Getting Personal with the Personnel – Volume Eight

Debbie Miles Master Jeweler

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling and Insider Information

With her two-year anniversary just around the corner, she’s the newest employee at Joden Jewelers.  Sass and sarcasm are her brand…  and pair perfectly with her stylish silver spikes.  With more than thirty years of experience at the bench, this feisty Italian mama is a master of the torch and a maestro in the kitchen.  From beautifully handcrafted wire-wraps to homemade beef enchiladas, she is full of surprises.  She gives a hug that can glue all your broken pieces back together, meet Debbie!

Having previously worked with all modern jewelry, Debbie has truly embraced the experience of repairing and restoring antique jewelry.  In fact, holding an 18th-century treasure in her hand all the while knowing it was handmade hundreds of years ago is her biggest accomplishment at Joden.  

 

These photos showcase just a handful of the conversions that Debbie has created for us.  Dana and I were thrilled to discover that not only does she have an eye for design, she LOVES upcycling as much as we do.  She fully embraced the trend and has often added her own spin.  Request an appointment with Debbie to re-imagine and old piece or create something entirely new.  An in-house jeweler is a priceless asset; we are doubly blessed to have two full-time bench jewelers.  The experience of having one of those master craftsman be a woman has added a valuable element to our team that is as beneficial as it is fun!  Debbie is the very thing we never knew we needed but are so lucky to have.  

Debbie is definitely a modern girl – preferring the look of clean lines and simple, elegant designs.  And although she is not a Victorian virgin, her experience and exposure to antique jewelry was limited.  Over the last two years, she has developed a deep appreciation for the skill and precise technique required to create these vintage visions… Debbie has even come to like some of them, but not all.  In fact, when I asked her what her least favorite piece in our inventory was, she named an entire genre.

Micromosaic.  This centuries old style involves tiny pieces of ceramic (called tessarae) that are inlaid to create a picture.  Debbie is in awe of the talent and time involved in making each of these miniature masterpieces, aesthetically speaking – they just aren’t her jam.  As I said, she’s a modern girl.

In fact, this ring is her favorite piece…  one that she designed and fabricated for herself.  Made from platinum, 14-karat yellow and 14-karat white gold, this straightforward solitaire is the epitome of sophisticated style.  With a .87 carat round brilliant diamond bezel set between a pair of straight parallel prongs seated at 9 and 3 o’clock, this unique setting shows off the center stone to perfection.  And while this beauty isn’t available – you can meet with Debbie to design one of your own.

Aside from her career, the things that are most important to Debbie are some of my favorite F-words too…  faith, family and food!  When the weather is right, you can find Debbie at her happy place – an envious riverfront property, a little piece of heaven on earth.  Whether she’s foraging for wild mushrooms, grilling up the perfect dinner or floating down the Allegheny… you can bet that Debbie is doing it with a smile on her face and a twinkle in her eye.  

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

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

Rehab Addicts

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling and Transformed Things

Apparently, lighting can strike twice in the same place…  just a couple weeks ago, we shared a lovely Art Deco pendant that started out life as a ring.  Conversion jewelry has been a thing for a very long time.  The most common refreshes are pins to pendants or charms.  Because rings are the most popular article of jewelry, it’s rare that they are changed into something else.  So, we were super stoked to discover the pendant.  Imagine our absolute delight to find yet another ring conversion just a couple weeks later!  

Made from the sweetest pairing of an antique three-stone ring and a dainty link bracelet, the updated and improved bracelet is adorable.  It’s impossible to know what the reasoning was for joining these two Victorian pieces into one, but it’s tough to argue with the results.  

A step-cut natural pink topaz is fully encased within a 14-karat rosy gold bezel.  An ornate openwork pattern decorates the edge…  a series of triangles that alternate point up then point down and so on.  Set in open-back fashion, the topaz is a glorious shade of bubblegum pink.  Weighing approximately 1.50 carats, it is flanked by a pair of rose-cut diamonds, each one prong-set within a square silver setting.  These two tiny sparklers have a combined weight of .15 carat. 

Every crevice of the “ring” showcases a rich patina that has taken more than a hundred years to develop.  Perfectly petite, the ring top is joined with a 14-karat yellow gold bracelet.  Each of the twelve links is comprised of  three identical rows and one concealed box snap clasp.  Both the ring and the bracelet were made in the mid to late 1800’s.  The marriage is pure perfection and is available now for just $1,500.00.  Call us at 1-800-747-7552 or hop over to our site to make it yours today.

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

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

When Good Becomes Great

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling and Transformed Things

It’s no secret, I LOVE conversion jewelry.  You might even say I’m conversion-crazed!  Living in a throw-away society where each of us create almost 1600 pounds of trash per year, I love that we’re up-cycling and repurposing these broken or unworn pieces. 

Some of my favorite transformations include:

  • Pins to pendants
  • Pins to Rings
  • Pins to Earrings
  • Stick Pins to Charms for Pendants and Charm Bracelets
  • Cufflinks to Earrings
  • Single Earrings to Pendants

There are endless options and countless reasons for re-imagining jewelry.  Perhaps you inherited a brooch that isn’t your jam.  Maybe you’ve been through a divorce and you want to do something with those rings.  It could be that your style has changed over the years and you have a piece that needs a refresh.  Whatever the case may be, don’t hesitate to take something old and create something new.

With the holidays on the horizon, the conversion case at Joden is brimming with all the latest revived treasures.  We redesign 99% of these beauties here on the premises – but occasionally we buy a piece of jewelry that was already updated, like this platinum pendant.  

The transformation is so well done that at first glance, you might think this lovely gem was always a necklace.  It wasn’t until I turned it over that I was able to discern that it had once been something else entirely.  The center section on the back side is concave.  The gallery is perfectly contoured to lay flush with the finger…  this Art Deco pendant used to be a ring.  It isn’t often that someone takes a ring and changes it into something else.  This beauty is an unusual example.

The craftsmanship is superb, featuring hand pierced openings and milgrain edges.  Nestled in the center is an open-culet Old European Cut diamond.  There are an additional twenty-four diamonds set in the outer edges – they are all single-cut stones.  All diamonds have a combined weight of approximately .50 carat.  

Although the original design sat like a square on the finger, I love that someone gave it a jaunty spin.  The pendant dangles from one corner and slides on an 18-inch platinum cable chain.  Priced at just $1,725.00, it’s available in the store.  I hope that you’ve enjoyed this conversion diversion as much as I have!

“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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