Out of the Pot and Into the Fire

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Baubles, Bling, and Rescued Things

For as long as I can remember, there has been a scrap box in Joe’s office.  This is where all the little bits of gold end up…  broken chains, mismatched earrings, jewels that are no longer worth repairing, and occasionally items that just won’t sell.  From time to time, we send the contents of the box to the refinery to be melted down.  

I like to think that we are custodians of the past…  guardians of the jewelry from the last two hundred years and all the history held within.  As such, very few actual pieces of jewelry ever make it into the scrap box.  We try, but it seems sinful to melt a piece of jewelry just because it’s no longer in style.  

These tiny pins are a perfect example.  Each one is a miniature work of art.    Crafted from gold, set with assorted gemstones and seed pearls, and featuring various colors of enamel – they’re fraternity pins.  Every time I come across them, it makes me sad that they lay in a pile in a drawer…  but not sad enough to scrap them!

Fraternities have been around since 1776 and were originally created for the purpose of debating issues thought inappropriate by the faculty of their school.  Over time, they developed into social and cultural organizations.  At the end of the 1800s and the beginning of the 1900s, another tradition began; the ceremony of pinning.  A young fraternity brother would “pin” his girl with one of these little beauties, signifying that she was now more important to him than his frat house.  Customarily, this would lead to engagement and ultimately, marriage.  Such importance for such a teeny little brooch.  

Perhaps some of you were “pinned”?  Or perhaps your mother or your grandmother was?  Maybe you still have the pin itself.  If you do, heed my advice.  Keep it!  And write down the story of it and how you got it.  Share it with your family.  And if you or someone you know lost or sold their pin, stop in and see me…  we just may have another one!  

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

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

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Joe’s Special Box – Volume 46

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Baubles, Bling, and A Collector’s Things

Meet my newest obsession!  I have always been a fan of emerald-cut diamonds.  I love the sleek lines, the elongated geometric shape and the classic style.  But this charmer caught me by surprise.  The center stone has ALOT of punch for the money – and it’s actually a bit of designer genius.  This step-cut diamond looks like a one carat diamond, but actually only weighs .50 carat.  You may be wondering, how can that be?  As I said, the creator of this ring was a bit of a genius.  The diamond is surrounded by a halo of high-polished 14 karat white gold.  This thin band of metal actually makes the diamond look larger and is difficult to detect without using a loupe or magnification.  A small straight baguette cut diamond sits to the right and left of the center stone.  It’s a tiny yet significant detail that enhances the timeless feel of this engagement ring.  Priced at $3500, this is the kind of piece that I love to find in Joe’s Special Box.  I know that it will have a new life beyond Joden – some lucky girl will wear this ring for the rest of her life.  And hopefully, she’ll pass it on to a daughter or a son.  It will become an heirloom.  

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

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

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The Cat’s Meow

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Baubles, Bling, and Amazing Things

Forget sapphires, emeralds, and rubies… get a load of these showstoppers!  Four rings with an incredibly rare center stone.  With colors ranging from a warm honey tone to a vivid yellow green, these beauties are sure to dazzle.  Perhaps you’ve taken note of the white stripe across the center of each one?  This is known as chatoyancy, and occurs when the stone is introduced to a direct beam of light.  As you may have guessed, it’s more commonly known as the “cat’s eye effect”.  Other gems exhibit this amazing wonder, but none as distinct as Chrysoberyl.  It’s only found in a few places around the world, and is a favorite of gemstone lovers everywhere.  Ladies and gentleman, I present to you the Cat’s Eye Chrysoberyl. 

Named after the one thing that it so clearly resembles, the Cat’s Eye Chrysoberyl is as lovely as it is extraordinary.  The simplicity of this 18 karat yellow gold three stone ring allows the round cabochon gemstone to truly shine.  When the ring is turned from side to side, the eye glides across the surface.  Two Old European Cut diamonds flank the Cat’s Eye, amping up the shine of this ravishing ring.  For additional details, check it out on our site.

If you prefer a ring that makes a bold statement, choose one of these unisex pieces.  The first ring is made from 18 karat yellow gold and features two rows of five round brilliant diamonds each – these ten stones have a combined weight of .25 carats.  This piece is available in our showroom for $5500.00.  The second ring, made from a striking combination of 14 karat yellow gold and platinum, highlights a 12.00 carat Cat’s Eye.  The eye of the stone runs left to right, perpendicular to the finger.  Whether worn on a woman’s index finger or a man’s pinky – this is a strong look that won’t be ignored.  For additional photos and pricing, follow the links to our site.  

The phenomena of nature…  it’s awe-inspiring.  Shown here, in all its glory, Cat’s Eye Chrysoberyl is a stone that is as beautiful as it is rare…  like so many of the jewels and gems available exclusively at Joden.  Our store IS the cat’s meow!

“Go to our site and look, then come to us and touch.”

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

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