The Easter Egg

 Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling and Resurrected Things

This week, Holy Week, children all around the world will be decorating eggs.  These eggs will be dyed and painted.  Some will have names and pictures drawn with crayon while others will have a brightly colored array of stickers on them.  Little boys and girls will carefully tuck them into baskets filled with grass; anxiously awaiting that special someone…  Jesus.  

But Easter eggs aren’t just for coloring and eating.  This age old symbol of new life and rebirth has been used to celebrate this joyous holiday for hundreds of years.  The hard shell is thought to represent the sealed tomb where the body of Jesus was laid after the crucifixion.  The breaking of that shell symbolizes the opening of the tomb and the resurrection of Christ.  

I couldn’t think of a more appropriate piece to share with you today than this sweet little glass egg.  This incredibly rare piece is a favorite of Joe’s.  When I asked him about it, he said it’s the only one he ever saw.  He feels it’s probably French and dates back to the Art Nouveau period.  The outer shell separates into two halves, a base and a lid.  The surface is etched with a leaf-like pattern.  When the lid is lifted, this amber colored center is revealed.  

It’s a ring!  A lovely golden colored glass ring!  It features a high rounded top with a pattern of white enameled flowered cut into the surface.  These five-petaled blossoms encircle the top, with their stems vining down the shoulders.  It’s absolutely enchanting.  This diminutive beauty is a size 5.25 and much like Cinderella’s slipper, it must be a perfect fit – available now for $680.00.  

Jesus said to her “I am the resurrection and the life.  He who believes in me will live, even though he dies;

and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.  Do you believe this?”  -John 11:25  


Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

Joe’s Special Box – Volume 50

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling, and A Collector’s Things

There’s no question, some of the pieces in our collection that inspire the most reactions are scarabs.  Whether they’re genuine scarab beetles or stone carvings, our customers love them.  Deeply rooted in mystique and symbolic allure, this ancient bug has captivated cultures and dynasties for hundreds of years.  For centuries, craftsmen have integrated natural scarabs into jewels and countless others carved gemstones into this talisman.  

Some artisans utilized steatite and pottery and then coated it with layers of glaze, usually in shades of blue and green…  like this one.  While the top of each scarab is carved to replicate the actual beetle, the back of each is often engraved with names, sacred animals, or religious symbols.  The most common themes include rebirth, immortality, and resurrection.  I am obsessed with the “flip” feature of this ring…  the center rotates allowing the wearer to see the beauty in the front and back of the piece.  This ring is most likely from the Egyptian Revival period, dating to the end of the 1800’s.  It’s moderately priced at $500 and can be found in Joe’s Special Box.  

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

Let Your Light Shine Down

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling, and Illuminated Things

“In nature, light creates the color.”  – Hans Hoffman

Plique à Jour…  this French phrase loosely translates to “let the daylight in”.  In jewelry, it refers to a style of enameling akin to stained glass….  and like a finely stained glass window, it comes alive when you hold it up to the light.  The framework seems to disappear, leaving a shimmering rainbow glow. 

This piece has laid on the shelf behind Joe’s desk since the day he bought it… somehow it has managed to avoid being placed in with the regular inventory.  It’s been passed over 100 times or more – maybe even forgotten.  I think it’s because when it lays on the shelf, it doesn’t look like much.  Just metal and glass.  But the moment you pick it up and hold it to the light…  that’s when the magic happens.  

It’s a complete metamorphosis.  My eyes hardly know where to look first…  the blue, green, and purple hues are completely captivating.  Suddenly, I wanted to see more.

Symbolism abounds in this early Art Nouveau creation, and it’s all about an awakening – a resurgence of life…  Did you see the lotus blossom at the top?  The lotus has long been a symbol of spiritual enlightenment and rebirth.  Every night this resilient flower submerges itself beneath murky waters only to re-bloom the next morning without a single drop of residue on its petals, completely immaculate.

Now, feast your eyes on the brilliant blue butterfly at the center of the piece – perhaps a Blue Morpho.  Butterflies are thought to exemplify endurance, change, and hope.  They are the ultimate symbol of resurrection.  Notice that the face of the butterfly is a cherub.  Cherubs are thought to keep vigil over those in need of strength, faith, and renewal.  The hidden meaning knows no bounds.

Holding it to the light, I am bewitched…  and when it rests in my hand, I am beguiled and bewildered.  First, bewitched by the vast array of color (i.e. remember your first box of 64 Crayola’s?); then beguiled and bewildered by the complexity of the mind that was not only able to dream of this artistry, but also bring it to life.  

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Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Shelly Isacco

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