If you're like most married women we know, your engagement ring is one of the most precious items you own— both in terms of sentimental and financial value. Incorporating a few precautions and maintenance habits now will make sure your engagement ring shines for years to come!
We've outlined key tips to keeping your engagement ring as dazzling as the day you first put it on!
Clean your ring at home with mild solutions.
Regularly wash your ring at home by soaking it in a mixture of warm water and mild dishwashing liquid for roughly 30 minutes before gently scrubbing it with a soft bristle toothbrush.
You can also clean metals and precious stones with baking soda with its mild, non-abrasive consistency that makes it perfect for cleaning. Simply pour a bit of baking soda into a bowl and mix it with a bit of warm water to create a soft paste. Take off your ring and use your fingers to gently rub the paste around the stone, the setting, and the ring. Rinse the ring in warm water and dry with a lint-free cloth.
Consider adding an alternative ring to the mix.
Many brides are choosing to rely on a “backup ring.” This ring is an alternate ring to your engagement ring that is often less valuable and can be worn without worry of it getting lost or damaged.
When you don't want to put your engagement ring at risk (a long day at the beach or gardening, for example), leave the real bling at home and opt for an alternative ring.
Have a go-to safe spot.
Whether you always take your ring off to sleep or shower, or if you only remove it when you really must, it's wise to have a designated spot for it. Whether you choose a specific area in your jewelry box, or a small dish on your dresser, having a go-to location will cut down on the chances of forgetting where you put it.
Avoid contact with harsh chemical residue.
Chemicals from everyday products (not just harah cleaners— even the ones in perfume, sunscreen, and lotion) can add residue to the ring and diamond, which can cause potential damage. Make it a habit to remove your ring before applying products that may be made with harmful chemicals.
Restore shine to white gold and platinum.
No matter what care you give your ring, every white gold ring will start to dull and a yellow hue will start to shine through. This is natural and unavoidable, but the gold’s original sheen can be easily restored through a process called Rhodium plating.
While platinum rings do not need Rhodium treatments as platinum does not originally start off as yellow, those who want a shinier look to their platinum engagement ring can opt to have their platinum band plated for more shine.
As with any serious investment, it's wise to consider getting insurance for your engagement ring. While it might be emotionally difficult to ever have to replace your engagement ring, knowing you wouldn't have the financial upset if you ever did lose it can be more than worth it.
We are proud to offer a free nationwife warranty through Preferred Jewelers International, a nationwide network of premier independently owned and operated jewelry stores. Learn more about this complimentary warranty here.
Schedule professional cleanings.
Our team of experts at Siebke Hoyt Jewelers are happy to give your engagement ring a thorough, professional cleaning. Not only will we clean your ring, but we will examine it under magnification to make sure the prongs are secure, and to check for diamond fractures and loose stones. It is wise to have your ring professionally cleaned twice a year to maintain the structural integrity of your ring and keep it as dazzling as the first time you put it on.
Bring your jewelry into our Cedar Rapids showroom or give us a call at (319) 363-2003 to discuss your jewelry cleaning, inspection, or repair.
You've found the perfect engagement ring, planned the perfect proposal... and she said YES! Now it's time to find HIS perfect wedding band.
While some men love jewelry and everything that comes with it, some grooms-to-be are easily overwhelmed with the limitless options when finding or creating a wedding band that reflects their style and needs.
Your wedding band will most likely be your most-worn piece of jewelry, and it symbolizes the biggest commitment you will ever make, so we encourage you to take the time to find a ring you will love to wear.
Here are four things to consider before picking out a men's wedding band:
To match, or not to match? While some couples prefer matching rings to symbolize their union in marriage, others prefer to choose rings that celebrate their unique personality. Discuss your options together before choosing a ring to ensure that you’re both in agreement over the general style.
Think about the finish. Some wedding bands are naturally polished, providing a high-shine finish with a classic look. Others use brushed metal, which dulls the natural shine and comes off more rugged. Think about your personal style, lifestyle, and what is best suited for you.
Traditional or modern? It’s your wedding ring, so the style is entirely up to you. If you want to keep it traditional, choose a simple gold band. If you prefer to choose something a little more unusual, there are plenty of distinctive wedding rings available, such as this striking black titanium band or custom creation.
