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The Perfect Customized Gift for Mother’s Day

The Perfect Customized Gift for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is the perfect opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge one of the most important people in your life. We understand how difficult it can be trying to find a unique gift that truly expresses your gratitude for your mom. And if you’re anything like us, you’ve probably done it all; Homemade gifts, flowers, photo collage frames of the family, clothes, dinner, and the list goes on. This year, we want to help you “wow” her with a special gift that she’ll love. Your mother is one of a kind, and deserves a gift that is too! The Skinny Mini Eternity Band is a customizable ring that allows you to add your own personal touch. This simple, yet elegant piece of jewelry has the power to show your mom just how much she means to you. crafting jewelry.

Skinny Mini Eternity Band

This dainty, elegant piece of custom jewelry is the perfect way to show mom just how much she means to you this year. Available in all colors, the options for customizing are endless with this piece. If you have siblings, it’s a great gift to come from all of you. Use each one of your birthstones in the ring to add an extra touch of thoughtfulness. Each full-cut gemstone is 1.0 mm and set with precision. The sleek design of the ring also allows them to be stacked for even more bling! All of our custom jewelry is designed to for longevity, so this a gift your mom will cherish forever. Best of all, it’ll arrive in an elegant presentation box, so you don’t even have to worry about wrapping this year!

Custom Jewelry Designs in Boston

At Bostonian Jewelers, we specialize in custom jewelry designs. Our talented team of designers, paired with highly sophisticated technology and a passion for what we do, allow us to create unique jewelry pieces that you won’t find anywhere else. When you schedule an appointment to meet with one of our designers, we’ll work with you to bring your ideas to life. Whether you have an exact image in mind of what you want or have no idea where to start, we’re here to help! We’ll guide you through the entire design process, to ensure you’ll be comfortable and happy with the final design. As an early adopter of 3D CAD technology, this software allows us to create realistic renderings of the design for your approval before we move into the next step of production. And the best part? Seeing your reaction at the final product! We take great pride in our work, and love being able to create meaningful pieces such as mother’s day gifts. We encourage you to schedule a consultation or drop by our jewelry showroom located in the jewelers building in Boston. You can also shop our products right online!

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4 Popular Gemstones Used In Jewelry

4 Popular Gemstones Used In Jewelry

Jewelry is a great way to show personality while complementing an outfit no matter what situation. For the most part, jewelry is known for having diamonds as the gemstone of choice as they are known for their elegance and beauty. If you are looking for your jewelry to truly showcase your personality and add character to your look, then what better way than to include a colored gemstone or even your birthstone. By adding a gemstone to your piece, you can turn an ordinary piece of jewelry into an extraordinary one! What is great with birthstones and colored gemstones is the fact that you can base your outfits theme and color off your jewelry. Below are five of the most common gemstones, other than diamonds, that are requested when crafting jewelry.

Amethyst

Amethyst gemstones are known for their deep purple color and are said to be a calming stone. This beautiful gem represents love, happiness, and wealth in one’s life. At one point, they were considered more precious than diamonds due to the vintage elegance the purple color exudes. At Bostonian Jewelers we have several pieces of jewelry that feature amethyst gemstones.

Emerald

When you think of royalty and jewelry, the emerald gemstone is on that comes to mind due to the powerful eye-catching ability of the deep green colors of the stone. These stones have been used in numerous jewelry pieces including wedding and engagement rings. What makes these stones so popular, aside from their amazing look, is that you can combine them with other gems to craft a truly intricate piece. Pairing emerald with diamond on a jewelry piece looks fantastic as the green and clear colors of the stones complement each other very well.

Ruby

Probably the most popular gemstone aside from diamond is July’s birthstone the ruby. Ruby gems represent love and passion, so they are widely used in jewelry that are looking to portray affection to a loved one. The different tones that the ruby gemstone has makes it’s a versatile stone to use for a variety of jewelry pieces. Whether it is an earring, ring, or necklace, if you are looking to showcase love and affection then the ruby gemstone is the one for you.

