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March 2018

Guide to Pendant Necklaces

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Every woman needs a go-to necklace whether it is purchased by a family member, a significant other, a best friend, or even for herself.  Simple pendant necklaces virtually go with any look and usually comes with a great deal of meaning. With any piece of fine jewelry, there are a few things you should know before making such an investment.

Types of Pendant Gemstones Necklaces

Diamonds are the most popular gemstones for pendant necklaces. Similar to buying an engagement ring, diamond pendants come in a variety of shapes such as pear, round, oval, and even heart. Diamonds aren’t the only stones for pendant necklaces. Pearls make beautiful centerpieces for pendants which are elegant and simple. To add a little flair, pearls can also be surrounded by a diamond halo. The third most popular stone for pendants are colored gemstones, such as; ruby, sapphire, and aquamarine. While colored stones add uniqueness and flair, many women are cautious of these stones because they may not match every outfit for an everyday look.

Types of Chains

While you may think a chain is a chain, they actually are very different from one another. The first thing when purchasing a chain is to decide is the length. Many women prefer their pendant to fall in the middle of the chest; however, length of chains can vary.

The most popular lengths include:

  • 16 Inch – Often referred to a choker, this typically rests along the collarbone.
  • 18 Inch – Also known as a princess length, this rests in the middle of the chest about an inch below the collarbone.
  • 24 Inch – Sometimes known as an Opera length, this length looks great over a dress or blouse.

Chains also come in a variety of materials and weights. These materials can come in gold, platinum, white gold, sterling silver, and mixed metals. While some pendants come with a chain, many times a chain must be purchased separately. When purchasing a chain, always be sure to invest in a quality material to lessen the risk of breakage.

Shape and Halo

Pendants can come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles. One of the most popular shapes and style is a cushion cut diamond or gemstone with a halo effect. Halos are a great addition to make any colored gemstone, pearl, or diamond look larger and add a bit of flair.

Purchasing Pendant Necklaces in Boston

If you’re looking for a variety of beautiful pendant necklaces, visit Bromfield Jewelers. Our family-owned business offers a variety of necklaces ranging in colors, materials, styles, and prices. Whether you are looking for an everyday diamond pendant or a one of a kind gemstone, our team can help you find the necklace that speaks to you. Stop in today or give us a call to learn more about what we have in store.

4 Most Popular Gemstones

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Many people only think of diamonds when considering fine jewelry. However, diamonds are not the only beautiful gemstones used in fine rings, necklaces, and earrings. In fact, many designers are using colorful gemstones to add pops of personality in trending pieces. So, what are the most popular gemstones?

Popular Gemstones in 2018

Sapphire

Sapphires have been popular with fine jewelers for many years, they are also continuing to grow in popularity today. These beautiful deep-colored gems are extremely hard to scratch; which make them great stones for everyday pieces. While many think sapphires only come in blue, this popular gem comes in a variety of colors such as violet, green, yellow, orange, pink, purple, and intermediate hues. These alternative colors are sometimes known as “fancy sapphires.” Sapphires are found in only a few locations in the world which make them rare. The three most famous regions for blue sapphires are Kashmir, Burma and Sri Lanka.

Ruby

Rubies are beautiful red gemstones that many people love and cherish. These strong and bright gemstones are used mostly in rings and necklaces and are sometimes incorporated into jewelry for anniversary gifts or engagement rings. These gemstones can range in color from bright red to dark maroon and are typically hard and tough stones. Rubies are found all in many places throughout the world, including Thailand, the Pailin and Samlout District of Cambodia, Burma, India, Afghanistan, Australia, Namibia, Colombia, Japan, Scotland, Brazil and in Pakistan.

Amethyst

Also, February’s birthstone, amethysts are popular gemstones due to their feminine and bright color. Ranging from deep purple to a light lilac, this gem has been worn for centuries by everyday men and women all over the world. Because of its affordability, you will even see this gem used in class rings and statement jewelry.

Paraiba Tourmaline

When you take one look at paraiba tourmaline it’s easy to see why so many love this beautiful gem. This up and coming gem is new to the industry and has a bright blue hue. Found in Brazil, these rare gemstones are only created under unusual circumstances. “Because of their rarity and unique colors, the quality and value factors for these gemstones differ from other varieties of tourmaline (International Gem Society, 2018).” Paraiba Tourmalines have, so far, only been found in copper-rich areas such as Brazil, Nigeria and Mozambique.

Where to Buy Popular Gemstones in Boston, MA

If you’re looking for beautiful gemstones for yourself or a loved one, visit Bromfield Jewelers in Boston, MA. Our family-owned business specializes in gemstone jewelry and can help you find a timeless piece that will last for generations. Visit our store today to see the beautiful gemstones we have available.

