It’s the Little Things

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Baubles, Bling, and Converted Things

Gone are the days of women wearing suits to work every day.  Casual apparel has become commonplace.  As a result, brooches and pins have been abandoned to the bottom of jewelry boxes everywhere.

Many women mistakenly think that brooches are for dressing up…  Not true!  In fact, in the 1800’s, pins were worn every day, although they weren’t always visible.  Women’s undergarments have come a LONG way, but the basic structure is still very much the same – straps worn over the shoulders.  In Victorian times, these straps were secured with a tiny pair of decorative pins.  Lingerie pins, like these:


At Joden, we have several pair of lingerie pins…  and they are all enchanting.  There are Art Deco filigree styles with tiny sapphires, Edwardian designs with pearl centers, and Art Nouveau sets enameled in shades of pink, blue, and black.

With bar necklaces popping up all over the place, we decided to start converting our little pins into necklaces, two are pictured below.  Aren’t they are fabulous? In fact, they sold so quickly, we had to make more.


So, dig out those brooches, and get inspired!

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

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Carla Leight

Party Like It’s 1899

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling, and Edwardian Things

Ever feel like you should have been born in another decade?  Even another century?  The romance of the Edwardian era (1901-1910) has always held a certain appeal for me.  This period is often thought to be nothing but an endless stream of leisurely summer picnics – a golden time to enjoy the achievements of the Victorian period.

Gibson_GirlIn 1898, Charles Dana Gibson published the above sketch in Life Magazine.  It struck a chord with men and women alike, and she became known as The Gibson Girl – America’s first pin-up girl.  With her tiny waistline, stylish dress, and softly piled locks, every woman wanted to be her.

This fetching new hairstyle rendered earrings unnecessary due to the hair draping over the ears.  Instead, women began using decorative hair pins and accessories to keep this elaborate style in place.  Unique pieces of jewelry were created to wear in the hair, like these ones:

Edwardian Hair Pins Turquoise Bird

Imagine commissioning a pair of gold, platinum, and rose cut diamond hair pins or perhaps a wonderful Persian turquoise and pearl peacock from your jeweler?  Until time travel becomes a reality, soothe yourself with a visit to our showroom where these and many other antique treasures await.

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

Written by Carrie Martin
Photos by Carla Leight

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