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Classic Spring Looks for Everyday Wear

Raise your hand if you have followed a trend that only lasted a few months and were left with something you no longer wore?

*raises hand*

Just this year, we’ve seen some pretty popular trends in the jewelry world from tortoise shell to neon tassel earrings. Without a doubt these trends have impacted our style and purchasing decisions, but they unfortunately do not have a long shelf life. Many of these trendy items are also not realistic for everyday wear as your outfit goes from work to play.

Trends come and go, but one thing usually remains true when it comes to your treasured jewels — you can never go wrong with a classic.

We’ve rounded up six classic (and affordable) styles that are perfect for those business and weekend looks. We leave you with this promise: these will not collect dust in your jewelry box while you await a trend comeback!

NECKLACES: CZ Bar (JSLNK29504); Diamond “V” (DNK05648); Freshwater Pearl (JPL1806219); Tahitian Pearl (JPL1806120); Disc (JNK9901232); Bar (JPDKT17012) // EARRINGS: Diamond shaped (JERKT40972); Opal (CSEOP00562); Hammered (JHER00620) // BRACELETS: Bamboo (JHCUF00166); Rose Gold Double Wire (JLDB02623) // RINGS: Sylvie Stackers. Please visit Josephs to see our available selection

 

  1. STUD EARRINGS

Stud earrings are a great go-to item when you’re in a rush and want to add a pop of color to your wardrobe. While certain dangle earrings could be considered timeless as well, a simple stud earring can make a statement without competing with the patterns on your clothes.

  1.   BAR NECKLACE

You can never go wrong with a bar necklace. This look is easily customizable with any engraving you want, or you can keep it simple! Josephs has several price points whether you want yellow gold, white gold, rose gold or sterling silver. If you’re looking for a trend that easy to pull off, opt for a layered look or pair with a dainty necklace.

  1. PEARL NECKLACE

Pearls are one of those things you just can’t go wrong with. A strand of freshwater pearls will easily make a pulled-together look for a casual brunch with some girlfriends or a professional business retreat. For a more unexpected look, Tahitian pearls make a fun alternative!

  1. DAINTY NECKLACE

Often the smallest things make the biggest impact. Josephs has a large collection of dainty necklaces set in different metals so everyone can find a look they will love! From a simple solitaire diamond to smaller gemstone jewelry, we recommend any piece of timeless jewelry from this selection.

  1. CUFF BRACELETS

There are a lot of fun combinations that you can do with cuffs. They make for a quick grab if you want to take a simple outfit to the next level. Many of our cuff bracelets are easily stackable and would pair perfectly with a watch for a more professional setting.

  1. DIAMOND BANDS

You can never go wrong with diamonds! Stackable bands are becoming more trendy, but they still make a great look regardless of time (and let’s face it, diamonds are a girl’s best friend after all!) White gold and yellow gold have a more timeless look, but you can certainly mix-and-match metal types! Pair these bands with your engagement ring, each other or spread them out over multiple fingers.

6 Creative Ways to Propose on Valentine’s Day

Hearts, hearts and more hearts.

It’s finally February, the unofficial month of love. You might be thinking that Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity for you to express your love… and we get it! So if you’re planning on popping the question on the most lovey dovey day on the calendar, we’ve got your back. Throw out all of the cliché ideas you’ve seen in those romantic movies and try one of these six creative ways to make sure your Valentine says ‘yes!’

A BOOK OF LOVE 

Priceless and crafty! Let ‘cupid’ dig through the archives to find candid shots of you and your love, starting with the first time you’ve met. Make a small album or scrapbook reminding them of what they mean to you. To be a little extra, you could also use an actual book instead. Hollow out the back of the book where you will slip the ring box in (There’s tutorials!). The rest of the book pages in the front will be covered with photos, ephemera and little love notes.

FEELING FANCY

Fancy Valentine's Day Restaurant Proposal

Your Valentine deserves it—and you do too. Take them to a place that’s unexpected! We recommend making reservations at a higher-end restaurant that you both haven’t visited before to set the tone for the night. This romantic ‘foodie’ adventure with delicious cocktails or a few glasses of wine will end with a fabulous dessert. When you make the reservation be sure to let them know about the extravagant surprise so everything can go smoothly. Once they see the dessert with ‘Marry me?’ the rest is history!

THE HUNT IS ON

How cute and romantic would it be to have a scavenger hunt around town or in your own home? Hang letters or sticky notes around your significant others’ favorite place(s) to reminisce on the memories. Each ‘clue’ would lead to another location, ending with the location where you both met. This could also be done around the house. Aww!! This will lead up to the big question.

Hint: Have a friend come along with her/him to help secretly document the adventure on video. It’s a moment they’ll cherish forever.

MY LOVE FOR YOU IS…

image found on pinterest

This idea is guaranteed to make someone smile. There are several Facebook groups that do this type of thing. Basically you find people from all over the world to write a handwritten note that says “my love for you is so big, it has traveled to _________.” In the blank space, the person from another country or state will write where they are. The background of their photo will feature some sort of landmark that represents where they live. It’s a unique idea for anyone to show how much they love one another. (Side note: you will have to exchange some photos with the others, but no big deal!)

