Forties Foray

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling and Deep Blue Things

Last week we talked about Blurred Lines, the years that mark the end of one era and the beginning of the next.  Inspiration and creativity don’t simply stop and start with the exact years of each period… for example, the Art Deco age didn’t spontaneously commence on the first day of 1919 and conclude on the final day of 1939.  In the days, weeks and months before and after the designated years, there were small and perhaps seemingly insignificant changes that led to each entirely new and exciting era.  

The most notable characteristics of Art Deco jewelry include the use of white metal, geometric lines, shapes and patterns, innovative stones cuts, and masterful use of color.  As I mentioned, the Art Deco period spans from 1919-1939.  The next remarkable era is Retro…  which stretches from the late 1930’s to the early 1950’s.  Gold was the quintessential metal of choice, often in shades of rose, yellow and even green.  It was woven, braided and coiled into scrolls, ribbons and bows.  These motifs were often large, showcasing semi-precious stones such as aquamarine, topaz and amethyst.  Precious stones like diamonds, sapphires and rubies were difficult to procure and used sparingly in small sizes.  

This beauty displays whispers of both eras.  Constructed entirely of platinum, the edge of the ring waves up and down in soft elegant curves.  Each contour is diamond set, the outer rows feature step-cut diamonds, while the two center rows highlight rounds.  There are fourteen square and rectangular cut diamonds that have a combined weight of .75 carat; there are sixteen round diamonds with a total weight of .50 carat.  

Shown on the hand, the ring is perfectly sized…  not petite and yet also not overwhelming.  Set at a jaunty angle in the middle of the ring is a deep blue emerald cut sapphire.  This step-cut sparkler weighs approximately 1.40 carats.  Offering details from both the Art Deco and the Retro era, this ring was created around 1940.  Effortless style and timeless elegance captured within a singular ring – this era-bending bling is available for now for $3,250.00.  Click over to our site and check it out for yourself.  

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

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

What’s New – Volume 71

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling and the Latest Things

At first sight, many may not know what this gemstone is – some might even suspect that it isn’t a genuine stone.  Pale pink in color, this fair beauty has occasionally been referred to as an American stone because is was first discovered in California.  

A little-known variety of the mineral Spodumene, this pastel gem was discovered by George Frederick Kunz in 1902.  One year later in 1903, it was officially dubbed kunzite in honor of its founder.  Kunz had been a rock hound since early childhood.  He began working for Tiffany & Co. in 1879.  By the age of just 23, he had risen through the ranks to become the Vice President of Gemology for the iconic company – a position he held until his death in 1932.  

Showcased within an 18-karat rose gold ring, this emerald-cut kunzite weighs approximately 40 carats.  It is not uncommon to find this gem in large sizes.  In fact, kunzite crystals have been discovered that are over 40 feet long and 5 feet wide!  

 This Retro ring highlights the soft hue of the gem to perfection.  Flanking the large center stone are six single-cut diamonds.  Each one, set within a square setting, is stacked in a horizontal trio.  These diamonds have a combined weight of .35 carat – just a hint of sparkle.  

Shown on the hand, the ring reaches from knuckle to knuckle.  It’s impressive in size but soft and understated in style and color.  Perfect for spring, pair this natural beauty with your favorite oversized sweater for on-trend statement appeal.  Moderately priced at $3,380.00, this ring is available in our store now.

“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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