Victorian Vision

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Baubles, Bling, and Primitive Things

I have several necklaces littering the bottom of my jewelry box… three or four conversion pieces, a few tiny pendants and countless charms.  Each one is special in it’s own way – but none of them are what I would call a statement piece.  They are nothing like the two showstoppers featured here.  

This beauty dates back to the late Victorian period, circa 1880.  The high karat gold shines with a rosy glow on each articulated link, hand set with glittering diamonds of both rose and old mine cut varieties.  Five natural pearls add a soft, romantic feel.  I love the botanical vibe created by the six-petaled blossom at the top and the smaller flower at the bottom.  

With a total of 3.00 carats of diamond weight, the impact of this piece can be felt even from a distance.  Although rose cut diamonds don’t have the precise symmetry of their modern counterparts, the scintillation (or sparkle) is dazzling.  Primitive rose cuts were developed in the 1500’s; and even now, more than 600 years later, their appeal is undeniable.  These flat-backed gems are most known for their rounded crown of faceting, utilizing anything from three to twenty-four facets.  Each of these flat surfaces effectively reflects light back to the eye…  although Victorians much preferred candle light.  Make a statement in your wardrobe with this piece for $5,750.00.

Or perhaps this negligee style necklace is more to your liking, it’s a mid-Victorian diamond bar with a pair of asymmetrical drops suspended from it. 

A half-moon shaped mirror-cut diamond sits center stage surrounded by a halo of rose cuts.  The two drops end with a pair of identical round clusters that are set with twelve rose cut diamonds each.  Four small bow-like accents add even more flair to this beauty.  There are thirty-one stones in all for a total of three carats!  The variance in size and shape of these diamonds make it quite rare as well as valuable.  Although the rose cut had a decline in popularity at the beginning of the 20th century, these early examples are now commanding premium prices.  This one can be yours for $8,500.00.

At Joden, we are known for statement pieces.  Our curated collection of antique and estate jewelry is overflowing with fine period gems.  After nearly fifty years, our motto continues to hold true…

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

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

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A Pair of Pears

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Baubles, Bling, and Shapely Things

Just when I think that the halo craze must surely be coming to an end…  a new twist enters the game and we’re off and running again.  There is no question that fancy-shaped center stones have been on FIRE this year.  In fact, the marquise cut was predicted to be THE shape for 2019.  We added our two cents to that prophecy with A Queen Returns back in February.  With fall on the horizon, I am tentatively throwing in the towel on that one.  While we definitely sold a marquise here and there, the real star of the show this year has been the pear.  

Much as I hate to admit it, even I have been a smitten kitten where this modern double-halo engagement ring is concerned.  It goes against everything I usually like…  but it’s just so sparkly!  I am powerless to resist it.  A dazzling white pear brilliant cut diamond sits center stage in this 18 karat white gold contemporary beauty.  Weighing .48 carat, this diamond packs a punch.  It is surrounded by not one but two diamond halos created from fifty-one round diamonds that wrap around the center then cascade down the shoulders.  The side stones add an additional .45 carat to this ring, bringing the total diamond weight to .93 carat.  Priced at just $2,150, this is A LOT of look for the money.  

Shortly after I discovered the shiny new ring shown above, I stumbled across this tarnished old gem.  Featuring a rose-cut pear-shaped diamond, this 9 karat yellow gold stunner was handcrafted nearly 200 years ago.  It’s Georgian, made in the 1830’s.  Twelve additional rose cut diamonds add another layer of subtle shine to this understated piece.  The total diamond weight comes in at just over a half carat, .55 to be exact.  Each nook and cranny of the softly scalloped edge is rich with a dark patina, achieved solely with age.  It shimmers with quiet beauty for just $925.  

And so I ask you the same question I have been asking myself…  which one will it be?  Are you drawn glossy shine of the new ring or do you covet the gleaming glow of the antique bauble?  Cast your vote on our Instagram post!  

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

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dane Jerpe

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Joe’s Special Box – Volume 49

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Baubles, Bling, and A Collector’s Things

One of the questions that we get asked most often is “Where do you get your jewelry?”  There isn’t a simple answer, the truth is that sometimes the treasures find us and sometimes we find them.  Last month, Joe went in search of some new baubles and bling at the Original Miami Beach Antique Show.  We’ve been attending this show for more than thirty years.  It’s an annual opportunity to add unique gems to our already spectacular collection.  Upon his return, we are always excited to see all the things that Joe has brought with him.  From a 14.00 carat diamond to this tiny ring, each one was “Oh So Joden”.  This little ring was one of my favorite finds…  and clearly one of Joe’s as well, considering it’s now in his Special Box.  A scalloped flower was created utilizing seven rose cut diamonds.  These diamonds are surrounded by a halo of fancy cut rubies, providing a much needed pop of color!  It fits perfectly on any finger from the index to the pinky and is moderately priced at $1600.  Visit us at Joden and see what other riches came home to Pennsylvania.  

We went to Miami to shop so you could come to Joden and touch.

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

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