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

Getting Personal with the Personnel – Volume 2

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling and Insider Information

This week, we’re focusing on the newest member of the Joden staff.  Beverly re-joined our team just three months ago; but much like myself, it’s her second time around.  She spent nineteen years with the company in the 1980’s and 1990’s.  I have had the great pleasure of working with her both times. Beverly’s smile is contagious and her outgoing personality makes her a favorite with our customers.  

One of the most important aspects of our job is making connections.  Good salesmanship is about listening to the wants and needs of the customer then finding the perfect piece to fulfill those wishes.  Key factors in the process are a strong grasp of the inventory, the vision to re-imagine a potential piece and the ability to really understand what the customer is saying.  This is Beverly’s area of expertise.  In fact, more than one customer has remarked on her keen ability to read their mind!

Boasting thousands of pieces of jewelry, the treasures at Joden abound.  Whether you’re looking for something as simple as a pendant chain or a true one-of-a-kind antique gem from the Victorian era… there’s no doubt that Joden has both and everything in between.  Beverly affirmed that this is the very thing that sets our store apart from all the others.  

When asked to choose her most and least favorite pieces, these are the two things that Bev selected.  First is a large amulet-style pendant from the 1990’s.  Handmade from sterling silver, this unusual piece measures 6 inches from top to bottom and over 2.5 inches across.  A cognac colored rutilated quartz crystal forms the bottom of the pendant.  Distributed randomly throughout this unique gem are needle-like inclusions that enhance the value and beauty of the stone.  Hinged in the center, the top portion opens to reveal a hexagonal hidden compartment.  Signed “Som’s,” it was designed by Zack Hart.  His vision was brought to life by the artisan Kadek.  This limited edition was one of only thirty pieces made and is available now for just $1,500.  

Beverly’s second selection is this pair of platinum diamond earrings.  Made to resemble tiny crowns, these remarkable earrings are set with a matched pair of round diamonds that have a combined weight of 1.30 carats.  There are fifty-six more diamonds set within the arches and band of each crown that offer an additional .50 carat of sparkling brilliance.  Not your typical diamond stud earrings, these uncommon gems are priced at $3,350.00.  

You might have a guess as to which of these two is Bev’s most favorite and which is her least favorite.  The answer just may surprise you!  If you drop by the showroom, you’re likely to catch her wearing the silver amulet – she loves it and relishes every opportunity to enjoy it.  As for the diamond earrings, they’re not big enough to satisfy Bev’s larger-than-life style.  As far as diamonds go, her philosophy is “the bigger, the better”!

When I asked Beverly to reveal something that people don’t know about her…  she couldn’t think of a thing and called herself an open book.  Drop by the store and introduce yourself to Beverly, the newest gem at Joden. 

“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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