Take Time To Smell The Roses

 Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling and Botanical Things

Lately, life has slowed down.  The days roll out before me like an old country lane.  If I didn’t know better I would think I had stepped into a time warp and jumped back thirty-five or forty years.  The hot summer days are spent working in the yard, planting bountiful gardens, riding bicycles and swimming at the local fishing hole.  There are family dinners and family game nights.  We have time to stop and smell the roses.  

These roses may not exude a perfumed scent, but they are no less intoxicating.  Made around 1910, the central part of this brooch is crafted from a singular piece of Rock Crystal.  Carved into the reverse side is an elegant arrangement of four roses; their petals and leaves cascade over the edge of a petite, squatty vase.  Each of the two ends has been etched and frosted from the front side forming a scalloped three-dimensional motif.  This unique process gives an air of realism to this delicate blossom.  

Further accenting the artistry are a series of six calibré-cut natural sapphires.  Small in size, but definitely not insignificant.  This cerulean hint of color adds yet another layer of interest to this late Edwardian piece.  Finally, two bezel set rose cut diamonds mark the center of each endcap, bringing a faint sparkle to this subtle beauty.  Priced at $3,150 – these roses will last forever.  

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

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

Joe’s Special Box – Volume 54

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling, and A Collector’s Things

There is no question that some of the most sought after pieces at Joden are rock crystal creations.  Whether they be bracelets, pendants, or even earrings – our customers go crazy for this classic Art Deco style.  This pendant is sure to prove my point.  A cushion-shaped piece of frosted calcite rock crystal had been carved with a starburst pattern and artfully set in the center with a vertical line of five round diamonds.  This beauty is further enhanced with a alternating framework of glossy black enamel and diamond set sections.  

The outer edge has been hand carved with an intricate scalloped pattern.  It is suspended from a simple bail constructed from a single marquise shaped diamond.   It is effortless elegance at its finest.  The moment this piece arrived at  Joden, Joe scooped is up and whisked it away to his Special Box.  Moderately priced at $1,750.00 – this is one gem that won’t last long.  

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Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

Joe’s Special Box – Volume 44

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling, and A Collector’s Things

Although winter has barely begun, I am already anxiously awaiting signs of Spring.  This lovely Essex Crystal brooch with a bright blue and yellow hummingbird is like a ray of sunshine on this dreary day.  These unique and unusual pieces were crafted from 1860-1920.  The artist would begin with perfectly half-round or cabochon piece of rock crystal and then painstakingly carve an intricate design deep into the heart of the stone from the back side.  Next, the subject or scene was hand-painted to bring every tiny detail to life…  each feather of the bird and each  leaf of the fern.  Finally, a glossy piece of mother-of-pearl was applied  – this created a three dimensional effect.  Encased in a 9 karat rosy gold bezel, it’s a whimsical miniature masterpiece.  Priced at $6300, this is a treasure that will continue to delight for generations yet to come.  

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

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Shelly Isacco

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