Spot the Not

 Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling and Curious Things

Customers are always surprised to discover that synthetic gemstones have been around for quite awhile…  nearly 150 years!  It’s a common misconception that just because a piece is old then it must be real.  Time after time we have had to break the news that a beloved family heirloom is unfortunately NOT a priceless treasure.  More often than not, the true value of grandma’s ring is found in the memories of her wearing it rather than the rocks and metal it’s made from.

The inventory at Joden boasts a vast cache of Victorian riches including several little trinkets featuring a variety of imitation, synthetic and even glass stones.  Each of them is original and authentic, adding to their individual appeal.  

Recently, I stumbled across these two beauties…  a nearly perfect pair.  Both the ring and the bangle are from the late Victorian era, circa 1885.  Each one is meticulously crafted from rosy 14 karat gold.   The style is simultaneously simplistic and striking…  a harmonious balance that can be difficult to achieve.  While they each have a brilliant red center stone, one contains a red spinel and the other is synthetic.  Can you spot the not?

The triple banded open-shank of the ring is an ideal complement to the sparkling halo of diamonds.  There is an eclectic mix of cuts contained within…  there are single-cuts, Old Mine Cuts, European Cuts and even one round brilliant.  The unusual selection probably indicates that stones have been replaced over the years, adding another element of charm to the history of the piece.  It’s available on our site for just $1,380.00.

The bangle displays a singular knife-edged top with a round, tubular bottom bow.  A hidden push-button clasp releases the side, allowing it to open for ease of use.  The cushion-shaped center section glows with 1.25 carats of Old Mine Cut diamonds, arranged in an elegant halo motif.  Although it’s not on our site, it’s available in our showroom for $2,250.00.

Perhaps you’re wondering, which center stone is which?  Or maybe you’ve jumped ahead and discovered the answer for yourself by clicking the link to our site.  While each stone is bright and beautiful, it’s the ring that contains the genuine red spinel and the bangle features an authentic synthetic center.  Which one would you choose?  Better yet – why choose when you can have both!

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

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

Joe’s Special Box – Volume 40

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling, and A Collector’s Things

I’m completely enchanted by this delicate beauty… a perfect vintage ring that looks like a tiny bow.  I first introduced you to it several months ago in a post about the “B” word…  budget!  The holidays are definitely a time when our family budget is on my mind.  I’m sure it weighs on many of you, as well.  I love that this piece is totally budget friendly, priced at just $1400.

Made from 18 karat white gold with a .25 carat diamond center, who wouldn’t want to tie the knot with this darling engagement ring?

It’s all about the details.  Milgrain beads create a subtle border for the loops on each side of the bright round diamond center.  Six single cut diamonds wink from each shoulder, adding extra sparkle.  The shank is made with a knife-edge peak in the center, another small detail that makes all the difference.  If you or someone you know is planning a Christmas proposal, Joden Jewelers is the place to be.  This one-of-a-kind ring is waiting for you. 

This holiday season, let our experts help you find the perfect gift for every name on your list.  

“You can go to our site and look, then come to Joden and touch.”

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Carrie Martin and Shelly Isacco

Holiday Hours: December 14th-22nd.  We will be open until 8pm for your shopping convenience.

Joe’s Special Box – Volume 31

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling, and A Collector’s Things

Vintage diamond engagement rings are always in demand at Joden.  One of the things we hear most often is “I don’t want a ring that looks like everyone else’s.”  Our customers crave uniqueness and individuality.  Pieces made during the Edwardian and Art Deco periods offer just that…  quality with distinction, real style.  Often times, these little beauties never make it past Joe’s Special Box.  He scoops them up because he also knows their value and rarity.  It’s becoming more and more difficult to find these rings.

Earlier this week, I found this gem tucked into a tray of new purchases in Joe’s office.  Coincidentally, this is exactly how I stumbled upon my own engagement ring nearly twenty years ago.  It was just laying on a tray in the office…  waiting for me.  After all these years, I love my ring just as much as I did the day I got it.  Here’s my ring and wedding band…  and also another picture of this week’s featured piece.  Alot of similarities there, right?


Made entirely of platinum at the end of the Art Deco period, this sweet little ring caught my eye immediately!  I love the simplistic three-stone appeal of it.  Set with a .66 carat round diamond in the center, and flanked by a pair of single cut diamonds, it’s timeless perfection – priced at $3,500.00.

Just as my ring was waiting for me. this engaging enchantress is at Joden – waiting for you.

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

Photos and writing by Carrie Martin

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