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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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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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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!

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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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The Difference Between Lab-Grown and Natural Diamonds

The Difference Between Lab-Grown and Natural Diamonds

It’s common knowledge that there are different types of precious stones, but did you know there are different types of diamonds? The lab-grown VS natural diamond debate has been a hot topic in recent years. There are a lot of misconceptions surrounding lab-grown diamonds. Most of the concerns people have come from a lack of knowledge and understanding of how a lab-grown diamond compares to a natural diamond, so we’re here to break down some of the important differences. Keep reading below to learn more. 

What is a Lab-Grown Diamond?

A lab-grown diamond is a type of diamond that’s grown in a lab environment using advanced technology. In nature, diamonds take years to form under the earth’s crust. That time-consuming process and difficult harvesting location is what causes the high price tag associated with diamonds. As science has evolved, we’ve learned how to replicate the same process in a lab setting on a much shorter timeline. This allows more diamonds to be produced in less time without the difficult harvesting process.

Are Natural Diamonds Better?

To the naked eye, natural diamonds are not “better” than lab-grown diamonds. They both look the same unless you’re a jewelry professional-looking closely. That being said, natural diamonds do hold their value better than lab-grown diamonds. Natural diamonds still have a sense of rarity that makes them more valuable than lab-grown diamonds will ever be. Lab-grown diamonds are being produced in large amounts very quickly, so the value of the stone goes down.

You can’t say that one is better than the other because it all comes down to your personal preference and how you want the jewelry to appreciate in value over time. If you view your jewelry as an investment that you might want to sell in the future, it’s better to purchase a natural diamond that will hold its value.

Benefits of Lab-Grown Diamonds

The biggest benefit of purchasing lab-grown diamonds is their affordability. Lab-grown diamonds can be purchased for 30-50% cheaper than a natural diamond of the same size. For someone on a budget, that means you can get a bigger stone for less money! The stone you leave with is still in fact a diamond, just not a natural one. No one will know the difference if you don’t tell them and you’ll be saving major cash! Lab-grown diamonds may be easier to acquire for custom jewelry pieces too since there’s never going to be a shortage.

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If you’d like to see the difference between natural and lab-grown diamonds for yourself, contact Bostonian Jewelers today! As the leading custom jeweler in the Boston area with years of experience, we can help you decide what the right diamond is for your custom jewelry piece. Set up a consultation today to get started! 

 

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A Guide to Art Deco Jewelry

A Guide to Art Deco Jewelry

The Roaring Twenties were a time of celebration as the globe celebrated the end of a war. The decade saw a liveliness in music, entertainment, food and drink, and fashion.  Termed “art deco,” the style of this era was characterized by bold geometric shapes, strong outlines, and rich colors. Jewelry, too, was influenced by this modern look. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about art deco jewelry, and how to still rock it today!

Platinum

New technology and a post-war enthusiasm for all things glitz and glamour meant platinum was in fashion for the art deco era. Because platinum is much stronger than gold or silver, less material was needed to support gemstones and other elements. You can expect to see light, delicate designs using platinum. 

New Settings

Many art deco pieces feature an invisible setting, also called a mystery setting. Instead of placing stones in settings with large metal prongs, the invisible technique puts stones into low mounts. When they are set, you can’t see the metal settings. This gives the jewelry a cleaner appearance and makes several small stones look like one large one.

Gem Cutting

Another innovation of the art deco era was gem cutting. Instead of more traditional shapes, like round, pear, and square, jewelers of the time focused on cutting entirely new forms to create mosaic styles. Trapezoids, octagons, triangles, and arches were popular choices to create a whole new jewelry design. 

Man-Made Materials

Authentic gemstone jewelry was still expensive at the time, so many jewelers turned to synthetic lookalikes to bring jewelry to every woman. Bakelite was one material that could be used to mimic the look of gems, amber, and even wood. 

Pearls

Around this time, scientists learned that they could manipulate oysters into bearing pearls. These cultivated pearls were much more inexpensive than natural pearls, making them accessible to nearly everyone. Because of that, art deco jewelry often features pearls, especially in long, layered necklaces. 

Focus on Art

Before the art deco era, jewelers and artists were separate. Jewelers were experts in cutting, shaping, and setting stones and metals, while artists created decoration. However, in the 20s, jewelers and artists collaborated to create pieces that weren’t only valuable but intentionally designed. Instead of the gemstones being the central focal point, they were used as a medium to create an artistic, wearable piece. 

