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How to clean your jewelry at home

At Duncan & Boyd Jewelers our fine jewelry is crafted to last a lifetime, however with normal wear, proper cleaning is needed to keep your jewelry in tip top shape. We understand coming to the store every week to have your jewelry professionally cleaned is not ideal (but would be nice!). How are you suppose to keep your gems clean and shiny? Here is our jewelry home cleaning guide to give you the scoop on how to keep your jewelry clean in-between professional cleanings. 1) Tools to use: We recommend using a soft toothbrush to prevent scratches on of your jewelry, and it will help dislodge any dirt. Always use a soft cloth when drying or cleaning any jewelry. A soft cloth...

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Traveling with Jewelry

Vacation season is right around the corner with the summer months quickly approaching. Whether you are planning a vacation to an exotic beach or you are traveling to see family, follow these tips on how to travel with jewelry!  What to pack and what to leave behind. Accessorizing your outfits for a trip you have planned can be fun! If you are going to worry about losing the jewelry you are to bring, our biggest suggestion is to leave it behind. Vacations are all about relaxing, and having a good time, so why worry? It is best to leave your jewelry of great monetary or sentimental value at home, unless it plays a role in the outfits you have planned on your...

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5 Times You Shouldn't Wear Your Wedding Set!

One of the most special times in your life is when you get engaged and married! So much time and effort is put into picking out the perfect ring for your spouse. And lets face it, those precious rings are sentimental and valuable. Insurance can cover your ring, but no one wants to jump through those hoops! Whether you are trying to keep your ring from being damaged or from being lost, here are our top 5 places your should take those rings off and store them for safe keeping!  The Beach- The beach has two dangers to your ring. First is the sand. If you lose your ring in the sand, that ring could be gone forever, because no one packs a...

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October Birthstones

October has finally arrived and for most, that means pumpkin patches, colder weather, football games, and sweaters! October is also known for being breast cancer awareness month and the color to support this is pink! October's birthstones plays right into the pink theme.  Tourmaline Tourmaline has been used in jewelry for centuries, but it was identified as other stones. Green tourmaline was discovered by Portuguese explorers in the mid 1500's but was confused with emerald. The name tourmaline stems from the word toramalli, which means mixed gems. Tourmalines come in a variety of colors and has one of the widest color ranges of all the gems. Some of the names of the varieties are:  Indicolite which is a dark violet...

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September Birthstone

September's birthstone is the beautiful deep blue sapphire!  Sapphires are known for being one of the big three gems that are known in jewelry. Those include emeralds, rubies, and sapphires. Sapphires have been well know in the world for centuries and royalty has been known to use this gem to decorate their robes and gowns. In fact one of the most famous sapphires is Princess Diana and Kate Middleton's engagement ring, which is a 12 carat oval sapphire.  The blue color of these gems is world known but sapphires also come in other colors. These sapphires are known as fancy sapphires, ranging in orange, yellow, green, pink, purple and violet. Sapphires can even be gray, brown, or black! The only shade that a...

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