Joe’s Special Box – Volume 66

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling, and A Collector’s Things

Words from the “Joe Murawski” school of sales:

When looking for an engagement ring, women will undoubtedly say one (if not all) of these things:

  • “I don’t want a diamond that looks yellow.  If it’s white, I like it.  If it’s yellow, I don’t.”
  • ” I don’t want a diamond with visible marks or inclusions.”
  • “I don’t want a ring that look like everyone else’s.”

And after fifteen years and countless engagement sales, I can honestly say that Joe is right.  Buying a diamond ring really can be simple.  Follow these three guidelines and 99.9% of the time, you’ll find a winner.  

And what a winner this one is…  it’s absolute perfection from top to bottom.  The ring is hand-carved from platinum with a painstakingly crafted butterfly on each shoulder.  Twenty-four single cut diamonds are set around the sides and edges of the ring.  It sparkles from every angle.  Hundreds of miniscule platinum beads set off the design – this old world technique is known as milgrain.  The crowning glory of this early 1900’s gem is that center stone – a 1.05 carat Old European Cut diamond.  With high crown angles and a slightly open culet, this stone is dazzling.  Authentic and pristine, this charmer sells for $7500…  AND it fulfills all three of Joe’s rules.  You really can’t go wrong.

“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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Joe’s Special Box – Volume 39

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling, and A Collector’s Things

This week, I am revisiting an old favorite…  this dainty pendant from the turn of the century.  You can call it late Edwardian or you can call it early Art Deco, I simply call it beautiful.  I shared it with you several months ago, and to be quite honest, I am amazed that we still have it.  Now…  that could be because it’s tucked away in Joe’s Special Box!  I am certain that if it were in our showcase, some lucky girl would have snatched it up long ago!

Handcrafted entirely of platinum, this fine piece features classic filigree design.  Two hearts, created by delicate wirework combine with natural pearls, diamonds and a bright green emerald in perfect harmony.  Made in five separate segments from the bail to the pearl tip, each portion is jointed, allowing the pendant to move gracefully with the body.  Simple elegance makes this pendant an ideal statement piece, able to be worn every day.  Make it yours for just $1600.00.

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

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Shelly Isacco

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Joe’s Special Box – Volume 25

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling, and A Collector’s Things

There’s no question that the most popular vintage jewelry at Joden is from the Art Deco period.  The iconic platinum and white gold jewelry from the 1920-1930’s is highly sought after and offers unique style elements that can’t be found in modern jewelry.  Camphor glass is one such example of this.  It looks like a piece of frosted crystal and is usually set with a singular diamond in the center.  This trend was often combined with fine filigree work to create delicately beautiful jewels.  

This bracelet is a stellar example of both design details – three identical pieces of camphor glass are evenly spaced between thirteen lacy filigree links.  I love the starburst design that seems to spread out from the diamond center of each glass piece.  It’s quite lovely against the skin…  allowing the color to shine through.  This particular bracelet can be found (as you may have guessed) in Joe’s Special Box and is moderately priced at $2500.00.  

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

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Shelly Isacco and Carrie Martin

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