Hands Jewelers

Hands Jewelers

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To our friends at Hands, thank you for creating a safe environment for Danielle and Nate to choose wedding bands. I am so proud of them for taking care of patients during this time and for looking to the future and getting engaged. We sincerely appreciate you and how you helped with this exciting moment!
If you want a jeweler who treats your engagement ring like it’s the only one they’ve ever worked on, go to Hands. I visited today to look at bands and they made me feel like nothing was more important in that moment than my fiancé and I. My engagement ring is from Hands as well and it’s absolutely gorgeous. Charlie worked with my fiancé to create something beautiful and perfect for me. I’m beyond pleased with the service and the quality of my ring! Thank you Charlie and Hands!
One of the best experiences of my life. Working with Linda at Hands was wonderful. She was attentive to every detail, down to the shade of emeralds we wanted. We brought in a base design idea and worked from there to create the most stunning piece I’ve owned. The customer service was outstanding. We also appreciated Hands taking our ethical concerns regarding diamonds seriously.

Each step of the process was an education, and they truly take care of you before, during, and after your engagement.
Wishing Charlie Nusser a fabulous birthday!!❤️🎉💍🎂🎈
Dreams were made for this sweet birthday girl! She got to pick our her first pair of big girl earrings after her ear piercing at Hands Jewelers for her THIRD birthday. Magical memories were made and she was doted on at Hands Jewelers. We're beyond thankful for the memories! *more sweet pictures of her special experience in comments*
Just wore this ring last night. One of my favorites, purchased with care years ago by my husband and sold with care by Bill Nusser. Love HANDS, great place for special stuff!
Thank you for recreating the ring I loved and lost so many years ago. It's perfect. What a wonderful anniversary surprise!!
I ❤️HANDS JEWLERS! ❤️All of my pieces I've purchased from Marcia!
Train them young to only marry a man that buys you jewelry from Hands Jewelers! Marcia Hoffbauer-Brown you're the best!

Hands Jewelers is a family-owned business that has been delivering high-quality custom jewelry, memorable gifts, and unexpected experiences since 1853.

Hands Jewelers Founder John Hands was trained as a watchmaker in the early nineteenth century in Coventry, England. After immigrating to Illinois, he left for Iowa City to set up shop as a watchmaker. John Hands later purchased the local jewelry store opened in 1853 by Oliver Startsman at 109 East Washington Street, where Hands still stands today. Harold “Babe” Hands later took over the business a

Operating as usual

Photos from Hands Jewelers's post 09/10/2021

What is better...? Puppies, or Saturday football 🤔

We are READY for the Iowa vs. Iowa State game tomorrow!! 🏈 LET'S GO HAWKS! 🖤💛

09/09/2021

Happy Birthday, Rachel! 🍪💜 Double chocolate cookies to celebrate! 😋 Hoping you have a wonderful day! The Hands Fam loves you!!!🎈

Happy Birthday, Rachel! 🍪💜 Double chocolate cookies to celebrate! 😋 Hoping you have a wonderful day! The Hands Fam loves you!!!🎈

09/06/2021

Hands Jewelers will be closed for Labor Day. We hope you all have a fun, relaxing, safe day!!! 🇺🇸

Hands Jewelers will be closed for Labor Day. We hope you all have a fun, relaxing, safe day!!! 🇺🇸

08/28/2021

Go back to school in style 😎📚💎

🍵 Matcha cred: Tru Coffee

Go back to school in style 😎📚💎

🍵 Matcha cred: Tru Coffee

08/27/2021

Anyone else have a case of fall fever? 🍂 Sweater weather, football season, all the delicious lattes☕ 😋

08/26/2021

Classic layered looks that can be worn every day 🌟

🪴 Plant cred: Tru Coffee

Classic layered looks that can be worn every day 🌟

🪴 Plant cred: Tru Coffee

08/24/2021

Peridot is the birthstone for August 💚 Did you know its the only gemstone to be found in meteorites! ☄

Peridot is the birthstone for August 💚 Did you know its the only gemstone to be found in meteorites! ☄

08/21/2021

Oval, princess cut, or round... 💎 Which one is your favorite? 🤔

08/20/2021

Wishing a very happy birthday to our jeweler, Dan! 🎂 We are so lucky to have you as a part of the Hands Fam! ❤

P.S - Did you know Dan is ALSO a guitar player?! 😎🎸Stop by Wildwood tonight at 8pm to hear his band play! 🎶

Wishing a very happy birthday to our jeweler, Dan! 🎂 We are so lucky to have you as a part of the Hands Fam! ❤

P.S - Did you know Dan is ALSO a guitar player?! 😎🎸Stop by Wildwood tonight at 8pm to hear his band play! 🎶

Photos from Hands Jewelers's post 08/19/2021

Congratulations to Aiden and Taylor on their engagement! 💕💍 Thank you for sharing the beautiful photos! So excited for you two!! 🥳

08/17/2021

A HUGE congratulations to the one and only Marcia for TWENTY YEARS at Hands Jewelers!!! 🎊🎈🥳 The Hands Fam and all of our customers are truly blessed to have you.

