Hot or Not – Volume 10

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling and Curious Things

By and large, most mainstream modern jewelry follows current trends and styles.  Countless companies are mass-producing thousands of shockingly similar, basic jewels.  To be honest, most of it is pretty.  These are the types of pieces that appeal to almost everyone.  They’re ordinary, but never extraordinary.  At Joden, we have a few things that fit into that category.  However, most of our jewelry is vintage – a fact that makes our inventory interesting and filled with stellar stand-out pieces.  Sprinkled amongst these beauties are a few eccentricities.  

Hot or not is a special edition of our weekly blog that is reserved for pieces that leave us wondering.  These are the outliers, the oddities and anomalies.  This week’s selection definitely has me puzzled…  and I can’t help but wonder what you think?

Made entirely of 14-karat white gold, this asymmetrical ring is a bit of an aberration – but maybe in a good way?  The overall shape is a stylized curve.  Forming the base is a ribbed coil of white gold.  Nestled into that curl are six Old European Cut diamonds.  With an average color grade of I and an average clarity grade of SI, these sparklers have a combined weight of .35 carat. 

Seated at the top of the diamonds is one pear-shaped emerald.  Shamrock green in color, this gem provides the perfect pop of color.  Weighing approximately .50 carat, the emerald is bright and beautiful.  (On a side note, shown from the side, I can’t help but note that the ring looks a bit like a King Cobra!  Oh my!) 

This new ring reminds me a bit of an old favorite (above right) that we shared awhile ago…  the blog was titled “From the First Frost to the Last” and you guys went nuts for it!  The ring sold immediately, much to the dismay of many.  With a similar vibe, we couldn’t resist shining a spotlight on this unusual piece.  Looking at it on my hand, I’m not sure.  I find myself still sitting on the fence.  

And I cannot wait to hear what you think.  Priced at $1,175.00, this stand out ring is available on our site now.  Check it out for yourself…  then let us know.  Is this ring hot?  Or not?

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

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

Pick of the Week – Volume 62

Joden Girl

Baubles and Bling with Unbelievable Pricing

Asymmetry is defined as a lack of equality or equivalence between parts or aspects of something – having two sides or halves that are not the same.  In terms of style, asymmetry creates a complex relationship between elements – often it offers a more interesting design that attracts attention.

In recent years, asymmetrical earrings have been on trend.  This unique concept can be more simply described as mismatched.  Asymmetry isn’t a new idea, it’s more of a revival.  In fact, the Mid Century Modern era frequently showcased pieces with contrasting or disproportional charm.  Our 62nd Pick of the Week is a perfect example.

Shown from each side, this platinum ring offered two opposing styles… one sleek and modern and one diamond-studded.  Just three round diamonds decorate one shoulder while the other side has a whopping eighteen.  Together, there is a .50 carat of diamond weight.  Although not uniform, the two halves highlight the center stone to perfection.  A gem fine 10.00 carat emerald-cut amethyst pops with purple panache.  

The unique styling of this ring makes it an ideal fit for a pinky finger.  Perhaps that’s why it’s so tiny – currently measuring at a diminutive size 3 (sizing available upon request).  Shown from the edge, the curled ribbon motif of this ring can truly be appreciated.  In excellent condition, this estate ring has been on our site for $3,375.00.  Now, we are offering it for the new and unbelievable price of just $2,650.00.  Let’s do the math on that one – it’s a savings of  $725.00!  

This ring is our 62nd featured Pick of the Week…  fifteen of them are still available.  To see all the pieces with new and unbelievable pricing, visit the Old Finds section of our website.  Take advantage of the savings today.

“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 Luxury Edition – Volume 10

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling and A Collector’s Things

With new inventory pouring through the door every day, it’s easy to overlook older merchandise.  Having been open for more than fifty-three years, we have A LOT of jewelry.  Some of it has been with us for a long time, years even.  These jewels are like old friends.  

Sometimes we have to look at our old friends in a new light to remember why we love them so much.  That very idea is how the Pick of the Week edition of this blog was born.  We choose an item that has been on our site for a long time and offer it with new, updated pricing.  Not only is this week’s selection from Joe’s Special Box – it’s also the latest Pick of the Week.

I love a good asymmetrical ring – it’s unexpected and a little bit quirky.  Made in the 1950’s, this mounting is 14-karat white gold.  It has been polished to a pristine shine.  Ten round brilliant diamonds form a crescent moon around the center.  Offering .55 carat of sparkle, these gems are near colorless with an average clarity grade of VS1-2.  

One shoulder curls up sharply.  The curlicue end is set with a series of five straight baguette cut diamonds that offer an additional .10 carat of bling.  When viewed from the side, my absolute favorite detail of the ring appears. Showcased within the gallery work is a lovely leaf element.  Four graduated fronds add a touch of whimsy to this Mid Century beauty.

Nestled into the unconventional halo is one Old European Cut diamond.  It measures 6.55 – 6.57 x 3.86mm and weighs approximately 1.10 carats.  The color grade of the center stone is G-H and the clarity grade is VVS2-VS1 – it’s bright and brilliant.  It is also quite a bit older than the ring itself.  This diamond was cut in the early 1900’s while the mounting wasn’t created until the 1950’s.  There are so many possible explanations – perhaps it was a remount, or a marriage of two separate pieces.  It could simply be because the diamond fit perfectly into the ring.  While we won’t ever know how or why these two entities came together, we do know that they make a uniquely beautiful creation.  

Certified by the International Gemological Institute of America, the ring has a replacement value of $14,050.00.  It has been on our site for $11,250.00.  Today, we are re-introducing this Mid Century dreamboat at the significantly reduced price of just $9,450.00!  If you’re as enchanted as we are, don’t hesitate.  At this price, it won’t last long.  

“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

Click To Call!