This or That – Volume 9

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling and Sapphire Things

It’s September…  in our house, that means school and of course, football.  With a player and a coach in the house, our lives are consumed by practice, mounds of sweaty laundry, endless food preparation and Friday night lights.  At work, September means sapphires – it’s the birthstone for this month.  I couldn’t resist kicking off the month in style. 

Juxtaposing an antique piece against a modern one often inspires conversation.  This unique pairing celebrates the halo style, a look that has been utilized for hundreds of years.  For the past few years, these delicate rings of diamonds have dominated and defined the engagement ring industry…  whether they been sculpted, hidden, dainty or bold, there’s no question that halos are here to stay.

These modern 18-karat yellow gold earrings are a staple in every jewelry wardrobe.  A luscious pair of cornflower blue sapphires form the center of each earring.  Held in place by four prongs, they have a combined weight of 2.16 carats.  The color is simply divine – the perfect sapphire shade. 

Completely surrounding each one are twelve round brilliant diamonds, twenty-four in total.  The complete weight of these sparklers is 1.20 carats!  The border of the earring follows the contour of the diamond forming a soft scalloped edge.  Offering classic appeal, these earrings are available in our showroom for just $2,950.00.

Complementing the modern vibe of the earrings is an Edwardian dream.  A crisp layer of platinum tops a rich 18-karat yellow gold base.  This hinged bangle features one round sapphire as the center stone.  Presenting a deep blue hue, this midnight beauty weighs approximately .85 carat.  Eight old cut diamonds surround the center in demure fashion – the magic of the moment happens in the bangle itself.  Sixty-seven diamonds fully wrap the wrist.  

It’s an eternity bangle.  How incredibly lovely and romantic!  In total, the seventy-five diamonds have a complete weight of 5.00 carats!  Made near the turn of the century, this stunner is the latest addition to our antique and estate department and our website.  Luxury at its finest, this bangle can be yours for $8,700.00.

If you can’t have both, which piece would you choose?  This pair of modern sapphire and diamond halo earrings or that antique eternity bangle?  This or that?

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

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

Pick of the Week – Volume 57

Joden Girl

Baubles and Bling with Unbelievable Pricing

Sometimes, the only thing a customer can complain about is the price.  This bracelet has been in our inventory for longer than I would like to admit… not weeks or even months.  Years!  It seems crazy, right? Even at a glance, it’s a showstopper.  The Edwardian era coincides with King Edward VII’s reign.  He was the oldest son of Victoria and Albert and took the throne upon his mother’s death in 1901.  He ruled until his death in 1910.  His reign was a time infused with the elegance and luxury that Edward had known all of his life.  Often described as a golden age, it seemed to be one long extravagant garden party.  

Nobility and members of the upper class embraced leisure sports such as croquet, tennis and lawn golf…  this created a real need for a change in fashion.  More flexible clothing was essential; it was vital for hats and parasols to be larger for protection from the sun.  A change in clothing is nearly always accompanied by a change in accessories like jewelry.  The ostentatious and oversized look of the Victorian years ended and the ethereal, delicate feel of the Edwardian era began.  Garlands, bows and ribbons decorated everything from necklaces and rings to earrings and bracelets.  This week’s piece is one of the finest that I have ever seen.  

Encircling the wrist are seven elongated links that form the outside borders of this bracelet.  Each one is made entirely of platinum; the top portion is coated with a layer of glossy black enamel.  A tongue-and-groove clasp is cleverly hidden inside one of these links allowing the bracelet to appear seamless when worn.  Juxtaposed with the stark black links are seven curvaceous bows.  Also made of platinum, each one is set sideways with the tails unfurling on either side.  One hundred and twelve Old European Cut diamonds cover every inch of the ribbons and offer 1.80 carats of shimmering sparkle.  Adding an additional 3.00 carats are seven Old Mine Cut diamonds; these sizable beauties are bezel set between the notched ends of the ties.  


Further softening the aesthetic appeal are tiny beaded edges called milgrain.  A classic element of Edwardian jewelry, these minute beads outline each bow from tip to tail and encircle every bezel.  The overall appearance is light, airy and absolutely gorgeous.  Purchased from a fellow dealer, this bracelet is one of the most beloved pieces of our antique and estate department.  It’s been on our website for $15,499.00 – not a crazy price for a mint condition antique bracelet with 4.80 carats of diamond weight, but not a bargain either. 

There isn’t one single thing to complain about here…  except for maybe the price.  Perhaps you’ve admired it from time to time, but haven’t been able to justify shelling out that kind of cash.  Or perhaps this is your very first time meeting this exquisite enchantress.  In either case, today’s your lucky day.  We’ve selected it as a Pick of the Week.  That means that we take an old favorite and offer it with new, updated pricing.  This one is absolutely unbelievable – our Edwardian bow bracelet is now available for just $7,750.00!  Do NOT sleep on this deal.  Hop on over to our site and make it yours.

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

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

What’s New – Volume 78

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling and the Latest Things

Having spent his life in the jewelry industry, Joe has his share of stories to tell.  Some of them are funny and often involve family – we’ve heard those a time or two.  Some of them are mystifying – nearly unbelievable.  Ask him about the mysterious disappearance of the Giuliano box.  Others are informational – even educational.  One of those stories ends with advice on buying jewelry.  Joe’s mentor told him that in order to buy a piece and be able to sell it, it has to be one of two things:

  • A bargain – so that you can flip it quickly, or…
  • Beautiful – so that the only thing a customer can complain about is the price. 

This week’s featured item falls into the latter category – it’s very beautiful.  

Made from platinum in classic Edwardian style, this bracelet is super sweet.  It’s monochromatic with all of the elements (the metal, the diamonds, and the pearls) offering a colorless or creamy white hue. Three flowers create the center links and span the width of the wrist.  Each one is comprised of a milgrain-edged bezel-set diamond center, six natural pearl petals, and marquise-shaped diamond-accented leaves.  

There are fifteen diamonds in all that offer a total weight of just .25 carat.  Not only do the pearls form the petals, they also separate the floral links, twenty-two of them in all.  The remainder of the piece is quite basic, with little detail to note.  These links are simply there to provide length.  The narrow box clasp is cleverly hidden within one of those links.  A safety chain offers further security and completes the piece.  

In near perfect condition, this bracelet is beautiful…  but it’s no bargain.  And we make no apologies for that.  An antique piece of this quality is becoming exceedingly more difficult to procure.  This botanical beauty is the latest addition to our estate department; it’s available in store or on our site for $3,750.00.  It’s worth every penny.

“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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