Sapphire

Another gemstone that places high in popular gems used in jewelry is the sapphire. Sapphires come in a variety of colors which is why they are so widely used, as they can be mixed and matched with a necklace, bracelet, earring, or any jewelry piece the stone is being added to. By being available in many colors, the wearer can truly bring their character to life by showcasing a sapphire in their favorite color. While there are different colors, the blue sapphire is the most well-known.

If you would like to purchase a gemstone jewelry piece or craft one of your very own, be sure to contactBostonian Jewelers today!

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4 Common Jewelry Repairs

4 Common Jewelry Repairs

While we all expect jewelry that we purchase to last a life time, that sadly is not the case. Based on how often we wear a piece of jewelry and the environment the jewelry is exposed to, wear and tear as well as damage can occur. While a broken piece of jewelry may seem like the end of the line, contacting a jeweler that specializes in jewelry repair can make your jewelry look good as new. At Bostonian Jewelers, we have over 49 years of experience repairing and restoring different types of jewelry. Below are four common types of jewelry repairs that you will come across.

Discoloration

A common request we have see and come across over the years is to restore a piece of jewelry that has lost some of its color. While there are many products on the market that aim at cleaning jewelry at home and DIY solutions, there is nothing compared to cleaning done by a professional jeweler. To get back the “fresh-from-the-case” you will need certain solutions and polishes that only jewelers will have access too. From bracelets, rings, and vintage jewelry our technicians will be happy to restore your jewelry back to the shine your piece had when you first purchased it.

Broken Clasps

Over time, the clasps of your favorite necklace has probably become tilted, bent, or damaged due to the amount of times you wear your beloved jewelry. While you can get replacement clasps at any craft store, they won’t be the same material so the original clasps and will wear out faster than the original clasp. By going to a professional jewelry repair service, they will find you a clasp using quality metal that is either the same or close to the material of the rest of the necklace. Aside from having high quality metals, jewelers also have top of the line solder equipment to make sure that the new clasps are securely fasten.

Ring Resizing

While not every person may come across this issue, more likely than not though you will need to have one of your rings resized at one point in your life time. Whether it be from weight gain or loss, to weather conditions swelling or shrinking the tissue in your fingers, your beloved ring may feel too tight or too loose. If you find yourself in this situation then it may be time for you to contact a jeweler about getting your ring resized. Jewelers have the tools necessary to get the most accurate sizing through either stretching, bridging, or shaving.

Loose Stones

When it comes to rings and earrings with gemstones, one of the most common issues that occurs is when the stone gets too loose and potentially be lost. The sad thing about this is that most owners don’t realize any looseness until it is to late and the gemstone is lost. Gemstones become loose when the prongs holding them get worn down over time, while also typically get caught on clothing which could cause them to bend out of place. Loose stones also occur depending on different types of everyday activities you do while wearing the jewelry that could cause the prongs to bend or pull. With a professional jeweler taking care of your piece of jewelry, they have the tools and experience to solder prongs to proper alignment and even rebuild prongs if necessary.

If you are looking for quality jewelry repair services in the Boston area, contact Bostonian Jewelers to have your jewelry restored just like new!

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Start Off 2019 in Style with New Jewelry

Start Off 2019 in Style with New Jewelry

As we say goodbye to 2018 and venture into the new year, we’re eager to kick off our New Year’s resolutions. There’s something to be said about this shift as it’s a time to feel renewed and refreshed, and to begin a new journey. With a new you should come new jewelry to add a bit of pizazz to your daily attire. Whether you’re aiming to completely renew your look or spruce up your existing wardrobe, sprinkle in some accent pieces to really kick up your outfit. Don’t forget about accentuating your New Year’s Eve apparel. Let’s explore some jewelry that you’ll fall in love with in 2019.

Halo Earrings

This design has never gone out of style and it’s sure to turn heads. If your New Year’s Eve outfit is flashy enough, all you need are a pair of halo earrings to complete your look. From sophisticated sapphires surrounded by diamonds, to soft blush pink earrings for a more feminine tone, halo earrings come in an array of colors and designs. Forget the hoops and oversized earrings; this year opt for a subtler pair of earrings that still grab a room’s attention.

