Take Time To Smell The Roses

 Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling and Botanical Things

Lately, life has slowed down.  The days roll out before me like an old country lane.  If I didn’t know better I would think I had stepped into a time warp and jumped back thirty-five or forty years.  The hot summer days are spent working in the yard, planting bountiful gardens, riding bicycles and swimming at the local fishing hole.  There are family dinners and family game nights.  We have time to stop and smell the roses.  

These roses may not exude a perfumed scent, but they are no less intoxicating.  Made around 1910, the central part of this brooch is crafted from a singular piece of Rock Crystal.  Carved into the reverse side is an elegant arrangement of four roses; their petals and leaves cascade over the edge of a petite, squatty vase.  Each of the two ends has been etched and frosted from the front side forming a scalloped three-dimensional motif.  This unique process gives an air of realism to this delicate blossom.  

Further accenting the artistry are a series of six calibré-cut natural sapphires.  Small in size, but definitely not insignificant.  This cerulean hint of color adds yet another layer of interest to this late Edwardian piece.  Finally, two bezel set rose cut diamonds mark the center of each endcap, bringing a faint sparkle to this subtle beauty.  Priced at $3,150 – these roses will last forever.  

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

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

Joe’s Special Box – Volume 65

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling, and A Collector’s Things

Unsigned, but undeniably similar to the work of Lucien Gautrait and Leon Gariod.  Could this striking piece have been made by one or both of these two gentlemen?  It’s a well-known fact that Gautrait often left his masterpieces devoid of his famous signature. 

This Belle Époque beauty bears all the characteristics of an Art Nouveau rare find.  Twenty-three hand carved rose blossoms decorate each link of this high karat gold and platinum-trimmed piece.  White enamel, natural pearls, and rose cut diamonds provide the finishing touches on this turn-of-the-century necklet.

The craftsmanship is superb and the condition is positively perfect… just like every piece in Joe’s Special Box.  Make it yours for just $5800.00.

“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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