For over 47 years, Zadok Jewelers has been Houston’s premier destination for exceptionally crafted fine and everyday jewelry as well as unique and luxury timepieces. The family-owned and operated jeweler upholds unparalleled quality, value and personalized service. This standard of excellence also shines through in their elegant and very modern Bridal Shop – the Houston destination for engagement rings and wedding bands.
Engagement ring shopping can be hard but at family-owned Houston jeweler I W Marks Jewelers, they make it oh-so-easy! From the moment you walk into I W Marks you will be greeted with a warm smile from their expert staff and experience exemplary customer service. This is one of the many reasons why I W Marks has been an esteemed jeweler in the bridal jewelry industry since 1978.
This family-owned Houston jeweler is now in its second generation, with owners Brad and Joanna Marks continuing the family tradition of treating customers like family. I W Marks provides a welcoming and pleasant atmosphere for customers to leisurely browse their variety of showcases filled with engagement rings, wedding bands, and luxury bridal jewelry. They truly are dedicated to making all their customers feel loved and welcomed, while also giving back to the Houston community with charitable commitments such as the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Educational Scholarships and the Houston Humane Society.
At I W Marks, they will be with you every step of the way to help you find your perfect engagement ring. If you can’t find the ring you’ve been dreaming about it, don’t worry, I W Marks also specializes in custom engagement rings and jewelry designs with their in-house master craftsmen! If you can dream it they can create it, simply by having you bring in a picture or describe what you like. Whether you want to design an engagement ring that is uniquely yours or give an old jewelry piece a new refreshing look, there’s no limit to what they can create!
We love this Houston jeweler and you will too! Get inspired by these 4 dazzling diamond engagement rings from I W Marks Jewelers and visit their Bellaire location to see their full selection of stunning engagement rings that fit every unique style and budget.
Jewelry: Loggins Jewelers
It’s one thing to walk into a store full of sparkling diamonds. It’s quite another thing to walk into a space filled with so much stunning “ice”…and feel so much personal warmth. That’s what we love about Loggins Jewelers—that unique combination of luxury jewelry and super-friendly, low-key (but highly trained) service to go with it.
While Loggins changed its name recently from J Loggins, this two-decades-plus veteran of the Houston fine-jewelry scene has not changed its dedication to making customers feel loved and beautifully adorned, while doing good for the Houston community. With charitable efforts such as its recent Toys For Tots event, and Angels for Alzheimer’s College Scholarship Awards, Loggins is dedicated to giving back, while making good on its commitment to “find anything, design anything and fix anything” in the area of fine jewelry.
If you’re searching for a one-of-a-kind engagement ring or wedding band set, or looking for a last-minute Christmas gift for someone special, Loggins has a superb selection, and a staff that will make you forget the hustle and bustle of the hectic holiday shopping season, while you luxuriate in comfort, surrounded by a whole lotta gorgeous bling. We love this independent Sugar Land jewelry store, and we invite you to feel the love, too. Check them out here, drop in for a visit, and make sure to tell them we sent you. Hugs & happiness, darlings. Have a sweet and sparkling holiday!
Jewelry: Loggins Jewelers
Your love is unlike any other. Which is why Eklektic Jewelry Studio creates wedding jewelry unlike anything else you’ll see. In this exclusive Houston Wedding Blog Q&A, we chat with Eklektic founder Marco Gutierrez Jr., who grew up “running around and getting in trouble” in his grandparents’ jewelry workshop—and who now works side by side with to-be-weds to create the jewelry of their dreams, in his very own studio. If you’re thinking of going custom with your wedding jewelry, you’ll want to read every word.
Photos: Courtesy of Eklektic Jewelry Studio
Houston Wedding Blog: What is your jewelry design background?
Marco Gutierrez Jr.: I grew up in the jewelry industry, and started Eklektic Jewelry Studio in 1999 in Rice Village. Just out of architecture school, I wanted to establish my own business that would combine my passion for jewelry and my love of architecture. Every design I ever made in architecture school had a “jewel-like” element.
Everything we do stems from our passion for making jewelry. All of our jewelers have been personally trained by my father and myself in the art of making jewelry. Unlike most other jewelers, we are actively involved in the process of making jewelry and we passionately invest in learning new techniques.
HWB: Take us through the process of designing a custom engagement ring or wedding band. What are the steps, and how long does it typically take?
MGJ: We believe in making jewelry for a lifetime. We truly believe an engagement ring is the most important part of a couple’s history and legacy.
We approach design in a very personal way. We talk to our clients in a casual conversation about things that are not related to jewelry. I feel this helps me get a feel for what our clients like and dislike, as well as a direction on their style. After our initial conversation, we start determining things like colors, materials and budget.
This is when I start brainstorming and creating three completely different computer renderings of what I think the design could be. Usually most clients tend to lean toward a particular style out of the three, or in some cases a combination of two of them. Once the style is chosen, we start detailing the design by adding or removing elements such as the center stone.
Once we are happy with the design, we use one of our 3D printers to print out the model. This takes anywhere from four to eight hours depending on the complexity of the design. This 3D-printed model allows us to see the scale and proportions as they will be in the final piece. It is probably the most important part before finalizing the process prior to starting the work in metal.
Then we prepare the final 3D model for casting. Once the piece is cast in the metal of choice, the bench work starts: filing, detailing, laser correction, polishing, setting of stones, and polishing. All of which is done right here in our studio. The entire process from start to finish can take up to six weeks.
HWB: What is your advice to couples for selecting the perfect engagement diamond?
MGJ: We encourage them to learn as much as possible about diamonds, especially the 4 C’s (carat, color, clarity and cut), and sometimes the origin of the diamond. For inspiration, we always recommend that our clients look at luxury jewelry houses. Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier and Tiffany are some of the most common.
Lastly, the money spent on a ring should feel comfortable. Engagement jewelry marks a point in your personal history and it has to be able to reflect that part of your life. We don’t believe it is about a certain dollar amount, but instead it is about a certain feeling in the creation of your ring.
HWB: What would you tell a potential customer who is intrigued by the idea of a custom engagement ring…but concerned about veering away from tradition?
MGJ: Custom is not for everyone. Having your jewelry custom-made means you will have an amazing one-of-a-kind piece that tells your unique story. It’s a conversation-starter in many cases. We provide a lifetime of complimentary maintenance and polishing for your ring, because we love the piece we made for you and want to make sure it’s properly maintained. Every visit is a grand celebration and every client makes a big difference in our lives.
Photos: Courtesy of Eklektic Jewelery Studio
Photos: Courtesy of Simon G.
Got a little time open in your schedule today…and a little hankering to check out some of the world’s most gorgeous diamond engagement rings, as we head into the holiday proposal season? Schedule your appointment now for Zadok Jewelers’ newly added Simon G. Pop-Up Event, from noon to 8 p.m., where you’ll get to try on dazzling new styles and chat one-on-one with one of Zadok’s GIA-certified gemologists, in search of your perfect wedding ring.
Email Zadok or call 713.960.8950 NOW to make a date with your diamond destiny!