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How to Take Care of Diamond Earrings

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Diamond earrings are beautiful and timeless accessories that can dress up any outfit. However, we find that many women who have these precious gems are too afraid to wear them due to the risk of losing or breaking them.

Just like any piece of fine jewelry, diamond earrings can last a lifetime if taken care of properly. Below there are some tips and tricks on how to take care of your diamond earrings.

Storing Diamond Earrings

When your diamond earrings are not being worn, it’s important to store them correctly, out of harm’s way. If you have drop or dangle earrings, we recommend storing the earrings flat. However, if your earrings are simple studs, you can store them flat or pinned to an earring holder.

Cleaning Your Diamond Earrings

Even if you don’t wear your earrings often, dust, oil, and powder can cake on your earrings causing them to look dull and worn. High-quality jewelry, such as diamond earrings are easy to clean if done often. To clean all you need is mild dish soap, a soft-bristled toothbrush, and warm water. Gently scrub your earrings with the toothbrush and soapy water, then rinse. Lastly, dry the earrings thoroughly before storing them in your jewelry box. If you wear your diamond earrings often, we recommend getting them cleaned professionally at least once a year.

Inspect Your Earrings

As with any quality piece of jewelry, diamond earrings should be inspected often. Inspect all prongs and wiggle your diamonds to ensure there isn’t any movement. If there is some movement, be sure to take the earrings to your reputable jeweler for a proper repair.

Wearing Earrings

While we encourage you to wear your diamond earrings, there are occasions you shouldn’t wear them. You shouldn’t wear your fine jewelry while cleaning, showering, sleeping, or exercising. When wearing your fine jewelry during these activities you run the risk of damaging the prongs or causing a snag, which can result in a loose or missing diamond.

Get Your Earrings Professionally Inspected

If you own diamond earrings, it’s important to get into the habit of having your jewelry inspected by a certified jeweler. During the inspection, a jeweler will ensure the prongs are intact and will catch problems before they occur.

Luckily, if you’re in the Boston area, Bromfield Jewelers can inspect your diamond earrings to ensure they will last for years to come. If there are any problems, such as loose diamonds or broken prongs, our certified jewelers can repair your fine jewelry quickly and affordably. To learn more about our family-owned store or to schedule an appointment, give us a call or stop in.

Top 5 Luxury Watch Brands for Men

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Whether you are trying to make an impression at work or with a significant other, a luxury watch is a staple and timeless accessory that never goes out of style. If you are thinking about purchasing a luxury watch, you may be overwhelmed. There are many luxury watch brands which range in price and style. So, what are the most popular brands? Below, we have compiled the five most popular luxury watch brands for men and have discussed what makes each unique.

Rolex

When you think of luxury watches, Rolex probably comes to mind. This Swiss brand of watches was founded in 1905 by a 24-year-old named Hans Wilsdorf. At the time, wristwatches were not very popular; however, Wilsdorf was convinced they would be the next big thing. Rolex was the first of many in the watch industry. In 1926, Rolex was the first to come out with a waterproof watch which completely changed the industry. Rolex was also the first to come out with the DateJust feature which is on many watches you see today.

More than 100 years later, Rolex is a leader in the luxury watch industry and continues to grow. As technology continues to develop and fads come and go, this brand continues to stay on the forefront in both design and technology.

Patek Philippe

Patek Philippe is a luxury watch brand based in Geneva, Switzerland and was founded in 1839. Even in its early history, many celebrities, royals, and high-profile individuals have worn and helped endorse this brand, including Albert Einstein and Prince Albert. Today, these watches continue to develop timeless accessories which contain some of the most technical and advanced movements. You can often find these watches paired with fine leather bands or sterling silver bands.

Omega

Omega is another popular brand which has continued to grow in the industry. These luxury watches are also headquartered in Switzerland and was founded in 1903. During the early century, Rolex and Omega were neck and neck as far as competition and were the leaders in Swiss watches until the 70’s when Omega began to experiment in Quartz while Rolex continued to invest in complicated mechanics.

The Omega brand has been worn by many celebrities and high-profile people including John F. Kennedy, James Bond, and even Buzz Aldrin on the moon. Today, many of the styles used in the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s continue to be hot selling items due to their elegance and timelessness.

Where to Buy Luxury Watches in Boston?

If you’re looking for luxury watches in the Boston, MA area, count on Bromfield Jewelers. Our family-owned business buys and sells luxury watches that are not only in style but will also give you the statement piece you are looking for. To learn more about watches we have in style, visit us or give us a call at (617) 423-7464.

Wearing Your Antique Jewelry: The Do’s and Don’ts

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If you have antique jewelry that has been passed down, you probably cherish the beautiful heirlooms and only wear them on special occasions. We often find that many men and women that own antique jewelry are too afraid to wear it.

We are here to tell you there is no need to fear your jewelry! In fact, we encourage you to wear your precious pieces! Just like any piece of jewelry, there are a few do’s and don’ts before you wear your heirloom.

Wearing your Antique Jewelry:

Inspection

When wearing your heirloom jewelry, be sure to get it inspected often. With age, prongs can become loose. Getting your jewelry inspected at least once a year can help tighten any loose stones before they fall out.

Fittings

Whether your fine jewelry was passed down from your grandmother or mother-in-law, chances are the size will be different. We always recommend getting your high-end rings or bracelets fitted before wear. Having your jewelry properly sized before wear can reduce the chance of that piece falling off and getting lost.

Storage

When your jewelry is not being worn, it’s important to store your jewelry in a specified jewelry box. This can reduce the amount of dust that cakes on your heirloom. It can also reduce the risk of an accidental mishap—such as a pet or child getting ahold of the piece.

