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

How To Clean Jewelry at Home

Cleaning Diamond Jewelry at Home

Photo by Eric Welch/GIA

A common question we are asked at Josephs is, “how can I clean my jewelry at home?” It’s important for you to know that cleaning jewelry is not always easier at home. In fact, one jewelry cleaning solution will not work for all gemstones or metals because each needs its own care due to a number of different factors. An at-home method should only be used temporarily for hard gems like rubies, sapphires and diamonds, but it’s best to check with your jewelry professional.

Now more than ever, we understand the importance of cleaning jewelry in the comfort of your home. If you do not have our jewelry cleaner solution readily available, here are a few other recommendations that you can follow.

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March Madness

 

 

It’s March and that usually means basketball month is officially here! People everywhere gather together and fill out basketball brackets with the name of teams they think will make it all the way. This March, in honor of the games that were cancelled, we’re showcasing 16 fan-favorite pieces from Josephs. From contemporary Omega timepieces to trendy crowd-favorites like solitaire diamond pendants, we know one of these pieces will make an impression… and maybe walk away the champion of your heart.

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The Facts on Amethyst – February Birthstone

Amethyst has universal and timeless appeal with is rich purple color. Purple used to be the chosen color for royalty. Over time, amethyst became a popular stone choice for all. This birthstone can range from pale, soft lavender purple to a deep dark purple hue. The most desirable amethyst color is an intense, even-tone dark purple with flashes of red under incandescent light. The pale lavender is a less expensive option. Generally, amethyst is an affordable stone choice and it has a beautiful degree of transparency to it.

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Wedding Event at Josephs Jewelers | March 6 and 7

For two days only, you’re invited to say ‘yes’ to our second annual wedding event extravaganza. It will feature four of our bridal lines, including Simon G, Sylvie, Fana and Benchmark. On March 6 and 7, join our West Des Moines location to shop our largest selection of engagement rings, his and her wedding bands, and bridal jewelry!

Two-tone engagement ring from Simon G. More rings from this designer at our wedding event.Vintage-inspired engagement ringWhite gold solitaire engagement ring

GIVEAWAYS

Don’t forget to enter our giveaway for a chance to win one of many Josephs gift certificates, with the grand prize being a $1,000 gift certificate! We’ll keep the other denominations a secret for now, but be sure to check our Facebook page for more details as the event gets closer!

DRINKS

Enjoy a small selection of beer and wine, available while you browse. Happy hour on Friday will begin at 3pm and will be all day Saturday!

NEW ADDITIONS

In addition to our gift certificate prizes, customers will be able to play our ring toss game for a chance to win other fun prizes – all you have to do is make a certain amount of rings on the bottles to win something free!

ALL THE DETAILS

Dates: March 6 (10am-6pm) | March 7 (10am-5:30pm)

Location: Josephs West Des Moines – 5425 Mills Civic Parkway West Des Moines, IA 50266

Save the date for our wedding event; we hope to see you there!

All about Garnets – January Birthstone

If you were born in January, your birthstone is a garnet! This stone is also used for a second wedding anniversary. Here’s everything you need to know about this gemstone.

Garnets come in many colors ranging from uvarovite to red

THE NAME

Garnets have nine species; however the most common color associated with it is dark red. The ‘red’ name is derived from the Greek work pyropos meaning “fire-like”. Early scientists gave garnet its name due to its likeness in the rock crystal to red pomegranate seeds. It comes from the Latin word granatum meaning “seed-like”.

HISTORY

The birthstones initially represented each tribe of Israel, but was modernized in 1912 by the Jewelers of America.

Garnets were discovered in Egypt around 3100 B.C. and were often used in beads and inlaid jewelry. In ancient times it was thought their light could shine through a pocket. Some theologians believed Noah used a garnet to light up the ark. In the 18th and 19th centuries, garnets were quite popular in Europe and were sold as souvenir gems. The deep red garnets were mined in the areas known as Bohemia and Czechoslovakia (Eastern Europe). Garnets are also mined in Pakistan, Madagascar, South Africa, Brazil, Tanzania, Canada and the United States.

COLOR

Garnets come in every color of the rainbow and display incredible brilliance due to their single refraction. They are not treated to enhance color. Tsavorite is a variety of green garnet and is rarer than red garnets. Due to the rareness, it commands a higher cost in the marketplace. Tsavorite was originally discovered in Tanzania in 1968 and also Kenya. Promoters from Tiffany & Co. named it after Kenya’s Tsavo National Park.

