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Tips for Cleaning Your Jewelry

Tips for Cleaning Your Jewelry

Spring is here, which means spring cleaning is around the way. Although your garage and basement need to be sorted, your jewelry could also benefit from a little cleaning. Have you noticed that your diamond ring doesn’t sparkle as brightly as when you first got it? Do you see unsightly scuffs and marks? It is important to clean your jewelry occasionally to keep it looking like new. Cleaning could also protect your jewelry from potential damage. 

Different types of jewelry require different cleaning practices. In this article, we will discuss the best tips for keeping your diamond, gold, and platinum jewelry in the best condition. 

How to Clean Diamond Jewelry

Diamonds are absolutely gorgeous in any jewelry piece due to their incredible sparkle. However, it is essential to keep up with maintenance to keep its shine and durability. Although diamonds are one of the strongest materials on earth, oils, sweat, and debris can damage their appearance over time. 

To make the best cleaning solution for your diamond, mix a quarter cup of ammonia or mild dish detergent with one cup of lukewarm water. Let your diamond pieces soak in the solution for 20-30 minutes, and then gently brush the jewelry with a dull toothbrush to clean away any hard debris. Lastly, rise off your pieces and dry them with a microfiber towel. Avoid air-drying, for it can leave hard water spots, which will lead you to repeat the cleaning process all over again. 

How to Polish Gold Jewelry

All types of gold have the same cleaning procedure. Any standard commercial gold polish can effectively clean your gold jewelry. If you do not have a specific gold polish or your jewelry has begun to tarnish, soak your gold pieces in a mixture of lukewarm water, dish soap, and a few drops of ammonia. After soaking, wipe your jewelry with a lint-free cloth. This process should even work for gold jewelry with large gemstones; however, if the tarnish is more aggressive, it is best to see a professional for thorough cleaning. 

How to Clean Platinum Jewelry

Platinum is one of the most common metals used in jewelry and one of the easiest to care for. Due to its durability, it does not tarnish from discoloration; however, it can accumulate scratches and scuffs over time. To polish your platinum jewelry, use lukewarm water, mild dish soap, and a chamois cloth. Rub gently to avoid scratching your piece. 

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It is always best to get your jewelry professionally cleaned a couple of times a year. Bostonian Jewelers provides cleaning solutions for at-home cleaning, as well as cleaning services in-store. Contact us to schedule a cleaning or for more information! 

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Which Type of Ring Metal Should You Choose?

Which Type of Ring Metal Should You Choose?

Whether you are simply buying yourself a ring to add to your jewelry options or buying a significant gift for a wedding anniversary, or even an engagement, one of the first things you need to consider is the metal that makes up your jewelry. This article will discuss the different metals and how to choose between them. 

What Metals Are The Most Expensive For Jewelry?

First, you want to consider your budget for jewelry. Suppose you are buying

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jewelry for an anniversary or an engagement. In that case, you will probably want something that can last a lifetime and represents a momentous occasion. Jewelry made of pure metals like gold, silver, and platinum will be more expensive but less likely to tarnish over decades of use. By contrast, metal types like white and rose gold are created by mixing metals like rhodium and copper. These might lose their color over time and need to be re-plated. This is also true for plated jewelry in general. Plated jewelry usually uses a less expensive metal as a base and then adds a gold or silver coating on the metal that might rub off over time.

Should You Buy A Gold Wedding Ring?

Gold is among the most common and popular choices for special occasions. Yellow gold is the purest type of gold recommended for anniversaries and jewelry. It is also hypoallergenic. Quick tip, if you are ever buying jewelry for someone else as a gift, it is wise to ask them what metals they are allergic to. Some metals irritate the skin, so it is important to know that beforehand. You can also get their metal preferences if they have them. 

Should You Buy Platinum/Silver Jewelry?

Platinum and silver jewelry are very highly recommended for special occasions. Platinum, like gold, naturally has its unique color and doesn’t tarnish easily. It is perfect for a wedding band or engagement band. Many prefer silver or platinum for diamond jewelry because it doesn’t distract from diamonds. Silver colors accent the diamond’s color and clarity better than yellow gold might. 

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If you live in the Boston area, Bostonian Jewelers is a trusted jewelry company that has helped hundreds of people get the perfect ring for the perfect occasion. Whether you are looking to buy something for an anniversary or to add to the collection, we are happy to help. Schedule a consultation with us today!