Gemstone Necklaces

Whether you’re wearing a sweetheart or strapless neckline, a gemstone necklace is the perfect accent piece. A black pendant with a lace pattern goes perfect with a black New Year’s Eve dress. If you’re looking for something a bit flashier, cushion halo pendants are offered in multiple colors.

Vintage Pieces

Vintage is coming back in a big way, from vintage sweaters and dresses to bracelets and necklaces. Vintage jewelry like pendants and brooches with intricate patterns are staple pieces that will make waves in 2019. Modern deco rings such as our Vintage Inspired Sapphire and Diamond Ring are big, bold and work well with any outfit.

Custom Designed Jewelry at Bostonian Jewelers

At Bostonian Jewelers we’re dedicated to providing our clients with exceptional jewelry, helping them to move into 2019 in style. Our collection of earrings includes the remarkable Gemstone Star Earrings which come in different colors including pink sapphire, purple tanzanite, or green emerald. Our fresh in stock collection includes an assortment of unique jewelry such as the vintage inspired Organic Scroll Band with small leaves and scrolling vines.

Head into 2019 in a big way by ordering custom designed jewelry crafted by our expert jewelers. Using the latest technology including 3-D model printing and casting, we are well-known and frequently requested in the Greater Boston Area for our innovative designs and attention to detail.

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Everything You Need To Know About Ring Sizing

Everything You Need To Know About Ring Sizing

While Bostonian Jewelers is widely known for custom jewelry design as well as repairs and restorations, we take pride in being a one stop shop for all jewelry services. Our expertise services include ring sizing services for those looking to have their prized possession fit comfortably on their fingers. At Bostonian Jewelers, if customers purchased a ring from our jewelry store, we offer courtesy sizing within the first year of purchase.

Our ring sizing services take about 30-45 minutes, so we suggest an appointment be made to ensure our technicians have enough time to size the ring to your liking while also fitting your appointment with your schedule for that day. When it comes to sizing a ring, our customers can choose from two options; sizing down or sizing up.

Sizing Down

Have a ring that is too loose on your finger and are afraid of losing it? Contact Bostonian Jewelers for our sizing down ring services to have a ring that fits perfectly on your ring. The sizing down process consists of our experienced jewelry technicians removing a small segment of metal from the bottom of the ring. Once the excess metal is removed, we reshape the ring by having the now two ends of the ring meet.

We do this by using a laser to weld the seam closed. Bostonian Jewelers opts for laser welding for our services as it eliminates heat distribution. This assures a smooth and seamless surface while also protecting your gemstone from getting damaged which typically can occur when welding is done using heat from a torch or solder. Once finished, we polish and clean the entire ring and inspect everything before returning it.

Sizing Up

With sizing up a ring, the process is like the sizing down process but instead of removing a piece from the ring, we add metal to increase the size of the ring. We make sure that the new piece installed is large enough to increase the overall symmetry to accommodate the finger size. Our goldsmith creates a piece of gold, platinum or silver, matching the shape, size, and color of the metal of your ring. This piece is then applied to the base of the ring within the opening we created and laser welding it into place.

If you are looking to get your ring sized up or down or would like more information on our other jewelry services please contact Bostonian Jewelers today!

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Do I Need Jewelry Insurance?

Do I Need Jewelry Insurance?

Whether you just received a stunning engagement ring, or you finally purchased those emerald earrings you’ve been eyeing, keeping your belongings safe is of the utmost importance. Valuable possessions, especially precious jewelry, should be insured so you don’t need to panic in the event of items being lost or damaged. The types of jewelry that are most often put under jewelry insurance include wedding bands, engagement rings, diamond rings, watches and antique jewelry. If you’re unsure whether you need to insure your ring, watch or other accessory, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Am I afraid to wear jewelry because I could lose it?
  • Can I cover the cost if my jewelry gets lost of stolen?
  • Will I have to settle for a replacement?