CLEANING

Garnets are a 6½-7½ on Mohs Hardness Scale and are best cleaned with warm, soapy water and a soft brush. Sudden hot temperatures of steam cleaners can cause fractures making them not recommended for cleaning. Ultrasonic cleaners are usually safe.

Garnets are a wonderful choice for a bright colored gemstone, especially with its great price!

These are the Top Engagement Ring Trends of 2020

Whether the time is nearing to get engaged, or you just enjoy the sights of sparkling jewels, there are many great upcoming engagement ring trends that we will definitely be seeing a lot of next year! Some of these trends are being carried over from last year (hello, pops of color), but there’s also a lot of new ones—like the comeback of rose gold! Excuse us while we squeal with joy as we unveil eight of the top engagement ring trends for 2020.

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Mined or Lab Diamonds: Which Variety is Right for You?

Which variety of diamond is right for you? You are probably debating between traditional mined-diamonds and the increasingly popular, lab-grown diamond. We want you to be able to make the best decision based on the facts—so we will share some of the current similarities and differences between the two.

A commonly asked question is: Do mined diamonds and lab-grown diamonds look the same? The answer is YES. If both styles of diamonds are in front of you, you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between them with the naked eye.

Each comprises entirely of the element carbon under extreme pressure. Both mined diamonds and lab-grown diamonds can range in degrees of color from colorless to varying hints of yellow. They can come with just a few inclusions (flaws) to several within the stone. They come in identical shapes and placed into the same settings. So, lab-grown diamonds are officially the real thing and are indeed a real diamond. Both are diamonds; however, the FTC requires us to refer to lab-grown diamonds as lab-grown diamonds.

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Fall Fashion Delivered at Our November Event

We’re saying so long to pumpkin spice lattes and hello to the hottest fall fashion jewelry trends! For two days only, you’re invited to come explore extended collections from some of our popular designers, including Fana, John Hardy, Simon G, Oscar Heyman, Omi Privé and Estate.

Josephs Fall Fashion Event

JOSEPHS FALL FASHION EVENT

Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2
10am – 5:30pm
Josephs West Des Moines
5425 Mills Civic Pkwy West Des Moines, IA 50266

GIVEAWAYS

Enter to win one of many Josephs gift certificates to use on a current or future purchase. We’ll keep the denominations a secret for now, but we’re getting excited just writing about it! We will also have a giveaway on our Facebook leading up to the event.

FOOD AND DRINK

Enjoy a variety of light appetizers, wine, beer and specialty cocktails catered by Tangerine.

HELP SUPPORT THE CAUSE

We’re excited to announce that a percentage of the proceeds from this event will be donated to support the efforts underway to create a new animal shelter in Des Moines. This effort is filling a tremendous need in our community through a partnership with the Des Moines Police Department’s Guardian Project, the City of Des Moines and the Animal Rescue League of Iowa.

This addition will help better manage the current load of animals coming through ARL’s doors and accommodate a surge in the pet population as the city grows. The new facility will be located at the intersection of Southeast 14th and Harriett and will be nearly two times larger than the current location. It will also provide a larger green space for exercise and animal training. We love our city (and our pets), so we’re excited to support this important initiative.

Upcoming Event: Downtown Hoppy Hour

Jewelry, beer and appetizers?! Yes, please! Join us at our first ever Downtown Hoppy Hour event. We’ll have local craft beer with our featured brewery Peace Tree Brewing Co. and Instagram-worthy appetizers from Bubba! If that alone doesn’t make you want to stop by, we’ll also have a $250 Josephs gift certificate up for grabs (no purchase necessary)!

There might even be more opportunities to win fun prizes during the event *hint hint*

Here’s all the information you need to know:

What is it?

Josephs Downtown Hoppy Hour

When?

Thursday, September 19, 2019 from 3pm-6pm

Where?

215 10th St. Suite 100 Des Moines, Iowa 50309

What about parking?

There’s free validated parking in the parking ramp across from Malo (9th and Mulberry)

All we ask is that you give us a head’s up that you’re coming by RSVP’ing – you can call Downtown at (515) 283-1961 or head over to our Facebook event page and mark yourself as “going.”