The “B” Word

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Baubles, Bling and Financial Things

Let’s face it…  the “B” word – it’s the word that makes all girls cringe – BUDGET!  While it may be awkward to talk about, the budget is one of the most crucial pieces of information in the quest to find the ideal engagement ring.  Some girls are economical, frugal even…  others are definitely budget busters!  We have rings for both, and everyone in between. 

Here are three of my current favorites –

Now let’s take a closer look at each one…

  

Made entirely of platinum, this sweet little beauty dates back to the end of the Art Deco period – 1940.  A .22 carat transitional cut round brilliant diamond is nestled in a classic square-cornered setting.  Additional vintage details include milgrain beaded edges, angular lines, and single-cut diamond trim.  Priced at just $1500, this one won’t break the bank!

  

For me, this one is all about that killer Old Mine Cut diamond in the center…  weighing in at 1.23 carats, it is simply stunning.  This diamond strikes the perfect balance of the four C’s  – that cushion cut, that beautiful white color, no visible imperfections, and it weighs just over one carat.  What more could a girl want? 

 

This ring is like a darling little bow tied on top of your finger.  Handmade from 18 karat white gold, the loops of the bow curl around the delicate diamond trim.  The center is reminiscent of the first ring, with a .25 carat diamond set in a square-cornered design.  Also budget friendly (priced at $1400.00), it won’t last long.

One, two, even three months salary…  these can seem like very daunting numbers.  And yet, many experts recommend using these guidelines to determine your engagement ring budget.  Consider them exactly that – a guideline, a suggestion.  Whether your budget is $100 or $100,000 – your ring is at Joden Jewelers.  Come visit me…  you’ll see for yourself that the only thing greater than our selection is our customer service. 

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

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Shelly Isacco

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Out of the Ashes

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Baubles, Bling, and Tuff Things

Nearly 2000 years ago, the city of Pompeii was destroyed by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius – burying it under twenty feet of volcanic ash.  The city was uncovered in 1748, and quickly became a popular stop on the Grand Tour of Europe (a “rite of passage”  for upper class young men and women that served as a liberal education).   Travelers were exposed to the cultural legacy of the Renaissance.  Most returned home with trunks overflowing with books, artwork, and small cultural artifacts like statues, paperweights, and jewelry. 

In the area around Pompeii, craftsmen utilized the lava rock, also known as tuff, and carved cameos from it.  Myriads of faces decorated rings, earrings, bracelets, and necklaces.  These lava trinkets became a sign of wealth, showing that the wearer was well-traveled and possessed discerning taste. 

This necklace and earring suite is an outstanding example of these works.  I am in awe of the intricacy of the carving…  from the individual strands of hair to the veins in the grape leaves.  Just think, this was sculpted using only a handheld tool called a graver or a burin.   Even after 200 years of technological development, the most highly skilled bench jewelers could not come close to this level of skill.  It’s exceptional and extremely rare.

The serene face, the grapevine headdress, and the urns – each of these elements play at symbolism.  Grapes often suggest bounty and abundance, and occasionally fertility while leaves stand for truth.  The hanging urns are a strong indicator that this was a very early piece of mourning jewelry.  When you begin to study each detail – the exquisite carving, the near perfect condition, and the abundance of symbolism, suddenly $12,800.00 sounds like real value. 

This suite is available exclusively at Joden Jewelers.  Go to our site and look, them come to us and touch. 

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Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Shelly Isacco

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Natural Beauty

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Baubles, Bling, and Phenomenal Things

Gemstones are a wonder of nature – stunningly beautiful crystals and rocks dug from the Earth’s crust.  Every color of the rainbow…  from the deepest reds to hypnotic blues; each one is a marvel to behold.  Some stones offer more than just an alluring hue – a few stones also have unique properties that further enhance their natural appeal. 

The top ring in this photo features a round black opal paired with two round brilliant diamonds all set within a classic 18 karat white gold three stone ring.  Depending on the environmental conditions when the stone was formed, Opal can take on a variety of colors…   everything from translucent to black.  Black opals are the most rare while the white and green tones are most common.  This particular black opal blazes with flashes of red, orange, blue and green. 

 

Handmade just before the start of WWII, this ring has a timeless style that transcends current modern trends.  Priced at just $5,500.00 (an absolute steal for a natural 3.00 carat black opal!), the everlasting elegance of this piece is not to be missed.

This three-stone ring was handcrafted just after the turn of the century during the Edwardian period, circa 1910.  Claw-type prongs hold each of the stones:  two Old European Cut Diamonds and one Chrysoberyl Catseye, aptly named for its uncanny resemblance to a cat’s eye.  This phenomenon is created by special rutile crystals inside the stone that produce a dazzling effect referred to as chatoyancy.  The term “milk and honey” is sometimes used to describe the milky ray of white light that crosses over the honey-colored background.  This head turner is available on our website for $5500.00. 

Whether you’re drawn to gemstones for their brilliant colors or the rare qualities that make each one unique, the best place to find them is the same…  Joden Jewelers.  The exquisite selection begins with tradition and ends with the limits of your imagination. 

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

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Shelly Isacco

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