We’ve Got the Blues

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Baubles, Bling, and Cerulean Things

Did you ever take one of those Facebook quizzes…  like “What is the color of your soul?”  For me, the answer is always blue.  When I was a teenager, I had a mood ring.  It didn’t seem to matter what my mood was, the stone never changed colors…  it was a constant shade of blue.  It makes perfect sense…  whether it be cobalt, denim, indigo or teal; midnight, navy, cyan or cerulean – blue is my jam.  It reminds me of a beautiful summer sky and long lazy days at the ocean.  It speaks to me…

You can imagine how much I love each of these bands!  From the enameled Lily of the Valley on the left to the swirls of blue enamel in the center, and ending with modern circles of white gold and blue enamel on the right – each ring is more unique than the last.

    

The first band is an 18 karat white gold wide band with a cobalt blue enamel backdrop featuring a Lily of the Valley design.  The leaves are a bright green enamel with a tiny fully faceted round brilliant diamond forming each flower.  The flowers invert with each blossom to create an endless pattern.  This ring would make a perfect right hand ring or a non-traditional wedding band.  It’s available on our site for just $1300.00.

The second band is also created from 18 karat white gold.  The unique design of this piece is reminiscent of a stained glass window.  Sections of white gold are used to create the circular framework, and a bright blue enamel fills each space to finish the look.  This kind of enameling is called plique-a-jour.  Priced at just $1200.00, this unusual piece is also available on our site. 

Chase away the blues with one of these stylish and fun bands!  Check them out on our site or drop by our showroom today.  You won’t be singing the blues anymore!

Go to our site and look, then come to Joden and touch.

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Shelly Isacco

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In Loving Memory

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Baubles, Bling and Mourning Rings

Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter… 

Duck Face, Kissy Face, Smize, or Squnich…

Millenials are memorializing every detail of their lives, from the most mundane to the downright inappropriate – it’s all there on social media for the world to see.  I’m not averse to it…  I’ve been known to pose for a selfie or two, send out snaps and check in with my girls on Facebook – but some life events deserve more than a quick pic and a hasty status update.  Things like engagements and weddings, or perhaps when a new life begins, and certainly when a life ends. 

They were doing it right two hundred years ago.  When a loved one passed away, the bereavement process often included the creation of a special piece of jewelry; it was called mourning jewelry.  These unique treasures usually included the name of the deceased person as well as their death date.  Many also included a special compartment for a lock of hair.  These small trinkets were handed out at the funeral while more elaborate styles were worn by family members. 

These are just three of the mourning rings we have here at Joden.  Black enamel was a recurring theme in this type of jewelry (as you can see) as were pearls, urns, and flowers.  Each one of these rings is engraved (from left to right)…

  • T.T.J.  14.12.1893
  • M.H.C. Mourant died 6th Oct. 1866
  • W:  Terry OB: 24 Oct: 1809: AE 53

    

The trio of rings on the left are all very similar to each other; the hair receiver on top surrounded by natural pearls (usually signifying the loss of a child).  Only one of them actually contains hair – the other two are still waiting for someone to fill them.  The ring on the right was made in the Georgian period.  The delicate blonde tresses inside have been plaited into a basket-weave pattern completely surrounded by sparkling purple gemstones. 

    

Quite a lot of the mementos made in the 1800’s were brooches and lockets, like the ones shown here.  The two pins in the foreground are exceptional examples of the fine workmanship that mourning jewelry is known for.  The locket in the background is covered in a layer of black enamel with a pearl-centered flower on the front.  As you can see in the photo on the right, the locket appears to have never been used…  the original blue silk is still inside in pristine condition.

I readily admit that when one of my sons is doing something particularly adorable or noteworthy, the first thing I reach for is my cell phone – to capture that smile forever.  Photographs are truly worth a thousand words, and I cherish all of mine.  But I can’t help but feel that if I had a ring on my little finger (with a lock of my loved one’s hair safely cradled inside), it would be incredibly comforting to know that I carried a part of them with me every day.  I’m certain that each time I looked at the ring, I would smile.  And remember. 

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Shelly Isacco

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