Welcome to the Josephs Jewelers blog where you’ll learn all about fascinating gemstones, beautiful jewelry and the inner workings of Josephs Jewelers.

Everything You Need to Know Before Purchasing Pearls

You can never go wrong with a pair of classic pearl earrings, a necklace or even a bracelet! As Jackie Kennedy once said, “pearls are always appropriate.”

Whether you’re going out to a fancy dinner with your husband, purchasing a gift for someone or looking for something simple to go with your everyday outfits, pearls have endless options that will always keep you in style! It’s important to know that there is not one type of pearl; each is unique in its own way. Deciding which fits best with your personality can be a difficult decision, which is why we’re here to help. Keep reading to find out about the different types of pearls along with some not-so secret tips that can help you find your ‘pearl’fect match.

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The Ten Best Proposal Spots in Iowa

We know how stressful planning a big proposal can be. You have to tell your friends and family, shop for an engagement ring they’ll love that is also in your budget, and then you have to figure out where to propose. At this point you’ve probably already completed the first two steps, now you just need to find a location that’ll make her say wow.

Iowa has a lot of spectacular locations that can help keep the big surprise a secret by making it feel like an ordinary day. Here are ten adventurous locations that she will never forget.

Botanical Gardens – Des Moines, Iowa

Photo from the American Public Gardens Association

This is a popular spot and we can definitely see why! Thousands of spectacular colors from flowers, cacti, succulents and more fill the Botanical Garden. It’s a great escape and a perfect place to set the mood before you ask the big question. Grab a bite of gourmet food at Trellis Café before taking a relaxing walk around the Garden.

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From Soldier to Designer (Tara Hutch Designs Q&A)

If you read our blog post from last month, you might’ve seen a not-so subtle ‘hint’ about a new line that we will be carrying very soon! Introducing Tara Hutch Designs.

Tara describes her designs as fine jewelry with an urban feel. She fabricates her jewelry with blackened silver and high karat gold, a process called Kuem Boo. She also uses semi-precious and precious stones to create her look.

As a young adult, Tara had no real strategy on what she wanted to do with her life so she began basic training. At the young age of 23, she enlisted and six years later, she led a squad during a deployment in Iraq. It was Valentine’s Day of 2006 and it’s a day she’ll likely remember forever.

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STYLE ALERT! The Hottest Wedding Trends for 2018

For a lot of women, following wedding trends and keeping up with style is a must. Aside from colored stone engagement rings that are on the rise in popularity, Etsy has released their 2018 wedding trends report based on popular searches in their shop. We can definitely see why they’re trending! *heart eyes*

From stacker rings to pets as bridesmaids (okay, kind of), there’s something for every alternative bride-to-be. These are some of our favorites from the list that we hope you will love just as much!

Pair of Stacker Rings are a wedding trend for 2018 - Josephs Jewelers

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JCK Las Vegas: We Picked Up a New Line + More

Our buyers had a blast in Las Vegas at the JCK event picking out new jewelry and gems that all of you are sure to love. They also looked around to find new lines that match what Josephs Jewelers has to offer… annnnnnd we just happened to find the perfect one!

Tara Hutchinson is the creator and designer of Tara Hutch Designs. Her website describes her unique pieces as “exquisite fine jewelry handcrafted with passion by wounded Army Combat Veteran and Master Goldsmith Tara Hutchinson to help women feel like rockstars.”

Tara Hutch Designs

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This Engagement Trend will give you a Pop of Color

josephs jewelers des moines iowa - engagement ring

A bold new statement is continuing to make its mark in the bridal industry, particularly with engagement rings. The industry is forever evolving, but the trend of colored stone engagement rings is continuing its rise in popularity this year. It’s sure to make you step away from those vintage, classic and simple styles.

In recent years, rose gold rings were a must-have. Just a few months ago, women fell in love with the story and design of Meghan Markle’s three-stone engagement ring. This newer trend of colored stonesthat steps away from the traditional white diamondsis one that every woman could easily pull off.

Here’s why you should consider stepping out of the norm when it comes to the sentiment you’ll wear and remember for the rest of your life.

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Meet the Artist Behind Spiritiles: Houston Llew Q&A

We will be having a spectacular signing event with Houston Llew – the artist behind spiritiles – at our West Des Moines location on May 5 (Cinco de Mayo) from 11 am to 3 pm. We will be having a giveaway for a SIGNED Des Moines spiritile! To be entered to win, simply come in to our West Des Moines location on May 5th to receive an entry. The winner will be drawn by Houston Llew at 3 pm and you do not need to be present to win.

What exactly are spiritiles? They are great home décor items that have an eye-catching image on the front and an inspiring saying on each side. Each tile is hand-made using painted glass that is kiln-fired onto copper and added between the outer frames. We’ll let Houston do rest of the talking with this Q&A:

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Sydney Lynch Jewelry: Going, Going, Gone…

If you love Sydney Lynch jewelry, you’ll want to act now! Hurry in because soon it’s going to be going, going, gone. Sydney Lynch announced toward the beginning of January that she will not make any more jewelry. She’s not “retiring,” she’s just riding off into the sunset looking for new adventures — including a nine week vacation in Mexico in March. We couldn’t be more happy for her (and sad for us). Her unique jewelry style will be forever missed.

Sydney Lynch Jewelry - Josephs Jewelers

Lynch has been a jeweler for 45 years. She started her career in the 70’s in Boulder, Colorado. She began and ended her 35 year career at the American Craft Council Show. Her inspiration for jewelry came from nature. Even as a child, Lynch roamed and collected objects from woods and beaches that she would later put into patterns and groupings to inspire her designs.

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