Think about practicality. You’ll be wearing this ring every day, so you’ll want to make sure that it can withstand the rigors of your lifestyle. If you work a lot with your hands, you might want to consider choosing a material that is scratch-resistant or having an alternative band to wear during times that your hands will be under high stress.
Work with an expert to find your perfect wedding band.
If you’re on the fence with finding the perfect ring, our team of experts at Siebke Hoyt Jewelers are happy to show you options that will fit your style and lifestyle. Visit us at our Cedar Rapids showroom to experience a large variety of men's wedding bands or shop a selection online HERE.
Today's brides are opting for new shapes and colors when it comes to their wedding rings. Unique fancy shape diamond engagement rings are continuing to grow in popularity. While many brides still opt for a dazzling round diamond solitaire, the engagement ring styles are as varied as the women who wear them. Our team here at Siebke Hoyt Jewelers is seeing brides opt for princess cut, pear, heart, and emerald shaped diamonds more and more.
Spotlight on the Emerald Cut Engagement Ring
Many brides choose emerald cut diamonds for their elegance and vintage-inspired beauty. Emerald cut engagement rings are rare and distinctive— which makes sense that powerhouses like Beyonce and Amal Clooney rock this shape diamond in their engagement rings.
The emerald cut dates back to the 1500s when stone-cutters began cutting emeralds in a rectangle shape with stepped facets to provide more stability to the stone. The cut was originally performed on emeralds, which are softer and more prone to damage than diamonds. Like most other diamond shapes, an emerald cut diamond has 57 or 58 facets.
Elongated cuts like emerald cut diamonds tend to look larger and elongate the fingers due to their large top surface, which is far bigger than a round cut diamond of the same carat weight.
Emeralds tend to be set in a simple solitaire setting to showcase the cut of the diamond. Many couples opt for a halo around their emerald cut diamond to accentuate the stone's beauty and vintage flair.
Only roughly 3% of the cut diamonds are emerald cut, which makes this shape more rare than other options. With their elongated table, budget-minded shoppers might be pleased to learn that the emerald cut diamonds' elongated shape and larger table makes this shape appear larger than diamonds of the same carat size.
Visit us at Siebke Hoyt Jewelers in Cedar Rapids and see if a an elegant emerald shape diamond is for you! Explore a selection of our engagement rings online HERE.
Top 10 Engagement Ring Myths Busted
The engagement ring has to be a surprise.
While most couples still prefer a surprise proposal, discussing what she likes and dislikes in engagement rings— or even stopping by the showroom to try on rings together— will help ensure your partner will love the final ring you choose. Don't worry— the proposal will still be a surprise!
You have to spend XX% of your salary on the ring.
We've heard it all: that you should spent two months pay, three months pay, and a certain percentage of your annual salary on an engagement ring. This is a myth; the best budget is the one you come up with and that feels comfortable in your own financial situation. Remember, you can always finance, or pay with credit card. Learn more about financing HERE.
The engagement ring and wedding band should match.
Gone are the days of the engagement ring and wedding band having to be a perfect match (thankfully). There are endless opportunities to create your own unique look with a mix of metals and styles between your engagement ring and wedding band. If you really want to create a unique look, choose more than one wedding band for a stacked look.
Diamonds are indestructible and can’t be damaged.
While diamonds score a 10/10 on the Mohs Scale of hardness (meaning of all minerals, they’re one of the hardest and most difficult to destruct), it’s possible for a diamond to chip or crack if struck at the right angle with the right force. This is why it's a good idea to leave your ring in a safe place when working with your hands or playing hand-contact sports.
Platinum engagement ring settings are indestructible.
Just like its white gold and yellow gold counterparts, your platinum engagement ring setting can be damaged through excessive wear or blunt force. Learn more about our warranty HERE.
A solitaire is a ring with a single round shaped diamond.
Solitaire comes from the word ‘solo,’ meaning a single diamond when referring to an engagement ring. A solitaire ring can actually have any shape of center diamond. The only real criteria for a solitaire engagement ring is that it has no additional diamonds on the band. You can absolutely have a pear shaped diamond solitaire engagement ring, for example!
Round diamonds appear the largest compared to other shapes.
While round diamonds have the potential to sparkle more than any other diamond shape, their symmetry also makes them appear slightly smaller in comparison to a fancy shaped diamond of the same carat weight.
