Suzanne DinesMy second event with the Boston Brunchers wasn’t brunch at all, but a tour of the Boston Jewelers Exchange Building. Located in Downtown Crossing, this beautiful and historic building houses over 125 jewelers, many of which are family owned and operated. Since we are technically “brunchers,” food and drink were provided by Scholars.

I had honestly never really heard of the Jewelers Exchange Building before this event, and my knowledge on fine jewelry was sadly limited. Not only do I now know enough about jewelry to be dangerous, I really enjoyed learning so much about the building and the history of some of the jewelers housed there.


Kim, our main tour guide for the evening, started off by introducing her fellow jewelers and telling us a little about the history of the Jewelers Exchange. I was fascinated to hear how well the shops get along despite technically being competitors, and how each jeweler really is unique.

Meanwhile, we sipped on some wine and sampled the food.

Tuna Tartare

My favorite appetizer was the Tuna Tartare, served in little pastry shells. It was topped with something similar to the spicy mayo in spicy tuna rolls, and it’s hard for me to resist that combination.

Lobster Salad

We also snacked on some Lobster Salad, also in pastry cups. It’s hard to go wrong with lobster salad!

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

The Proscuitto Wrapped Asparagus were simple, but really the perfect finger food. The asparagus stayed nice and crisp.

The Vegetable Spring Rolls were the only thing I found a little bland. (But that’s not to say I didn’t have more than one – who can resist spring rolls?)

Oysters Rockefeller are a classic, and their version were as good as they could have been for sitting out in a warming tray.

Thanks for the food, Scholars!

After the food and introductions, it was time for the tour. We visited thirteen jewelers, and I was really surprised to see first-hand how unique each is. I put together a little slideshow with the highlights:

[smoothslider]Big thanks to the Jewelers Exchange, Scholars, the Boston Brunchers for organizing this great event!

The food, drink, and tour were complimentary, but the opinions are my own.

Have you ever been to the Boston Jewelers Exchange?

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