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Our Favorite Halo Engagement Rings

A halo engagement ring features a halo of smaller diamonds surrounding a larger center diamond. Unlike a solitaire engagement ring that showcases a single diamond, the halo engagement ring style pulls out all the stops to shine. This engagement ring style is perfect for the bride who really wants to maximize her center diamond— even making it appear a much larger carat size than it actually is!

Halo engagement rings are perfect for brides looking for a romantic, classic look. This style can accommodate any diamond shape— and even works with three-stone engagement rings! If you are attracted to styles with maximum sparkle and a classic appeal, we invite you to explore a few of our favorite halo engagement rings from top designers including Forevermark, Gabriel & Co., Fana, and more!

 

Our Favorite Designer Halo Engagement Rings

 

 Forevermark Pear Shape (Double!) Halo Engagement Ring

 

 

Fana Split Shank Halo Engagement Ring

 

 

Henri Daussi Emerald Shape Halo Engagement Ring

 

 

Gabriel & Co. Princess Cut Double Halo Engagement Ring

 

 

True Romance Pear Shape Halo Engagement Ring

 

Are you planning your perfect proposal? Visit us at Siebke Hoyt Jewelers in Cedar Rapids to explore our full collection of engagement rings. Explore a selection of engagement rings online HERE.

 

 

The Official Engagement Ring Vocabulary Guide

While it's easy to get lost in the 4 C's and all the rings your partner is pinning and tagging you in on Instagram, we at Siebke Hoyt Jewelers still believe that finding your perfect engagement ring doesn't have to be overwhelming.

While we recognize the vocabulary around cut, color, style, and more can sometimes feel more like a lesson in terminology than picking out a meaningful piece of jewelry, we are here to make the engagement ring shopping process easier— and therefore more enjoyable— for you. 

If you've ever felt lost when talking with a jeweler or doing engagement ring research, this vocabulary guide is for you. Save this simple guide so you'll never doubt again when finding the perfect ring for your partner.

The Official Engagement Ring Vocabulary Guide

The Diamond

4Cs: Acronym standing for cut, color, clarity and carat— these are the top four characteristics to look for when purchasing a diamond.

Accent diamonds: Diamonds that surround or enhance the main diamond; they are typically smaller in size than the main diamond.

Crown: Top half of a diamond.

Halo: Ring of diamonds or stones surrounding a center diamond or stone.

Pavilion: Lower half of a diamond.

Scintillations: Sparkles in a diamond that are seen as the diamond moves under a light.

Table: Flat surface that is the uppermost part of a diamond; it is calculated by dividing the width of the table by the width of the diamond.

 

 

The Ring Style

Art deco: Rings created during or inspired by the art deco era from 1920 to 1935, known for bold line and geometric shapes.

Baguette: Meaning “long rod” in French, the baguette cut features long, clean lines, and is typically used in side stones.

Band: Ring that tends to accompany an engagement ring. Can be made of a precious metal, alloys, and/or include stones.

Bezel: Metal that completely surrounds the diamond or featured gemstone. A half bezel is the term used when half of the stone is framed by metal. Bezel ring settings are stronger and more protective than prong settings.

Colored diamond: Natural and dyed color diamonds. Popular diamond color options include yellow, pink, blue, chocolate and black.

Colored gemstone: Engagement rings featuring a colored gemstone stone ranging in a variety of colors. Popular gemstone options are sapphire and ruby.

Halo: Ring featuring a center stone that’s surrounded by a circle of stones. Engagement rings can have more than one halo, referred to as a double halo if two circles of gemstones encircle one center stone.

Hand-crafted: Ring that’s been made by hand instead of the casing process of filling a mold. It’s shaped by hand by the jeweler.

Pavé: Setting of stones where they’re placed close together so as to avoid seeing metal in between the stones.

Side Stones: Ring featuring a main stone and surrounded by smaller stones. Can also be referred to as a three-stone ring or a halo.