All jewelry insurance policies pay out when jewelry is stolen or damaged while some policies will pay out if you lose jewelry.

What Can I Expect to Be Covered by Jewelry Insurance?

As mentioned, you will need to invest in extra coverage to insure lost jewelry is covered. Theft, of course, is covered up to a certain limit so if your jewelry is worth much more, it’s time to consider additional coverage. Jewelry insurance also covers damaged jewelry such as bent prongs or missing stones.

Where Do I Buy Jewelry Insurance?

Most homeowner and renter’s insurance companies do provide coverage for jewelry of up to $1,500 but if you don’t have either, you can add jewelry insurance. There are several types of coverage you can choose from – scheduled floater, rider or endorsement. Through these policies you can itemize specific jewelry; please note, these insurance policies have a high coverage limit compared to your typical homeowner or renter’s insurance policy.

A jewelry-only insurance company offers a stand-alone policy but if you work with a company that specializes in jewelry insurance, you’ll most likely receive more comprehensive coverage.

What Do I Need to Get My Jewelry Insured?

Ready to insure your jewelry? Make sure you have the original receipt and certifications if you have larger gemstones. Additionally, you’ll need an appraisal from a certified appraiser who will photograph your jewelry. Getting an appraisal is crucial as this is the only way to know the exact value of your jewelry. Since the value of jewelry and gemstones increase annually due to inflation alone, keep in mind that you will need to get an appraisal revised for Items already insured every 3-5 years, so you won't be underinsured if there's a loss.

Do I Need Jewelry Insurance for Gifts?

If you’re purchasing jewelry as a gift, you’ll need to make sure it’s insured. Once you give the gift, cancel the insurance coverage. The receiver of the gift should purchase insurance immediately.

Purchase Jewelry at Bostonian Jewelers

At Bostonian Jewelers, our expert jewelers have years of experience providing customers with one-of-a-kind pieces. From custom designed engagement rings to vintage jewelry restoration, we’re your one-stop-shop for jewelry in Boston, MA. If you’re in the process of insuring jewelry and need it appraised, don’t hesitate to contact us!

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The Right Way to Clean Gold Jewelry

The Right Way to Clean Gold Jewelry

When it comes to jewelry, gold is one of the first metals that come to mind. This element is beautiful, sophisticated, luxurious, and is great material to have in your jewelry if you are looking to catch the attention of the room. When it comes gold jewelry, there are proper cleaning measures you will need to take to not only cleanse your gold but to prevent it from shortening the longevity of the gold. Before we dive into the proper methods to clean gold, lets discuss the properties that make up your favorite gold jewelry.

Properties of Gold Jewelry

If you are wondering if you have a piece of jewelry that is pure gold or not, you will want to look at the karat number of said jewelry. If the jewelry you are looking to clean shows that it is made of 24 karat gold, then you have a piece made of pure gold. If your piece is less than 24 karats then it indicates that your jewelry was mixed with other metals, also called alloys, that help increase the durability and hardness of the piece. This does not mean that having jewelry that is not pure gold is a bad thing as you will want less pure gold depending on your lifestyle. With gold being prone to scratching, being mixed with different alloys assists with its longevity.

How to Clean Gold Jewelry

If you find a commercial jewelry solution that is made specifically for gold, then that would be the best method of cleaning your gold jewelry on your own. However, if you do not have a commercial solution you still have other methods of cleaning your pieces at home. With this do it yourself method, you will be mixing common household cleansers to make your gold shine just like new. Below are steps to cleaning your gold jewelry at home:

  • Mix a few drops of liquid Dawn dish detergent/soap in warm water.
  • Add a tablespoon of Hydrogen Peroxide.
  • Let the gold jewelry sit in the solution for about 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Carefully brush the piece of a soft toothbrush, brushing outward.
  • Place in lukewarm water to rinse.
  • Air dry the piece over a towel.

Be sure to keep in mind tat gold is a soft metal, so be sure to gently brush the piece when cleaning.

