Blurred Lines

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling and Cryptic Things

Victorian, Edwardian or somewhere in between?  While there have been years assigned to each era, it’s not always possible to look at the artifacts and relics and pin a precise period upon each one.  More often than not, the lines are blurred…  and the styles blend together in the most beautiful ways.  

Once a brooch, this conversion necklace is made from a combination of 14 karat yellow gold and silver.  The warm tone of the gold forms the base of the piece although it is only visible from the back.  From the front, the look is monochromatic.  A light patina is the only detectable hint of darkness.  The unique blending of metals is characteristic of both Victorian and Edwardian.  In the 1800’s, the feature was created by layering silver over gold – but by the very early 20th century, the introduction of platinum both elevated and refined the concept.  

Generally speaking, silver-topped gold indicates Victorian while platinum-topped gold most often suggests Edwardian – although it isn’t always black and white.  A lovely array of swirling lines intersect to create the frame.  Seven Old Mine Cut diamonds have been bezel set in the heart of the piece.  These stones have a combined weight of approximately 1.00 carat.  The lip of each collet (or bezel) features a precise row of tiny beads known as milgrain.  This detail would become a trademark of the Edwardian era.  

Decorating the vines are ten small leaf-like settings, each one containing a bright rose cut diamond.  Eighteen of these primitively faceted stones are sprinkled throughout the piece and offer an additional .18 carat of sparkle.  The most unusual detail of this design are the five briolette cut gems that dangle from the bottom edge.  Nearly colorless, these beauties could easily be mistaken for diamonds – however, they’re not.  The faint blue stones are actually aquamarines…  the birthstone for March!  

Delicately detailed from top to bottom, this pendant combines the best that the Victorian and Edwardian eras had to offer.  Priced at just $2,250.00 – this conversion necklace is new to the Joden site and simply too good to resist.  But you don’t have to take my word for it, 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

All Tied Up

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling, and Edwardian Things

This charming turn-of-the-century necklace has us all tied up in knots.  From the crest of each bow loop to the tip of those bezel set diamond dangles – it is absolutely enchanting.  A soft yellow gold has been topped with a layer of platinum, aged to perfection.  A glorious patina (heavier in the nooks and crannies) coats the surface and highlights each diamond detail.  These are clues, revealing the age…  early Edwardian, made around 1900.  Here are some photos from behind, showcasing the classic two tone style.

If only we could all look this good at nearly 120 years old!  The pendant itself measures less than two inches in length and hangs from a 17 inch split chain.  Each half of the delicate chain attaches to the loops of the most adorable little bow.  Made from fine filigree, it features a series of sixteen rose cut diamonds that are hand set into the scalloped edges and pointed tips of the tails.  One fully faceted diamond creates the knot in the center of the bow.  It is set within a tiny milgrain-edged bezel and completes the bow to perfection.

The final and perhaps most engaging element of this Edwardian pendant are the two drops…  one slightly longer than the other.  The narrowest of wires connects to the base of the bow with a nearly invisible hinge.  These drops get wider as they get longer and each one is set with three individual diamonds…  the largest of the stones finishing the dangle.  So much detail is encompassed within this relatively small piece!  A piece of jewelry like this, in pristine condition, commands a big price.  This beauty is available now for $1,480.00.

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

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

Joe’s Special Box – Volume 69

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling, and A Collector’s Things

Nine years.  That’s how long the Edwardian Period lasted.  From 1901-1910 – this era produced some of the most beautiful and highly sought after jewelry of all time.  In the early days, platinum masterpieces featured a yellow gold base, like this ethereal gem…

A stunning combination of Old European Cut diamonds, Rose Cut diamonds, and one natural pearl create pure magic.  The seven larger stones have a combined weight of 1.50 carats, while an additional 39 rose cut diamonds amp up the bling factor.  Every knife-edge is hand decorated with a small beaded ridge technique referred to as milgrain.  It softens the overall look of this early 20th century necklet which is suspended from a light platinum chain.  The jewels from this time are often compared to petit point embroidery due to their delicate and lacy appearance.  Perfect for a bride on her wedding day or simply an evening on the town, make this beauty yours for just $3850.  Available now in Joe’s Special Box.

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