Solitaire: An engagement ring with a single, solitary center stone.

Tension set: Gemstone is held in place by metal on either side, thus creating tension.

Three-Stone: Ring featuring three stones, typically three diamonds or a diamond centered between two other stones. Known to celebrate a couple's past, present, and future together.

Unique shank: Engagement ring with an individualized lower part that goes around the finger, also known as a shank.

Vintage or Vintage-Inspired: These are classic-style engagement rings typically created, or modeled after, jewelry from the early 1900s or earlier. An antique engagement ring is technically defined as being over fifty years old.

 

The Diamond Cut

Asscher cut: Square shaped diamond with a high crown, step facets, and a small table.

Cushion cut: Square cut diamond with rounded edges and the third most popular diamond cut.

Emerald cut: Rectangular shaped with small, rounded edges and a large, open table.

European cut: Antique diamond cut created before the precision created by modern technology was available.

Heart cut: Diamond in the shape of a heart typically found in solitaire settings.

Marquise cut: Long and narrow diamond-shaped similarly to a football. It’s best set with prongs on each end to protect the points from chipping.

Oval cut: A unique take on a round diamond. Oval-shaped stones come in a variety of widths ranging from slim to wide.

Pear cut: Combination of a round and a marquise shape diamond available in a variety of narrow to wide sizes.

Princess cut:The second most popular diamond cut, below round and above cushion. The cut has a square or rectangular shape when viewed from above, and from the side is similar to that of an inverted pyramid with four beveled sides.

Radiant cut: Square or rectangular diamond with minimal curved edges similar to an emerald shape.

Round cut: Circular-shaped diamond. It’s  the most common shape for engagement rings.

Trillion cut: Triangular shaped diamond, often used as side stones to frame a square diamond.

 

The Metal

14k gold: Made of 14 parts gold and 10 parts other metals or alloys.

18k gold: Made of 18 parts gold and 6 parts other metals.

24k gold: Pure gold. The softest gold, as gold gets softer the purer it is.

Alloy: A mixture of two or more metals mixed together.

Gold plated: Thin, almost microscopic layer of pure gold used to coat another type of metal.

Platinum: Precious metal with a silvery white color and shine.

Rose gold: An alloy of gold tinted with copper to create a rosy tone. The deeper the pink color, the more copper there is in the alloy.

White gold: Yellow gold mixed with a white alloy.

Yellow gold: The color of pure gold, yellow gold gets darker or changes color the more alloys are mixed with it.

 

 

Are you planning your perfect proposal? Visit us at Siebke Hoyt Jewelers in Cedar Rapids to explore our full collection of engagement rings. Explore a selection of engagement rings online HERE.

 

 

 

Top Five 2019 Wedding Trends

Wedding trends are an exciting part of planning a big day— they suggest ways to add a unique twist to even the most traditional weddings. Here are five of the top wedding trends that we expect to sweep weddings of 2019. 

 

Top Five 2019 Wedding Trends


Regal bridal looks

In the name of all things royal, expect a new wave of pageantry to enter bridal fashion. Brides in 2019 can expect regal capes, sleeves, and tiaras.



Smoke bomb exit

An upgrade to a classic sparkler exit, smoke bombs are the new way to send the newlyweds off in color. Match the smoke to your wedding colors— or opt for a rainbow pattern for an all-out color display.



Revamped registries

With more couples getting married later in life, less couples are in need of the basic dishes and KitchenAid Mixer. In 2019, expect to see more personalized registries from honeymoon funds on.



Wedding vibes and themes

Most brides today are looking beyond simply picking wedding colors. Today's brides are envisioning entire wedding themes— a vibe or feeling for their guests to enjoy.



Unique venues

Couples are straying from traditional venues and embracing out-of-the-box wedding locations. Distilleries, raches, greenhouses, and breweries are gaining popularity as unique wedding venues.