Hazards to Avoid When Cleaning Gold Jewelry

Since gold is typically mixed with other alloys, there is a chance that the gold will tarnish if cleaned with improper solutions. Below are two hazards to avoid if you want to protect your gold jewelry.

 

  • Soap - Make sure you are not going to clean your piece using a soap with unknown ingredients. Basic blue Dawn dish detergent/soap as mentioned above is fine, but you will want to make sure you do not use solutions with foreign ingredients that could harm the gold.
  • Chlorine - Chlorine can permanently damage or discolor your gold jewelry, especially at high temperatures. If you have a hot tub, be sure to remove the piece to avoid damage.
Using A Jeweler to Clean Gold Jewelry

If cleaning your gold jewelry on your own brings a layer of nerves, as you do not want to damage your jewelry, the safest method to use is to go to your local jeweler to have them professionally clean the piece for you. Jewelers will know the proper procedures and solutions to use depending on the type of metal and gemstone, if the piece includes gemstone, to ensure your piece looks as good as new. While consulting your jeweler on the cleaning it is not a bad idea to ask them about restoration options if you have an older piece of gold jewelry.

If you have any questions about cleaning gold jewelry, jewelry restoration, or jewelry repair services, be sure to contact Bostonian Jewelers today

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Everything You Need to Know About Hypoallergenic Jewelry

Everything You Need to Know About Hypoallergenic Jewelry

Wearing jewelry is a great way to pull together a whole outfit while at the same time showing glimpses of your personality by having an accessory that pops. It feels wonderful to have a beautiful necklace, bracelet, or ring that turns heads as you pass by. However, not everyone can wear certain types of jewelry as they may be allergic to the metal material the piece is crafted from.

How Do You Know If You Are Allergic to Jewelry?

When it comes to figuring out if you have a jewelry allergy, you will want to observe areas of your body where the jewelry touches. This will be your best bet of noticing any signs of allergies as you skin will begin to itch and turn red, and sometimes leave a rash. Common signs of jewelry allergies include:

  • Rash on the neck.
  • Itchy earlobes.
  • Red marks where the jewelry touches.
  • Swelling.
  • Blisters
What Are Common Jewelry Allergies?

The most common type of jewelry allergy is jewelry that is made from nickel. Nickel is a natural white metal that is usually mixed with other metals to create an alloy. In jewelry nickel can be found in earring posts, body jewelry, eyeglass frames, watchbands, buttons, zippers, and costume jewelry.

What Are Different Types of Hypoallergenic Jewelry?

To avoid getting signs of jewelry allergies and prevent potential rashes, you will need to investigate the types of metals your jewelry is made of. Types of hypoallergenic jewelry material include:

 

  • Platinum
  • 18K Gold
  • Titanium
  • Copper
  • Fine Silver
  • Sterling Silver
  • Stainless Steel
What Can Be Done About Jewelry Allergies?

The best thing to do to prevent jewelry allergies is to simply switch the metals of the jewelry to any one of the hypoallergenic jewelry materials listed above. You will also want to stay away from plated pieces such as German silver, nickel silver, and most costume jewelry. These materials tend to rely heavily on nickel as a filler element. Another tactic you can do is keeping your jewelry clean and free of tarnish that could cause the allergies symptoms to appear. If there are pieces you just can’t get rid of and you know they cause a rash, try wearing them for short periods of time. While wearing these pieces, make sure the skin it will encounter is kept dry.

For extra protection, reach out to your jeweler to see if they can add a layer of metal or film to the parts that will touch your skin. That way, your skin will be protected and not react when wearing the allergy causing jewelry. If you are looking for a quick solution, many people have found that adding a coat of nail polish to the jewelry prevents irritation to the skin.

If you are interested in more information on hypoallergenic jewelry or would like to create your own jewelry with these metals, contact Bostonian Jewelers today!

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Why You Need To Repair & Restore Antique Jewelry

Why You Need To Repair & Restore Antique Jewelry

Dating back over 100 years, antique jewelry is rare to find but for those of you who have a piece or two, it's important to keep it in pristine condition.

