonds look fantastic on small hands. Proportion is key, and smaller diamonds look more aesthetically pleasing on smaller hands. Round, princess, and Asscher cut diamonds provide more depth than surface area, making them the perfect shapes for small hands. However, those who have short fingers may be interested in diamonds with an elongated effect–oval-shaped, pear-shaped, and marquise cut, as stated above. 

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If you are not sure which diamond shape to choose, book a consultation with Bostonian Jewelers. Our team will help you through the process of picking the right diamond for your aesthetic and budget. We specialize in custom jewelry, so we can make the ring perfect for you! Contact us today. Continue reading

How to Care for Your Diamond Engagement Ring

How to Care for Your Diamond Engagement Ring

You have received the most beautiful engagement ring, but how do you care for it? Diamond engagement rings require proper maintenance as does any fine jewelry in your possession. Continue reading for tips on cleaning, protecting, and properly caring for your ring. 

The Fit of Your Ring Matters 

The fit of your ring is an important factor in ring care. Your ring should fit snugly on your finger–not impossible to take off but not easily able to slip off your finger. If your ring is too big for your finger, it could suddenly fall off and damage the center stone. However, if it is too small, it could warp the band to the shape of your finger and overall be very uncomfortable. Sizing isn’t difficult but if you aren’t sure if your ring is the correct size, book a consultation with Bostonian Jewelers. 

When Should You Take Your Ring Off?

We understand that you would want to show off your beautiful ring at all times. However, there are some occasions when you should take your ring off to avoid damage to the center stone or band. 

You should take off your ring when exercising. If you lift weights, you could easily knock your ring against something heavy which can lead to scraping, scuffing, or even chipping your center stone. Vigorous exercising can also dirty your ring from sweat. 

You should set your ring aside when washing your hands or showering. Harsh soaps and tap water can dirty your diamond and accelerate wear and tear. This is the same for performing house chores. Accidentally spraying cleaning solution on your ring could aid in dirting your diamond. 

How to Clean Your Ring

A dirty diamond is dull and may appear cloudy with a brownish tint. Because diamonds are naturally sticky, it can attract dirt and grime very quickly. Regularly cleaning your diamond can keep it in tip-top shape. The following products should NOT be used to clean your ring: 

  • Toothpaste
  • Boiling water
  • Any hard bristle brush
  • Vodka 

Avoid any cleaning “hacks” and make sure to clean your ring the correct way. If you cannot bring your ring to get professionally cleaned, use the following to clean your ring at home:

  • Dish soap
  • Warm water
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Soft bristle brush

Fill a bowl with warm water and a few drops of dish soap, and let your ring sit in the solution for 2-3 minutes. Then, take your engagement ring and gently brush the ring with the soft bristle brush. Rinse the ring with fresh water and dry it with a microfiber towel. 

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Contact Bostonian Jewelers to get your ring professionally cleaned. For more tips and information, contact us today!

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How To Save Money On An Engagement Ring

How To Save Money On An Engagement Ring

The engagement ring of your dreams doesn’t have to have an incredibly high price tag. There are plenty of ways that you and your fiancée can save money on an engagement ring without sacrificing the beauty or quality of the ring. These are the jeweler’s secrets to getting a stunning engagement ring that won’t break the budget:

Choose A Solitaire Diamond

There’s something truly timeless about a gorgeous solitaire diamond engagement ring. A solitaire diamond on a slender gold band will cost less than a ring with a center diamond and a band filled with diamonds or clusters of diamonds around the center stone. A simple and elegant solitaire engagement ring is a lovely traditional choice that will work for almost any budget. 

Lab Grown Diamonds Are Affordable And Ethical

If you think of cubic zirconia when you think of lab-grown diamonds, you need to see some more modern lab-grown diamonds. Lab-grown diamonds these days are stunning. They have the same fire, clarity, and sparkle as mined diamonds but cost a fraction of the price. Lab-grown diamonds are also a more ethical choice if that’s important to you and your fiancée. If you’ve been hesitant to buy a diamond engagement ring because of the ethical considerations and the cost, look at some of the gorgeous lab-grown diamond engagement rings available now. 

Gemstones Can Be The Star Of The Show

If you and your fiancée want to be unique and not go for a diamond ring, gemstone engagement rings are very on-trend. Sapphires, emeralds, rubies, amethysts, and other colorful gems are having a cultural moment, especially among younger couples. Gemstone rings are affordable for everyone, especially for couples with a limited budget. A gemstone ring with a white gold band with a few diamond chips is a beautiful way to marry traditional and modern engagement ring styles. 

Avoid Round Cut Diamonds

Round-cut diamonds may draw your eye, but they will cost you. A round-cut diamond can cost as much as 25% more than any other cut. Since you have to cut away a lot of the surface area of the diamond to make a round shape, it will cost more money to find a diamond that will still have the sparkle and light after it’s been cut. Choosing an oval or a marquis cut can save a lot of money on a brilliant diamond engagement ring. 