Thank you for delicious homemade cakes, laughter, knowledge and the love you always share with everyone around you. You are an excellent employee, coworker and friend. WE LOVE YOU!!! ❤

A HUGE congratulations to the one and only Marcia for TWENTY YEARS at Hands Jewelers!!! 🎊🎈🥳 The Hands Fam and all of our customers are truly blessed to have you.

Thank you for delicious homemade cakes, laughter, knowledge and the love you always share with everyone around you. You are an excellent employee, coworker and friend. WE LOVE YOU!!! ❤

Photos from Hands Jewelers's post 08/16/2021

A spectacular before and after! 😲 This customer brought in her tanzanite ring showing a lot of love and wear. After some careful polishing, it looks brand new!! We can't wait to see it live a more colorful, sparkly life! 🌟🌈💍

Photos from Hands Jewelers's post 08/13/2021

Let us bring your ideas to life! 🎨 A service we offer at Hands Jewelers when doing a custom project is creating a CAD.

A CAD is a computer made image that creates clear and accurate visuals of your ideas before they are made. That way you can feel confident about your decisions and get exactly what you want! 🤗

Photos from Hands Jewelers's post 08/10/2021

Congratulations to Aaron and Jamie on their engagement! 🥂 Aaron was determined to find the perfect radiant diamond for Jamie and I think we can all agree he DID! 😳😍

08/09/2021

Happy Monday! Sending all the love and sparkles your way this week! 💕🌟

Happy Monday! Sending all the love and sparkles your way this week! 💕🌟

Photos from Hands Jewelers's post 07/31/2021

Congratulations to Thomas and Sam on their engagement! 🎊 Thomas surprised her on a trip they recently went on. She had no idea and was SO excited! 😊

The ring is a modern take on the traditional three stone using a family diamond in the center! Well done, Thomas! ❤

07/26/2021

Happy Birthday to you, Beth! 💚 Thank you for always bringing sunshine to Hands Jewelers ☀️🌻 We are so lucky to have you as a part of the Hands Fam 🥰

Happy Birthday to you, Beth! 💚 Thank you for always bringing sunshine to Hands Jewelers ☀️🌻 We are so lucky to have you as a part of the Hands Fam 🥰

07/22/2021

Hands Jewelers will be closing at 2:30 pm this Saturday, July 24th to enjoy the Block Party! We hope you can stop down and see all of the great events planned for the downtown area!

Hands Jewelers will be closing at 2:30 pm this Saturday, July 24th to enjoy the Block Party! We hope you can stop down and see all of the great events planned for the downtown area!

Photos from Hands Jewelers's post 07/09/2021

Congratulations to Michael and Izabela on their engagement! 💍

Izabela fell in love with the look of a round diamond center with a cushion shaped halo. Michael definitely picked out the perfect ring for her!!! ❤

So excited for you two!

Hands Jewelers updated their business hours. 07/06/2021

Hands Jewelers updated their business hours.

Hands Jewelers updated their business hours.

Photos from Hands Jewelers's post 07/02/2021

Congratulations to Griffin and Ashley on their engagement! 💍 Its safe to say Griffin did a GREAT JOB picking out the ring 😍

Photos from Hands Jewelers's post 07/01/2021

Congratulations to Hayley and Kyle! 🥂💕 Seeing our customers celebrate their special day never gets old! ❤

📸 Brenna Norman Photography

06/30/2021

Team Hands would like to wish everyone a fun, safe, relaxing 4th of July!

In honor of Independence Day and to give our amazing staff a much needed break, Hands will be closed July 3rd, 4th and 5th and we will reopen Tuesday July 6th .

We would like to thank all of those who have sacrificed and served our amazing country and their families! Happy 4th of July!

Team Hands would like to wish everyone a fun, safe, relaxing 4th of July!

In honor of Independence Day and to give our amazing staff a much needed break, Hands will be closed July 3rd, 4th and 5th and we will reopen Tuesday July 6th .