 

 

Are you ready to pop the question this year? Visit us at Siebke Hoyt Jewelers in Cedar Rapids to explore our full collection of engagement rings. Explore a selection of engagement rings online HERE.

 

Our Bridal Jewelry Gift Guide

Our Ultimate Guide to Gifting Bridal Jewelry

No matter how old she is, a bride will always be a little girl to her parents. Many mothers and fathers look forward to celebrating their daughter's big day with bridal jewelry she can wear on her special day and beyond. This tradition is associated with the classic rhyme, “something old, new, borrowed, blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe.” This saying is very old, but the idea remains the same— to wish her good luck on her wedding day and beyond. 

The “something new” is commonly associated with a gift of wedding jewelry from the bride’s parents, often presented to her as she dresses for the wedding so that she may wear it during and after the ceremony. Today, many parents choose to purchase and present jewelry to their daughters long before the day of to allow the bride to coordinate the gems with her bridal look. Most often, parents will choose a piece of jewelry that will complement the style of their daughter's engagement ring.

It is important that wedding jewelry given as a gift to a bride doesn't aim to outshine the engagement ring or wedding band. This jewelry should be given as a token of your love. So while it should be beautiful and precious, it is wise to keep it understated in comparison with her engagement ring and wedding band.

 

We have a gorgeous selection of wedding jewelry to choose from to make your daughter's special day that much brighter.

Earrings

Earrings are the most popular wedding jewelry gift. Whether you choose simple diamond stud earrings or something more dramatic, earrings are a gift she will wear and cherish for years to come. Shop these Forevermark Tribute Bezel Diamond Solitaire Earrings here

 

Necklaces

A necklace is the perfect finishing touch to a wedding gown. We can help you find the perfect single diamond pendant or a more dramatic necklace. Shop this Forevermark Classic Forever Bezel Pendant here

 

Bracelets

Bracelets are a beautiful bridal jewelry gift that is dazzling enough to match the occasion without outshining her other bridal jewelry. We recommend diamond bracelets and bracelets that incorporate gemstones if you would like to incorporate her birthstone, favorite color, or another gem with meaning. Shop this Diamond Tennis Bracelet here

 

Rings

A ring also makes a wonderful gift for brides. Consider incorporating her birthstone, or even creating a custom piece with family jewelry, for a ring she will wear on her big day and beyond. Shop this rose gold and diamond ring here

 

Visit us at Siebke Hoyt Jewelers in Cedar Rapids to explore our full collection of bridal jewelry. Explore a selection of our jewelry online HERE.

 

Spotlight on Solitaire Engagement Rings

A solitaire engagement ring showcases the dazzling beauty of a single diamond. This engagement ring style is perfect for the bride who appreciates elegance and simplicity— and brides looking for a classic, traditional engagement ring. In a solitaire engagement ring, the diamond takes center stage, unlike a halo engagement ring or three-stone engagement ring. This engagement ring style is typically paired with a prong setting to maximize the sparkle.

Many people do not know that a solitaire engagement ring setting is a perfect choice for any diamond shape, from round to pear to heart. With a single center diamond, this ring style is a classic choice that never go out of style.

Our Favorite Solitaire Engagement Ring Settings at Siebke Hoyt Jewelers:


Visit us at Siebke Hoyt Jewelers in Cedar Rapids and see if a solitaire diamond ring is for you! Explore a selection of our engagement rings online HERE.

October's Tourmaline and Opal Birthstones

October, a turning point of seasons, marks the arrival of two birthstones, opal and tourmaline. Both unique gems offer an incredible array of color and diversity. Opal has limitless fire offer to indulge in, and tourmaline features a rainbow of colors. Both accentuate the beautiful colors of fall and add a glow and beauty unlike any other.

