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

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.”

23 Must-Have Sterling Silver Pieces for Any Jewelry Collection

It takes the right accessories to transition your outfit from day to night. If you want to add some pieces that can work well with the majority of your wardrobe, sterling silver is a great option that also happens to be affordable! There are so many choices that you can choose from, so these 23 versatile pieces—all for under $100—only scratches the surface on what we have. We hope you adore these pieces as much as we do!

 

JSLER45278 $95

These sterling silver and platinum stud earrings with 2 total carats of cz (cubic zirconia) are the perfect size to make a statement.

JSLER48546 $100

These are stunning and classic cz drop earrings with 2 total carats. These will add a little bit of excitement to any outfit!

JSLER53173 $100

The bar craze also applies to earrings! These simple cz bar earrings have a total of .18 carats and are so easy to rock.

JSLPD43711 $100

This is a staple for any layered necklace look. This cz cross necklace is set in sterling silver and platinum with .36 total carats.

 JSKTR00109 + JSKTR00117 + JSKTR00125 $90, $25, $25

Another hot trend over the last year has been stacker rings. These dot bands have a unique look that’s perfect for pairing them together or with other rings. They’re available in sterling silver square black dot band ($90 for one), sterling silver black dot band ($25 for one) and sterling silver shiny square dot band ($25 for one).

JLDER05737 $100

If you love dangle earrings, these gold plated multi-circle earrings feature small freshwater pearls are a must-have for your collection.

JSCER00307 $75

Opal-goodness! Adding a pop of color to your jewelry has never been so easy with these large dark blue opal earrings.

JSPER00398 $35

These freshwater pearl stud earrings are a classic option for every day wear. We think you definitely need a pair for your jewelry box!

JLDCH13235 $81

This 16”-18” sterling silver chain has a brass diamond shaped connector links. It’s a simple piece that definitely packs a lot of fashion!

JSCBR00620 $75

Here’s a little bit of color for your everyday wardrobe. This ‘mini’ bracelet has a bezel-set lapis with a faceted top. Isn’t it gorgeous?!

JSCER00992 $75

These earrings are very unique! This sterling silver pair features long freeform coral stones and even has a matching pendant.

JSCPD02124 $90

This pendant has an unexpected look with a bezel-set larimar and round fresh water pearl. The combination set in sterling silver is stunning!

JSLBR29645 $75

Here’s a classic choice with a modern twist. This bracelet is rose gold plated and is a great piece to begin your stack.

JSLBR30940 $80

This sterling silver plain crossover cuff bracelet is sure to never go out of style with its minimalist yet timeless design.

JSLBR31617 $49

An affordable look for the one you love. A sterling silver love bar bracelet that is stamped with those four words that means so much!

JSLER33167 $100

Sweep people off their feet with these polished sterling silver bead “sweep” earrings. The dangle look is very popular and we can see why!

JSLER47696 $80

These drop earrings are double the fun! These sterling silver “Alicia” freeform earrings are polished and ready for a great home. There’s also a matching bracelet ($160) if you really love the look!

JSLER55038 $55

We love the simple design of these gorgeous earrings. They are sterling silver twist dangle earrings. They’re a piece that can go with pretty much everything!

JSLER55335 $90

Just another unexpected look that is so much fun! These multi-disk drop earrings have a nice satin finish to them. Round numbers are also a popular trend for the fall season.

JSLNK28332 $55

This necklace is great on its own, but can also be a good starting piece for the layered necklace look. It’s a sterling silver and rose gold filled hammered circle necklace with a bar.

JSLRG21493 (This same style is also available in amethyst for $80) $75

This sterling silver rose gold filled bypass ring is the perfect medium between minimal and trendy. The pop of color will add a bit of playfulness to a casual look.

A Gift Guide for Dad

It’s June — which means Father’s Day is quickly approaching! Another holiday means it’s time to think of some great gift ideas for him that he’ll (hopefully) use or wear every day. We’re here to help you find the perfect gift whether that means you’re purchasing something for a savvy businessman or a stay-at-home gent with a simple style. To help you find a place to start, we’ve curated this gift guide and collected a few favorites that we know he’ll love.

To read more about each product that would be a fun gift idea for the man who has pretty much everything, keep reading!

 

TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 5 (WTGG02259) $4900 – Treat dad to a perfect timepiece — one he’ll cherish for years to come. This TAG watch has a classic design with a black dial and sub-dials.  The rose plated index adds a pop of color that gives this watch a good look.

John Hardy Beaded Bracelet (JHBR01009) $595 – This sterling silver bracelet is from John Hardy’s asli chain collection. It’s the perfect addition to your Dad’s jewelry collection (or a good starting piece if he doesn’t!) This bracelet features hematite and sodalite beads. Did we mention it’s handcrafted?!

Brown Leather and Beaded Bracelet (JGNBR00232) $60 – This bracelet is an affordable piece that could be worn to any occasion. The simple braided leather adds a bit of edge when paired with the beaded portions. This bracelet is perfect if Dad is wanting to stack without having to pair multiple bracelets himself.

John Hardy Sterling Silver and Bronze Box Chain Necklace (JHNK00430) $430 – This bronze necklace is a unique way to transform his 9-5 outfit or to just add a bit of “sparkle” to every day. The sleek design features an unexpected architectural silver clasp that’s featured in the picture above.

Engravable Locket Cuff Links (JGNMS07833) $175 – These sterling silver cuff links are something every father would appreciate. The locket feature allows you to insert a photo and with the design, you would be able to add an engravable message—like a name or special date.

Stainless Money Clip with Diamond Accent (JGTMC04426) $90 – We think any man could use a money clip as a gift and this stainless steel one will do the trick! This minimalist design features a little “surprise” at the bottom in the form of a diamond, making this a must-have accessory.

Pens (not mentioned above) – Whether he loves to write or just needs a trustworthy pen is his life, Cross pens are made with quality and artisanal craftsmanship. We have a large selection of good quality, unique pens ranging from ballpoint to rollerball. Make this gift more personal by adding a message, name or initials!

 

Met Gala 2019: Your Favorite Celebs as Minerals (Kind of)

… and breathe!

The extravagant Met Gala has been over for a few weeks now, but people are still talking about these crazy, unique outfits! Every year in May on the first Monday, celebs gather to support the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This year’s theme was “Camp: Notes on Fashion.” No, it’s not an outdoor camping trip; it’s based on an essay written by Susan Sontag. According to her notes, “Camp taste has an affinity for certain arts rather than others. Clothes, furniture, all the elements of visual décor, for instance, make up a large part of Camp.”

In other words, Sontag defined it as “its love of the unnatural, of artifice and exaggeration.”

While everyone is talking about the red-carpet outfits, we’re over here drooling about this viral Twitter post comparing outfits to their look-a-like mineral forms! All in favor of having a mineral theme Met Gala, raise your hands! 🙋

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Classic Spring Looks for Everyday Wear

Raise your hand if you have followed a fashion 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!

A curated collection of classic fashion jewelry options for spring, ranging from pearls to engraveable necklaces.

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 fashion 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 fashion 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…

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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!