We would like to thank all of those who have sacrificed and served our amazing country and their families! Happy 4th of July!

Photos from Hands Jewelers's post 06/25/2021

Some summer statement earring picks! ☀️ The right jewlery can tie any outfit together!

Photos from Hands Jewelers's post 06/21/2021

Congratulations to Anoushka and Nadav on their engagement!!💍🎉 Nadav proposed on their anniversary to make it one they'll never forget 🥰

➡️ Swipe to see a close up of the ring! 😍

Photos from Hands Jewelers's post 06/19/2021

Loving this diamond cluster and hammered matte yellow gold look for summer ☀️🌿

Photos from Hands Jewelers's post 06/18/2021

Congratulations to Emily and David on their big day! 🥂🎊 These two hold a very special place in the hearts of the Hands Fam, and we are SO excited for them! ❤

06/15/2021

Where are the spring showers to water all of our flowers? 🤔☔🌺 Guess we'll just have to pretend with this blue topaz pendant 💧

Where are the spring showers to water all of our flowers? 🤔☔🌺 Guess we'll just have to pretend with this blue topaz pendant 💧

Photos from Hands Jewelers's post 06/04/2021

Congratulations to Keaton and Bobbi on their engagement!!! 💍

It was an absolute joy working with these two ❤

Take a look at that RING! 😳 Nicely done, Keaton 😍

Photos from Hands Jewelers's post 06/01/2021

Congratulations to John and Hannah on their engagement! 🎊 He proposed at her med school graduation party which means they have a LOT to celebrate! 🥂

Congrats all around, and best of luck with your upcoming adventures!!! 🎓 ❤

➡️ Swipe for a close up of the ring 😳

05/28/2021

Who else is excited to sprinkle in an extra day to the weekend?! 🌈 TGIF 🤩

05/21/2021

When life hands you lemons 🍋 make sure you have arm candy to go with 😜🍬

When life hands you lemons 🍋 make sure you have arm candy to go with 😜🍬

Photos from Hands Jewelers's post 05/12/2021

Wish your graduate luck 🍀 on their future adventures with something they can wear to symbolize their big achievement! 🎓 Congratulations to all of the recent and upcoming graduates!! 🎊

05/07/2021

Show mom she is loved this Mother's Day with a gift from Hands Jewelers 🌼💛

Show mom she is loved this Mother's Day with a gift from Hands Jewelers 🌼💛

Photos from Hands Jewelers's post 05/06/2021

The diamond pendant necklace every mom deserves 🌟

Stop in to see our selection of diamond necklaces this Friday and Saturday... Because Mother's Day is THIS Sunday! 😉

Our Story

Lending an Unexpected Hand. Every Day.

It started on a street corner in England. Then it emerged as a rare gem in the heart of downtown Iowa City in the late nineteenth century. As the oldest jeweler in the state of Iowa, Hands Jewelers, a local, family-owned business, has earned its name providing real, trustworthy service—the most memorable experience you’ll have with a jeweler.

You might walk into our store for a ring to express your love, a gift to commemorate a special occasion, a little magic to breathe new life into something treasured, or even an expert opinion. Whether you’re a customer or a window shopper, you’ll discover something hands selected, hands crafted, or hands customized. Something unexpected. After we source it, customize it, and inspect it (not once, but multiple times), it’s ready to cherish. From our hands to yours.

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You might know Hands as a jewelry store. Our namesake is our superior quality jewelry and rich, generations-deep knowledge of every gemstone and precious metal in our store. Hands also has a diverse selection of practical and splendid gifts for every occasion—weddings, baby showers, recognition events, and gifts just because. From barware and place settings to art glass and home decor, we have something for everyone. And did we mention that every Hands purchase includes complimentary gift wrap with our signature Hands Bow?

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109 E Washington St
Iowa City, IA
52240

General information

When you step into our store, you’ll hear our knowledgeable staff ask, “What are you looking for?” We know the answer to that question isn’t always simple. While our jewelry professionals are trained by the Gemological Institute of America to help you select or design, source, and deliver the piece of jewelry you had in mind, we’re also here to listen and guide. No matter what you’re interested in, we’ll deliver high-quality products and customer service. And along the way, don’t be surprised if you find yourself being served by one of the owners of this ninth-generation family business. At Hands, we’re committed to ethical and socially responsible sourcing. The companies we partner with share our zero tolerance policy for gemstones and metals tainted by unethical practices, dedicating themselves to transparency and sustainability.

Opening Hours

Monday 10am - 5pm
Tuesday 10am - 5pm
Wednesday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm
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