The apparent size of any diamond, when viewed from the top down, can vary depending on the shape and size of the wearer’s hand. This is why it's a great idea to try on different diamond shapes and setting styles when beginning your engagement ring search.
The setting is just a stage for the center diamond.
While your center stone might be more expensive than the setting, both combine to make the whole package. If you view an engagement ring setting as simply a stage for the diamond, you could be missing out on some beautiful details. Give thought to the setting as much as the center stone.
An true engagement ring has a diamond center stone.
While we love a diamond engagement ring, emeralds, sapphires, and other gemstones are stealing center stage in some stunning engagement rings. Each gemstone has its own beautiful hue and meaning, so there is no need to feel like you have to choose a diamond when finding or creating your perfect engagement ring.
Designing your own engagement ring is hard.
While custom designing your engagement ring can be a tedious process, it can actually be very easy (and cost efficient!) to design the ring of your dreams. A custom, handcrafted piece of jewelry from Siebke Hoyt Jewelers allows you the opportunity to create and design a one of a kind piece of jewelry that will become a part of you.
Like local artisans in days past, our 4 on-ers create custom jewelry every day in our shop in Cedar Rapids. For more than 100 years, we've fabricated gold and platinum, set stones, cast precious metals and performed difficult repairs and restorations. Jewelry is our lives dedication and we take our art and craft very seriously. We are also committed to using recycled metals and offering non-conflict diamonds. Our passion and purpose is to create the highest quality, personalized designs in metal and stone. We want you to feel like you have purchased a work of art that will be passed from generation to generation. Learn more about custom design HERE.
Mark your calendars: Mother's Day falls on Sunday, May 13th, this year!
Whether you are shopping for your own mother, picking out the perfect gift for the mother of your children, or making a wish ist for yourself, we have Mother's Day gifts she will love— and in every price range, so you have plenty of room leftover for brunch and flowers.
For the Sentimental Mom
Slate and Tell offers customized name and birthstone jewelry that is modern, colorful, and affordable. Customize a ring stack or necklace just for her this Mother's Day.
For the Proud Mom
Rembrandt Charms lets mom tell her story— from favorite pasttimes, to the simple joys of being a mother. Come by and check out the collections we have in store just for mom!
For the Chic Mom
Her jaw will hit the floor when you surprise her with a diamond band from Henri Daussi or on of our other stunning designers. A band can be worn on its own or stacked with other rings, including her engagement ring! Stop in to explore bands in every price range, color, and shape.
For the Minimalist Mom
For the woman who loves style but isn't a fan of too much jewelry, a simple diamond or gemstone pendant is the perfect gift! Choose a style that is versatile so she can wear it all year long. These beautiful pendants are from Gabriel & Co.
For the Stylish Mom
For the woman who loves all things glitz, gold, and glamour, shop Shy Creations for Mother's Day. This designer features rings, earrings, pendants, and bracelets full of character so she will shine Mother's Day and beyond.
For the Trendy Mom
Surprise the trendy mom with earthy textures and colors from Anna Beck Designs, like these gorgeous pieces from the new Howlite & White Agate Collection. Anna Beck Designs collections feature small and large designs she will love.
Stop by the showroom to see our full collections, or browse gift ideas online HERE.
March celebrates the beginning of spring when winter clears and fresh flowers start blooming. Those lucky enough to be born in this inspired month celebrate with the aquamarine birthstone. We're diving into this magical March birthstone below.
Aquamarine usually forms in various shades of light blue, a color that effortlessly compliments most skin types, eye colors, and clothing choices, adding to its versatility. Aquamarine often forms sizable crystals that make it perfect for being polished and fashioned into beautiful jewelry.
This tranquil stone is called Aquamarine and it’s name is derived from the Latin word for seawater, which makes a lot of sense when you take into account the serene light blue of this precious gem.
Throughout history, Romans believed that if a frog figure was carved on an aquamarine, it served to reconcile enemies and make them friends. Romans also believed that the stone absorbs the atmosphere of young love: “When blessed and worn, it joins in love, and does great things.” Aquamarine was also the popular gift for grooms to give their bride following the consummation of their marriage. Aquamarine is known as the sailor’s gem, ensuring the safe and prosperous passage across stormy seas. In Medieval times, the stone was thought to reawaken the love of married couples. It was also believed to render soldiers invincible.
