Joe’s Special Box Luxury Edition – Volume 10

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling and A Collector’s Things

With new inventory pouring through the door every day, it’s easy to overlook older merchandise.  Having been open for more than fifty-three years, we have A LOT of jewelry.  Some of it has been with us for a long time, years even.  These jewels are like old friends.  

Sometimes we have to look at our old friends in a new light to remember why we love them so much.  That very idea is how the Pick of the Week edition of this blog was born.  We choose an item that has been on our site for a long time and offer it with new, updated pricing.  Not only is this week’s selection from Joe’s Special Box – it’s also the latest Pick of the Week.

I love a good asymmetrical ring – it’s unexpected and a little bit quirky.  Made in the 1950’s, this mounting is 14-karat white gold.  It has been polished to a pristine shine.  Ten round brilliant diamonds form a crescent moon around the center.  Offering .55 carat of sparkle, these gems are near colorless with an average clarity grade of VS1-2.  

One shoulder curls up sharply.  The curlicue end is set with a series of five straight baguette cut diamonds that offer an additional .10 carat of bling.  When viewed from the side, my absolute favorite detail of the ring appears. Showcased within the gallery work is a lovely leaf element.  Four graduated fronds add a touch of whimsy to this Mid Century beauty.

Nestled into the unconventional halo is one Old European Cut diamond.  It measures 6.55 – 6.57 x 3.86mm and weighs approximately 1.10 carats.  The color grade of the center stone is G-H and the clarity grade is VVS2-VS1 – it’s bright and brilliant.  It is also quite a bit older than the ring itself.  This diamond was cut in the early 1900’s while the mounting wasn’t created until the 1950’s.  There are so many possible explanations – perhaps it was a remount, or a marriage of two separate pieces.  It could simply be because the diamond fit perfectly into the ring.  While we won’t ever know how or why these two entities came together, we do know that they make a uniquely beautiful creation.  

Certified by the International Gemological Institute of America, the ring has a replacement value of $14,050.00.  It has been on our site for $11,250.00.  Today, we are re-introducing this Mid Century dreamboat at the significantly reduced price of just $9,450.00!  If you’re as enchanted as we are, don’t hesitate.  At this price, it won’t last long.  

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

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe and Shelly Isacco

What’s New – Volume 64

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling and the Latest Things

The chief complaint about reproduction jewelry is always the quality.  Often made from inferior metals with poor manufacturing – replica pieces can be low grade and substandard.  Additional criticisms include mediocre style and design.  

To be honest, when I hear the words “Art Deco Inspired,” I cringe a little inside…  primarily for the reasons mentioned above.  In a business like ours, who would choose a reproduction when there are authentic originals available?  Today, the answer to that question is me.  I would choose a reproduction – but only if it’s this one.

To the average person, this ring appears to be an authentic original.  However, under the careful trained eye of a seasoned expert (Jay, of course), a discovery was made… this ring is cast.  This process involves making a wax model from which a mold is made.  Molten hot gold is then poured into the mold, cooled and finally broken open.  The ring revealed inside is then final finished with sanding and polishing.  Authentic Art Deco jewelry is handmade, not cast.  

Although this little gem is not handmade, it’s also not low rent.  Made from 18-karat white gold (definitely NOT an inferior metal), this Art Deco-inspired beauty has great detail.  There are four tiny flowers woven into the fine filigree wire work.  Additional charm accents each shoulder in the form of sculpted pieces and engraved patterns.  

Sitting center stage is one Old European Cut diamond.  This beauty weighs approximately .65 carat – it shimmers from every angle.  

This dainty darling sits perfectly on the hand.  And although it’s not an antique original, it is a fine quality modern diamond engagement ring. Priced at $2,000.00, it’s available on our site now.  Hop on over and check it out!

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

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

What’s New – Volume 27

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling, and The Latest Things

“Diamonds.  Diamonds.  I don’t mean rhinestones, but diamonds are a girls best friend.”

Marilyn Monroe crooned these words in 1953.  And while they are undeniably true, the sentiment surely had to have begun much earlier.  No one could have laid eyes on the featured piece in our “What’s New” category this week without being smitten.  Personally, I have declared it to be my new BFF!

This buxom beauty was crafted near 1915 in the Edwardian era.  With a harlequin type pattern, the setting of this ring has all the earmarks of the time…  delicate milgrain beaded edges, hand-pierced cut-outs and old cut diamond trim.  The platinum metal has been polished to a pristine shine.  Together, all of these details combine to create the ideal setting for that dreamy center stone.

An Old European Cut dazzler, this diamond weighs approximately 1.48 carats.  It presents with bright white color, hitting the chart at “I”.  The clarity grade is VS2 – quite clean.  It’s a true beauty.  The ring itself measures 3/4 of an inch from top to bottom.  The physical size is impressive and yet completely wearable.  Perfect on any digit you choose, personally I would wear it on my index or middle finger.  A true antique, this authentic ring is available now for just $10,750.00.  Stop by the store and check it out for yourself.

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

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

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