Signature Series – Volume 15

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling and Quality Things

Balloons…  whether filled with air or helium, these colorful floating orbs have been used for a myriad of purposes.  Decoration, entertainment, medical procedures, meteorology and transportation are just a few things that balloons have assisted.  In their simplest form (basic latex), balloons elicit smiles and a feeling of joy.  An entire bag of them can be picked up for about $1 – making balloons a go-to party must for more than a century.  

In 2009, Disney Pixar studios premiered a movie called “Up” that would capture the hearts of adults and children everywhere.  A lonely and cynical widower and retired balloon salesman attaches thousands of balloons to his house in an effort to fulfill a promise made years before.  Adventures ensue, and life lessons are learned.  The image of all those balloons carrying Carl’s house into the sky has become an iconic symbol of the beauty of letting go.  

Perhaps one of the most whimsical pieces in our estate department is this pair of balloon earrings.  Created by Vhernier in 1984, these playful yet refined accessories would become one of the Italian designers best sellers.  The realistic look was created with a framework of 18-karat white gold.  The balloon itself features a sliver of citrine topped with a specially cut piece of rock crystal.  

A narrow string decorated with twenty-six diamonds is tied at the base of the balloon; the wavy tail of the string is removable.  The diamonds have a combined weight of approximately .15 carat – the perfect hint of sparkle.  A rose gold version of these earrings is currently available on 1stDibs for $7,750.00.  These unconventional beauties are available at Joden for just $1,475.00 – a true steal of a deal!  

Balloons are a nostalgic reminder of childhood.  No celebration is complete without balloons.  Let the festivities begin – commemorate an occasion in your life with these estate Vhernier earrings.  They’re simply too good to resist.  

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

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

Joe’s Special Box – Volume 147

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling, and A Collector’s Things

At their peak of popularity, around the turn of the 20th century, lavalier necklaces graced the necklines of ladies of all ages.  These charming pieces are comprised of a series of smaller links or swirls with a singular dangling gem at the base (most often this was a pearl). 

Delicate and dainty, these late Victorian darlings also often featured small colored gemstones, like this one.  Made entirely of 9-karat yellow gold, this little number from Joe’s Special Box is adorned with not one but two round garnets.  

A charming botanical theme brings this pendant to life.  The outline is accented by three small six-petaled flowers with a tiny seed pearl in the center.  Alternating with these blossoms are three pairs of leaves.  This foliage is also set with small ivory-colored seed pearls.  

Shown on the neck, you can appreciate the ultra feminine vibe of this late 1800’s necklace.  At Joden, we have quite a collection of lavaliers with a wide assortment of gems.  With so many to choose from, you’re sure to discover your birthstone or the birthstone of someone you love.  For January babies or garnet lovers, this particular one is available for just $1,250.oo.  Give us a call to make it yours today.

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

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

Wrist Candy

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling and Horological Things

When a customer is at the door before we open, or when a customer bursts into the store just as we are closing, you can bet that they are there for a watch battery.  If there’s a blizzard on the horizon or a tornado has been spotted down the street – you can guarantee with one hundred percent certainty that a customer will come in for a watch battery.  You can set your watch by it. 

I don’t wear a watch, and never have with any kind of regularity.  There are two or three kicking around in my jewelry box…  I can promise you that they all have dead batteries.  Now that a cell phone is the natural extension of everyone’s hand, you might think that watches would have gone by the wayside.  However, based on the number of watch batteries replaced by Joden Jewelers, I beg to differ. 

Although I am not a watch person, I am a jewelry lover.  This week, we are featuring a beautiful time piece that is so much more than a watch.  Made in the 1940’s from an unbeatable combination of platinum and 18-karat yellow gold, this tasty bit of arm candy is a mechanical masterpiece.  The tank style face features a lovely ivory hue.  Each of the even hours are marked with their number, however, the odd hours are marked with a simple gold dot.  The tiny hands have been blued – this thermal process prevents them from succumbing to rust and oxidation.  The small textured crown winds smooth as silk. 

This beauty features alternating arched rows of rubies and diamonds.  Set in 18-karat yellow gold, the twenty-nine crimson red square rubies have a combined weight of 1.50 carats.  Platinum rows of diamonds offset these brightly hued gems.  There are thirty-four diamonds in all for a total weight of 1.50 carats.  Both gem-set segments are hinged to ensure a proper fit.  

Expertly fitted to both sides of the watch are twin strands of snake chain.  This unique chain is made from wavy golden rings joined side by side forming an incredibly flexible tube with a smooth, scaly texture…  like snake skin.  First seen in 1934, the snake chain was hugely popular in the 1940’s and remains so today.  As I mentioned, this is no ordinary watch.  This is a Swiss made articulated piece of mechanical genius and true aesthetic appeal.  It’s a stylish and innovative bracelet that also happens to tell the time.  Luckily, it’s a manual wind watch…  no battery needed.  Moderately priced at $5,750.00 – this beauty is available in our showroom.  You don’t have to be a watch lover to wear this stunner…  call us to make it yours today.

“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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