What Not to Do When Wearing Antique Jewelry:

When wearing your heirloom jewelry, it’s important to sure you do not do the following:

  • Wear while exercising: When exercising, oils and sweat can cake on your fine piece which can damage any heirloom. It also increases the risk of getting snagged or lost which can be detrimental to anyone with an antique.
  • Wear while showering: Shampoos and soaps contain chemicals which are fine for our bodies and skin, but can cause damage to fine jewelry.
  • Wear while moisturizing: Similar to soaps, lotions can often cake inside the crevices of a fine antique. To eliminate this risk, be sure to remove your fine jewelry before moisturizing.
  • Wear while swimming: Whether you are visiting the beach or hitting the pool, water can cause finger size to shrink. Especially in the ocean, tides and currents can rip a loose ring right off and would be near impossible to find.

All in all, we encourage those who own antique jewelry to flaunt it! Heirlooms should be worn and last for generations to love, cherish, and enjoy. If you own antique jewelry and are located in the Boston area, we would love to see you. We offer a variety of services such as repair and maintenance of fine jewelry so you can ensure it will last for years to come.

To schedule an appointment, give our store a call or stop in and see us! (617) 423-7464.

Real Designer Jewelry vs Knock Offs—How to Tell the Difference

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Over the years, an abundance of knock-off jewelry has been produced. Tiffany, Gucci, Rolex, and Chanel, are some designer brands that have been replicated.  This might make you question what jewelry is real and what isn’t. Or, it may make you ask, “Why should I buy an authentic designer piece in the first place?”

Why Purchase Fine Jewelry

First, designer jewelry is worth the investment. The quality, care, and materials that go into producing a high-end piece is above anything you can buy for less.

Typically, fine jewelry is crafted by a certified jeweler who is a master of the craft. Jewelers, such as those at Bromfield Jewelers, have exceptional attention to detail to ensure that every stone is correctly and securely placed.

Did you know a real diamond is the hardest substance on the planet? In fact, only a diamond can chip another diamond. Fine jewelry is crafted from high-end materials that are durable and meant to last. Typically, artificial metals will fade, chip, or crack over time. When purchasing fine jewelry, keep in mind that metals and precious stones will last for years to come.

How to Spot Fake Jewelry

Large luxury brands such as Rolex and Tiffany are often replicated; however, there are a few ways to ensure your next purchase is authentic and not a knock-off.

Be Caution of Prices

High-end jewelry pieces typically don’t go on sale. Therefore, if a price seems too good to be true, chances are, it probably is. Remember that fine jewelry is an investment and worth the extra spending.

Look for Flaws

If you’re buying “Tiffany’s” jewelry but you notice the stamp is crooked and the chain has lines, chances are it is probably fake. When you purchase fine jewelry, you can expect most pieces to be nearly flawless. Double check before you make an investment, inspect the piece yourself for any mishaps.

Inspect for Fading

Did you know that real gold never fades? In fact, some of the oldest gold in the world still shines like new. If a piece you’re about to buy is fading, it is a sign that what you are purchasing could be a knock-off.

Always purchase from a reputable dealer.

Online action places, such as Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist, make buying many items affordable and easy. However, when purchasing fine jewelry there is a lot of risk. When you purchase from a reputable jewelry retailer, you can ensure the item you are purchasing is inspected and certified.

If you’re looking for a reputable dealer in the Boston area, be sure to visit Bromfield Jewelers. Our family-owned business has certified fine jewelry that you can pass on for generations. Whether you are looking for a gift for yourself or are shopping for a loved one, let us help you find something that speaks to you.

Our Two Cents on Coin Collecting in Boston

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Coin collecting in Boston is older than our great city. People have eagerly built collections for centuries based on a variety of motivations.  Coins can hold historical significance because they were either designed, portray or commemorate an important person or event, making them worth more (sometimes significantly) than face value. Every year, the demand for collectable coins rises as the hobby becomes more and more popular. Whether you’re an avid coin collector, have inherited some old coins or a collection, or just have a box of old coins lying around – checking out the value of those coins could prove to be very lucrative!

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Coins can be far more than just pocket change! Within the past few years, the value of precious metals has gone up significantly. This translates directly to the value of your old silver coins. In addition, the growing demand has also played a part in the increased value of rare and historical coins.

Perhaps you’re looking to sell because you’ve inherited them, and are not into collecting yourself. Or maybe, you are an avid collector who is looking to make some money so you can upgrade your collection. Whatever the case may be, before you go to sell your coins you should know the value so you can recognize a reasonable offer.  All too often people will overvalue the majority, while undervaluing the rare ones.

Here are a few things for the Boston coin collector to consider:

Rare Dates. There is a strong demand for coins with old and rare dates. For example, 1922 penny could be worth hundreds of dollars, regardless of condition!

Condition. Well preserved, high quality coins in top condition are always in demand and return a high value. Uncirculated coins can be worth 80% more than a widely circulated and worn coin.

Mint Marks. This refers to the marks placed on a coin collection when it was created at the United States Mint. One mark in particular that creates a lot of buzz is the CC mark, indicating that the coin was minted at the Carson City, Nevada Mint, which ceased operations in 1893.

Rare Varieties. A rare variety of a coin (for example, a buffalo nickel vs. a Jefferson nickel) can be worth eight times more than its similar counterpart.

Even knowing you have a valuable coin doesn’t always mean you know exactly what it’s worth. To find the exact value of your coins with confidence, you can visit Bromfield Jewelers in Boston for an expert appraisal! We also buy coins, for when you’re ready to cash in.

Make sure to check your dressers, cabinets, and old boxes for collectable coins. You never know what treasure may be hiding there! And the next time you go to “give a penny,” it might be worth it to take a second look!