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Choosing an engagement ring is one of the most significant decisions you’ll make in your life because you or your fiancée will be wearing it forever. Come see us at Bostonian Jewelers, and we can show you all kinds of stunning rings that are priced to fit your budget.

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Resizing An Engagement Ring

Resizing An Engagement Ring

There’s nothing more exciting than the moment when your partner asks you to marry them and slides that special ring on your finger. But what if the ring doesn’t fit? If it’s the perfect ring but not the perfect size, don’t worry. In most cases, a jeweler can resize the ring so it fits you perfectly and is comfortable enough that you can wear it for the rest of your life. 

What Does Resizing Mean?

When a jeweler resizes a ring, they will rework the ring's band to fit your finger better. They won’t change the ring setting or the main stone. However, if there are diamonds or gemstones on the band itself, they may need to remove several of those stones in order to change the size of the band. 

When the ring fits the way it should, it should sit comfortably on your finger. It should be loose enough that it won’t become uncomfortable if your finger swells slightly but not loose enough that it slides on your finger. If you can slide or spin the ring, it’s too big. If it leaves indentations in your finger, it’s too small. 

Can All Rings Be Resized?

Most engagement rings can be resized. The base metal for an engagement ring band is typically gold, silver, or platinum.  Silver and gold are relatively soft metals and easy to rework, so resizing rings made from silver or gold, including white gold, is typically not difficult. Platinum is a little bit of a harder metal but can be reworked most of the time. 

If your engagement’s band isn’t made from gold, silver, or platinum, it may not be able to be resized. Specialty rings or custom rings made from resin or enamel usually can’t be resized. 

How Big Or Small Can The Ring Go? 

Typically an engagement ring made from silver, gold, or platinum can be resized in two sizes in either direction. If your ring needs to be made larger or smaller, then you may need to have a custom-made band. Sometimes the jeweler will be able to save the original stone and setting and add it to the custom band. 

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Working with an experienced jeweler is the best way to ensure that your ring is safely resized without compromising the quality of the ring or damaging the stones. When you work with an expert jeweler, you will get a ring that looks stunning and fits comfortably. To learn more about ring resizing or to talk with a jeweler about resizing your engagement ring, contact Bostonian Jewelers today. 

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How to Clean Gold Jewelry

How to Clean Gold Jewelry

There’s nothing more upsetting than realizing that your favorite piece of gold jewelry is beginning to tarnish. The brightness of the jewels has dulled, and the gleam of the metal has begun to fade; before long, your once-loved accessory will be consigned to the back of a drawer. But If you keep up a regular cleaning routine, you can avoid this situation. In this blog, you will learn how to clean gold jewelry. Read on!

What You Need To Clean Gold Jewelry

Before restoring the brilliance and sheen to your gold, you must first obtain some ingredients. Here are some things you need to get started:

  • Warm water
  • Dish detergent
  •  Bowl 
  • Toothbrush
  •  Smooth fabric
  •  Baking soda with salt (optional)

A safe and effective way to maintain the perfect state of your Gold is by using a cleaning solution made specifically for gold jewelry. Just be sure to identify Gold as one of the potential uses.

Steps Involved in Cleaning Gold Jewelry

  1. Mix the Water and the Dish Soap Together.
  2. Put the Gold that you want to clean into the soapy liquid and let it sit for 15 minutes.
  3. After removing it from the soapy water, scrub any crevices or nooks with a small brush with soft bristles, such as a toothbrush.
  4. Then, let it air dry.

How To Clean Gold Jewelry With Baking Soda and Salt

Baking soda and salt are two everyday household items used in an alternative cleaning process for Gold. Create a paste by combining the two ingredients using the same amount. After mixing the paste with warm water, place the Gold in the solution and allow it to sit for up to 15 minutes. Remove any dirt with a brush, rinse it off, and let it dry.

How Often Should You Clean Gold?

You must clean gold jewelry regularly, depending on how often it is worn. A cleaning performed once a year ought to be sufficient for items that are only sometimes used or stored away as adornment. However, if you wear gold jewelry daily, you should strive to clean it once a month so that the Gold remains in pristine condition.

How to Keep Gold Clean Longer

If you want your gold jewelry to stay clean for longer, remove it before engaging in messy or dirty activities that require using your hands, such as gardening or kneading dough by hand. Debris tends to accumulate and become lodged in the crevices and corners of jewelry over time. In addition, you should avoid swimming when wearing gold jewelry because the pool's chlorine might tarnish the metal.

When storing Gold for an extended period, you should make sure that the container it is kept in is dust-proof, and you should also remember to remove the Gold from its storage location regularly so that it may be polished.

Clean Your Gold Today!

There is no substitute for going to a jeweler and having them clean your jewelry professionally. You can trust Bostonian Jewelers to clean your gold perfectly. We adhere to the correct processes, which vary according to the particular type of gemstone and metal being worked with. Contact us today! 

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