From the Georgian Era to the Industrial Revolution, antique jewelry is classified by which era it came from. If you adore silver lockets and gold brooches, or turquoise gemstones that glimmer in the sunlight, opt for antique jewelry from the Victorian Romantic Era. Prefer opals? You'll want to look into antique jewelry from the Art Nouveau Era. Regarldess of your unique style, antique jewelry can be found in a variety of styles depending on the era.

Before we discuss why a professional should restore your antique jewelry, let's explore some maintenance tips and why you should avoid restoring on your own.

Tips & Tricks to Maintain Your Antique Jewelry

Storage: Storing your special antique jewelry in a safe spot is critical, especially if this is a piece that belonged to a loved one. Keep antique jewelry in a cotton-lined box to avoid scratches and if possible, use an anti-tarnish paper tab for the following:

  • Bronze
  • Base Metals
  • Brass
  • Tin
  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Nickel
  • Copper

Anti-tarnish paper will last one year when placed in an air-tight container. You can also invest in an anti-corrosion zip-lock bag which is a more affordable choice.

Wearing Antique Jewelry: It may come as a surprise that there is more to simply slipping on antique jewelry. Make sure you don't apply hairspray or perfume on the jewelry and always take off antique jewelry prior to bathing, swimming, or any activity that includes water.

Avoid DIY Antique Jewelry Restoration

Since antique jewelry is over 100 years old, it's highly encouraged to bring your jewelry to a professional. If you attempt to clean your antique jewelry, you could potentially damage it which will decrease its value. You may be eager to clean over a gemstone quickly, but if it's loose in the setting you could pull the gemstone right out.

One of the most common problems with DIY antique restoration is the clasp breaking. Most necklaces and bracelets have clasps, bails, or stems and these can easily break during a cleaning when pinched too hard. Although there are plenty of cleaning solutions on the market, these may actually cause further damage such as weakening the enamel.

Why You Should Have a Professional Repair & Restore Antique Jewelry

It's unavoidable that antique jewelry will erode over time, but giving it a quick cleaning will not suffice. Professional jewelers have years of experience repairing and restoring a variety of jewelry which means they understand the problems that come with Edwardian Jewelry vs. Georgian Jewelry, etc. Jewelers have specific tools designed to recut worn gems, replace stones, and rebuild prongs.

Jewelers have a keen eye for detail and a steady hand which ensures your jewelry gets restored perfectly, and in a timely manner. There are a series of steps involved in the restoration process such as stone replacement and prong maintenance, which can only be accomplished by an experienced jeweler.

Why You Should Have a Professional Repair & Restore Antique Jewelry

At Bostonian Jewelers, we have years of experience providing the Greater Boston Area with antique jewelry repair and restoration services. It's important that each and every client leaves with their heirlooms in impeccable condition. From cleaning and polishing to fixing bent rings to repairing broken gemstones, we offer a number of services.If you are interested in any of our jewelry services or would like to purchase any of our in-stock jewelry, contact us today!

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Engagement Ring Shopping 101:5 Tips for Success

Engagement Ring Shopping 101:5 Tips for Success

Now that you have found the perfect partner in life, it is time to find the ideal engagement ring. You’ve decided that this is the moment, but you don’t know where to begin or maybe even what you are looking for. Do you go with a traditional ring? Do you create a custom engagement ring? What do you need to know before you go engagement ring shopping? The following tips provide direction and clarity in your journey to procuring the perfect ring.

Where to begin? It is best to start with the center stone. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) created a universal method for establishing diamond quality. This system is referenced as the 4 Cs - cut, clarity, color, and carat. These four characteristics determine a diamond’s quality.

  • The 4 Cs: 

  • Cut - People often think of the cut of a diamond as its shape – round, emerald, etc. – but the cut of a diamond refers to its reflective quality of a diamond. The cut is what gives it brightness and brilliance. Diamond cut is graded on a scale of five levels: Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair and Poor. 



