Blurred Lines

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling and Desirable Things

The most notable periods in jewelry are Georgian, Victorian, Art Nouveau, Edwardian, Art Deco, Retro and Mid-Century Modern.  While each of these eras has been defined by precise years, the truth is that the terms are not that clear-cut.  As styles evolve and change, the end of one era blends into the beginning of the next – the lines are blurred.  

Corresponding to the reign of King Edward VII, the Edwardian era is earmarked as the years between 1901-1910.  Although it is the shortest period in jewelry history, it is also one of the most influential.  Advances in platinum fabrication facilitated an entirely new style that was marked by fine filigree wire-work that created a light and airy feel.  This sophisticated style was further enhanced by a new decorative technique called milgrain – a border of delicate beads and ridges that were utilized to surround a gemstone or soften sharp knife-edged lines. Prevalent themes include garlands, ribbons, bows, wreaths, tassels and knots.

This breathtaking beauty highlights each of those things.  This necklace (the chain is permanently affixed to each side of the drop) offers small areas of dainty filigree, diamonds completely encapsulated by milgrain borders and platinum construction.  However, it doesn’t have a single bow, ribbon or garland.  The lines are cleaner, the style more simplified… details of the early Art Deco era.  

A European cut dangles from the tip – it weighs approximately .45 carat.  Five additional diamonds decorate the length of the piece and offer another .18 carat of brilliance.  Made around 1915, this necklace could easily be described as late Edwardian or early Art Deco.  When it looks this good, I’ll take blurred lines any day!  Period pieces like this are hard to find and tend to sell quickly.  We are offering this authentic antique necklace on our site for just $1,875.00.  If you want it – grab it!  Don’t sleep on this one – it’s just that good.  

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

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

Filigree Finery

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling and Lacy Things

Lately, it’s been the kind of weather made for dressing in layers.  My grandma would have told me to wear a sweater, and she would’ve been right….  a long, cozy one that you can wrap up in.  The kind of sweater that’s light enough to wear under your coat, but still takes the chill out of the morning air.  It doubles as a jacket when the afternoon sun comes out.  I’m a long cardigan kinda girl – paired with black leggings…  what could be better?  This week’s necklace is the absolute perfect accessory.  

Made from 10-karat white gold, this is filigree at its finest.  All original, the pendant is suspended from a “Y” chain.  The portion that goes around the neck measures 20 inches with a center drop that extends another 2 inches.  It’s a repeating pattern of one long open link then three tiny round links, the style is both delicate and durable (evident by the age of the piece – a true antique at 100 years old).   

Dangling from the end of the chain is a lovely navette shaped pendant – the elongated silhouette adds yet another two inches to this Art Deco beauty.  Like fine lace, this interlocking wire-work is crafted in intricate patterns that are accented by beaded milgrain edges and a small engraved border.  Adding the slightest pop of color are a pair of kite-shaped synthetic blue sapphires.  They are seated above and below the center which is marked by a singular round diamond in a square setting.  There are two additional diamonds in the necklace – a marquise in the bail of the pendant and another round diamond at the juncture of the Y.  The diamond weight is minimal…  just .07 carat total.  

This 1920’s necklace offers filigree that doesn’t feel fancy.  It’s comfortable and easy to wear.  Pair it with your favorite cardigan for effortless style.  Find it on our website for just $1,375.00.  

“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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