Joe’s Special Box – Volume 42

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling, and A Collector’s Things

Antique jewelry often needs to be admired from more than one angle.  Artisans hand-crafted each piece with a passion for detail and design.  A gorgeous Siberian Amethyst weighing 14.50 carats brings a bright burst of color to this Art Nouveau charmer.  And while it is truly captivating, it’s not the star of this show.  This is one piece best enjoyed from behind…  it is simply stunning.

Art Nouveau jewelry is a celebration of nature and the female form.  This ring is wholly dedicated to botanical beauty.  Three dimensional articulated leaves and flowers entwine to create a haven for the deep purple gem.  The free-thinking craftsmen of the late 19th century were not fixated on symmetry but rather on the ambiance or feeling evoked by the jewel.  Therefore, it’s no surprise that one side of this ring has but a single blossom while the other has a trio of blooms.  A dark natural patina has developed in the veins of each leaf and the base of each petal adding yet another dimension to this decadent antique ring.  

This is exactly the kind of ring that Joe tucks into his special box.  It has everything…  antique appeal, glorious color, superb craftsmanship, and unmistakable uniqueness.  Rings like this don’t come around very often, and when they do…  Joe has a tendency to squirrel them away!  So, when you visit us at Joden – be sure to ask about Joe’s Special Box and the treasures that hide there.

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

Writing and photos by Carrie Martin

An Awakening

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling, and Thoughts of Spring

I’m a Pennsylvania girl…  all my life, I have watched the seasons change.  From those first snowflakes floating in the crisp air to witnessing the leaves turn from bright green to blaze orange and ruby red; my kids are anxious for that first 80-degree day – signaling the beginning of summer vacation… each one is special, a sign of things to come.  But I think my favorite sign is the first crocus of Spring.  After a long winter’s sleep, it’s a grand awakening.  Those delicate yellow, white, and purple petals push through the frozen ground and breach the snow.  Each one is reaching for the sun.  It’s a magical time of new beginnings.

This bracelet reminds me of those crocus petals.  Constructed of a rosy 14 karat gold, it’s a row of ten square frames, each one identical.  Four perfectly matched Siberian amethyst form a stunning flower in the middle of each link.  There are forty pear-shaped stones in all – totalling over fifty carats of gem fine amethyst. 

Upon closer inspection, you’ll notice that each flower features a delicate gold center.  I love the sheer simplicity of the design. 

This little brooch is the ideal complement to the bracelet…  Made at the end of the 19th century, this Art Nouveau beauty is darling.  A duo of cushion cut amethyst flank a tiny white enameled flower; a single diamond winking from its center.  The beauty of this brooch lies in the classic clean lines.

With this bracelet looped around your wrist and the brooch pinned to your lapel, you’re sure to have a smile on your face.  Just like those first crocuses of Spring, they’ll make you happy. 

“Go to our site and look, them come to Joden and touch.”

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Shelly Isacco

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