Engaging Emeralds

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling and Emerald Rings

There are four precious stones…  diamond, sapphire, ruby and the emerald.  Often referred to as the king of jewels, emeralds have been sought after for centuries.  In more recent years, there has been an even greater surge in popularity for this deep green gem. 

The four “C’s” are the backbone of diamond buying, however many people don’t realize that they’re every bit as critical in colored stones.  When applying those four key terms (color, clarity, cut and carat weight) to emeralds, connoisseurs and experts agree that color is the most important factor.  The finest stones offer a bluish green to true green hue with vivid saturation – not too dark and yet not too light.  In addition, top quality emeralds are highly transparent.  Eye visible inclusions are common in emeralds…  so, gems without visible inclusions are rare and command high prices.  Skilled cutters know exactly the right location and spacing of faceting as well as the perfect depth to bring out the most desirable color while still maintaining the largest possible carat weight.  

Emeralds are predicted to be in vogue for engagement rings in 2023.  While I can absolutely understand the allure of having a non-traditional betrothal ring, I’m not certain that emerald is the best choice.  Measuring a 7.5 on the Moh’s scale, emerald is a hard stone and resists scratching.  However, it isn’t tough.  In fact, emerald is notoriously brittle…  especially those heavily included stones.  

Whether it be an engagement ring or an occasional piece – there are some simple steps that can help maintain the condition and beauty of your jewelry.  Storing jewelry in separate pouches or compartments in your jewelry box is key.  I have a small dish that is a catchall for the pieces I wear every day and a separate larger box for everything else.  The first thing I do when I get home from work is take off my jewelry.  I avoid wearing it when I am cooking, cleaning or doing daily tasks.  It’s also a good idea to NOT wear jewelry when working outside, playing sports or going to the gym. 

Fine jewelry should be professionally cleaned and checked twice a year.  At Joden, we have two master jewelers on hand nearly every day.  With a trained eye, a microscope and a few simple tools, they are able to access your pieces and tell you what (if anything) needs done to keep them in prime condition.  Nearly 90% of all emeralds are oil-treated, so they shouldn’t be left to soak in an ultrasonic machine.   Emeralds can be gently cleaned with mild soapy water.  Outside of your twice yearly check-ups, if you notice an issue with a piece of jewelry, it’s always best to have your jeweler take a look.  

The latest addition to our estate department is an emerald lovers dream.  Made entirely of platinum, this ring showcases simple clean lines that accentuate the elongated shape of the center set.  Set in east/west fashion with four prongs is a 1.55 carat emerald-cut emerald.  The saturation and transparency of this emerald are excellent.  It’s nestled between four straight baguette diamonds that step down each shoulder.  These diamonds have a combined weight of approximately .60 carat.  Priced at just $3,750.00, this ring is available on our website.  Make it yours today – and maintain it’s beauty with regular visits to Joden!  

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

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

From the First Frost to the Last

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling and Beautiful Things

This ring has had me captivated since I first saw it a week or so ago… inexplicably so.  It’s completely opposite of anything I go for.  

  • In terms of white metals – there are three main choices: silver, white gold and platinum. 
    • Silver has multiple benefits…  it’s beautiful, has a lovely shine, is readily available and it’s very affordable.  It is a soft metal and will tarnish over time.
    • White gold is another great option.  White gold is a precious metal made from yellow gold that is mixed with white alloys like nickel.  It is then rhodium plated (a platinum solution) to give a bright white finish.  (This plating does wear and will need to be redone).  White gold is stronger and more durable than silver.  It is more expensive than silver.  
    • Platinum is a naturally occurring white metal.  It’s a dense, and resistant to stress and breaking.  It polishes to a bright shine and never needs plating.  Over time it develops a patina unlike any other metal… the finish becomes almost satiny or frosted.  It does cost a bit more than white gold.

I’m a platinum girl.  I love everything about it; from the weighty feel of it on my hand to the rich color of the metal – it simply oozes quality.  

This ring is made from 14-karat white gold.  Set at the base of the ring (dependent upon the direction you choose to wear it), is a light green emerald-cut natural emerald.  It’s set in an east/west orientation.  Shown from behind, the ring appears to have been made for an oval center stone instead of this rectangular one…  leading me to the conclusion that this is not the original stone.  

With so many luscious green gemstones available, I’m rarely drawn to emeralds.  Most often because they can have eye visible imperfections and aren’t good choices for daily wear.  However – this gem the loveliest shade of beryl and weighs 2.40 carats.  Resembling the hue of fine jadeite, this stone the perfect color for this ring… and it does indeed have eye visible inclusions.  

It’s asymmetrical and definitely unusual.  A small sprig branches up out of the ring, vining up the finger.  It features four leaves, each one set with two single-cut diamonds.  These diamonds have a combined weight of .15 carat, offering a hint of sparkle without upstaging the emerald.  

From the first moment I saw it, it reminded me of a crisp frost first thing in the morning.  Whether it be the last frost of winter when spring buds are bursting from the ground or the first frost of fall when the grass is still green – this ring is a visual reminder of the beauty of the changing seasons.  And even though it’s out-of-the-box for me, it emphasizes the notion that change is good.  Moderately priced at $2,450.00, it’s available in store and online.  

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

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

Signature Series – Volume 1

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling and Quality Things

In our never-ending quest to find fresh pieces for social media and the website, Dana and I dig through hundreds of pieces.  We get ridiculously excited over new lots of estate jewelry and can’t wait to show each other all the best bits.  When something catches my eye, the first thing I do is go over it from top to bottom.  Loupe in hand, I eyeball every inch of it… are there any missing stones?  Does it need prong work?  Do the finishes and textures need touched up?  Is the karat weight of the gold stamped on the metal? 

Quality isn’t just something that you see with your eyes, you also feel it with your hands.  After nearly twenty years in the business, when you hold an exceptional piece in your hands, you just sense it.  You know.  Just last week, I picked up this seemingly simple ring.  

I was struck by the color of the emerald.  My first thought was “must be a synthetic stone”.  As I brought it up to my eye, my curiosity was peaked.  Under the magnification of my loupe, I could see a couple tiny marks within the bright green gemstone.  After showing it to Jay, he assured me that the emerald is genuine – and it’s a stunner.  The deep green color of the stone combined with the clean clarity grade is everything you want in an emerald.  It weighs approximately 1.01 carat.  Winking from each side of this stone are a pair of round brilliant diamonds that have a total weight of .10 carat.  

Looking inside the ring, it all becomes clear.  Right beside the 14K is a crisp maker’s mark… “BaumF”.  This stamp is the signature of a popular Mid Century Modern designer Baumstein and Feder.  The New York firm reigned from the 1940’s-1980’s, they were known for superior quality and spectacular gemstones.  Supreme quality is the mark of our signature series, each piece crafted by a well-known designer.  This beauty is on our site for $3,150.00.  Click on over to our site to see what all the fuss is about.

“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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