Every Girl Needs A Little Black Dress

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling, and Dreamy Things

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Believe it or not, there IS a downside to being surrounded by beautiful jewelry every day.  I have become spoiled.  Really spoiled.  I don’t even bat an eye at a piece that is less than extraordinary.

This Art Nouveau necklace had me doing a double-take…  and that’s a rarity.  It is absolutely fantastic – from the tiny handmade links of the chain to the finely carved bow that crowns the center section.  Every little detail is delightful.

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It is an exceptional example of a festoon necklace – by definition, a curved necklace comprised of flowers, ribbons, or leaves used as decorative elements with swags or draped chain as part of the design.  This type of necklace was first made popular during the Georgian period.  Each era since has had its own version of the style.

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Three pieces of cobalt blue glass provide the perfect background for each of the details described above; tiny flowers crafted from sterling silver set with rose cut diamonds, buttery gold leaves hand carved from 18 karat yellow gold, and that charming little bow (my favorite part!) tipped with a pair of natural pearls.

This necklace is “the little black dress” of antique jewelry.  It would be perfect for a bride on her wedding day…  something old AND blue but it could just as easily be worn with jeans and boots.  It’s practically perfect in every way.

“You can go to a museum and look, or you can come to us and touch.”

Written by Carrie Martin

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Pinktober

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling, and Pink Things

This morning – in the midst of packing backpacks, finding homework, and pouring bowls of cereal – I quickly changed around the laundry to save myself some time later.  I pulled the clothes from the dryer; a black and gold Grove City Eagles jersey with the #2 on it, shiny black pants, and a pair of bright pink socks… everything my oldest son will need to dress for his game tomorrow.  He also proudly adds his pink arm bands and adheres strips of pink tape to everything from his visor to his cleats.  If it were January or any other month of the year, he wouldn’t even consider wearing pink – but this month, he and his teammates honor all those who have battled breast cancer.

That got me thinking pink, in every variety…  pink gold, sparkling pink gemstones, and soft pink enamels.  Pink, pink, pink!

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These three pieces are just a couple of examples of the unique pink jewels we have in our online store; from a pair of David Yurman pink tourmaline earrings to a modern Rhodonite ring.  There are infinitely more choices in our store at 144 South Broad Street.  So, whether you are wearing pink for yourself or in honor of someone else, Joden is the place to get it!

“You can go to a museum and look, or you can come to us and touch.”

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Shelly Isacco

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Talk to Me

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Baubles, Bling, and Old School Things

This past March marked our 46th year of business, over half a lifetime for owner Joe Murawski; undeniably time well spent.  Most days Joe can be found in his office, the helm of Joden Jewelers – steering the ship.  Joe is usually lounging in his chair, Italian leather loafers resting on the edge of the desk, a strong cup of coffee steaming in front of him, with the phone pressed to his ear.  To the casual observer, it looks like chit chat; friendly banter.  Those people couldn’t be more wrong.  This is where the real business happens.  Jewelry skates across the desk at an alarming pace.  Connections are established, maintained, and solidified.

Last week, I introduced you to the work of Carlo Giuliano.  I mentioned the enameled cross, pictured below.  What I didn’t tell you was that this piece was acquired as the result of several telephone calls.

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While these photos are quite good, they can not begin to share the exquisite details of this rare beauty.  The body of the cross is comprised of six rectangular sections, each one centered on a precious gem, either a diamond, emerald, or sapphire.  Each of these stones is surrounded by a border of white enamel with black and blue swirls.  To further accent this piece, the side and back of each segment are enameled as well, in more complex patterns featuring the addition of powder blue and soft pink enamel.  No matter where you look, you will find a new detail:  a natural pearl, a French cut ruby, or a tiny gold bead.

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In a time where most businesses are dependent on computers, here at Joden, we’re kicking it old school.  We’ll stick with the telephone.  You never know who or what might be on the other end.

“You can go to a museum and look, or you can come to us and touch.”

Written by Carrie Martin

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