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

A Personalized Gift Guide Your Valentine Will Love

The best way to give a gift that matters is by making it something unforgettable and unique; a gift that your loved one can call their own because it’s literally one-of-a-kind. We want to make finding the perfect gift easy for you, that’s why we offer a variety of in-house services including customizing and engraving.

If you want to make your gift stand out or just want an affordable item to wow your lover, you’ve come to the right place! You can simply get an item custom-made (just arrive with your ideas) or purchase one of our many items and get it engraved. Our service pricing starts at $10 minimum for items purchased only from Josephs. For more expensive purchases over $500, engraving is complimentary. Custom items’ pricing varies as well.

Engraving will help tell the one you love something special through items like jewelry, cuff links, select giftware, watches or pens.

We understand the importance of affordable and good quality items, that’s why we have a large selection that includes several price points — from fashion jewelry and sterling silver to giftware and watches. We browsed around to find several Valentine’s Day gift ideas that your significant other, children or other family members will cherish for the rest of their life.

Josephs Jewelers Valentine's Day gift ideas

  1. Any of the pens we offer can be engraved. For some, it can take up to two weeks. Shown above are just a couple options. (MPEN09378 + MPEN07940)
  2. Simple and elegant describes this oval disc bracelet in yellow gold. Add a cute message or monogram to make it their own (or it’s stylish by itself). (JBKT21709)
  3. This glass globe is a great gift to engrave for the explorer in your life. If they’re always traveling, engrave a well-known quote like “not all who wander are lost.” (GMIG14493)
  4. Stop time with this beautiful Tissot t-wave mother of pearl watch with 22 diamonds. (WTSL04239)
  5. Your options are endless with an engraveable disc cuff. It can be worn with anything and is very minimalistic! (JSLBR30684)
  6. This Seiko solar nylon strap watch is an affordable and trendy watch option for any man. (WSKG11148)
  7. Store a wedding photo or photoshoot photo in this sleek picture frame. Add a customized message with your anniversary date or maybe “I love you.” (GRBG06479)
  8. The receiver of this Colonial Mahogany Jewelry Box Chest will love the classy dior red interior. Simply mark it as theirs with their name on a plate. (MJB00802)
  9. Put anything you want on a keychain that your Valentine can carry and cherish forever.

The Best Statement Jewelry from Golden Globes 2018

The Golden Globes will be one to remember with many celebrities making a solidarity statement with a sea of black dresses and suits in support of the #MeToo movement. The unforgettable evening was accompanied by sparkling accessories that made each outfit even more elegant. From oversized emerald earrings to bold diamond necklaces, each celebrity took a simple black gown and stole the show with spectacular jewelry pairings.

Here are some of our favorite jewelry from the night:

You’re Engaged, Now What? 6 Bulletproof Tips For Planning A Wedding

He popped the big question and you said yes! After taking a break from admiring your sparkling diamond ring and snapping a few photos for social media, you’ll probably begin celebrating with friends and family (which is fine; cheers). After a couple of weeks fly by, it’s time to start gathering the details to begin planning a wedding that will be perfect and stress-free.

We’re here to make your wedding the best moment of your life, without the fear of feeling like a ‘bridezilla.’ Follow these six important after-engagement tips and you’ll soon be on your way to a happy marriage.


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New Line: John Hardy Jewelry

We love partnering with companies that take the extra steps necessary to provide a great atmosphere for their employees and contribute positively to the environment – on top of fine jewelry craftsmanship and quality. John Hardy, a new jewelry line we got in our stores this fall, is a shining example of these qualities. Imagine a company so invested in their employees they provide lunch fresh from their organic garden each day and allow employees time with their families.  Where young moms can work from home so that they can be with their children. That is what John Hardy is all about, and we know you will be just as passionate about their story as we are! Read More

Industry News: Diamonds & Emmys Fashion

Time for a round up of some jewelry industry news bites!  We’re starting with the gemstone that dominates the news the most – diamonds, of course – and ending with a nice recap of award show jewelry fashions.

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Des Moines Fashion Week 9/25-9/29

Being involved in community events, fundraisers and projects is a top priority here at Josephs. We’ve been adorning the Des Moines community for 146 years – it only makes sense that we would be a part of the second annual Des Moines Fashion Week this year! We are headlining sponsors for the event along with Jaguar Land Rover of Des Moines and Splash Bar & Grill. We are looking forward to this opportunity to be involved in the Des Moines fashion scene and display our jewels in a new and exciting way.

DSM Fashion Week takes place Monday, September 25 through Friday, September 29.  For the Couture, Bridal & Accessories event on Wednesday, September 27 at Rollins Mansion, we will be adding some of our sparkle to the opening designer’s show and closing designer’s show. In addition, we will be showcasing Josephs pieces in our own runway show during this event as well. We’ll have a mix of beautiful pieces to show you – colored stones, diamond looks, big silver looks…you name it!

We’ll end the week with our own runway again at the Finale Night on Friday, September 29 at Splash. Hope to see you there at this event celebrating Des Moines and its up-and-coming fashion industry!

Peruse our Instagram for some behind-the-scenes photos of a recent Fashion Week video shoot.



Fana Jewelry Line: Gemstone and Engagement

We are so excited to bring you a new line of jewelry that we have in our store: Fana Jewelry!

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We first fell in love with their exceptional line of ruby, sapphire & emerald pieces. The stones they use are top quality with bright coloring and sparkle, exactly what captivates us about these timeless gemstones.


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Josephs Jewelers Rolex Remodel – A Before and After View

If you haven’t visited the store in the last month or so, you’ll notice some significant changes in the watch department. And if you have visited, then you’ll know we had some major construction taking place.  We’re very excited to finally unveil our new Rolex remodel, complete with a beautiful Rolex green backdrop and space to sit and learn about the prestigious watch brand.

New watch boutique for Josephs Jewelers in West Des Moines, Iowa

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Giftware Event: Mary Jurek Signing

If you’re a fan of giftware designer Mary Jurek (or a giftware fan in general!) you’re not going to want to miss our in-store event coming up. On Saturday, April 29th, Mary Jurek will be in our West Des Moines store from 11am-3pm for a meet-and-greet and giftware signing. Purchase a new piece any time between now and the day of the event and she will sign it in-person.

Mary Jurek Design

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