Style Then and Now

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Baubles, Bling and Scattered Things

For more than a hundred years, designers have embraced the appeal of diamonds.  There’s no doubt that jewels dripping with gemstones elicit “oohs and aahs” but I can’t seem to resist the quiet allure of an understated beauty.  A classic piece that can be worn every day with absolutely anything is my jam.

Like this locket…  dangling from a handsome 28″ curb link chain, the charming matte finish of this Victorian piece is only exceeded by the sparkle of the seven diamonds sprinkled across it.  These European Cut gems combine to bring .80 carat of bling.  Personalize it by adding your most treasured photos to the inside.  It’s nestled inside the original plum colored velvet box and is moderately priced at $2,980.

It pairs perfectly with this turn of the century bangle.  Measuring just over one half-inch wide, this bit of arm candy is made from 14 karat yellow gold.  The top portion is set with a series of five Old European Cut diamonds that have been claw set into an evenly spaced line of expertly formed recesses and have a combined weight of .75 carat.  Bling up your wrist for just $2,250.

Rounding out our trio is this modern band.  I love that the same style that dazzled jewelry fans in the 1800’s is still delighting us today.  The warm 14 karat yellow gold of this wider band is a haven for the ten round brilliant diamonds that are burnished into the surface.  Intermittent spacing is everything – combine it with a half carat of sparkle, and you have a real winner for just $1,480.

Embrace your yellow gold passion with this eclectic trio available at Joden now.  

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

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

The Early Bird Gets The Worm

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Baubles, Bling, Gifts and Things

Every year I vow that I will start Christmas shopping early.  I promise myself (and my husband) that I’ll get a head start and that I won’t go overboard.  And every year I find myself still picking up last minute gifts on Christmas Eve.  And when I drag all the bags, boxes, and packages out to begin the midnight wrap-a-thon…  there’s no doubt that I have, indeed, gone overboard.  Again.  

This is going to be my year!  It’s only October and I have already purchased five presents!  That’s right – FIVE!  I can hardly believe it myself.  This can be your year, too.  For the next twelve weeks, I am going to share a series of gift worthy pieces, starting with this gorgeous diamond band.  Stay tuned each week, and check those names off your list with exclusive gifts from Joden.  

An openwork pattern of alternating sideways hearts and diamonds come together in this band ring. Made of 14 karat white gold, this glittering gem features 121 round brilliant diamonds.  It sparkles from every angle.  I love it on my index or middle finger – but it works just as well on a ring finger or even a thumb. And here’s the best part (you might want to sit down for this)…  it’s available now for just $700!  It’s a big look for a budget price.  But we only have one – so don’t hesitate.  Come in, call me, text me, or send an email – buy this ring.  It the perfect gift for someone on your list, even if that someone is you.  Stay tuned for next week’s early bird special!

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

Writing and Photos by Carrie Martin

True Confessions

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Baubles, Bling, and Sapphire Rings

I have a confession to make…  I love jewelry.  I love looking at it, I love talking about it, I love writing about it.  However – I don’t really wear it, especially lately.  It lays in piles all over our house…  four bangles and a diamond band rest beside the toaster in the kitchen.  There’s a pair of oversize silver hoops and a long necklace on the end table in the living room.  The nightstand beside my bed is littered with bobby pins, a tub of Nivea crème, and at least four pair of discarded earrings.  The older I get, the more I want to simplify my life.  Less accessories just seems easier.  There is no decision to make.  Slip my diamond studs into my ears, put on my engagement ring and wedding band, and done.  On the weekends, I only wear my wedding band.  I love the way it looks on finger all by itself.  Simple and elegant. 

I love jewelry that means something…  Personal jewelry.  The significance of my wedding rings is obvious.  My diamond earrings were a gift from my husband at a time when we really couldn’t afford luxuries.  And yet, there they were, under our Christmas tree.  Because of that, I treasure them all the more.  I’m sure that in the years to come, I will acquire another piece or two of jewelry.  I have always wanted a sapphire ring.  Nothing over the top.  Just simple and elegant. 

I love tiny details about each of these rings.  They are all Victorian rings from the late 1800’s.  The style of jewelry had become much lighter than the Mid-Victorian era.  Rings were often small with an open airy feel. 

This classic piece features an oval sapphire surrounded by an Old European Cut diamond halo.  The sapphire weighs 1.50 carats with .30 carats of diamonds.  Priced at just $1500, it’s perfect for every day wear.


This is my favorite.  It can easily be worn as a right hand ring or an alternative to the traditional diamond engagement ring.  The small round sapphire is a sublime shade of cornflower blue encircled by nine Old Mine Cut diamonds, each facet twinkling in the light.  I love the scrollwork that forms the prongs and graces the shoulders of this tiny enchantress.  Check it out on our site.  At $2500, it’s irresistible!


What’s not to love about this band style ring set with three cushion-shaped sapphires, two natural pearls, and eight rose cut diamonds?  Called a carved half hoop ring for the intricate gallery work that creates the prongs, this style was popular from the mid to late 1800’s.  It’s also available on our website, priced at only $1950.00. 

All three of these rings are simple and elegant.  I would happily  abandon any right hand ring I have for one of these antique gems.  Perhaps you would too!

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Carla Leight and Shelly Isacco

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