What’s New – Volume 94

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling and the Latest Things

In the 16th century, the tradition of wearing one stone to represent your birth month began.  Rooted in Biblical times, the custom originated with a breastplate worn by Aaron, the high priest of the Israelites.  This plate was decorated with twelve unique gems that represented the tribes of Israel.   Included among the stones were carnelian, chrysolite, beryl, jacinth, agate, amethyst, topaz, onyx, and jasper.  Today, only two of these stones are still part of the modern birthstone list…  topaz for November and amethyst for February.

To celebrate those born in the second month of the year, we’re highlighting this unique ring.  At first glance, I thought it was antique – however, upon closer inspection, I discovered that the ring is actually a revival piece.  Made in the 1950’s – this ring honors the style of the late 1800’s.  

Swirls of 14-karat yellow gold create a haven for eight Old Mine Cut diamonds.  Set within bezels, these stones have a combined weight of approximately .35 carat.  These bezels also serve as the structure (or prongs) that hold the center stone – an oval 3.50 carat amethyst.  Part of the quartz family, amethyst measures a 7.0 on the Moh’s scale.  It is fairly durable, easy to wear, and affordable.  

Shown on the hand, the vibrant lavender hue of the amethyst truly shines.  Moderately priced at $1,275.00, this ring is available in or store and will be added to the site soon.  Call or message us for financing and layaway options.    

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

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

What’s New – Volume Three

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling, and The Latest Things

This new addition stopped me in my tracks – and after more than twenty years in the jewelry business, that’s quite a feat.  I couldn’t wait to share it with you.  Made in the 1940’s, this Retro ring is a true statement piece.  

The physical size alone is impressive.  The ring measures over an inch from top to bottom and is nearly as wide.  It’s striking from every angle.  The structure of the ring, crafted from 14 karat yellow gold, offers geometric patterns in the gallery wires.  The openings are a series of repeating triangles with contoured sides.  This detail is not visible from the top, only from the side and rear view.  I’m a sucker for the fine points that elevate a ring from good to great. 

Set atop this superb structure is the real star of the show.  An elongated hexagon-cut amethyst offers a soft lavender hue and subtle sparkle.  Often larger stones are oval shaped or emerald cut.  This unusual silhouette  bring visual appeal to this vintage find. Bezel set and stretching from knuckle to knuckle, the pale purple gem weighs approximately 20 carats.  The lighter tone of the amethyst is another noteworthy characteristic.  Darker more saturated gems are generally favored, but the pastel tone of this amethyst is an impeccable choice for this jewel.  It’s accented by fourteen diamonds nestled into white gold trim at the north, south, east and west sides of the center.  

Newly acquired, this ring is priced at $1,675.00.  Ideal on an index or middle finger, this ring is available on our site now.  

“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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