Before You Purchase Your Wedding Rings | 3 Steps You Should Complete First

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If you’re looking for the perfect wedding rings, first, congratulations on your engagement! Being engaged is a memorable period in a couples’ life; however, it can also be a time of stress. One of your to-do list items is probably to purchase wedding rings. While many brides put a lot of thought into their perfect engagement ring, we find that many haven’t thought about the second ring—the wedding ring!

Before you purchase your dream wedding ring, we recommend these three easy tasks to get you and your fiancé ready for this important purchase.

Set a Budget

Just like everything else in wedding planning, when purchasing wedding rings, you need a budget. Keep in mind, you typically buy two rings—one for you and one for your fiancé. Determining your budget will help you narrow your choices when it comes to a ring for both you and your partner. Typically, the bride’s ring costs a little more than the groom’s; however, a groom’s ring can also have diamonds or colored gemstones which can increase the cost. Be sure to talk with your fiancé about the budget before you hit the store.

Research Your Options

Similar to engagement rings, the options are endless when it comes to wedding bands. From different gemstones to metals, a wedding ring can be as unique or simple as you desire. Before you make the purchase, we recommend researching the following:

Color of Gemstone

Diamonds aren’t the only option when it comes to your wedding ring. Some couples choose a gemstone that means something to them. For example, we recently had a customer who wanted a wedding band that had alexandrite gemstones because her it was her fiancé’s birthstone.

Type of Metal

Is your engagement ring platinum or white gold? While both metals may look the same, they each wear differently and will eventually look very different. This is why we recommend sticking with the same metal as your engagement ring if it is white gold or silver. However, some brides go for the mixed metal look (which has been growing in popularity!) Be sure to ask what type of metal your engagement ring is before you purchase your wedding rings.

Fitted Wedding Bands

When looking for the perfect wedding ring, you want your ring to enhance your engagement ring. This is why many brides choose to have their wedding ring fitted around their engagement ring. If your ring is complex and unique, this may require a custom-design (which may take more time to make). On the other hand, if your engagement ring has a solitaire and timeless diamond, you may look into a more intricate wedding ring. Whatever your preference, look into a ring that enhances your engagement ring.

Research Reputable Jewelers Near You

Finally, before you purchase your wedding rings, research reputable jewelers near you! When choosing a jeweler, you don’t have to go to the same jeweler your engagement ring was purchased at. Find a jeweler that makes you feel comfortable and has a variety of rings you love.

If you’re looking for a jeweler in the Boston area, be sure to check out Bromfield Jewelers. Our family owned and operated business has been serving the Boston community for years, helping both brides and grooms find wedding rings that suit their personality, taste, and budget. To learn more about the variety of rings we have in store, visit our store or view our rings here.

2018 Engagement Ring Trends

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Whether you’re a non-traditional bride or a bride that likes to stick to tradition, engagement rings are one of the most special pieces of jewelry that a woman owns. There are endless options when choosing an engagement ring. The days are long gone where engagement rings are simple diamonds—today, engagement rings come in a variety of styles, shapes, and even colors. So, what are the hottest engagement ring trends in 2018? Read below to find out!

Oval Shaped Diamonds

Oval shaped diamonds have always been a hit in the industry; however, they have made a recent comeback in the last several years and the trend has really boomed in 2017. Blake Lively is one celebrity who rocks an oval cut diamond ring and has set a standard in the industry. Now, you will see many modern brides rock the oval cut diamond with or without a halo.

Colored Diamonds

You don’t have to say, “I DO” to a classic diamond. Many brides to be are choosing colored gemstones such as ruby, sapphire, and alexandrite. Whether you’re looking to break the standard of traditional engagement rings or looking for cost-effective options, colored gemstones make beautiful engagement rings. This new colored gemstone engagement ring style has become a popular trend in 2018.

Pear Shaped Diamonds

While round diamonds continue to be the number one best-seller, pear-shaped diamonds have been increasing in popularity in the last few years. These beautiful diamonds come in a variety of cuts—ranging from very slim to wide. Often, you will see pear-shaped diamonds surrounded by a halo of diamonds but they can also stand alone.

Mixed Metal

If you thought you couldn’t have both gold and silver, think again. Mixed metal rings have been an up and coming trend in the ring industry. Whether you have both gold and silver in one engagement ring or you have an engagement ring that is one color and a wedding ring in another, there are no rules as to what type of metal you can get.

Rose Gold

Rose gold continues to be one of the most popular metals—especially at our jewelry store in Boston. Rose gold is a unique and beautiful colored metal that really makes a diamond pop and flatters all skin tones.

East-West Rings

If you’re looking at either oval or emerald shaped diamonds, many brides are choosing to rotate that diamond side to side instead of the traditional vertical look. This unique look has been around for a few years and is continuing to grow in popularity.

Modern Engagement Rings in Boston, MA

If you’re looking to find an engagement ring that speaks to you, visit Bromfield Jewelers. Whether you are looking for something simple and classic or are looking to step away from tradition, our selection and expertise can help you find the perfect piece that you will show off for years.