Ravishing Retro

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Baubles, Bling, and Glamorous Things

At the end of the 1930’s, the strong geometric lines of Art Deco evolved into the vivid 3-dimentional curves that Retro is known for.  Jewelry of the 1940’s-1950’s makes a bold statement, like this striking bangle…

Wide ribbons of rose and yellow gold wrap around a large emerald cut aquamarine center stone.  Bright red cabochon rubies and round diamonds add another element of color and design to this already outstanding piece.  To further heighten the appeal, this bangle is able to be converted to a pendant as well as a brooch – fashion AND function!

WWII was a powerful influence on the time.  The use of platinum was restricted making multicolor gold a popular choice…  yellow, rose, and green gold reigned during the Retro period.  Women’s apparel bore a noticeable resemblance to military uniforms – the look was handsome rather than pretty with high collars and ultra masculine lines.  To soften the effect, ladies added jewelry like this…

These oversize pieces are as audacious as they are delicious.  This large bow brooch will catch anyone’s eye – it centers on a 65 carat citrine; Retro style at its finest.  Priced at $6500, it pairs perfectly with the angular lines of this statement ring.   The hourglass shape of the ring nearly spans from knuckle to knuckle – ideally worn on an index or middle finger.  Make it yours for $4500.00.

Much of the Retro period was dedicated to trying to regain the Old Hollywood glamour of the 1930’s.  Pieces like this flaunt that designers achieved and surpassed that goal.  Go to our site and look, then come to Joden and touch.

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Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Shelly Isacco

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From Garnets to Zircons

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Baubles, Bling, and Birthstone Things

For the third gift of Christmas, it’s all about birthstones – that special stone corresponding to the month you were born. There are various lists out there and alternate choices for some months, however, this one seems to be generally accepted:

birthstones

Did you know that more babies are born in August than any other month? It’s true; making peridot the most common birthstone. The peridot jewelry made during the Art Nouveau period was anything BUT common. Check out this exceptional example from the late 1890’s.  Priced right at $4500, it’s an Art Nouveau must!

peridot-bracelet

September boasts the second highest number of births – making sapphire quite a popular birthstone as well. These Edwardian earrings appeal to my love of converted jewelry.  Once, they were graced the cuffs of a gentleman’s shirt, now they are a fantastic pair of earrings featuring intricate patterns of engraving and two tiny cabochon sapphires. Yours for just $400!

sapphire-earrings

Rounding out the top three most popular birth months is July – giving us lots of ruby babies. At Joden we offer a wide selection of Victorian rings…  these five are among the cream of the crop. Each of them is in pristine condition utilizing seed pearls and diamonds to enhance their ruby centers. These rings are all available in our showroom; priced between $600-$1900 each. Take one home today!

5-ruby-rings

Whatever your birthstone may be, Joden is THE place to find your perfect birthstone piece.

Go to our site and look, or come to Joden and touch.

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Shelly Isacco

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