The Easter Egg

 Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling and Resurrected Things

This week, Holy Week, children all around the world will be decorating eggs.  These eggs will be dyed and painted.  Some will have names and pictures drawn with crayon while others will have a brightly colored array of stickers on them.  Little boys and girls will carefully tuck them into baskets filled with grass; anxiously awaiting that special someone…  Jesus.  

But Easter eggs aren’t just for coloring and eating.  This age old symbol of new life and rebirth has been used to celebrate this joyous holiday for hundreds of years.  The hard shell is thought to represent the sealed tomb where the body of Jesus was laid after the crucifixion.  The breaking of that shell symbolizes the opening of the tomb and the resurrection of Christ.  

I couldn’t think of a more appropriate piece to share with you today than this sweet little glass egg.  This incredibly rare piece is a favorite of Joe’s.  When I asked him about it, he said it’s the only one he ever saw.  He feels it’s probably French and dates back to the Art Nouveau period.  The outer shell separates into two halves, a base and a lid.  The surface is etched with a leaf-like pattern.  When the lid is lifted, this amber colored center is revealed.  

It’s a ring!  A lovely golden colored glass ring!  It features a high rounded top with a pattern of white enameled flowered cut into the surface.  These five-petaled blossoms encircle the top, with their stems vining down the shoulders.  It’s absolutely enchanting.  This diminutive beauty is a size 5.25 and much like Cinderella’s slipper, it must be a perfect fit – available now for $680.00.  

Jesus said to her “I am the resurrection and the life.  He who believes in me will live, even though he dies;

and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.  Do you believe this?”  -John 11:25  


Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

Joe’s Special Box – Volume 93

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling, and A Collector’s Things

And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them and the glory of the Lord shone round ’bout them; and they were sore afraid.  And the angel said to them, “Fear not: for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a savior which is Christ the Lord.”   Luke 2:9-11

Red and green have long been the colors that represent the Christmas holiday.  These two colors are not just candy cane stripes or pretty ribbons tied around a gift.  Red represents the blood shed by Jesus during the crucifixion while green illustrates the eternal life offered by Jesus.  Perhaps this ring from Joe’s Special Box can serve as a reminder of those things.

Made entirely of a rich 18 karat yellow gold, this gem centers on a fine marquise cut emerald weighing .45 carat.  Atop the center section is a trio of vivid red cabochon rubies that have a combined weight of .94 carat and finally there are five rose cut diamonds that perfectly frame the bottom curve of the ring.  I love the elongated shape of the ring, it sits beautifully on any finger.  

Every part of this ring sings in perfect harmony.  Make it yours for just $1,350.00.

Wishing you a very merry Christmas!

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

Ancient Symbolism

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling, and a Cross Ring

It’s Good Friday.  For all of Christianity, this is the anniversary of the crucifixion of Christ.  The ultimate sacrifice – Jesus was tortured then hung on a large cross.  According to legend, the cross was made from a dogwood tree.  Contrary to that, other sources claim that the true cross was made from three types of wood:  cedar, pine, and cypress.  No matter what it was made of, there is no question that for the nearly 2000 years since the cross has become the principal symbol of the Christian faith.

At first glance, I thought this was just a diamond cluster ring.  Only upon closer inspection did I see the cross in the center of the piece.  Made entirely of 14 karat white gold in the 1960s, this ring is perhaps one of the most unique representations I have seen. 

The cross is one of the most widely used symbols in jewelry, but more often than not, it is a pendant.  Silver or gold, enamel or mosaic… we have hundreds of them.  This ring, however, is much more unusual.  It’s a free-form burst, complete with thirty single cut diamonds that sparkle and shine from every angle.  These diamonds have a combined total weight of approximately 1.00 carat and are fine quality – bright and eye clean.  Each line and curve features a millegrain edge (tiny little beads of metal) creating a decidedly Art Deco feel.  It’s quite lovely and moderately priced at $1,750.00.

“I will cling to the old rugged cross and exchange it someday for a crown.”

At Joden, we strive to choose pieces that are more than rocks and metal.  Each one is hand selected with an eye for style and a passion for quality.  We hope you enjoy them as much as we enjoy selecting them for you.

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

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