In addition to being the birthstone for the month of March, Aquamarine is also the commemorative gem of the 19th wedding anniversary.
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Engagement rings come in all shapes and sizes. The only problem anyone has is choosing one!
A unique and beautiful style that is trending with 2018 and 2019 brides is the three stone engagement ring. With different shapes, gemstones, and sizes to choose from, there is a three-stone engagement ring for every love story!
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Three stone rings celebrate your love story's past, present, and future. This bright style accentuates the main gem and makes it look even more impressive. With the two smaller gems complementing the larger center stone, the ring gains immediate depth. With three main stones, there are still many other factors to think about for your ring.
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Couples considering a three stone engagement ring might want to consier their preferred colors and gemstones. What kind of diamond do you want? Would you prefer a colored diamond? With three stones it is also possible to add in your favorite color or your birthstone or his birthstone into the design of the engagement ring. With three stones your choices are increased and varied.
You might also want to consider the colors of the metals in your setting. Three stone rings shine in yellow gold, white gold, rose gold, and even platinum. Upgrade your ring with a two-tone look for added dimension.
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A three stoned ring is a unique engagement ring style with enormous potential. Three stones can create a totally different feel from a single stone engagement ring. The possibilities in just this one style is almost limitless! Each person has their own unique engagement ring and a three stone ring may just be what you are looking for!
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Dates to consider if you are getting married in 2018, 2019, or 2020.
- The birth date of you, your significant other, and your immediate families
- Any pre-scheduled major events such as family reunions
- Any expected upcoming moves or job changes
Besides personal dates and commitments, here are some key dates and events you might want to avoid or simply look into before booking:
Religious and Cultural Holidays
If you are planning a religious service, your venue might be unavailable during these important religious and cultural holidays.
March 25, 2018
April 14, 2019
April 5, 2020
April 1, 2018
April 21, 2019
April 12, 2020
Passover (begins at sunset)
Friday, March 30, 2018
Friday, April 19, 2019
Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Saturday, July 21, 2018
Saturday, August 10, 2019
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Sunday, September 9, 2018 until nightfall on Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Sunday, September 29, 2019 until nightfall on Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Friday, September 18, 2020 until nightfall on Sunday, September 20, 2020
Tuesday, September 18, 2018 until nightfall on Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 until nightfall on Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Sunday, September 27, 2020 until nightfall on Monday, September 28, 2020
Hanukkah (begins at sunset)
Sunday, December 2, 2018 until Monday, December 10, 2018
Sunday, December 22, 2019 until Monday, December 30, 2019
Thursday, December 10, 2020 until Friday, December 18, 2020
Tuesday, December 25, 2018
Wednesday, December 25, 2019
Friday, December 25, 2020
Tuesday, December 26, 2017 until Monday, January 1, 2018
Wednesday, December 26, 2018 until Tuesday, January 1, 2019
Thursday, December 26, 2019 until Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Ramadan (dates may vary based on the lunar calendar)
Tuesday, May 15 until Thursday, June 14, 2018
Sunday, May 5 until Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Thursday, April 23 until Saturday, May 23, 2020
Eid al-Fitr (dates may vary based on the lunar calendar)
Thursday, June 14 until Friday, June 15, 2018
Tuesday, June 4 until Friday, June 7, 2019
Saturday, May 23 until Sunday, May 24, 2020
Eid al-Adha (dates may vary based on how each family observes)
Beginning Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Beginning Sunday, August 11, 2019
Beginning Thursday, July 30, 2020
Monday, March 26, 2018
Sunday, April 14, 2019
Thursday, April 2, 2020
Monday, September 3, 2018
Saturday, August 24, 2019
Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Holiday Weekends to Consider
Holiday weekends usually mean people have time off work and can travel. They might have standing holiday plans, and your top venues and service providers might have limited availability or holiday pricing over these weekends.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day (always a Monday)
Weekend of January 13–15, 2018
Weekend of January 19–21, 2019
Weekend of January 18–20, 2020
Presidents' Day (always a Monday)
Weekend of February 17–19, 2018
Weekend of February 16–18, 2019
Weekend of February 15–17, 2020
Mother's Day (always a Sunday)
Weekend of May 12–13, 2018
Weekend of May 11–12, 2019
Weekend of May 9–10, 2020
Memorial Day (always a Monday)
Weekend of May 26–28, 2018
Weekend of May 25–27, 2019
Weekend of May 23–25, 2020
Father's Day (always a Sunday)
Weekend of June 16–17, 2018
Weekend of June 15–16, 2019
Weekend of June 20–21, 2020
Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Thursday, July 4, 2019
Saturday, July 4, 2020
Labor Day (always a Monday)
Weekend of September 1–3, 2018
Weekend of August 31–September 2, 2019
Weekend of September 5–7, 2020
Columbus Day (always a Monday)
Weekend of October 6–8, 2018
Weekend of October 12–14, 2019
Weekend of October 10–12, 2020
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Thursday, October 31, 2019
Saturday, October 31, 2020
Thanksgiving (always a Thursday)
November 22, 2018
November 28, 2019
November 26, 2020
New Year's Eve
Monday, December 31, 2018
Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Thursday, December 31, 2020
Days of Remembrance
These days of remembrance might make your event more meaningful, or you might decide they are better to avoid altogether.
