Signature Series – Volume 11

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling and Quality Things

When asked “How do you come about creating your designs?”, Jose Hess answered simply “It’s a flower, it’s the morning rising sun, it’s a tree, the leaves.  It’s all love.”  This beautiful sentiment and countless others are captured in “The Beauty in All” – a coffee table book penned by Jose’s wife, Magdalena Hess.

Hess and his family fled Nazi Germany in 1938 when Jose (then called Josef) was just five years old.  By the time he was 14, Jose began working in the jewelry industry learning the art of fabrication and hand-setting gemstones.  Just three years later, he immigrated to the United States where he continued to work in the industry, graduated high school and began studying at the Gemological Institute of America.

At 25, Jose began pursuing a career under his own name.  In 1963, he won his first award – the DeBeers Diamonds International Award for a diamond leaf brooch.  The rest as they say, is history.  He garnered over a dozen more awards during the course of his career.  While perusing their website, I discovered this line…

“We utilize the finest materials, and each piece is handmade to order.  It has always been our personal belief that that elegance doesn’t have to be complicated and our brand continues to hold that philosophy sacred.”

That’s the spirit that inspired and created these statement earrings.  Made entirely of 18-karat yellow gold, these heart-shaped beauties are the latest addition to our estate department. 

A curvaceous double-line borders the outer edge of each earring – capturing forty-three round brilliant diamonds inside each one.  Combined, these eighty-six diamonds have a total weight of 4.50 carats.  Shimmering from every angle, these earrings shine with style and sophistication.  

Omega style fold-over backs keep this impressive beauties perfectly positioned on the ear.  Shown from behind, even the back side of the earrings present a high-polish sheen.  

Peep the classic Jose Hess signature plaquard – the mark of true craftsmanship.  Take a moment to admire these designer darlings on the ear, then stop by the store where they’re available for just $4,750.00.  With the holidays just a few weeks away, begin and end your shopping at Joden.  We have something for everyone on your list.  

“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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