Precious Patina

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Baubles, Bling, and  Oxidized Things

Made pre-1860, it’s impossible to say whether this crescent moon brooch is late Georgian or early Victorian.  What I can say is that it is near perfection.  Two rows of rose cut diamonds have been handset into individual sculpted seats, while a third center row is raised and fitted with eight buttercups.  Carefully fixed into each one is an Old Mine Cut diamond.  A ten-petaled flower sits atop the crescent.  Yet another Old Mine Cut diamond forms the middle of the blossom and is orbitted by ten pinched collets also featuring rose cut diamonds.  This romantic detail is one of my favorite parts of the brooch.

These photographs illustrate the labor intensive work that was needed to expertly craft this elegant beauty.  Ornate metal work is a trademark of the early 1800’s as is the two tone color of the profile…  rosy yellow gold has been topped with a layer of silver…  another little aspect that I adore.  My absolute favorite design element has to be that gorgeous patina.  Hundreds of years of exposure to air allowed this thin layer of oxidation to settle over every nook and cranny of the crescent moon.  This aging process adds another dimension to the piece that, to me, is everything.  Cleaning it would be a sin!  

Pair the pin with these earrings to complete your look.  Movement is the key to these gems!  The top portion (a lovely flower) stays stationary on the lobe, while the lower part swings freely.  This motion allows light to dance across the surface of the diamonds, creating a dazzling effect.  A matched pair of deep red rubies form the center of each earring.  They are surrounded by a ring of ten pinched collets – perfectly mimicking the design of the crescent moon!  

The two tone vibe of the brooch is also duplicated in the earrings as well as that dark patina, drawing yet another parallel between these vintage charmers.  Wear them alone or together, the choice is yours.  Make the brooch yours for $3,480 and the earrings for $4,700.  These pieces and so much more are available every day at Joden.

“You can go to a museum and look or come to Joden and touch.”

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

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Joe’s Special Box – Volume 84

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling, and A Collector’s Things

The ultimate symbol of resurrection, the butterfly brings hope to everyone who sees it.  This stunning creature is able to endure extreme change and emerge stronger and even more beautiful than it was before.  Perhaps the most iconic color pattern belongs to the monarch… the bold combination of orange, white, and black is enchanting.  

This matching ring and earring suite has been with us for awhile, waiting for the perfect home.  A complex blending of garnets, orange and yellow sapphires, and diamonds create a monarch-like look.  The ring showcases the butterfly form in full glory, while the earring is made in profile – a unique duo.  These warm, autumnal colors combine perfectly with the rich tone of 14 karat yellow gold.  

Pear-shapes, marquise and round stones fit together like the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle.  The two items have been certified by the International Gemological Institute of America and have a combined value of $ 4,380.  We are offering them today for a fraction of the price…  take both pieces home today for just $2,600!  

Available only from Joe’s Special Box. 

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dane Jerpe

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Moments In Time

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling, and  Charming Things

My mom had one, and my grandma too.  I remember being fascinated by the sparkling array of jingling trinkets and wanting one of my own… a charm bracelet!  A little silver rotary style telephone and a baby buggy with wheels that actually spun- those were my two favorite bits from my mom’s bracelet.  Grandma’s was a little more traditional, and perhaps more nostalgic.  It was a series of small flat discs…  each one shaped like the head of a boy or a girl.  There was one for every grandchild, carefully etched with a name and date of birth.  She passed away 15 years ago, and now her bracelet is upstairs in my jewelry box.  ♥.

I am fascinated by the idea of collecting a tiny jewel for the landmark moments of life.  When a complete bracelet turns up in our estate collection, I am both delighted and heart-broken at the same time.  I can’t get enough of the charms – but it absolutely astounds me that someone would sell such a special heirloom.  These beauties tell a story!  This one is platinum with a string of darling baubles… a crouching tiger, a stein, a diamond-studded acorn, an aquamarine, and a miniature church.  Then there’s a lucky horseshoe, and a face carved from opal, a crystal heart and a mask.  Maybe the church symbolizes a wedding, and the gemstones represent the birth of a child.  Priced at $3,750 – you can create your own tale to match this Art Deco dazzler.  

Perhaps you’d prefer to build your own treasure, one piece at a time.  At Joden, we can help you do exactly that!  Choose from a seemingly endless supply of vintage stick pins (they convert into the BEST charms), dainty pendants, or even antique watch parts.  First is authentic Art Deco pendant from the mid 1920’s.  For something so small, it packs a punch with a .70 carat Old European Cut diamond center – available now for $2,480.  Don’t miss the onyx and diamond number cleverly converted from one half of a watch case – priced to sell for $1,850.  Wear them alone or add them to a bracelet for something that’s oh-so-extra! 

Whether you choose a charm bracelet from 100 years ago or you want to start one of your own, come to Joden where the choices are only limited by your imagination.  

“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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