THE REASON WHY

Love letters or cards might be a thing of the past, but it will be something you both can reflect back on for years to come. Write something you love about your Valentine on a bunch of cards—and we mean a BUNCH. Give them to your Valentine randomly throughout the day or spread them out over several weeks leading up to the moment where you want to ask them the big question (in a card of course!). When the time comes and she opens the envelope, get down on one knee and surprise them!

POP!

For a fun and playful idea, write on 20 pieces of paper reasons why you love your other half (your significant other, that is.) These ‘notes’ will be placed in 20 balloons. Put the all in one room and let her choose which one they want to pop. When you’re all finished tell her that you have one last balloon to pop, and bring out one that’s been hidden. This balloon will have the engagement ring tied to the bottom. This is when you pop (get it?!) the question to them!

Holiday Giftware Favorites with Betty

Reindeer, gift-giving and hot cocoa are all great, but have you looked at our giftware for the holiday season? It will remind you that winter should definitely be on your list of favorites (or at least for decorating). Our giftware buyer, Betty, has a few favorites for the season that would be great for any home.

1. Swarovski Santa Claus

Swarovski Santa Claus FigurineIf you’re looking for something that will make you smile, this is what you’re looking for! Santa’s vibrant red suit with his arms stretched out and open makes it look like he’s going to give you a big hug. This spectacular Santa piece has 550 facets of red, clear and black crystals. To easily get into the holiday spirit, place Santa with his reindeer, sleigh and elves for an enjoyable display for all ages.

2. Houston Llew Limited Edition “Glow” Spiritile

Houston Llew Glow SpiritileOne of Houston Llew newest spiritiles is this limited edition one, and it sure is fun! The colors create a warm atmosphere with the effect of ‘icy’ windows with beaming light. This item will look great sitting above your cozy fireplace or in the living room alongside other holiday decorations. The quote on the side is an Irish Blessing that reads “may the blessing of light be upon you, light around you and light within you.”

3. Simon Pearce Hand Blown Evergreen Trees

Simon Pearce Giftware - glass evergreen trees

These lovely evergreens can create a modern atmosphere all year long making them the perfect addition to any home. You can put them on your mantel or down the center of your dining table for a classy look. This item looks great on top of Simons’ rechargeable LED light base to help illuminate the glass tree to bring out the mesmerizing textures. These come in clear, bubble, snowy branches, silver leaf or five-sided trees.

New this year: The newest tree is an Echo Lake tree. It’s wrapped in fine strands of glass around a conical center; just put your mini lights inside and watch it glow.

4. Vietri Old St. Nick

A fun Vietri giftware display featuring Lastra Holiday and Old St. Nick

This timeless and classic collection features handcrafted whimsical designs that would make a great table display for a holiday get together with family or friends. Use our idea above to make a centerpiece with Evergreen Trees that would look great paired with these dinner plates, serving bowls and platters. You could also buy some garland to make a simple yet festive table display.

Another notable collection is the Lastra Holiday featuring evergreen trees on a white background and cardinals sitting on branches.

5. Ornaments

Christmas tree with ornaments at Josephs Jewelers in West Des Moines

Start a new tradition by beginning to collect a new ornament each year. We have a large collection of playful and festive holiday ornaments. Josephs has them hanging on a Christmas tree to give you a glance on how you can use each piece in your own home. Vietri also offers some hand-painted ornaments that are unique.

The Benefits of Shopping Local

With the millions of shopping options out there, it might be hard to recognize all the super awesome benefits that come with shopping locally!

There’s been a big movement that began in 2010 called “Shop Small Saturday” which began as a way to help local businesses rebound from the recession. This day is always the Saturday before Thanksgiving and has since gained popularity with people shopping local as a weekly routine. There are soooooo many reasons why you should join the trend and keep it local.

Here’s how you can both benefit from it:

1. It helps strengthen the economy. Why would you not want to do that?! The money that goes to local businesses is worth THREE TIMES MORE than shopping at a big-box retailer (and 50 times more than an online mega-retailer)

2. You can avoid ridiculous set prices. Be wary of pricing at larger retailers as a lot of prices are set and cannot be. That’s not likely for smaller businesses. They want you to find something in your price range while making sure you’re getting the biggest band for your buck.

3. Small businesses go above and beyond! When you shop local, you truly are getting a VIP treatment. There is more than one way that small businesses do this. These places can give you a special discount for being a loyal customer. They can quickly order an out-of-stock item from a local vendor because they have a good relationship. They might even remember your name next time you visit!

4. Customers are everything. Almost everyone in a local business will bend over backwards to “break” a few rules and make sure you’re happy with your purchase and pricing. Compared to big chains, these local businesses will give you some of the best customer service you will ever have. They want to build trust and have a relationship with you. They will do everything they can to hold their promises.

5. Did an item break? Was the quality bad? Was it not what the person expected? With big-box retailers, you can wait on the phone for hours before finally getting an answer to your questions. Local businesses understand how precious your minutes are and will have an answer and suggestion for you (hopefully) as soon as you call, email or pop in! There’s no need to wait for someone who actually has your answer because any of the associates should be able to help.

Next time you’re looking for a gift of any sort, remember to shop local — everyone benefits from it!

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Stop by our West Des Moines location on Shop Small Saturday to shop, and if you’re one of the first 10 customers to make a purchase, you’ll get a surprise tote bag!

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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