Joe’s Special Box – Volume 13

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling, and A Collector’s Things

This week, I uncovered a pair of unique modern rings, both signed “Luna Felix” – a world renowned jeweler made famous for her abstract designs and unusual gemstone choices.

Handcrafted from a brassy 22 karat yellow gold, this triple-banded open-shank ring features one rough diamond as the center stone.  The stone is in it’s original state, just as it was when it came out of the ground.  The band of gold housing this natural beauty is decorated with an Old World technique called granulation – tiny beads of gold cover the surface of the bezel.  This Etruscan revival styled knock-out can be yours for just $1500.

If one is good, two is better…  the perfect complement for the split shank Luna Felix stunner is this exceptional enchantress.  Evoking images of ancient Egyptian pyramids, the monolithic center is crowned by a singular square sapphire.  A snake-like band of woven gold creates a flexible silken shank… priced well at $800.

While most of the pieces in Joe’s Special Box are vintage treasures, I was not surprised to find these two modern gems.  Their exquisite craftsmanship and unmatched quality make them truly special indeed.  

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Shelly Isacco

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All That Glitters Is Gold

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling, and Golden Things

Joden Jewelers is nestled in the heart of Grove City, Pennsylvania.  With a population hovering around 8000, it’s more Mayberry than Manhattan.  If you’re the kind of girl who has your eye on current trends and hot new styles, you should probably know that we tend to trail about two years behind the rest of the world.  Until now. 

While yellow gold is making a splash on the Red Carpet in Hollywood, and popping up on the New York fashion runways, our customers are also requesting this throwback metal.  For more than twenty years, white metals have reigned supreme – platinum, white gold, and sterling silver.  But for the last couple years, yellow gold has been slowly inching its way back into the spotlight.

Some are calling it sleek and trendy, while others say its vintage-inspired.  Either way, it seems like the natural richness of yellow gold is here to stay.  But don’t put away all your white metals – just warm them up with a classic piece, perhaps a pair of antique earrings like these.

The first pair are Etruscan Revival.  Etruscan Revival was a movement during the Grand Period (1860-1885) of the Victorian Era.  Artisans revived the art of ancient techniques using corded wire, filigree, and granulation.  These earrings are made from 18 karat yellow gold with a tiny diamond in the center of each.  They are available on our website for just $1550.00.

If you’re a diamond girl, then the second pair of earrings are for you!  Made in classic lever-back style with two Old Mine Cut diamonds on each one, these are perfect for every day wear.  Priced at $2500.00. 

From Mayberry to Manhattan and everywhere in between – Go for the gold!

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Carrie Martin and Shelly Isacco

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Do You Believe In Reincarnation?

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Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling, and Recycled Things

Beauty has been defined and redefined in thousands of ways.  Jewelry is often the subject of those definitions.  Designers and style icons offer ideas of what is on trend for the season.  But, are they truly fresh, new ideas?  Or are styles simply reworked and brought back to life?  The vintage jewelry at Joden is a constant reminder that every style is a throwback.  A revival, if you will.

The bracelet pictured above is no exception.  Known as Etruscan Revival, the style of this piece is timeless.  Original Etruscan jewelry dates back to the 3rd and 4th centuries, however, this piece wasn’t crafted until the end of the 19th century, during the 1890’s.

I don’t know when we acquired this bracelet… but I know that I have clasped it around my wrist at least a dozen times.  I have admired the matte finish of the brassy yellow gold, expressed a secret smile over the small daisy-like flowers, and I have carefully run my fingernail over the tiny rows of beads that create the delicate design.

Etruscan Bangle  Etruscan Bangle Daisy Trim

Granulation is a form of gold work in which tiny beads of high karat gold are applied in geometric or linear patterns to a high karat gold surface.  It is utilized to perfection in this classic piece.  The natural warmth and richness of the metal speaks for itself, no gemstones or other ornamentation is needed.

This bracelet, a true antique, is on point with jewelry trends for this season.  It’s a statement bangle, no layering is required here.  It would be a truly spectacular addition to any wardrobe; perfect for a night out or able to be worn every day.  Come in and try it for yourself.

“You can go to a museum and look, or you can come to us and touch.”
Written by Carrie Martin

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