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Friday, September 11, 2020
National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
Friday, December 7, 2018
Saturday, December 7, 2019
Monday, December 7, 2020
Traditionally Unlucky Days
Test your superstition when considering the unlucky and superstitious dates.
The Ides of March
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Friday, March 15, 2019
Sunday, March 15, 2020
Friday the 13th
April 13, 2018
July 13, 2018
September 13, 2019
December 13, 2019
March 13, 2020
November 13, 2020
Traditionally Lucky Days
Legend has it that leap years bring good luck, so this might be one date you want to consider!
Saturday, February 29, 2020
Major Sporting Events
In case you, your partner, or any VIPs on your guest list are die-hard sports fans, consider the timing of these major sporting events.
Super Bowl Sunday
February 4, 2018, in Minneapolis, MN
February 3, 2019, in Atlanta, GA
February 2, 2020, in Miami, FL
Final Four During March Madness
Saturday, March 31, 2018 and Monday, April 2, 2018
Saturday, April 6, 2019 and Monday, April 8, 2019
Saturday, April 4, 2020 and Monday, April 6, 2020
Cue the carols... Christmas is almost here. If you've been waiting to find that perfect gift for your loved one, you are not alone. There is good news to your procrastination: there is still plenty of time to find a wonderful gift for your loved on at Siebke Hoyt.
We are highlighting some of our favorite no-wait, guaranteed-to-love, and easy-to-purchase gift ideas for your loved one. You might not have much time, but you do have Siebke Hoyt here to help!
Your No-Fuss, Last Minute Gift Guide
Diamond bands by A.Jaffe
Timeless, dazzling, and perfect with her existing jewelry, diamond bands are always a solid choice. A.Jaffe has some beautiful styles that are ready to take home today!
A sweet something from Slate & Tell
While Slate & Tell is known for personalized jewelry that tells your story, they also have many items ready to take home straight from the case!
A chic statement piece from Charles Garnier
Charles Garnier bangles, necklaces, and earrings are sleek statement pieces that are perfect for stacking with her existing jewelry. Choose from yellow gold, white gold, or rose gold pieces with tons of texture and irresistible diamond accents.
A new piece From Shy Creations
Shy Creations is a new designer to Siebke Hoyt. You will love the variety of contemporary, dazzling jewelry— and she will love how beautiful they are!
Surprise her with diamond earrings
Diamond earrings always fit, go with everything, and are absolutely timeless. Gabriel & Co. has a beautiful selection of fashion jewelry ready for gifting,
Explore jewelry online here and visit us in store shortly!
2017 Holiday Shopping Guide
Siebke Hoyt Jewelers has the perfect gifts for the holidays.
Diamond Stud Earrings
A must-have in every jewelry collection, every woman should own a chic, simple pair of diamond studs. Shop stud earrings here.
Slate & Tell
Slate & Tell's personalized jewelry is the perfect for a mother, sister, or best friend! Customize contemporary rings, bracelets, and pendants with birthstones and engraving that they can cherish forever.
A Classic Timepiece
A Chic Bangle
Bangles always fit, and they go great with her favorite watch and other bracelets! Shop bangles that shine on their own or in a stack here.