All Tied Up

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling and Knotty Things

A recurring theme since the 1600’s through the present day, the bow has been a beloved symbol of jewelers for centuries.  Often employed to communicate a message that couldn’t be spoken aloud, this elegant emblem was most often spotted pinned near the heart…  conveying the ever so romantic message that the wearer was in love. 

Time and again, the ribbon ornaments made in the Edwardian era were realistic and free-flowing with asymmetrical trailing tails.  This gem, crafted on the cusp of the Art Deco period is a departure from that style; it’s reminiscent of the bows made for the French Royal Court in the 17th century.  Prim and proper with perfectly even halves, this platinum topped 14-karat white gold bow brooch is lovely.

Criss-crossed patterns of lacy filigree exude femininity.  Already a symbol of love, this bow has a secondary message woven among the intricate design…  tiny forget-me-not flowers bloom on each loop and tail.  Much like tying a string around your finger can remind you to do something, the miniature blossoms on this bow brooch are meant to keep a special someone constantly on your mind.

The beauty is further enhanced by bejeweled edges.  There are thirteen Old Mine Cut diamonds that offer .50 carat of scintillating sparkle.  It shimmers and shines from every angle and is a true enhancement to any outfit.  

Priced at $1,000.00 – this charmer will be on our website soon.  If this bow has you tied up in knots, but just can’t envision yourself wearing a brooch – don’t worry!  With two highly skilled bench jewelers in our on-premises shop, this brooch can become the necklace of your dreams.  A few small modifications and the addition of a chain will take this piece to the next level.  These changes can be done easily and won’t break the bank.   Give us a call at 800.747.7552 or drop an email to with any questions.  

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

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

Get In Shape

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling and A Navette Ring

Navette-shaped rings have been beloved since the Victorian era.  The elongated marquise outline runs parallel to the finger with elegant appeal.  This pointed oval complements every hand and can be worn on any finger from the pointer to the pinky.  

The origin of the word navette is French and dates to the early 1900’s; it translates to “little ship”.  The title is accurate as this favored style does indeed mimic the form of a small water vessel.  These rings are always longer than they are wide with pointed ends and curved sides.  Often, they can reach from knuckle to knuckle.  This particular gem measures about an inch from top to bottom and is made from a rosy 14 karat gold.  

There are twenty six Old Mine Cut diamonds that create the overall shape of the piece.  Each of these sparkling beauties is held in place by claw-shaped prongs.  Old Mine Cut diamonds were the most popular and common cut during the 18th and 19th centuries.  This cut offers a squarish form with a small table, large culet and a high crown.  Here, these twenty-six stones have a combined total weight of 1.50 carats that glitter in the light and provide a bright and stunning contrast to the deep tone of the center stone.  An oval-cushion shaped natural ruby is seated center stage.  Nestled among the diamonds, this gem is rich and bold.  Presenting in the color of a purplish red claret, the ruby weighs approximately 1.40 carats.  It fills the center of the ring to perfection.

Representing everything that a classic navette ring should be, this beauty is large and colorful with a cluster of gemstones.  It’s a true statement piece that will quickly become your signature ring.  With a true vintage vibe that evokes the past, this ring was made near the end of the Victorian era, Circa 1890.   It’s available for just $4,850.00 – a real steal.  If you’ve been wanting to get into shape – perhaps navette is the way to go.  

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

Natural Beauty

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling and A Diamond Ring

Lately, there’s a lot of buzz about lab-grown diamonds.  They “look the same”, tend to be less expensive, and all the big block stores are carrying them…  these are some of the arguments for purchasing a lab grown diamond.  To be completely honest, my knowledge on these stones is minimal, at best.  

My expertise lies in the antique and estate rings that Joden is known for.  These unique beauties from the 1800-1900’s feature handcrafted details that are absolutely to-die-for.  This week’s piece is the epitome of late Art Deco style.  

Constructed entirely of platinum, the aspects that set this ring apart and take it to the next level include:

  • Hand-pierced filigree on the outer edges that incorporates a lovely swirled scroll motif
  • Sixteen single-cut diamonds are nestled into each curve and contour of the domed top.  These diamonds, an unusual cut consisting of just seventeen facets, were prized during the Edwardian and Art Deco periods for the particular sparkle they provide.
  • Engraved patterns on the shoulders of the ring, another favored technique of jewelers from the early 1900’s

The most striking element of this ring is the Old Mine Cut center diamond.  This shape, with softly rounded edges, resembles a modern cushion cut.  Old Miners originated in the 1700’s.  It was the cut of choice in the mid-1800’s and was still being utilized in the early 1900’s.  

Grown beneath the dirt under millions of pounds of pressure and extreme heat, natural diamonds are like snowflakes, no two are exactly the same.  Each one offers distinct details that can be mapped out for grading and identification.  This diamond is accompanied by a report from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA).  This laboratory is the most recognized facility in the world for the grading of diamonds and colored stones.  In specific, this glorious gem weighs in at exactly 1.63 carats.  It hits the chart as a K color and SI2 in clarity.  The report also includes a map of the diamond, pinpointing each individual mark on the stone.  It’s a blueprint, highlighting the very things that identify this particular diamond.  

The ring as a whole has been appraised by a second laboratory, the International Gemological Institute of America.  Much like the other report, this one also contains precise particulars about the entire ring that would clearly identify it from all others.  The professionals there combined the knowledge from the GIA Report with their own expertise in the retail market to assign a Replacement Value of $11,135.00 to this ring.   At Joden, we are offering this one of a kind beauty for just $8,990.00 – well below the appraised value.  

When you’ve finally met the one and you’re searching for the perfect ring, choose something as unique as they are.  

“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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