This or That – Volume Three

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling and Two Little Rings

There is no more perfect gift than jewelry.  From silver hoops to diamond rings, pretty little baubles bring ear to ear smiles – sometimes even tears.  Jewelry is personal…  it takes time and consideration to select just the right piece.  It’s an absolute pleasure to play a small part in each one of these experiences.  

In recent years, we have noticed a strong trend in the market…  guests are shopping for themselves.  Women are buying earrings, necklaces and right-hand rings.  Our customers avidly check our website for new arrivals.  They send us messages on Instagram and Facebook, asking questions about each treasure we post.  Ladies come in often to see our latest finds and conversions.  Jewelry has become a gift that you give yourself.  

In the jewelry world, we always say that we sell what we love.  Dana and I have proven that to be true time and again.  We are constantly on the lookout for our next obsession.  For the last couple of weeks, this sweet Mid Century Modern ring has been talking to me.  When I brought it to Dana to photograph, she mentioned that she had been drawn to it as well.  We have a winner!  Made in the 1950’s from 14 karat white gold, it combines bold swirls with tiny beaded trim and the smallest hint of sparkle.  I love the east/west orientation of the oval shape, it adds a contemporary spin.  Priced at just $250.00, it offers a big look for smaller budgets.  

This ring, also made in the 1950’s, is every bit as appealing as the first one.  Even though it’s vintage, it’s new to us.  It, too, rocks that east/west vibe.  I love the three diagonal diamond rows that form the top of the band.  Set with a series of sixteen single-cut diamonds, this ring has .30 carat of bling.  My favorite detail are those two tiny triangular windows…  they open up the design, allowing  just a peep of skin to show through.  This 14 karat white gold gem is available now for just $675.00.

These Mid Century beauties are just SO good.  If you’ve never purchased a piece of jewelry for yourself, these are two prime candidates.  I know which one my favorite is…  but tell me which would you buy for yourself?  Are you crazy over this budget-friendly charmer for only $250 or would you prefer that diamond dazzler for $675?  This or that?

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

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

Pick of the Week – Volume 37

Joden Girl

Baubles and Bling with Unbelievable Pricing

There are definitely some buzzwords when talking about engagement rings.  Perhaps you might be thinking of technical terms like color, clarity, cut and carat weight.  There’s no doubt that the Four C’s are important factors to consider when buying a diamond, but those aren’t the words that we’re talking about today.  I want to talk about the b-word… budget. 

An engagement ring is one of the most meaningful purchases of your life.  It’s an emotionally motivated investment.  This small band of rocks and metal will forever symbolize the commitment made between you and your significant other.  You may be wondering how to assign a dollar value to this monumental milestone.  While difficult to do, it’s incredibly helpful to have a comfort zone in mind before you begin shopping.  In fact,  some find it beneficial to talk with their future fiancé about the budget.  Discussing financial matters can be awkward, however it does ensure that everyone is on the same page.  

As important as the budget is, there is another “b-word” that is even more essential – balance.  For some, the most paramount factor in selecting a diamond is the color grade.  Others feel that clarity is the greatest consideration.  You might be focused on the setting or even the shape of the stone.  There’s no right or wrong answer.  Balancing all of these things will lead to the perfect engagement ring for you.

There’s just one more “b-word” that can greatly impact your shopping experience…  bargain.  This blog is called The Pick of the Week.  It’s a special edition of Joden Girl that is exclusively dedicated to pieces that have been on our site for awhile but haven’t sold.   This bridal set is crafted from 18 karat white gold.  A classic two-piece set, it has a lot to offer.  Sitting center stage is a princess cut diamond that weighs 1.51 carats.  Glittering from every angle, this diamond has a color grade of I-J and a clarity grade of I1.  The two rings feature an alternating pattern of round and baguette cut diamonds.  These thirteen stones add an additional .91 carat of bling to this scintillating set.  

With an appraised value of $8,970.00 – this pair has been featured on for $8,800.00.  Not a bad price for 2.42 carats of total diamond weight, right?  This week, we are offering it for an insane price.  You can purchase BOTH rings for the steal-of-a-deal price of just $4,900.00!  This Pick of the Week is now the perfect balance of budget and bargain.  Don’t hesitate – it won’t last long.  

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe and Shelly Isacco

Joe’s Special Box – Volume 122

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling, and A Collector’s Things

On February 9, 1840, Albert gifted Victoria with a stunning and now iconic brooch.  Featuring a glorious sapphire center (the weight of this stone has never been revealed to the public!) surrounded by twelve diamonds, it was her “something blue” for the wedding ceremony.  In the years since, Queen Elizabeth has been spotted wearing this historic heirloom.  

141 years later on February 3, Charles proposed to Diana with a ring that bears a strong resemblance to the brooch.  Chosen from a catalog at Garrard, this was not a custom piece but rather a ring available for anyone to purchase.  It was rumored that Diana selected the ring because of it’s striking resemblance to Victoria’s famous brooch.  

This week, from Joe’s Special Box, we have an antique ring that is giving us all the feels.  It bears a strong likeness to both pieces…

Made from 14 karat yellow gold, this tiny treasure boasts an oval 1.00 carat natural blue sapphire in the center.  This deep azure beauty is completely surrounded by a ring of twelve Old Mine Cut diamonds that have a combined weight of .45 carat.  Made in the 1880’s, near the end of the Victorian period, this ring is a dainty size 3.  

If you have an affinity for royal style and would like to nab a similar piece for yourself – hop on over to our website.  Priced at just $1,200, this precious prize won’t last long!

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

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe and other internet sources

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