Llamas, Unicorns, and Bears – Oh my!

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Baubles, Bling, and Cuddly Things

Last weekend I spent a few moments helping my youngest son choose a Valentine’s Day gift for his girlfriend.  He’s eleven…  so, naturally, we were in an aisle surrounded by soft and cuddly plush creations.  The assortment was wild; we saw everything from llamas to unicorns…  including an astonishing array of teddy bears.  In an attempt to find the perfect one, we ambled around – cuddling and squeezing each bear as we went.  I found my mind wandering – stretching to remember the story of how the teddy bear came to be.  

In 1902, the 26th President of the United States – Teddy Roosevelt – embarked on an iconic hunting expedition.  Nearing the end of the trip, Roosevelt was the only hunter who hadn’t killed a bear.  The other participants encouraged him to shoot a captured bear, but he refused – deeming it unsportsmanlike.  The news spread, and a local candy company created a stuffed animal in his honor.  They dubbed it “Teddy’s Bear”.  And the rest, as they say, is history.

 

For more than 100 years, teddy bears have been beloved by adults and children all over the world.  Perhaps that is what inspired the creation of this sweet brooch.  Made from hand-textured 18 karat yellow gold, this modern pin is absolutely enchanting.  From the fully faceted round diamond in his belly button to his bright sparkling ruby eyes, he is simply irresistible.  I love every bit of him – from the top of his ears to his rounded paws!  I can see this pinned on the lapel of a wool winter jacket or a thick cozy scarf.  Our bear is sure to bring as much joy as any teddy bear ever did. 

My son and I were successful at the end of our shopping trip.  We snuggled at least two dozen bears.  We laughed over some of the more eccentric choices.  We fought the Valentine’s Day crowd and won!  He selected a cute little gift box, a sleeve of Three Musketeers (every girl needs a little chocolate), and a small, extra squishy bridle-furred pup!  No matter how cute the bear, it can’t compare to a boy and his dog.  

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

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A Heart of Gold

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Baubles, Bling, and Little Things

The difference between good things and really great things is the details…  the small elements that combine to create true works of art.  I am always on the look-out for interesting pieces to share with you – this week, I was methodically peeking through trays of gold jewelry in Joe’s office.  I wasn’t expecting inspiration to strike…  I have looked at these pieces time and again.  Nonetheless, I was looking for SOMETHING.  That’s when I found these…

Two truly unique bracelets – I have seen both of them before, but never gave either more than a cursory glance.  When I picked up the first one, I pushed the tiny button that released the clasp.  I closed it around my wrist, this delicate tubular bangle made from 14 karat yellow gold featuring a pair of juxtaposed fans.  Then I brought it to my eye, my jeweler’s loupe at the ready.  Centered on the matte gold finish of each fan was a Japanese Crane in flight – an ancient symbol of good fortune and longevity.  Absolutely charming!  The finer points of this lovely Art Nouveau bangle – the details – make it worth every penny of it’s $1100 price. 

Then I picked up the second bracelet – this one a link-style.  When I moved the elegant little safety chain to the side and clasped the bracelet, that’s when I saw it!  Dangling from one side of the chain was a small gold heart, and on the other side, a miniature key. 

I didn’t need to know another single thing about the bracelet – I was enchanted by this… the key to someone’s heart.  For those who need to know more…  this beauty consists of eight links with a hand-engraved center.  Each section is a polished 18 karat yellow gold frame.  Inside the frames are alternating patterns of high-relief 22 karat yellow gold flowers and leaves.  Made in the 1950’s and designed for daily wear, subtle sophistication combines with whimsical detail to create a true gem.  Take it home today for just $3200.

The essence, the spirit of Joden is in the details.  When you see our signature black bag and the embossed gold ribbon on the package, you know there’s something incredible inside.  Check out our site at www.joden.com and then come to our showroom and experience the magic for yourself.

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Shelly Isacco

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There’s Just Something About that Name

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Baubles, Bling, and Tiffany Things

In the jewelry world, few words evoke as strong a response as “Tiffany”.  It’s a name that is recognized by Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Millennials alike – it’s synonymous with classic style and nearly two hundred years of excellence.

This piece is one of the finest that I’ve ever seen.  Handcrafted in the early 1900’s from 18 karat gold and platinum, it positively screams quality.  From the tiny cabochon sapphire at the tip of the pendant to each polka-dotted link in the chain, it is absolute perfection. 

  

And it’s a watch!  The front and back of the watch are hand enameled in three different patterns with both sage green and blue gray colors using the guilloche technique.  A tiny wreath of rose cut diamonds further decorates the center section while the outer portion is rimmed with a rose cut diamond halo. 

 

The versatility of this piece is unmatched as the chain can be worn alone or even as a bracelet – just wrap it around and then clasp it!  It’s a pendant, a watch, a chain, AND a bracelet.  It’s jewelry genius, and it’s only available at Joden.

“You can go to our site and look, then come to Joden and touch.”

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