A Cross To Wear

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling and Garnet Things

It’s January.  Here, in Western Pennsylvania, that  translates to bitter cold weather with wind that hurts your face.  I couldn’t resist talking about this month’s birthstone…  the garnet!  In it’s most well known form, this glorious stone is a deep red.  When the sun hits it, it glows with shades of orange and brown…  like an inner flame.  The rich tones almost make these brisk days feel a bit warmer. 

 

Check out these two photos.  Both showcase a beautiful antique garnet cross…  but, in the second picture, you can truly appreciate the tonal quality of the gemstones with the light reflecting off the surface of each stone.  It lights up from the inside.  

The cross itself is something to behold.  Made in the Mid-Victorian Period (in the 1860’s), it’s a perfect combination of 9 karat yellow gold and silver.  There are ten cushion cut garnets, each one clasped within yellow gold claw prongs and sixteen silver bezels that feature tiny rose cut diamonds.  

Birthstones have been traced back to the Bible – originally woven into a protective breastplate worn by Aaron, created by his brother Moses.  Each stone represented the tribes of Israel and each was thought to have talismanic and therapeutic properties.  In 1912, The Jewelers of America took this information (with some changes) as a basis for the birthstones we still use today. 

Garnet is a true natural beauty, with no known treatments.  It’s suitable for daily wear, and many believe it to be a symbol of wellness and good fortune.  The cross is the ultimate symbol of love and the Christian faith.  It speaks not only of what has been lost but more importantly, all that has been gained.  Many believers cherish their religious beliefs reverently inside while others choose to wear outward proof around their neck.  If you belong to the latter group, make this gem yours for just $2,320.00.  

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

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

Joe’s Special Box – Volume 61

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling, and A Collector’s Things

Whimsical!  That’s the word that Joe used to describe this bracelet, and he was SO right!  Handmade during the 1890’s from a rosy 9 karat gold, it’s the best little accessory for summer.  It pairs perfectly with a light cotton dress or your favorite romper.  The look is similar to a station bracelet but so much more.  Each little bead (or station) has tiny cabochon turquoise and pearls burnished into the surface.  One larger gem-set bead dangles from the center.  

Victorians used turquoise with abandon, it was a talisman for them.  They believed it to be a stone of protection; it brought energy, wisdom, and serenity to the wearer.  It is one of the oldest gemstones, it’s use can be traced back to ancient civilizations like the Aztecs and the Shang Dynasty.  Such a rich history for this lustrous blue stone!

Make this vintage gem your lucky charm this summer.  Find it in our Facebook store for just $1450.00.  

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

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

Joe’s Special Box – Volume 44

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling, and A Collector’s Things

Although winter has barely begun, I am already anxiously awaiting signs of Spring.  This lovely Essex Crystal brooch with a bright blue and yellow hummingbird is like a ray of sunshine on this dreary day.  These unique and unusual pieces were crafted from 1860-1920.  The artist would begin with perfectly half-round or cabochon piece of rock crystal and then painstakingly carve an intricate design deep into the heart of the stone from the back side.  Next, the subject or scene was hand-painted to bring every tiny detail to life…  each feather of the bird and each  leaf of the fern.  Finally, a glossy piece of mother-of-pearl was applied  – this created a three dimensional effect.  Encased in a 9 karat rosy gold bezel, it’s a whimsical miniature masterpiece.  Priced at $6300, this is a treasure that will continue to delight for generations yet to come.  

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

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Shelly Isacco

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