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Baubles, Bling, and Old School Things

This past March marked our 46th year of business, over half a lifetime for owner Joe Murawski; undeniably time well spent.  Most days Joe can be found in his office, the helm of Joden Jewelers – steering the ship.  Joe is usually lounging in his chair, Italian leather loafers resting on the edge of the desk, a strong cup of coffee steaming in front of him, with the phone pressed to his ear.  To the casual observer, it looks like chit chat; friendly banter.  Those people couldn’t be more wrong.  This is where the real business happens.  Jewelry skates across the desk at an alarming pace.  Connections are established, maintained, and solidified.

Last week, I introduced you to the work of Carlo Giuliano.  I mentioned the enameled cross, pictured below.  What I didn’t tell you was that this piece was acquired as the result of several telephone calls.

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While these photos are quite good, they can not begin to share the exquisite details of this rare beauty.  The body of the cross is comprised of six rectangular sections, each one centered on a precious gem, either a diamond, emerald, or sapphire.  Each of these stones is surrounded by a border of white enamel with black and blue swirls.  To further accent this piece, the side and back of each segment are enameled as well, in more complex patterns featuring the addition of powder blue and soft pink enamel.  No matter where you look, you will find a new detail:  a natural pearl, a French cut ruby, or a tiny gold bead.

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In a time where most businesses are dependent on computers, here at Joden, we’re kicking it old school.  We’ll stick with the telephone.  You never know who or what might be on the other end.

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

Written by Carrie Martin

Once Upon A Time

Enchanted Rose

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling, and Fairy Tale Things

Every girl dreams of living happily ever after.  Princesses have been searching for their Prince Charming for hundreds of years — whether in fabled stories of long ago or the animated movies of today.  Prince Charming and Cinderella, Prince Eric and Ariel, Belle and the Beast:  these characters are the stuff little girls dreams are made of…

The enchanted rose (pictured above) is an iconic symbol from Beauty and The Beast.  The story is woven around this perfect blossom.  As the tale unfolds, the rose begins to wither and will ultimately die.  Only true love can save the day.

Recently, we purchased our own enchanted rose (pictured below).  The moment I saw it, I immediately thought of Beauty and The Beast.

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This piece, made in the 1950’s, implements perfect Edwardian style.  The stem of the bud is constructed of platinum with a white gold pin stem.  Round brilliant diamonds were set into the stem, adding the perfect amount of sparkle.  The rose petals were carved from a singular piece of salmon colored jade, and lifelike leaves have been sculpted from four pieces of green jade.  Each element combines to create this fabled flower.

Sure to be an instant favorite, its beauty will never fade.  Our enchanted rose is the perfect beginning to your own fairy tale.

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

Written by Carrie Martin

Photo by Carla Leight

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