This WAS Your Father’s Tie Bar

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Baubles, Bling, and Re-Invented Things

My hubby is a hard-working blue collar guy.  His uniform pants appear in the laundry, covered in the grease and oil that fill his days.  It’s rare that he wears a tie, usually only for weddings and funerals.  This has become a trend in today’s world.  Casual work wear has become more common, while suits and ties get pushed to the back of the closet.  Along with those suits went all the accessories…  cuff links, tie tacks, and tie bars. 

At Joden, we only sell a handful of these items – the others tend to sit here, sometimes for years.  One piece comes to mind – a vintage 18 karat yellow gold tie bar, the kind with the big alligator clip on the back.  Beautifully made in the 1970s, any guy would have been proud to wear this gem.  For the last couple of years, it has been passed over time and again for more modern choices.  BUT, it did catch my attention…

I knew the crisp clean line of diamonds would make an ideal bar necklace – a quite nice one!  These ten round brilliant sparklers have a combined total weight of 1.00 carat.  After a brief discussion with Joe, I sourced the perfect 18 karat gold chain and went to visit Terry (one of our expert bench jewelers).  And voilà!  

It’s fantastic, oh-so-wearable, and just in time for Mother’s Day!  I’m crazy over the pure simplicity of it; no fuss no frills, just warm yellow gold and dazzling diamonds.  What more could any woman want?  Priced at $1,625, this beauty is available now in our Facebook store.

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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Antique Re-Imagined

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Baubles, Bling, and Upcycled Things

I’m not a trendy girl.  My mailbox is not filled with fashion magazines nor do I follow celebrity blogs to see what they’re wearing.  I have an eye for beauty.  I know what good looks like.  Occasionally the hottest trends and my personal tastes mesh.  When the bar necklace craze finally reached Grove City about three years ago, I knew it wasn’t going to be a passing fancy, it was a new classic. 

When I approached Joe about converting some of our pins into necklaces, he was skeptical, to say the least.  But I twisted his arm.  And now, there’s no question, they are some of our most popular items. The tiny ones made from lingerie pins and the longer ones made from bar pins… these delicate beauties have definitely created quite a stir!  

This delicious necklace is the latest one to come out of our shop.  It began its life as an elongated bow-tie shaped pin.  Fashioned in the early 1900s in classic Edwardian style, it’s the epitome of simple elegance.  The “knot” in the middle is a double-edged square turned on its side with an Old European cut diamond winking from the center.  The loops or wings of the bow tie are carefully crafted using a heavily engraved outer framework and an entwined wire inside.  A small pair of bezel set blue sapphires to add a hint of color.  It’s moderately priced at $950.00.

As a pin, it could have been in our inventory for years.  Instead, we re-imagined it!  By removing the pin stem, and adding two tiny rings and a cable chain, it has become new again.  The marriage of modern style and antique craftsmanship will last a lifetime.  If you too have an eye for style, come to Joden where the possibilities are only limited by your imagination.

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

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

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