Joe’s Special Box – Volume 83

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Baubles, Bling, and A Collector’s Things

Last week, I shared two rings that made the “Top Ten Rings Available at Joden” list compiled by renowned jewelry blogger Danielle Miele.  Her popular column often inspires me to look at jewelry and gemstones in a new light.  She selected a jade beauty, noting that she has been obsessed with the green stone lately.  

This elongated Art Nouveau stunner was Danielle’s pick.  Made from swirling golden vines that surround a bezel set bright green jade center, it is the ideal ornamentation for a middle finger.  A pair of old cut diamonds add the tiniest bit of sparkle, the ring is priced at $2000.00.  I’ve never been a jade girl and I have passed over this ring in Joe’s Special Box a million times…  tossed it aside in favor of something more appealing to me.  But when I found out it made the list, I gave it a chance.  It’s really grown on me…  so much so that I sought out another one.

This little charmer is my pick (also from Joe’s Special Box).  It’s made from 22 karat yellow gold (the bright color is to die for!) with an intricate pattern of s-shaped swirls that create the gallery under the center stone.  The color of the lovely cabochon jade is what hooked me…  it’s a glorious marbling of apple green with a darker grass green.  And when I slid it onto my finger, it fit perfectly.  I have to admit, I’m a sucker for that.  I have been wearing it the entire time I have been writing.  I love that after over twenty years in the jewelry industry, I can still find a new inspiration.  So, thank you Danielle – you’ve converted me into a jade lover!  Take it home today for $2250.00.

“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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The Things Golden Dreams Are Made Of

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Baubles, Bling and Golden Things

Choosing a piece of jewelry is like buying a new dress or a great pair of shoes.  It’s a process – first we shop with our eyes.  Customers come in to Joden, milling around, casting their eyes up and down, scanning the cases.  I love watching their faces light up when they find something that speaks to them.  It’s an exciting moment.  Our job is to match each client with the perfect piece, the one that lights them up like a candle.  

Coincidentally, the same thing happens to those of us who work in the store…  we dig through new inventory like scavengers searching for buried treasure.  That’s exactly how I discovered this golden beauty.  Joe and Jay had been on a buying trip and returned with a box overflowing with baubles and bling.  As I sifted through, this little ring caught my eye.  

There’s nothing like the look and feel of high karat gold.  This ring is made entirely of 22 karat yellow gold – it glides over the knuckle like silk.  The top portion is comprised of a trio of quatrefoil shapes.  Each one is set with thirty-one round brilliant diamonds.  These stones are natural fancy yellow in color with a combined total weight of .50 carat.  The monochromatic effect is simple and stunning at the same time.  This is a ring that will become a part of you, it’s a signature piece.  You will find yourself wanting to wear it every day.  

Originally priced at $2,160.00.

Mention this blog and it can be yours for the special price of $1,650.00.

“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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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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