No Two Are Alike

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Baubles, Bling and Frozen Things

The weather is so fickle in the Spring; the sun was shining all day last Saturday – hot enough to leave a crimson glow on my cheeks and nose.  But, almost overnight the sun turned cold.  For the last few days, we have had a harsh nip in the air -making it feel more like November than May.  I almost expected to see a few white flurries floating in the air.  Fortunately, there’s only been one snowflake at Joden this week; and just like it’s real life counterpart, it took my breath away.  

I can hardly believe that someone was able to create such layers of rich detail in something so small…   this Art Nouveau beauty is just a touch bigger than a dime, measuring 3/4 of an inch from edge to edge.  Speaking of the edge, can you see the delicate pattern showcased there?  That repeating scallop is not part of the enamel as you might have thought…  it’s actually a centuries old technique known as guilloché.  This extremely meticulous method consists of engraving an intricate and repetitive design into the metal via engine-turning.  This particular piece features a complex arrangement of parallel lines overlaid with a series of garlands, vines, and bows.  

Next, the artisan would coat the jewel with a translucent enamel, usually in shades of blue, gray, or green.  Never before have I seen this bright coral colored enamel – it’s glorious!  The red-orange color allows the stunning pattern underneath to really shine.  The final detail is the crowning glory.  Handmade from platinum and painstakingly set with ninety-one rose cut diamonds,  there is no other snowflake quite like this.  It is the epitome of precise perfection.  

As you might imagine, such skill comes at a price, and this one is no bargain.  In fact, it’s extremely expensive, but worth every penny of it’s $2250 price tag.  Available exclusively at Joden.  

“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 58

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Baubles, Bling, and A Collector’s Things

Not all the treasures at Joden are hidden in Joe’s Special Box, in fact, our crowning glory is in the store for all to see.  We have one of the largest collections of the work of Carlo Giuliano in the country.  Giuliano was the favored jeweler to Queen Victoria.  His elaborately enameled creations are widely considered to be some of the finest pieces in all of jewelry history.  At Joden, we are curators of the past – cultivating passion for this lost art.  

Most of the exceptional examples from the life and work of Carlo Giuliano feature striking enamel patterns – most notably crisp black and white designs like the one shown here.  Careful consideration should be given to how very precise the tiny dots are…  not once do they fade into the white background.  Never before and never again was this process able to be duplicated – it is exclusive to the Giuliano firm. 

When this bracelet made it’s way into our store last week, every one of us was certain it was Giuliano.  We searched every link for the classic Giuliano trademark…  never to find it.  There is not one single hallmark anywhere to be found on this Art Nouveau beauty.  Is it un-signed Giuliano?  Joe’s theory is that it was made by an apprentice…  a young artist learning the art of the master.  In any case, this bracelet is in pristine condition and is absolutely stunning.  It’s available now for $8800.00.

“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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Botanical Band Bonanza

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Baubles, Bling, and Floral Rings

I cannot resist a great floral band…  old or new, white or yellow, narrow or wide.  I love them all, and our customers do, too!  Vintage variations are more sought out than their modern counterparts, but both are popular choices.  This array features five beauties including a Mid Victorian, an Art Nouveau, an Edwardian, an Art Deco, and a modern gem.  

Check out each one in all its glory.  First is this rosy 9 karat gold band showcasing a pattern of modified fleur-de-lis continuing all the way around.  Although the piece is wide, it’s not thick, making it extremely comfortable to wear.  Made during the 1860’s, this antique band is priced at $500.

Next is a dainty platinum charmer from the 1930s.  A never-ending circle is created from entwined five-petaled flowers, leaves, and vines.  Each element has been heavily engraved to further enhance the lifelike feel of the piece.  Set into the center of each flower is a European Cut diamond adding the perfect amount of sparkle.  Priced at $1700, this band is available on our website now.

Third, is my personal favorite of the bunch.  Made in true Art Nouveau style with bold flowers. tiny leaves, and tenderlings ready to bloom – this 14 karat yellow gold stunner makes a statement.  It’s a steal for just $700.

Designer “Beverley K” combined a vintage vine vibe with modern technology to create this 18 karat white gold vision.  Every single leaf and stem on this ring features millegrain beading.  This old world technique brings a decidedly Art Deco feel to this brand new band.  Available now for $1375.

Wrapping up our band bonanza is an Edwardian dream.  A rich yellow gold core nestled inside a platinum shell is enhanced with elaborate engraving.  A ring of orange blossoms brings a botanical feel to this turn of the century piece.  The narrowness of the band enables it to be paired with an engagement ring or stacked with all your favorites.  Buy it now for just $800.

If you’re like me, and you’re crazy for these bands, give us a call or stop in!  I’d love to help you choose your next treasure.

“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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