Would you prefer one bangle or two?

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Baubles, Bangles, and Bracelet Bling

For thousands of years, we have been wearing bands around our wrists…  wood, leather, cloth, plastics, and metal.  Sometimes they are functional – used for telling time, carrying vital medical information, or even details about our identity.  And sometimes, they are just for beauty, like the ones pictured here.

At Joden, we have bracelets for everyone – men and women, infants and little girls. We have shiny bands of gold, and dazzling diamond links.  The photo shows some of our finest examples of Victorian, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco.  Two of my favorite pieces are avaiable on our website…

Art Nouveau is my favorite period…  I love how it celebrates nature.  This piece is no exception – the finely carved flowers and leaves are the perfect background for three simple stones, two rubies and one diamond.  Priced at just $1150, this piece is perfect in so many ways.  It can be stacked with other bangles, but can still be worn alone.  It is ideal for everyday wear, yet also able to add some sparkle to your holiday dresses.  I would be thrilled to find this under my Christmas Tree!

This delicate beauty could easily makes its way to the top of my list…  Etruscan Revival done to perfection.  That tiny gold beading, the gently sloping sides, tiny openings flanking two bright blue sapphires and one little diamond winking in the center…  oh my!  Made of a buttery 15 karat yellow gold and priced right at $1850, this bangle is destined to be under someone’s tree this year.

These are just a couple examples of the fine vintage jewelry available on our website and in our showroom every day.  Today kicks off our holiday hours…  Joden Jewelers will be open until 8:00pm every evening this week (Monday through Friday).  We also have special holiday hours on Saturday, Christmas Eve. 

Go to our site and look, or come to Joden and touch.

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Shelly Isacco

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Every Girl Needs A Little Black Dress

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Baubles, Bling, and Dreamy Things

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Believe it or not, there IS a downside to being surrounded by beautiful jewelry every day.  I have become spoiled.  Really spoiled.  I don’t even bat an eye at a piece that is less than extraordinary.

This Art Nouveau necklace had me doing a double-take…  and that’s a rarity.  It is absolutely fantastic – from the tiny handmade links of the chain to the finely carved bow that crowns the center section.  Every little detail is delightful.

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It is an exceptional example of a festoon necklace – by definition, a curved necklace comprised of flowers, ribbons, or leaves used as decorative elements with swags or draped chain as part of the design.  This type of necklace was first made popular during the Georgian period.  Each era since has had its own version of the style.

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Three pieces of cobalt blue glass provide the perfect background for each of the details described above; tiny flowers crafted from sterling silver set with rose cut diamonds, buttery gold leaves hand carved from 18 karat yellow gold, and that charming little bow (my favorite part!) tipped with a pair of natural pearls.

This necklace is “the little black dress” of antique jewelry.  It would be perfect for a bride on her wedding day…  something old AND blue but it could just as easily be worn with jeans and boots.  It’s practically perfect in every way.

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

Written by Carrie Martin

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Some Like It Scot

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Baubles, Bling, and Scottish Things

About fifteen years ago, I read a book called “Outlander” – written by Diana Gabaldon.  (I highly recommend it to any and all!)  It changed my life.  Not only did I fall in love with the series, but I also fell in love with all things Scottish – naturally, that included the jewelry.

Most of the Scottish pieces that we have at Joden are brooches, like the one pictured below.

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This type of jewelry is often referred to as “Scottish Pebble Jewelry” – dubbed as such by Queen Victoria.  She and Prince Albert visited Scotland for the first time in 1842.  They were enchanted by the beautiful country.  After returning home, Victoria began gifting friends and family alike with tartans and Highland style gifts – primarily jewelry.  Most of this jewelry was constructed of intricately carved sterling silver set with the pebbles of Scotland…  also known as Agate.  These colorful stones were precisely fitted to the jewels made in the shape of Celtic knots, shields, crests, and dirks.

This (pictured below) is a silver agate Dirk brooch.  It was designed after a traditional dagger and sheath, and actually gives the appearance of three blades, each one accented on its hilt with a faceted round citrine.  The remainder of this piece is set with Bloodstone, Red Jasper, and Montrose Lace – all forms of agate, or Scottish Pebbles.  Circa 1890.

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Another notable piece at Joden is this vintage Cloak pin (shown below).  The head of each pin is perfectly assembled from six different colors of carved and polished agate.  The two pins are then connected by a series of ten octagonal pieces of agate.  Its and explosion of color and texture.  Circa 1880.

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Due to the huge demand, English jewelers began making pieces in the same style.  Initially, they stayed true to the Scottish motif, but over time, the jewelry began to take on a distinctly English feel.  The agate that was originally from Scotland was replaced with stones from other areas.  And while the spirit of the jewelry remained largely the same, the quality waned.  Pieces produced after WWII (like the ones pictured below), while lovely, do not exhibit the craftsmanship of the ones made during the Victorian era.

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So, if you’re an Outlander fan like me, or if you love Scottish Pebble jewelry, come visit us at Joden.

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

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Carla Leight

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