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Baubles and Bling from a Prima Ballerina

From the museum case to the cardboard boxes (Think Inside the Box)…  the question on everyone’s mind is the same – “Where do you get your jewelry?”  There isn’t just one answer, in fact, there are many…  we buy from antique dealers, auctions and estate sales, and from private parties.  We buy from traveling salesman and brokers.  We have clients in 26 states and six countries in Europe.  The jewelry pours through the door every single day. 

If “Where do you get your jewelry?” is the most popular question, the next most popular inquiry is “Do you know who wore this?”  The answer to that question is simple – “No.”  We almost never know who owned the fabulous pieces in our cases…  almost.  Every once in a long while, we are able to purchase pieces with provenance. 

 

As you may have guessed, the tiny (size 2) ring above was owned by Tamara; Tamara Toumanova that is.  She was known as “The Black Pearl of the Russian Ballet” – referring not just to her talent and technique, but also to her beauty.  Her glossy raven-wing hair and large dark eyes charmed choreographers and audiences alike.  Imagine the “T-A-M-A-R-A” letters  of this 18 karat white gold and amethyst ring twinkling in the lights as she spun on the stage. 

 

Tamara made her debut at the age of 10, starring in numerous ballets in Europe and the United States.  Later, she danced the role of the black swan in Swan Lake.  She toured the world with her mother for more than thirty years, during which time she made her screen debut in “Days of Glory” with Gregory Peck.  Later that same year, she married the film’s producer, Casey Robinson. 

  

Perhaps this silver and rose gold compact, signed “Boucheron, Paris” was a gift from her husband.  This lovely piece depicts a pair of lovebirds amid a sea of leaves with five ruby accents.  Priced at $3500, this stunning piece would definitely bring a bit of Old Hollywood glamour to your morning make-up routine!

This ring is my favorite piece from the estate.  Made from 18 karat rose gold, this modern beauty features a pair of emerald cut colored stones – one green beryl and one pink kunzite.  Like it’s previous owner, this ring is classically beautiful.  The bold lines and soft color speak for themselves – no additional ornamentation or decoration needed.  Priced at $3000 – this ring is our Prima Ballerina.  Don’t miss these incredible finds – available exclusively at Joden Jewelers. 

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

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Shelly Isacco

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All That Glitters Is Gold

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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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