Natural Beauty

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling and A Diamond Ring

Lately, there’s a lot of buzz about lab-grown diamonds.  They “look the same”, tend to be less expensive, and all the big block stores are carrying them…  these are some of the arguments for purchasing a lab grown diamond.  To be completely honest, my knowledge on these stones is minimal, at best.  

My expertise lies in the antique and estate rings that Joden is known for.  These unique beauties from the 1800-1900’s feature handcrafted details that are absolutely to-die-for.  This week’s piece is the epitome of late Art Deco style.  

Constructed entirely of platinum, the aspects that set this ring apart and take it to the next level include:

  • Hand-pierced filigree on the outer edges that incorporates a lovely swirled scroll motif
  • Sixteen single-cut diamonds are nestled into each curve and contour of the domed top.  These diamonds, an unusual cut consisting of just seventeen facets, were prized during the Edwardian and Art Deco periods for the particular sparkle they provide.
  • Engraved patterns on the shoulders of the ring, another favored technique of jewelers from the early 1900’s

The most striking element of this ring is the Old Mine Cut center diamond.  This shape, with softly rounded edges, resembles a modern cushion cut.  Old Miners originated in the 1700’s.  It was the cut of choice in the mid-1800’s and was still being utilized in the early 1900’s.  

Grown beneath the dirt under millions of pounds of pressure and extreme heat, natural diamonds are like snowflakes, no two are exactly the same.  Each one offers distinct details that can be mapped out for grading and identification.  This diamond is accompanied by a report from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA).  This laboratory is the most recognized facility in the world for the grading of diamonds and colored stones.  In specific, this glorious gem weighs in at exactly 1.63 carats.  It hits the chart as a K color and SI2 in clarity.  The report also includes a map of the diamond, pinpointing each individual mark on the stone.  It’s a blueprint, highlighting the very things that identify this particular diamond.  

The ring as a whole has been appraised by a second laboratory, the International Gemological Institute of America.  Much like the other report, this one also contains precise particulars about the entire ring that would clearly identify it from all others.  The professionals there combined the knowledge from the GIA Report with their own expertise in the retail market to assign a Replacement Value of $11,135.00 to this ring.   At Joden, we are offering this one of a kind beauty for just $8,990.00 – well below the appraised value.  

When you’ve finally met the one and you’re searching for the perfect ring, choose something as unique as they are.  

“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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