Hot or Not – Volume Six

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling and Spotted Things

Since the 16th century, we have been smitten with the unique appearance of the dalmatian.  These clever and vivacious pups were likable companions of well-heeled gentlemen.  Famous for their stark white fur decorated with black spots, these striking canines have been coveted by a wide array of individuals from firefighters to the despicable villainess Cruella de Ville.  

America’s love affair with the playful dals (a.k.a. dalmatians) began when they became the unofficial mascot of the FDNY in the 1870’s.  Dalmatians worked well with horses and were initially utilized to clear a path for the horse-drawn fire equipment.  In the years to follow, the dalmatian would be as closely associated with the firehouse as the firetruck itself.  

In 1956, Dodie Smith penned the fictional children’s book titled “The One Hundred and One Dalmatians”.  The exciting and entertaining story detailed the lives of the newly wed Mr. and Mrs. Dearly and their pups, Pongo and Missis.  This well-known tale was adapted to a film by Disney in 1961.  It was re-released multiple times over the years including several movies, plays, and even a musical or two.  Each of these successful endeavors was due to the charming appeal of the speckled dalmatian pup.  

Made from a gemstone bearing the same name, this unusual suite has created quite a stir.  

Twenty-seven polished gemstone links form a striking lariat-style necklace.  Each individual bead has a creamy colored background decorated with dozens of brown and black spots.  This visually distinct stone is aptly named dalmatian jasper due to its likeness to the fire engine dog.  An 18-karat yellow gold toggle-style clasp brings the necklace together in the front, culminating with a rutilated quartz drop.  

Triangular in shape, the quart crystal is encapsulated within a rich golden bezel and dangles from a single rose cut diamond.  Twenty-five tiny rondelle beads separate each jasper link.  This bizarrely bold necklace is accompanied by a coordinating ring.  

Made in a disconnected bypass style, the ring is also 18-karat yellow gold.  One side features a dalmatian jasper whales tail.  The opposing side is capped with a triangular-shaped bezel-set rose cut diamond that weighs approximately .20 carat. 

There’s no question, these are some of the most unusual modern pieces in our collection.  And to be blunt, I really didn’t care for them.  The ONLY reason I gave them a second look is because of you!  You guys love strange things.  You go crazy for bizarre.  And so – I took it out of its little plastic bag and ran it through my hands…  marveling over the silky smooth feel of those speckled stones.  Then I held the rutilated quartz up to the light and was awestruck by the glistening needle-like inclusions that splayed like pick-up sticks inside the milky gem.  And then, I clasped the necklace over my stark black top and slipped the ring over the knuckle of my middle finger – I was hooked.  

This is, without a doubt, the kind of piece you have to try on.  Laying inside that blasé plastic bag, this necklace looks like nothing.  There’s no pizzazz.  It’s a brown blob.  UNTIL YOU PUT IT ON…  and then the magic happens.  Priced at just $1,700 for both pieces, I know how I feel about this inspired suite.  Now I want to know what you think… is it hot?  Or not?

Go to Facebook and look, then go to our Instagram story and vote. 

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

Joe’s Special Box – Volume 136

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling, and A Collector’s Things

If you’ve been searching for a ring that is truly unique, look no further.  This unusual find from Joe’s Special Box dates back to the Mid-Victorian period.  Made entirely of silver, this beauty offers a lovely elongated shape that sits perfectly on the finger. 

Each of the twelve diamonds set in the ring are rose cuts.  Every one is held within an open back setting, a detail of Victorian era gems.  Earlier Georgian pieces utilized closed-back construction.  These openings allow for light to reach the diamonds and also add ease to the cleaning process.  The primitive rose cut showcases a flat back with a domed and lightly faceted top.  Said to sparkle best in candle light, this early diamond cut reached a peak of popularity when candles became readily available to everyone, not just the wealthy.  Diamond sales surged with the advances in the candle making process.  

The center rose cut is a pear-shape.  It is surrounded by a series of eleven more diamonds set in the leaf-like details of the ring.  The combined weight of all twelve stones is approximately .50 carat.  Over the past 160 years, the silver framework of the ring has tarnished to black…  this patina is the very thing that makes me love this ring.  It speaks to the age of this antique gem and although it could be cleaned, it would change the feel of the ring entirely.  Now a featured item on our website, this beauty from the mid-1860’s is available for $2,500.00.

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

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

Pick of the Week – Volume 30

Joden Girl

Baubles and Bling with Unbelievable Pricing

This delicate beauty belongs on the wrist of a new bride.  Made from a perfect pairing of yellow gold and platinum, this Edwardian enchantress is everything.  Handcrafted at the turn of the 20th century – well over one hundred years ago – this gem is still in pristine condition.  With a circular center section and a narrow band, this bracelet is fancy enough to wear on your wedding day and yet simple enough to add a bit of sparkle to your favorite leggings and fuzzy sweater.  

Close inspection reveals five natural pearls – with a slightly golden hue and shimmery shell – these pearls amp up the vintage vibe of this bracelet.  A matched pair of Old European cut diamonds flank the center section and have a combined weight of .35 carat.  A series of six tiny leaves add a classic Edwardian element – each one featuring milgrain beaded edges and a rose cut diamond center.  There are 24 rose cut diamonds in all with a total weight of .25 carat.  

It shocks me to say that this bracelet has gone virtually unnoticed on our site for more than a year.  After a quick discussion with Dana, we decided that the photos simply weren’t doing it any justice.  Now, with new photos AND as a featured Pick of the Week, we’re certain that it will find a forever home.  

Originally priced at $6,300 – we are now offering this antique bracelet for just $4,150.  That’s a savings of over $2000!  Pick of the Week pricing only lasts for one week – don’t miss this unbelievable deal.  Click the link and make it yours now. 

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

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe and Shelly Isacco

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