January Gems

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Baubles, Bling and Birthstone Things

For those of you born in the first month of the year, the garnet is your chosen gem… your birthstone.  This beauty is available in a dazzling array of varieties and colors.  Perhaps you are most familiar with the deep red version, but did you know that garnet also comes in various shades of orange, yellow, purple and green?  

In the Victorian era, the most beloved shade was Pyrope… a dark red colored garnet found in Bohemia.  These lovely stones were often set pavé-style using hundreds of tiny gems.  Reportedly, the January birthstone brings health, wealth and happiness; very appropriate for the first month of the year.  

This Victorian pendant features both cabochon and faceted garnets.  With rich purplish-red hues, these gemstones shine in an 18 karat yellow gold setting.  The color tone of the center stone is stunning…  loving the look when the light hits it!  Delicate milgrained wires coil around to create paisley shapes.  Nestled between the garnets are thirty-five antique cut diamonds; the overall look is ethereal and absolutely sublime.  

Here are just two of the ways to wear this statement piece: long and lovely on a strand of round garnet beads or tied tight on a choker of black grosgrain ribbon.  In addition to the attributes of health and wealth, garnets are believed to promote self-confidence and keep negative vibes at bay. 

Flipping this late 1800’s pendant over reveals yet another unique detail – a hair receiver.  Several strands of light brown hair are secured beneath the glass cover.  Moderately priced at $3,600 – this garnet pendant is the perfect piece to bring a bit of happiness into 2021.  

Not yet on our site, call us at 1-800-747-7552 for additional details.

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

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

Birthstone Bling

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling and January Things

Sliding in on the last day of the month with some birthstone bling…  circa 1860.  Imagine looking this fantastic when you’re over one hundred years old!  These beauties are made up of sixty Pyrope Garnets; deep fiery red stones that have been mined in Bohemia since the Middle Ages.  

Now known as Czechoslovakia (formerly Bohemia), this region began cutting the stones and crafting jewelry with great frequency in the 16th century.  These rich warm stones were most often clustered together in a pavé style, with almost no metal to be seen.  Silver, gold-filled, and low karat gold were popular choices for these pieces as it kept the cost down, making these sparkling jewels affordable for a broad audience.  By the mid to late 1800’s, the Bohemian style had become all the rage.  Everyone was wearing this signature look.  

Our earrings are wonderfully large, measuring over one inch both in length and width.  Each centers on a cabochon oval garnet that is surrounded by twenty-nine additional rose cut garnets set in a double halo style.  The clusters are suspended from a pair of golden wires (they have been replaced to maintain integrity and wear-ability) allowing the top of the gemstones to skim the bottom of the earlobe.  Because there are no diamonds, these earrings can be dressed up or worn casually.  They are in very good antique condition and are available for just $1,350.00.  

If the Boho style speaks to you, or if you are crazy over Victorian jewelry…  you need to get to Joden where the extraordinary selection boasts something for everyone, including you.  

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

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

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