Joe’s Special Box Luxury Edition – Volume Six

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling and  A Collector’s Things

The rarest of it’s species, this vibrant jewel rivals the beauty of all other green gemstones.  Mined primarily in Kenya, this unusual garnet is never treated and there is no known synthetic form.  It has never been lab-grown or man made.  The natural crisp, clean quality of tsavorite speaks for itself and needs no enhancement.  Often found in small sizes, anything over two carats is scarce and as a result, extremely valuable.  

Tsavorite gains it’s prized green hue from traces of vanadium and chromium, giving a bold and saturated tone that many prefer to the color of an emerald.  Additionally, the brilliance and clarity grade of this uncommon stone are also often favored over the emerald which can be cloudy and included.

Showcased in a vintage 14 karat white gold halo-style ring, this scintillating tsavorite weighs in at a whopping 4.58 carats.  Cushion-shaped, this lively stone is surrounded by twelve round brilliant cut diamonds.  These diamonds have a combined weight of 1.20 carats.  The contrast between the white diamonds and green tsavorite is striking.  

The setting itself is artistic in design, with each prong flaring upwards and out – like the petals of a flower.  Made in the 1960’s, this ring has real style.  It is accompanied by a report from the International Gemological Institute of America, valuing the ring at $23,520.00!

A valued part of Joe’s Special Box, this rare gem is priced at just $16,750.00 – well under the appraised value.  Drop by our showroom or give us a call to make it yours.  

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

Joe’s Special Box – Volume 130

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling, and A Collector’s Things

Victorians were incredibly superstitious.  Many of these unusual beliefs were related to death.  Before the traditional funeral homes that we know today, wakes were held in the home.  This time of mourning lasted several days, often to confirm that the person had actually passed and wasn’t in a coma.  During this time, every mirror in the house was covered.   This was to prevent the spirit from being forever trapped inside the mirror.  

Once the actual funeral procession began, Victorian believed it was bad luck to cross paths with it.  In fact, even if you were headed the opposite direction on the same road, you had to turn around and go the other direction to avoid the succession of mourners altogether.  In the rare instance that this was not possible, if you held fast to a button, you just might be able to ward off the negative aura.  

Many Victorians also dreaded the death omen…  these could come in many forms:

  • Seeing yourself in your dreams
  • Spotting an owl in the daytime
  • Seeing a sparrow land on a piano
  • Finding a single snowdrop in the garden

Because of all of these superstitions and bad omens, Victorians sought out symbols of luck and good fortune…  like the clover and the horseshoe.  These two emblems became a recurring theme during the 1800’s.  We often find them on brooches and small pins.  When this sweet little ring appeared, we nabbed it!  This authentic piece features a petite three petaled clover in the center.  The leaves are created from a trio of cabochon opals.  Tiny seed pearls dot the stem of the clover and the shank of the ring.  These three leaves symbolize everything anyone could ever need – a little bit of hope, a lot of faith, and unending love.  What better way to protect yourself from foreboding dangers than this lovely ring…  priced to sell at just $280.  

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

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

Demure Darlings

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling and Three Gold Rings

For those of you who have never visited our showroom, we’re located in the heart of Grove City, Pa.  Our sleepy little town is home to just under 8000 people.  The closest major city is Pittsburgh, it’s an hour south.  When it comes to the hottest trends and the latest styles, we’re about two years behind.  So, when even our local customers are avidly seeking and buying yellow gold, we know it’s more than just a passing fancy.  

From the customers in the store to the shoppers online – everyone is crazy for yellow gold.  In the past few months, it’s been all about vintage Victorian rings.  Most are made from yellow gold with craftsmanship that is unrivaled.  In the mid to late 1800’s, each piece was made by hand.  

This early Victorian find is made from 8 karat gold.  Prior to the gold rush of 1848, there was actually a gold shortage.  Due to this deficit, low karat gold became a popular choice.  At approximately 33.35%, the gold content was often equal to or even a bit less than the copper content…  this unique mixture gave the metal a rosy glow.  Yellow gold foil accents the flower etched into this bold red center stone – with six seed pearls set into the rectangular frame, we are loving this little ring priced at just $240.00.

Another 8 karat gold treasure, this bandlike ring offers low-profile style that makes it so easy to wear.  A pair of east/west oriented marquise-shaped cut-outs flank the center section.  One tiny rose cut diamond is nestled within a square-shaped setting.  There are an additional four cut-outs surrounding the petite diamond, a unique design element for this period.  Perfect as an index or middle finger ring, this ring is available now for only $250.00.

Rounding out the trio is the sweetest little bypass ring I’ve seen in quite some time.  Colorfully set with a lovely combination of gemstones and pearls, this ring is my pick of the three.  Each side of the ring features one oval pink topaz, one pearl and one fiery opal.  Tiny seed pearls are prong set in the shoulders of the ring, finishing the look.  The mauve hue of the topaz stones is an ideal complement to the kaleidoscope of color blazing within the opals…  pops of blue, green, and pink spark from these natural beauties.  With a chip in one topaz, this perfectly imperfect ring is available now, priced at $440.00.

If you’ve got caught gold fever, Joden Jewelers has the cure.  With countless choices from early Victorian to the styles of today – we truly have something for everyone.  Shop our showroom, our website, or check us out on Instagram and Facebook.  

“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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