A Great Catch

 Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling and Father’s Day Things

Ties are still at the top of the list for most popular gifts to give on Father’s Day.  Whether they’re paisley or pinstriped, traditional or funky – ties are a great gift.  But if you’ve already given one or two, perhaps you’re in the market for something a bit more unique.  

We’re hooked on this Essex crystal tie tack!  What’s an Essex crystal, you ask?  Reaching the peak of popularity in the mid to late 1800’s, these exceptional paintings often featured animals or nature scenes like this one.  A more accurate name for this form of artwork is reverse intaglio.  First, a piece of fine rock crystal was polished into a beautiful cabochon shape…  then the true craftsmanship began.  A watercolor rendering of the subject matter was painted on the back side of the crystal, creating a road-map or pattern.  Next, scribing tools were utilized to carve the scene deep into the heart of the stone from the back side.  Lastly, extremely fine brushes were used to paint the highly detailed motif onto the pre-etched design.  When viewed from the front, the unusual paintings appear to be three dimensional and very lifelike.

A 14 karat yellow gold frame completely encapsulates the back of this beauty featuring a multi-color brook trout  leaping in a grassy pond.  A kaleidoscope of colors bring an authentic feel to this outdoor landscape – the rich blue tones of the water pair perfectly with the earthy brown, green and yellow hues of the vegetation.  Any outdoorsman would be proud to sport this masculine gem on his favorite tie or lapel.  Handmade in the 1940’s, this tie tack is available now for $1,175.00…  just in time for Father’s Day.

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

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

Joe’s Special Box – Volume 98

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling, and A Collector’s Things

Imagine my excitement when I discovered that January 28th is a celebration of my favorite flower – it’s Daisy Day!  The name daisy means “day’s eye” and refers to the fact that this simple blossom closes its petals and night and blooms during the day.  In Victorian times, these yellow and white beauties were known to represent loyalty and trust.  

Over the years we have had many bits and baubles that incorporated daisies into their design, but this late Victorian/early Art Nouveau pendant is truly something special.  A 22 karat gold frame encapsulates a stunning micro mosaic bouquet.  A bold blue background provides the ideal setting for the stark white petals and golden yellow centers of this floral trio.  The craftsmanship is exquisite, it’s priced at $4,500.

 

This irresistible brooch captured my heart as well.  Bursting with botanical beauty, this Essex crystal is an explosion of joy.  Sometimes called a reverse intaglio painting, these unique pieces are hand-crafted by carving an image into the back of a rock crystal.  The image is then painted, creating a three-dimensional illusion.  This wildflower bouquet (tied with a blue bow) has a bit of everything, including one little daisy.  Make it yours for just $1,750.

What is a better way to celebrate Daisy Day than with a fabulous piece of vintage jewelry from Joden?  

 

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

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

Joe’s Special Box – Volume 44

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling, and A Collector’s Things

Although winter has barely begun, I am already anxiously awaiting signs of Spring.  This lovely Essex Crystal brooch with a bright blue and yellow hummingbird is like a ray of sunshine on this dreary day.  These unique and unusual pieces were crafted from 1860-1920.  The artist would begin with perfectly half-round or cabochon piece of rock crystal and then painstakingly carve an intricate design deep into the heart of the stone from the back side.  Next, the subject or scene was hand-painted to bring every tiny detail to life…  each feather of the bird and each  leaf of the fern.  Finally, a glossy piece of mother-of-pearl was applied  – this created a three dimensional effect.  Encased in a 9 karat rosy gold bezel, it’s a whimsical miniature masterpiece.  Priced at $6300, this is a treasure that will continue to delight for generations yet to come.  

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

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Shelly Isacco

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