The store is full of beads from around the world: stone, pearl, metal, organic, glass, crystal, and one-of-a-kind flamework beads. We carry jewelry findings, tools, and beadwork supplies. Custom and repair work is a staff favorite. All finished jewelry is made in house. There is an extensive class list that includes wirework, stringing, knotting, flamework, borosilicate glass work, precious metal clay, seed bead weaving, and metal work.
We pride ourselves on creating a respectful, supportive, and nonjudgemental atmosphere in which jewelry designers–from beginners to professionals–can thrive. This is done in the spirit of collaboration and community building; offering support, instruction, stellar customer service, and a quality product line.
355 S Clinton St, Iowa City, IA 52240
Cook’s Jewelry is a family owned and operated store, and has been for over 60 years. Louie Cook started the business in Tipton, Iowa in 1951. He and his wife Virginia ran the store there for almost 50 years before they retired. Now their son, Steve Cook, continues their legacy in Iowa City. Steve opened his own store in downtown Iowa City in 1984. After just two short years of watching his business grow, Steve decided to move the store to its current location in 1986, at Eastdale Plaza.
Cook’s has now spent 26 years at its current location in Eastdale Plaza. It has been expanded multiple times and has a large number of showcases full of beautiful jewelry, and fine timepieces. Steve’s wife Cindy joined the business over seventeen years ago, and their son Ben has been working with them for almost eight years. Ben's wife Kaitlyn is also an employee, and has worked there part time for nearly 3 years. Erica just joined the team in 2011, and is a great new addition to our sales staff.
Steve and Cindy are both graduates from the Gemological Institute of America and have many years of combined experience in their profession. Steve and his son Ben are also experienced goldsmiths, and all jewelry repairs are done on site, in their store.
Stop in and meet the Cook's staff, they will be more than willing to assist you with your jewelry needs. Their mindset has always been to put the customer first, and they are here to help you as professionals.
Or visit us in Eastdale Plaza at:
1700 First Avenue
Iowa City, IA 52240
We are on the south side of the mall, and the mall is located on the corner across the street from Earl May.