She Sells Seashells

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Baubles, Bling and Oceanic Things

Indigenous to the Bahamas, conch shells are prized not only for their beauty but also versatility.  This sea snail is easily recognized by the high spire shell that is pointed at both ends.  The inside of this ocean beauty offers a kaleidoscope of pink and orange tones…  a strong contrast to the sandy colored exterior.  This soft brown tone allows it to blend into the sand flats where it is often found.  

The shell itself has superior strength; it has occasionally been used in building materials in place of bricks.  The creature inside is a culinary delight, used both raw and cooked – even inspiring cooking competitions dedicated to the most delectable dish.  When hollowed out with a hole drilled in one end, the shell makes a trumpet-like instrument that has been used for hundreds of years.  

This sweet little ring washed up on the shore of Joden Jewelers recently and we couldn’t be more excited.  Made from the rich bright tones of 18 karat yellow gold, this dainty darling consists of a simple high polished band and one conch shell accent.  Lustrous multi-hued enamel adds color and dimension to the shell.  Pale pink fades to creamy white to bring a lifelike feel to the piece.  One small pearl is captured inside the opening for added appeal.  

The inside of the band displays three hallmarks…  750 for 18 karat, Cayman and the copyrighted signature mark of Kabana.  This legendary company was founded in 1975 and is known all over the world for superior style and exquisite design.  Most of their work is done with inlaid gemstones like fine opals and other opaques.  I was surprised and delighted to discover their mark inside the ring!  

An unusual find, this miniature mollusk is a steal for just $45o! As beach week is wrapping up, this is the perfect way to celebrate your love of the ocean.  Check it out on our site now.

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

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

Be Bold

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling and Bright Things

Finally!  A new year is here…  after the roller-coaster ride of 2020, we’re all holding our breath.  It’s a clean slate, a fresh start.  Lots of clever memes are circulating about ushering in 2021 quietly – in hopes of not rocking the boat; and perhaps encouraging a return to our old “normal” – the good old days of 2019.  Pre-pandemic.  

Instead, I say…  “Carpé Diem!”  Let’s be bold.  Leave those yoga pants in the drawer.  Put on something fabulous – even if you aren’t leaving the house.  Say goodbye to the messy bun and hello to something sleek and polished.  And by all means – wear your jewelry!  Say yes to gold, diamonds, colored stones, and pearls.  Bedazzle yourself with rings, earrings, bracelets and necklaces.  

Bring some color to your life and a smile to your face with one of these dazzling rings from Joden.  These unique finds perfect the fine art of inlay.  Featuring the bold blue and green hues of Australian opal combined with fine gemstones – these rings are pure joy!   

Choose a curvaceous tanzanite combo or a pink tourmaline number created by Kabana – you can’t go wrong.  There’s even a wide band-like beauty with intricately cut stones fit together like a luxury jigsaw puzzle.

Six different gemstones have been hand-cut and expertly fitted to this stunning 14 karat yellow gold ring.  Mother of Pearl, Malachite, Lapis Lazuli, Carnelian, Turquoise and three tiny diamonds form a kaleidoscope of color that shines.  It’s smooth and silky to the touch, each stone polished to perfection.  

You simply can’t help but smile with a ring like this on your finger.  These six rings have a wide price range, from $350 to $1,850 – there’s something for everyone.  Let’s be bold in 2021.  Wear cocktail dresses in the kitchen, break out the good china and Grandma’s silver.  Eat the cake.  Buy the ring!  Don’t wait for special occasions, let’s celebrate every single moment.  Life is too short – live and love fiercely, my friends.  

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

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