Getting Personal with the Personnel – Volume 1

Baubles, Bling, and Personal Things

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling and Insider Information

Born Andrea Caroline in 1975, I have answered to many names but rarely my birth name.  My family has called me Carrie all my life and I have since accumulated multiple titles…  daughter, sister, friend, wife and mother.  Someday I hope to add grandma to that list. 

This is my second time around at Joden Jewelers – collectively, I have worked for the company for over twenty years.  In all that time, no two days are ever the same.  That’s one of the most unique aspects of working here.  One day I might answer 150 emails and 20 phone calls and the next day could find me sifting through a recently acquired estate of antique jewelry…  quite literally digging for treasures.  It’s impossible to be bored when you never know what is going to happen from one day to the next.

I don’t have a favorite piece…  more like a favorite theme.  I love floral pieces, especially daisies.  Vintage or new, silver or gold – I am a sucker for jewelry that features flowers.  By definition, Art Nouveau is the celebration of the woman in nature.  It’s my favorite period.  The simple beauty of the curving gold lines paired with enameled figures and flowers is enchanting.  In the pictures shown here, you can see a few pieces from my personal collection.  Just for fun, I had Dana add one of my LEAST favorite items at Joden into the collage.  Can you guess which one it is?

My biggest accomplishment during the time I have been with the company is the collaborative efforts of Dana and I on our social media presence; that includes all things Facebook, Instagram, the website and this blog.  This edition marks the 508th blog that I have written.  It has definitely been a journey filled with some extremely high highs and some lows as well.  For every time I have struggled to find words there is also a celebratory moment with Dana over an internet sale.  It is a source of great  pride and real accomplishment for me.  

Another thing that I love doing is designing new pieces of conversion jewelry, including this most recent addition.  Last Saturday I found the sweetest Victorian circle pin.  With a 14-karat yellow gold base and a silver top, the delicate daisy wreath appealed to me on almost every level.  The simple ring of rose-cut diamond accented flowers, dainty leaves and pearl adornments was perfect, except that it was a pin.  Looking for an ideal complement for the daisy brooch had me digging through four trays of stick pins.  Finally, I had a “Eureka” moment!  After a quick consultation, our bench jeweler Debbie made conversion magic…

Two previously unworn gems are now one extremely wearable pendant.  Soon to be added to the website, this beauty is available in the store now for just $575.00.  Stop by, say “hi” and see it for yourself.  

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

Pick of the Week – Volume 45

Joden Girl

Baubles and Bling with Unbelievable Pricing

I love the Art Nouveau period…  touted as the celebration of the woman and nature, this period is bursting with botanical beauty and femininity.  With little to no diamonds, these jewels are not blingy or sparkly but rather colorful creations dedicated to beauty and artistry.

As one of the shorter periods, lasting only from 1890-1910, Art Nouveau made a huge impact in a very brief time.  These two decades boasted some of the greatest artisans of all time… René Lalique, Henri Vever and Louis Comfort Tiffany just to name a few.

This 14 karat yellow gold bracelet is a stellar example of the era.  Comprised of nine identical links, this bit of arm candy measures 6.75 inches from end to end.  Each link centers on a rectangular peridot.  These stones are perfectly matched with a lovely soft green hue.  Handmade scrolls envelope the bezel that wraps around each gem.  It has a luxurious feel and drapes across the wrist with ease.  

This bracelet has been a featured piece on our website.  We thought we’d shine a light on it by making it a Pick of the Week!  Previously priced at $4,500.00, we are now offering it for just $3,650.00.  Click the links for additional photos and details. 

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

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe and Shelly Isacco

Pick Of The Week – Volume Two

Joden Girl

Baubles and Bling with Unbelievable Pricing

I have always been partial to the Art Nouveau period – it’s utterly feminine and oh-so-romantic.  Featuring enameled flowers of every kind, sinewy lines and organic forms, this brief period (1890-1910) captured my heart from day one.  Pieces from this time are predominantly yellow gold, a rich color tone that brings warmth and enhances the enamel that is often present.  It is a period in jewelry that has since influenced other artisans and jewelers to replicate that timeless appeal.  

Without further ado, I present to you “The Piece of the Week”!  This 18 karat yellow gold ring is truly Art Nouveau inspired.  An Old European Cut diamond sits center stage, weighing exactly .76 carat.  This gem was hand set by our own Steve Becker here in our expert shop.  I love that we chose a diamond that is authentic to the Art Nouveau period to complete the original feeling of this ring.  


A delicate milgrained detail cascades down each shoulder perfectly encapsulating the three single cut diamonds held within.  These six tiny diamonds have a total weight of .05 carat.  A botanical ambiance is created with a series of curved lines that seem to represent vining stems and leaves.  

My favorite detail is the small six-petaled flower that is featured on each side of the ring.  It’s a small, yet beautiful element that brings the Art Nouveau vibe full circle.  This gem has been available on our website for $5000.  We are offering it now for the steal-of-a-deal price of just $3,675.00.  This ring is an ideal combination, it offers the look and feel of an authentic Art Nouveau piece in a modern new gem.  This unbelievable price only lasts a week, buy it now!

Don’t forget to message me with your requests for “The Piece of the Week”!


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

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe and Shelly Isacco

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