Opal

Opal is another adaptable gem. It is known as the Queen of Gems because of it has every other gem color hidden in its depths. Like your fingerprint, no two opals are the same. Each one has designs differing in colors, shape, and pattern. there is an opal for every person. Ranging from bright reds and yellows to soft greens and blues or even having the rainbow in one gem, opal is easily the most diverse gem.

When placed in rings, an opal's true potential can be unlocked on the finger. You can turn and move the opal to get a wide variety of colors and visual effects. Coveted by many, the opal is a must for your autumn and winter apparel. By far the most individual gem, be sure to choose an opal that accentuates and works with you.

 

Inspired by the charm of the past, this simulated large oval black opal art-deco ring is set with Lafonn's signature Lassaire simulated diamonds in sterling silver bonded with platinum. Shop this ring here

 

Adorn yourself with Lafonn's birthstone jewelry. This stackable friendship birthstone slider bangle features a simulated cabochon opal center-stone with channel-set Lassaire simulated diamonds in sterling silver bonded with platinum. Shop this bangle here

 

Tourmaline

Tourmaline is a powerful gem. Representing love and humanity for centuries, the history behind these incredible jewels is limitless. Legend says that the tourmaline ran along a rainbow collecting all the colors, allowing it to be any color it desires. Incredibly durable, tourmaline figurines made by ancient Chinese, and Indians as ceremonial artifacts are on display around the world. Anyone wearing tourmaline will feel the history emanating from this established and beautiful gem.

Perfect in almost any setting, tourmaline excels on necklaces and rings. There are even Russian crowns that bear tourmaline gems. Not too showy, this gem is a perfect addition to any outfit. Coming in many colors, and even having the possibility to have a multitude of colors in one gem, tourmaline is a very diverse stone that has the ability to fit any person.

 

This Lady's Yellow 18 Karat Pave Split Shank Ring features a 2.33Ct Round Rubellite Tourmaline with diamond accents. Shop this ring here

This eternity ring is set with Lafonn's signature Lassaire simulated diamonds and simulated pink tourmaline in sterling silver bonded with platinum. Weat it by itself or stack with other rings. Shop this ring here

 

Visit our Cedar Rapids showroom to explore our full collection of October birthstone and anniversary jewelry, or shop a selection online HERE and HERE 

 

Spotlight on the Sapphire Birthstone

Popular long after September ends, sapphire is the birthstone for those born in the month of September. But did you also know it is a traditional anniversary gift for four wedding anniversaries? Learn more about this beloved, royal blue stone below. 

Popular since the Middle Ages, the sapphire is a classic favorite of royalty, clergy, celebrities and fine jewelry collectors. September's blue birthstone ranges in color, but medium to medium-dark blue hues are the most coveted.
 
Some of the most famous blue sapphire engagement rings were worn by Princess Diana, Kate Middleton, and Elizabeth Hurley. 

Sapphire Folklore
Folklore tells that sapphires will protect loved ones from envy and harm and grant the wearer spiritual enlightenment and inner peace. They are believed to offer healing properties for rheumatism, colic, and mental illness. Sapphires are also considered an antidepressant.

Sapphires as Anniversary Gifts 

For couples looking for a traditional anniversary gift, sapphires are given for the 5th, 23rd, 45th and 65th wedding anniversaries. Couples celebrating these milestone anniversaries might consider a sapphire anniversary band that can be worn with the bridal set. 

Sapphire Birthstone Jewelry 

Sapphire jewelry is a meaningful gift for those who celebrate a September birthday— and anyone who loves this gorgeous gemstone! Click on each image to shop! 
 
 

 

 

 

Visit our Cedar Rapids showroom to explore our full collection of sapphire birthstone and anniversary jewelry, or shop a selection online HERE

Key Tips to Caring for Your Engagement Ring

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.

Get insurance.

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.

Four Steps to Find the Perfect Men's Wedding Band

Four Steps to Find the Perfect Men's Wedding Band

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

Spotlight on Emerald Shape Engagement Rings

Spotlight on Emerald Shape Engagement Rings

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.

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