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The Benefits of Custom Jewelry

The Benefits of Custom Jewelry

If you’re looking to make a jewelry purchase that’s unique, meaningful, and built to last, custom jewelry could be the perfect solution. Custom jewelry has many benefits that not only make it more special but also make it potentially more valuable. Discover all the benefits of your new custom jewelry and get inspired before your appointment!

It’s Unique

The most apparent benefit of custom jewelry is how unique it is. No one else in the world will have a piece identical to yours. This makes it feel more personal and special, knowing what you’ve purchased is one of a kind. Whenever you look at the jewelry or someone compliments it, you’ll be proud to know it’s unique.

Another benefit of unique jewelry is incorporating personal, meaningful elements. Select stones with meaning, choose a specific shape or add a custom engraving with a special message. 

Get Your Perfect Piece

When you shop premade jewelry pieces, you’ll likely find things that are almost what you want but not quite. Instead of compromising what you want, you can get your perfect piece. Custom jewelry begins with an in-depth conversation with your jeweler about what you want the final product to look like. 

During this process, you can be as specific as you want to get a final product that is your perfect jewelry piece. Remember to speak up if you don’t like any aspect of the jewelry during the design process to get a final product you love. When it comes to custom jewelry, no detail is too small. 

Let Your Creativity Free

The creative process that comes with creating custom jewelry is fun, inspiring, and exciting! Let your creativity run wild as you help design your custom jewelry. Creativity isn’t involved when you shop premade jewelry, so this benefit can’t be overstated. Even if you don’t consider yourself creative or artistic, you’ll be amazed at what sparks once you start designing!

Invest in a Piece of Art

Custom jewelry is typically more valuable than premade pieces. Fine jewelry should be considered an investment because its value can change over time. Choosing custom jewelry makes your investment much more important and special. Your custom jewelry will remain valuable and could even pay off big someday.

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If you want to create custom jewelry, contact Bostonian Jewelers today to schedule a consultation! Whether you already have an idea of what you want or are coming in with an open mind, our jewelers will help you every step to create the custom jewelry of your dreams.

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Things to Know About Jewelry Appraisal

Things to Know About Jewelry Appraisal

Buying fine jewelry is much more than just getting a new accessory. It’s a long-term investment that can gain value over time. To properly protect that investment, you’ll need to get a jewelry appraisal. Many people have never had a jewelry appraisal before and aren’t sure why it’s so important or what to expect from the process. That’s why we’re here! 

Find the answers to all your jewelry appraisal questions, learn how much it will cost, and go into your jewelry appraisal appointment feeling confident.

What is a Jewelry Appraisal?

A jewelry appraisal is a way to view the written value of your fine jewelry. This includes a detailed description of the piece that explains its current value. Jewelry appraisals can help you properly insure your fine jewelry investment, resell it, and more.

Jewelry appraisals are done by highly trained, experienced jewelers. They must have the knowledge to assess a piece's metal, stones, and overall quality to provide you with an accurate appraisal. 

How Much Does It Cost?

Jewelry appraisals are rarely free. Some jewelers offer a free appraisal when you buy your jewelry, but after the time of purchase, it will cost you. Most jewelers charge a flat rate per piece of jewelry that’s being appraised. Prices can start around $100 and go up from there.

What to Expect

Before your jewelry appraisal, you must schedule an appointment or contact the jeweler to find out when to drop off your jewelry. Some jewelers offer same-day appraisals during your appointment, while others will have you leave the jewelry. The turn-around time can be as short as a couple of days or as long as a couple of weeks, depending on how many pieces of jewelry you have.

When the appraisal is complete, the jeweler will provide you with the written appraisal and a detailed breakdown of how they reached that appraisal value. This is your time to ask any questions and retrieve your newly appraised jewelry.

How Often Should Jewelry Be Appraised?

You should get a jewelry appraisal every three to five years to know your jewelry's most accurate current value. Jewelry prices constantly fluctuate, so an appraisal from ten years ago won’t accurately represent today’s value.

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If you want to appraise your jewelry, contact Bostonian Jewelers today to schedule an appointment. Our experienced jewelers will handle your fine jewelry with the utmost care and provide a detailed, accurate appraisal of your investment.

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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.


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 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.


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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