Party Pizzazz

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Baubles, Bling, and Holiday Things

The first snowflakes fell today, covering everything in a glittering white blanket.  Snow is the one thing sure to get me in a festive spirit, and with Thanksgiving just two weeks away…  there’s no denying it.   The holiday season is officially upon us – let the celebrations begin!  

My favorite part of this time of year are the parties and gatherings – whether they be with family or friends, there’s nothing quite like spending time with the ones you love.  Twinkling lights, clinking glasses, platters overflowing with delicious treats and SO much laughter!  Silly as it may seem, one of my biggest dilemmas always seems to be the same…  “What do I wear?”  

Joden to the rescue!  We have the perfect gems and jewels for every occasion.  Whether you’re snuggled in for movie night in warm flannel jammies or glamming it up to dance the night away in sequins and heels – make sure your jewelry is from Joden.  

These platinum and white gold dangles are so festive!  Resembling snowflakes, each one features a .50 carat diamond at the center.  These round brilliants are surrounded by an additional eighty-six sparklers that have a combined weight of 2.25 carats!  These 1960’s vintage earrings are finely made; expertly set with bright white diamonds.  Add a bit of dazzle with these beauties for $4,800.00.

I absolutely adore the ultra-modern feel of these sleek numbers.  An 18 karat yellow gold marquise-shaped band encapsulates the outer edge of a fancy-cut lemon yellow citrine.  Reflecting light like a mirror, these earrings have a chic vibe about them.  Each stone swings freely from a long wire…  they’re available now for $2,100.00.

These flower-esque gems might have you asking “Are those earring old, or are they new?”  It’s a good question, considering that the center stones are rose cut diamonds – a cutting style that has been around for more than 150 years.  The diamonds weigh 1.00 carat each and are surrounded by a series of vibrant ruby petals.  The twenty-four rubies have a total weight of 3.00 carats!  These botanical beauties are brand new, moderately priced at $8,750.00.

These and countless others are waiting for you at Joden.  Stop in and find the ideal accessory for each and every holiday party on your calendar!  

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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Precious Patina

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Baubles, Bling, and  Oxidized Things

Made pre-1860, it’s impossible to say whether this crescent moon brooch is late Georgian or early Victorian.  What I can say is that it is near perfection.  Two rows of rose cut diamonds have been handset into individual sculpted seats, while a third center row is raised and fitted with eight buttercups.  Carefully fixed into each one is an Old Mine Cut diamond.  A ten-petaled flower sits atop the crescent.  Yet another Old Mine Cut diamond forms the middle of the blossom and is orbitted by ten pinched collets also featuring rose cut diamonds.  This romantic detail is one of my favorite parts of the brooch.

These photographs illustrate the labor intensive work that was needed to expertly craft this elegant beauty.  Ornate metal work is a trademark of the early 1800’s as is the two tone color of the profile…  rosy yellow gold has been topped with a layer of silver…  another little aspect that I adore.  My absolute favorite design element has to be that gorgeous patina.  Hundreds of years of exposure to air allowed this thin layer of oxidation to settle over every nook and cranny of the crescent moon.  This aging process adds another dimension to the piece that, to me, is everything.  Cleaning it would be a sin!  

Pair the pin with these earrings to complete your look.  Movement is the key to these gems!  The top portion (a lovely flower) stays stationary on the lobe, while the lower part swings freely.  This motion allows light to dance across the surface of the diamonds, creating a dazzling effect.  A matched pair of deep red rubies form the center of each earring.  They are surrounded by a ring of ten pinched collets – perfectly mimicking the design of the crescent moon!  

The two tone vibe of the brooch is also duplicated in the earrings as well as that dark patina, drawing yet another parallel between these vintage charmers.  Wear them alone or together, the choice is yours.  Make the brooch yours for $3,480 and the earrings for $4,700.  These pieces and so much more are available every day at Joden.

“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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All Tied Up

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Baubles, Bling, and Edwardian Things

This charming turn-of-the-century necklace has us all tied up in knots.  From the crest of each bow loop to the tip of those bezel set diamond dangles – it is absolutely enchanting.  A soft yellow gold has been topped with a layer of platinum, aged to perfection.  A glorious patina (heavier in the nooks and crannies) coats the surface and highlights each diamond detail.  These are clues, revealing the age…  early Edwardian, made around 1900.  Here are some photos from behind, showcasing the classic two tone style.

If only we could all look this good at nearly 120 years old!  The pendant itself measures less than two inches in length and hangs from a 17 inch split chain.  Each half of the delicate chain attaches to the loops of the most adorable little bow.  Made from fine filigree, it features a series of sixteen rose cut diamonds that are hand set into the scalloped edges and pointed tips of the tails.  One fully faceted diamond creates the knot in the center of the bow.  It is set within a tiny milgrain-edged bezel and completes the bow to perfection.

The final and perhaps most engaging element of this Edwardian pendant are the two drops…  one slightly longer than the other.  The narrowest of wires connects to the base of the bow with a nearly invisible hinge.  These drops get wider as they get longer and each one is set with three individual diamonds…  the largest of the stones finishing the dangle.  So much detail is encompassed within this relatively small piece!  A piece of jewelry like this, in pristine condition, commands a big price.  This beauty is available now for $1,480.00.

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

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

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