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 has earned its reputation 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 dreaming of ideas, you’ll discover something unexpected. We’re a premier jeweler that specializes in diamonds and rare gems, watches and watch repair, fine china and barware, wedding and engagement rings, and other jewelry.

Learn more about how our personal service and selection of fine jewelry and dazzling gifts have been creating memorable experiences for 165  years.


Discover how the Hands story began in 1853 and how it has evolved through the years.


Our jewelry professionals possess various certifications and credentials through the Gemological Institute of America.


Learn more about our dedication to responsible and ethical diamond sourcing.


Social and environmental accountability in the diamond market are at the core of our values.

Free Gift Wrap

Every Hands purchase includes complimentary gift wrap with our signature Hands Bow.


We’re here to help you make an informed purchase that fits your needs and budget.