This or That – Volume 10

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling and Art Deco Rings

Let’s play an easy little game where you choose between two things…

  • 14-karat or 18-karat?
  • Subtle Style or Statement Piece?
  • Natural or Imitation?

In the 10th edition of “This or That,” we are waffling between a dynamic duo of Art Deco rings.  Although they have many similarities – there are also some minute differences that just might tip the scale one way or the other.

Let’s compare… both rings were made in the Art Deco era – the years between 1915-1935.  Arguably the most popular period, Art Deco jewelry was influenced by architecture featuring geometric patterns with straight lines, squares and other shapes to created stunning designs.  Both rings have a rectangular shape accented by blue sapphires and diamonds.  

So much the same and yet so different.  We first shared this beauty a few months ago, featuring it on our social media and our website.  It’s made from 18-karat white gold.  The elongated rectangle sits east to west across the finger with a series of four french-cut natural Ceylon sapphires spanning the center.  These bright blue gems have a combined weight of 1.oo carat.  Surrounding them are twenty-four rose cut diamonds that offer .60 carat of shimmering sparkle.  Priced at $2,400.00 – it’s available now.

This newly acquired stunner is made from 14-karat white gold.  Much like the first ring, this piece also has french cut sapphires across the center…  however, there are only three and these ones are synthetic.  Many people assume that because a ring is antique, the stones must be natural.  In reality, imitation stones were first made in the 1870’s!  And so, although these sapphires aren’t earth-mined, they are original to the ring.  Set in two rows on either side of the center are six single-cut diamonds that have a combined weight of .20 carat.  This ring is also available on our site, priced at just $1,450.00.

And so…  whether you prefer 14-karat or 18-karat white gold;  or whether natural Ceylon sapphires or imitation sapphires suit your fancy…  we have a ring for you.  With both beauties featured on our site, the choice is yours.  Will you select the subtle style of this 18-karat white gold charmer with natural blue sapphires or perhaps you’re crazy for that 14-karat white gold statement ring with imitation sapphires.  This or that?

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


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Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

What’s New – Volume 80

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling and the Latest Things

Just last week, we shared this sapphire ring, and you guys went crazy for it.  Made in the early 1940’s, it offers elements of both the Art Deco and Retro eras.  Because you loved the ring, we couldn’t resist sharing these earrings.  Made in the same time period, they pair perfectly with the ring.  

Made from 14-karat white gold with fold-over backs, these beauties clasp snugly on the ear and stay where you put them!  You could Foxtrot the night away without a single worry.  Shaped to resemble a knotted bow, these dazzling darlings measure approximately .75 inches from the top to the bottom.  Bringing the bling are fifty-two round single-cut diamonds.  This cut utilizes just seventeen facets instead of the traditional fifty-eight.  They have a decidedly vintage feel and were widely used during the 19th and early 20th centuries.  These fifty -two sparklers have a combined weight of 1.75 carats. 

Hinting at the Art Deco influence, there are also twelve baguette diamonds.  These step-cut rectangular stones form arches on the outer sides of the bow and have a combined weight of .50 carat bringing the total diamond weight to 2.25 carats!  The entire surface is decked out with gems; they glitter from every angle.  Much like the sapphire ring from last week, these earrings offer a lot of look for their size.  Shown on the ear, they’re very wearable.

Reasonably priced at $2,150.00, they’re the latest addition to our antique & estate department.  You won’t find them on our website – they’re only available in the store.  Stop by and check them out for yourself.

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

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

This or That – Volume Three

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling and Two Little Rings

There is no more perfect gift than jewelry.  From silver hoops to diamond rings, pretty little baubles bring ear to ear smiles – sometimes even tears.  Jewelry is personal…  it takes time and consideration to select just the right piece.  It’s an absolute pleasure to play a small part in each one of these experiences.  

In recent years, we have noticed a strong trend in the market…  guests are shopping for themselves.  Women are buying earrings, necklaces and right-hand rings.  Our customers avidly check our website for new arrivals.  They send us messages on Instagram and Facebook, asking questions about each treasure we post.  Ladies come in often to see our latest finds and conversions.  Jewelry has become a gift that you give yourself.  

In the jewelry world, we always say that we sell what we love.  Dana and I have proven that to be true time and again.  We are constantly on the lookout for our next obsession.  For the last couple of weeks, this sweet Mid Century Modern ring has been talking to me.  When I brought it to Dana to photograph, she mentioned that she had been drawn to it as well.  We have a winner!  Made in the 1950’s from 14 karat white gold, it combines bold swirls with tiny beaded trim and the smallest hint of sparkle.  I love the east/west orientation of the oval shape, it adds a contemporary spin.  Priced at just $250.00, it offers a big look for smaller budgets.  

This ring, also made in the 1950’s, is every bit as appealing as the first one.  Even though it’s vintage, it’s new to us.  It, too, rocks that east/west vibe.  I love the three diagonal diamond rows that form the top of the band.  Set with a series of sixteen single-cut diamonds, this ring has .30 carat of bling.  My favorite detail are those two tiny triangular windows…  they open up the design, allowing  just a peep of skin to show through.  This 14 karat white gold gem is available now for just $675.00.

These Mid Century beauties are just SO good.  If you’ve never purchased a piece of jewelry for yourself, these are two prime candidates.  I know which one my favorite is…  but tell me which would you buy for yourself?  Are you crazy over this budget-friendly charmer for only $250 or would you prefer that diamond dazzler for $675?  This or that?

“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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