    • The clarity scale below, courtesy of the GIA, includes 11 different clarity characteristics:
    • Flawless (FL) - No inclusions or blemishes are visible to a skilled grader using 10× magnification
    • Internally Flawless (IF) - No inclusions and only blemishes are visible to a skilled grader using 10× magnification
    • Very, Very Slightly Included (VVS1 and VVS2) - Inclusions are difficult for a skilled grader to see under 10× magnification
    • Very Slightly Included (VS1 and VS2) - Inclusions are minor and range from difficult to somewhat easy for a skilled grader to see under 10x magnification
    • Slightly Included (SI1 and SI2) - Inclusions are noticeable to a skilled grader under 10x magnification
    • Included (I1, I2, and I3) - Inclusions are obvious under 10× magnification and may affect transparency and brilliance
    • Most diamonds falling into the VS (very slightly included) or SI (slightly included) categories.


  • Clarity - Diamonds are naturally formed in the earth, so there may be some inclusions in or blemishes on the stone. Most diamonds have tiny imperfections. Diamond clarity refers to the absence of these inclusions and blemishes. 

  • Color - A crucial part of a diamond’s value is based on the absence of color. (Note: colored diamonds are graded differently than colorless diamonds.) The setting you pick for your diamond could change the perception of your diamond color. Colorless diamonds, which get the highest grades of D, E, and F (Z is the lowest grade on the scale), allow the greatest reflection of light, which creates a dramatic sparkle.



  • Carat - A carat is how the weight of a diamond is measured. Because small diamonds are more readily available, larger stones are more expensive. While many things factor into the price of a diamond, carat size does set the bar. 

  • Ring Setting 

  • Once you have picked your stone, choosing a setting is the next step. There are countless settings to choose from, or you can custom design your ring. Many people custom design their engagement ring and custom design other pieces of jewelry as well. The setting is considered the foundation of your ring. The setting you select can be based on the wearer’s personal style and lifestyle. There are many different types of settings. Some of these include solitaire, vintage, two/three stone, bezel, flush, tension, pave, cluster, eternity band, channel, halo and many more. For a little guidance, below are some descriptions of the most popular settings.

  • Solitaire – The solitaire is a classic and common setting. It is a prong setting where the prongs hold the diamond in place.

  • Vintage - A vintage setting gives the appearance of a certain period, like Art Deco or Victorian. These settings often have very intricate detail work, like filigree or millgrain. 

  • Two or three stone – A two of three-stone setting has the two or three stones set close together, and they can be all the same size or different sizes. This type of ring can also be a customized ring with varying stones on the side such as a stone with meaning like a birthstone.

  • Bezel - A bezel setting lends to a more modern look, where the stone is kept in place by a metal surround instead of prongs.

  • Tension – In a tension setting, the diamond appears to be suspended between the two sides of the band. 

  • Pavé – A pavé setting sets small diamonds tightly together, creating continuous sparkle.

  • Cluster – A cluster setting has stones clustered together, to give the illusion of one large diamond. 

  • Eternity – An eternity band is where diamonds are inlaid into the entire length of the ring band. This is also a trendy style for a wedding band.

  • Channel – A channel enables a set of smaller stones to be set securely in a row into the band of the ring. This style may also be used a wedding band like the eternity setting.

  • Halo – In this setting, a metal halo set with small diamonds, surrounds the center stone. This type of setting makes the center stone look more substantial, and increases the sparkle of the ring.

  • When choosing the metal for your engagement ring setting, there are several things to consider, including price, longevity, and aesthetics. While the metal you choose for your diamond ring is primarily based on personal preference and style, it is helpful to consider the main differences in composition and price. Several different types of metals are used to create stunning engagement rings.
  • Stone Shape 

  • There ten different diamond shapes: round, princess, radiant, cushion, emerald, marquise, oval, pear, heart, and Asscher. Each shape has its beauty. It comes down to which style represents your personality.

  • Round – The round cut is the most commonly chosen shape for an engagement ring. When cut, color and clarity are all equal in two diamonds the round diamond is usually more valuable.