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Frequently Asked Questions About Gold Jewelry

Frequently Asked Questions About Gold Jewelry

Gold jewelry has been a staple in cultures all around the world for thousands of years, symbolizing power, and also a sign of wealth. Over the years, it has remained prevalent as a classic in jewelry design. But even though it’s been around for a while, there are still some common questions that people have when choosing gold. Below, we’ve answered a few frequently asked questions about gold jewelry, so keep reading to learn more!

What Color is Gold? 

Gold is naturally a bright yellow color. The more pure the gold jewelry is, the more yellow it will appear. 

What Do 10k, 14k, 18k, and 24k Mean for Gold Jewelry?

These numbers refer to the purity of the metal. “K” stands for karat, which is another way to show the percentage of gold in the alloy. An alloy is a mixture of metals. Gold is a naturally soft metal, so it must be mixed with other metals to make it stronger and more resistant to damage during use. 

  • 10K is 41.7% pure gold
  • 14K is 58.5% pure gold
  • 18K is 75% pure gold
  • 22K is 91.7% pure gold
  • 24K is 100% pure gold. 

The remaining percentage of yellow gold’s alloy usually includes copper, nickel, zinc, or silver. 

What’s the Difference Between Carat and Karat?

Both carat and karat refer to the percentage of gold in the alloy. Karat is technically the correct use. Although used in this situation for gold, Carat is actually a unit of weight used for gemstones. Carat is most often used outside of North America to refer to gold. 

What is Rose Gold? 

Rose gold is an alloy that uses pure gold and copper. The addition of copper lends a red or pink tint to the yellow gold. 

What is White Gold?

White gold is a gold alloy that is at least 25% nickel and zinc with yellow gold. The more nickel and zinc, the whiter the metal will appear. White gold looks similar to platinum. 

Is Gold Hypoallergenic?

Pure gold is naturally hypoallergenic, but because 24K gold isn’t strong enough to use alone for jewelry, it is unlikely that you’ll get a genuinely hypoallergenic piece of gold jewelry. Nickel is a common allergen, so when it is alloyed with gold, you won’t get the hypoallergenic characteristics of pure gold. Titanium may be a better alternative to white gold, as it is hypoallergenic. If you want yellow gold, get the highest karat possible. 

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Still have questions about gold jewelry? Whether you want information about an existing piece of gold jewelry or you need help choosing the right gold for a new piece, the professionals at Bostonian Jewelers are here to help you out! As the expert custom jewelers in the Boston area, we’ll be able to help you choose the right metal and create a gorgeous unique piece of jewelry for you. Contact us today to setup a consultation

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Custom Gift Ideas for New Moms

Having a baby is one of the most monumental times in someone’s life. It is such a joyous time, but also overwhelming. Once the baby arrives, many people love to shower the new mom with gifts; Baby clothes, toys, diapers, or even flowers or a spa gift card for her. However, if you want to do a little something different for the mom (since she’ll probably have more newborn clothes than she’ll know what to do with!) custom jewelry is a unique idea. Custom jewelry is a special gift that’ll acknowledge the huge life event, yet be useful and cherished for years to come, even once the baby grows up. Below are some ideas to get you started! 

Engraved Necklace

An engraved necklace is a great gift to add some personalization. You could use the baby’s birth date, initials, or even their full name/nickname on any pendant. If the new mom plans to have more children, you could start with just a single circle pendant, which could later become interlocking circles to represent the rest of her children. You could also do a long pillar bar with all the baby’s stats; Birthdate, time, coordinates of the birthplace, and initials or name. Either way, this is an incredibly unique and special gift for any new mom! 

Family Tree Pendant Necklace

This Bostonian favorite was designed with new moms in mind! With little baby footprints in the center of the tree, the little acorns pendant necklace can be customized to include the birthstone of the new addition to the family. Plus, new gemstones can be added as the family grows! 

Monogrammed Pendant 

A monogrammed pendant with the baby’s initials is another unique gesture to represent the newest member of the family. This is a great everyday staple that’ll go with any outfit, casual or dressy. 

Birthstone Ring 

A gemstone ring that includes the baby’s birthstone, and perhaps even yours and your husband or partners is another great way to represent the whole family! We have many different Bostonian classics that can be customized with the birthstone of your choosing. For example, the cascade nesting ring could be added to your engagement ring and wedding band to “complete the family.” 

