Blue Moon

 Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling and Celestial Things

Instagram is filled with all things celestial…  suns, stars and perhaps most prominent – the crescent moon.  This classic symbol has timeless appeal to audiences of all ages.  A talisman for fertility, this simple shape is iconic. 

Complete with English hallmarks, this beauty is sure to elicit quite a lot of “oohs and aahs”!  I love the softly scalloped outer edge that outlines each stone held within.  This Victorian wonder features an alternating row of bright blue sapphires and dazzling diamonds.  There are eighteen Old European Cut diamonds that have a combined total weight of .50 carat and nine round sapphires that have a combined total weight of 1.10 carats. 

Brooches were all the rage in the 1880’s when this gem was created.  But now, lifestyles have changed.  Fashion has changed.  In our expert shop, with just a few small alterations, this pin can become a beautiful pendant…  this simple revision would take this lovely piece from an occasional adornment to a signature accessory.  

We began Celestial Week with a glorious moonstone pendant, showcasing multicolored enamel patterns.  This crescent moon is the perfect way to end the week.  Priced at just $2,250.00 – it will leave you feeling anything but blue.

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

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

The Comet and the Moon

 Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling and Celestial Things

“Tell me,” said the comet as it whooshed past the moon’s pale face

“Who do you look so sulky as you make your way through space?”

 “You will sulk as well,” the moon said If you were doomed like me,

To always plod the same path in chains of gravity.

 You are free to flair and sizzle, you roam like rockets do,

 While I am stuck here in the orbit of the Earth….. I envy you.

Once things were better – spacemen came up to float and walk and scratch my back.

 Now life’s too dull “So comet, stay and talk.” The comet didn’t answer.

 Already it had gone to wag its tail round Venus while the moon trudged on.

 – Richard Edwards

This brooch by Kieselstein-Cord is a full color representation of the poem by Richard Edwards.  Made entirely of 18 karat yellow gold, the glowing diamond comet whooshes past the moon’s face.  And what a face it is, contemplative and serene.  Or perhaps like the one described by Edwards, is this celestial being sulking?  Is the moon envious of the free-spirited comet?

Created in 1985, the artist applied a bisque finish to the surface of the gold; it softens the overall feel of the piece.  The only shine is provided by the .50 carat of round brilliants pavé set into the surface of the comet.  Kieselstein-Cord is a force to be reckoned with in the world of design and fashion.  His award-winning pieces have earned him the attention of a long line of A-listers.  This otherworldly estate gem is available now on our site for just $1,750.00.

“Go to our site and look, then come to Joden and touch.”

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

Precious Patina

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Baubles, Bling, and  Oxidized Things

Made pre-1860, it’s impossible to say whether this crescent moon brooch is late Georgian or early Victorian.  What I can say is that it is near perfection.  Two rows of rose cut diamonds have been handset into individual sculpted seats, while a third center row is raised and fitted with eight buttercups.  Carefully fixed into each one is an Old Mine Cut diamond.  A ten-petaled flower sits atop the crescent.  Yet another Old Mine Cut diamond forms the middle of the blossom and is orbitted by ten pinched collets also featuring rose cut diamonds.  This romantic detail is one of my favorite parts of the brooch.

These photographs illustrate the labor intensive work that was needed to expertly craft this elegant beauty.  Ornate metal work is a trademark of the early 1800’s as is the two tone color of the profile…  rosy yellow gold has been topped with a layer of silver…  another little aspect that I adore.  My absolute favorite design element has to be that gorgeous patina.  Hundreds of years of exposure to air allowed this thin layer of oxidation to settle over every nook and cranny of the crescent moon.  This aging process adds another dimension to the piece that, to me, is everything.  Cleaning it would be a sin!  

Pair the pin with these earrings to complete your look.  Movement is the key to these gems!  The top portion (a lovely flower) stays stationary on the lobe, while the lower part swings freely.  This motion allows light to dance across the surface of the diamonds, creating a dazzling effect.  A matched pair of deep red rubies form the center of each earring.  They are surrounded by a ring of ten pinched collets – perfectly mimicking the design of the crescent moon!  

The two tone vibe of the brooch is also duplicated in the earrings as well as that dark patina, drawing yet another parallel between these vintage charmers.  Wear them alone or together, the choice is yours.  Make the brooch yours for $3,480 and the earrings for $4,700.  These pieces and so much more are available every day at Joden.

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

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

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