  • Princess - A princess cut diamond is a square stone with 90-degree corners.

  • Radiant - A radiant diamond is a beautiful combination of a round cut and an emerald cut. 

  • Cushion – A cushion shape is a square or rectangle stone with rounded corners and sides. 

  • Emerald - An emerald cut diamonds are usually rectangular with beveled corners. 

  • Marquise - A marquise cut is an elongated stone with pointed ends. 

  • Oval – Due to its elongated shape, the oval cut can appear more substantial than a round diamond of equal carat size. 

  • Pear - A pear-shaped diamond, which resembles a teardrop, is a cross between a round and marquise cut. 

  • Heart - A heart-shaped diamond symbolizes love.

  • Asscher – An Asscher-shaped diamond looks similar to an emerald cut. It is typically square and has a visible “X” pattern when viewed from the top.

  • Metals 

  • When choosing the metal for your engagement ring setting, there are several things to consider, including price, longevity, and aesthetics. While the metal you choose for your diamond ring is primarily based on personal preference and style, it is helpful to consider the main differences in composition and price. Several different types of metals are used to create stunning engagement rings.

  • Platinum – Platinum is a durable, white metal that is shiny and beautiful. Platinum is more rare than gold. It is also a very dense metal which will make the ring heavier on the hand than other metals. It will not fade or change color. It is also hypoallergenic. Because of its strength, it is a popular choice for engagement rings.

  • Gold – Gold is a very versatile metal with several different color variations, including yellow, white and rose. The gold purity used in creating rings is usually 18K or 14K. An 18K ring has a more vibrant yellow color, as it contains more gold than a 14K. You will not see engagement rings in 24K, as its far too soft to withstand daily wear and tear. 

  • Yellow Gold - Yellow gold is traditionally the most popular in the gold family. Pure gold is mixed with a little silver and copper to create a warm look.

  • White gold – White gold is a combination of pure gold with palladium and silver, and on occasion, with nickel, copper or zinc. White gold and platinum look identical to the naked eye. 

  • Rose Gold – Rose gold is a combination of pure gold and copper to create a beautiful rose color. 

  • Palladium - Palladium is included in the platinum family of metals. It is durable, and resilient to discoloration. The main difference between the two is that Palladium is very lightweight, and has a reflective sheen. 

  • Titanium – Titanium has recently increased in popularity for wedding ring metal. It is extremely lightweight and has a very modern look. It also comes in a variety of colors, including black, grey and silver. It is also hypoallergenic.

  • Budget 

  • Before you begin shopping for an engagement ring, you must determine your budget. A common benchmark for spending for a diamond engagement ring is the equivalent of two-months’ salary, but you need to decide what works best for you. Once you have your budget in place, it is essential to find a qualified jeweler. A good jeweler will help you to pick out the perfect ring and help you work within your budget.

    Selecting a diamond that is slightly under the one-carat cutoff. Purchasing a 0.99 carat ring instead of a 1.0 carat stone will not look significantly different, but can save you money.

    According to the 4Cs guidelines for buying a diamond, the cut has the most impact on a diamond’s sparkle. Pick the highest cut grade you can afford. Go with a gold band. If you like the look of platinum, but it doesn’t work with your budget, consider white gold.

    Pick a setting that has more detail, such as a Halo. This enables you to select a smaller center stone, but the ring will still have significant sparkle. Consider a solitaire diamond with no side stones. Simple and elegant.

    Look at options other than diamonds. Customize your engagement ring with a colored stone instead of a diamond.

    Select an eternity band with diamonds around the setting, but no center stone. Be an educated consumer. Do your research.

  • Creating a memory
  • Getting engaged can be overwhelming. When the time comes, it is important to remember that deciding to get married is about much more than cut, color, and clarity.

    Whether you decide to shop for a ring together, have a surprise proposal or custom design your ring, choosing an engagement ring is the moment that will begin the rest of your life. At Bostonian Jewelers, creating engagement rings in Boston is our specialty. Visit us for more inspiration, or contact us to schedule a consultation.

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