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Looking for just the right gift to customize for a new mom? The experts at Bostonian Jewelers are here to help. Order a unique piece online or contact us today to set up a consultation to get started. 





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Holiday Jewelry Gift Guide 2021

The holiday season is such a magical time; From the family traditions to decorating the house all festive, and baking cookies. It’s the most wonderful time of year! However, the hustle and bustle of the season can certainly be stressful. The thought of going to a mall and fighting the crowds to comb through the shelves to find just the right gift for everyone on your list can be daunting. Instead of getting someone yet another candle or pair of Christmas PJs, this year get them a gift they’ll cherish for a lifetime! For someone special on your list, jewelry is a great gift; Moms, wives, sisters, daughters, and yes, even husbands, dads, etc… Below is our holiday gift guide for jewelry! 

Diamond Bar Necklace

You know what they say, diamonds are a girl’s best friend! You can’t go wrong with the diamond bar necklace. This popular and stylish petite diamond bar pendant and chain features round melee diamonds. The chain can be customized to rose gold, yellow gold, or white gold depending on your preferences. 

Double Pearl Open Ring


As we’ve seen in 2021, pearls are back in style! (Not that they were ever really out…) This double pearl open ring offers a classic take on a trendy look. It features two stunning high luster white cultured pearls atop a solid 14k yellow gold curvy band. No matter what your age or style, this ring is sure to match any aesthetic and make a statement. 

The Classic Knot Pearl Earrings


We can’t get enough of pearls this year; Plus, these would match the pearl ring mentioned earlier if you wanted to give a set! The classic knot pearl earrings feature 14k gold and a pair of freshwater pearls, for a gorgeous everyday look. 

Emerald Three-Prong Stud Earrings 


Did you know that emeralds are a symbol of love and protection? These emerald earrings make a meaningful and special gift for someone you love. They are petite enough to stack up the ear with multiple piercings, or a bold statement piece on their own. Available in 14k yellow or white gold.

Onyx cufflinks

Cufflinks are always a great gift for men; It’s something they like to have when they get dressed up for a fancy occasion, but never think to buy for themselves. These cufflinks have an arc-shaped onyx inlay to create a fresh, and clean look. These offer a timeless and classic style that’ll go with any shirt and suit. 

 

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How to Upgrade Your Engagement Ring

How to Upgrade Your Engagement Ring

Your engagement ring is incredibly special, and something that you’ve probably kept near and dear to your heart for years! If you’ve been married for a while, you may be thinking about an upgrade for your ring. You and your spouse likely have saved up more now than when you first got engaged and can afford to spice it up a bit! Whether it’s a special anniversary or just a good time for you financially, upgrading your ring is a great way to add a little pizazz. When people think of upgrading, they usually just think of a bigger diamond. However, there are plenty of other ways to upgrade your ring if you don’t want to touch your center diamond! Below are a few ideas to start thinking about your upgrade.

Enhance your accents 

An easy way to upgrade your ring and add a little more sparkle is to incorporate a few diamond accents. Smaller diamonds or stones can be added to either side of your center stone, or added to the entirety of your band to create a completely new look! “Peek-a-boo” accents can also be added into the profile view to create a little something extra, without too much of a dramatic change. 

Add Some Color

Back in the day, it was the norm to use only traditional diamonds for your wedding ring. However, in modern times, plenty of different colored stones are used in engagement rings! If you’ve always wanted a pop of color in your ring, now’s your chance. Consider adding sapphire, ruby, or emerald stones to your engagement ring. Using your children’s or spouses’ birthstones can make it even more meaningful. New stones can be added to the band as accents, or perhaps as additional stones to create a three-stone look. 

Change the Metal Type

If you love your stone but don’t necessarily love the band anymore, changing up the metal can modernize your ring. If you find that your ring is hard to match with other jewelry or your wardrobe because of the metal, here’s your chance to make it easier to wear with everything. You can even add a band for something extra! 

Start From Scratch

This may not be the ideal solution for everyone if you’re sentimental to your original ring, but if you want a full upgrade, there’s always the option of starting over completely! Sometimes this can symbolize the start of a new chapter of your marriage. This way, you can get exactly what you want and have a little fun designing your own ring if you didn’t have that opportunity the first time around!

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