A Cross To Wear

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling and Garnet Things

It’s January.  Here, in Western Pennsylvania, that  translates to bitter cold weather with wind that hurts your face.  I couldn’t resist talking about this month’s birthstone…  the garnet!  In it’s most well known form, this glorious stone is a deep red.  When the sun hits it, it glows with shades of orange and brown…  like an inner flame.  The rich tones almost make these brisk days feel a bit warmer. 


Check out these two photos.  Both showcase a beautiful antique garnet cross…  but, in the second picture, you can truly appreciate the tonal quality of the gemstones with the light reflecting off the surface of each stone.  It lights up from the inside.  

The cross itself is something to behold.  Made in the Mid-Victorian Period (in the 1860’s), it’s a perfect combination of 9 karat yellow gold and silver.  There are ten cushion cut garnets, each one clasped within yellow gold claw prongs and sixteen silver bezels that feature tiny rose cut diamonds.  

Birthstones have been traced back to the Bible – originally woven into a protective breastplate worn by Aaron, created by his brother Moses.  Each stone represented the tribes of Israel and each was thought to have talismanic and therapeutic properties.  In 1912, The Jewelers of America took this information (with some changes) as a basis for the birthstones we still use today. 

Garnet is a true natural beauty, with no known treatments.  It’s suitable for daily wear, and many believe it to be a symbol of wellness and good fortune.  The cross is the ultimate symbol of love and the Christian faith.  It speaks not only of what has been lost but more importantly, all that has been gained.  Many believers cherish their religious beliefs reverently inside while others choose to wear outward proof around their neck.  If you belong to the latter group, make this gem yours for just $2,320.00.  

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

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

Party Pizzazz

Joden Girl

Baubles and Bling that Make the Holidays Sing!

Holiday parties: the office get-together, the family reunion, the annual “Friendsgiving” – they’re just around the corner.  If you’re anything like me, you’ll spend hours in front of your closet debating what to wear.  The stack of dresses, blouses, skirts and slacks will grow taller with each passing moment.  Once I’ve finally settled on the perfect ensemble – then it’s time for the fun, the bling!  Unfortunately, my earring selection is limited to a pile of silver hoops in varying sizes and a pair of diamond stud earrings.  And while these are ideal for every day, sometimes a girl needs a little more!

A little more indeed…  imagine clasping these beauties onto your earlobes.  A perfectly matched pair of rich violet cushion cut amethysts are embellished by a triple halo design…  all set in 18 karat rose gold.  A dazzling array of 132 brilliant diamonds and 40 oval amethysts come together in a truly spectacular creation.  


These earrings feature fold-over Omega backs, a classic detail of the finest jewelry.  The signature reveals that “Crivelli” is the genius behind the beauty.  For nearly fifty years, the name Bruno Crivelli has been synonymous with quality Italian craftsmanship.  They are known for styles with incredible texture as well as dynamic color combinations.  This pair of earrings showcases all of those elements and more.  

Moderately priced at just $2700 – these earrings will quickly become your favorites.  It’s easy to see why they have clinched the week three spot on my list of gift-worthy holiday bling.  Over the next few weeks, when you find yourself staring hopelessly into your closet – make accessorizing a snap with these earrings from Joden.  

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

Writing and photos by Carrie Martin

Joe’s Special Box – Volume 24

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling, and A Collector’s Things

Lately, I’ve really been feeling yellow gold.  It’s classic.  Timeless.  Much like this little Victorian ring that I found in Joe’s Special Box yesterday morning.  Even though this beauty was made over 150 years ago, the clean lines are still on trend with today’s style…  and who can resist a killer Old Mine Cut diamond?  Weighing just over .60 carats, this cushion-shaped diamond sparkles from every angle.  It’s held in place by eight golden prongs and sits exquisitely between a pair of millegrained bars.  The unique geometric pattern engraved into the wide band completes the look of this one-of-a-kind solitaire ring.  

Look how tiny it is!  I have fairly small fingers (ring finger size 4.5) – so you can see how little this 19th century diamond ring really is…  just under a size 3.  Perfectly petite in every way.  Luckily, our expert craftsman can size it to fit nearly anyone’s hand.  Priced ring at just $1800 – this antique ring is available now.  Make sure you mention that it can be found in Joe’s Special Box.  

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

By Carrie Martin

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