Timeless Appeal

 Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling and Edwardian Elegance

Whether you call it Edwardian or perhaps Belle Epoque, this ring is the epitome of elegance.  Measuring nearly an inch in length, it almost reaches from knuckle to knuckle on my hand.  The delicate shank is formed from a pair of 14 karat yellow gold wires… nestled together to form the band, then splitting to create a “Y” on each side of the ring.  Both arms of the “Y” are joined to the intricate frame that outlines the base of the design.  

A small kite-shaped segment lies within those arms, the apex of it forging a bond with the parallel borders of the lacy structure.  The overall shape of the ring reminds me of a stained glass window, although the only color in this window is the crisp white platinum top layer and the warm yellow gold frame.  It’s classic Edwardian at it’s absolute finest.

Three bezel set Old Mine Cut diamonds create a line of vertical stations down the center of the ring.  These sparklers are ringed with concentric platinum wire circles.  The elongated outline is hand set with thirty additional Old Mine Cut diamonds – 1.00 carat in all.  It’s breathtakingly beautiful; striking the perfect balance between a bold size and incredibly fine detail.  

The Edwardian era is the shortest period in jewelry beginning in 1901 and culminating with the end of Edward VII’s reign in 1910.  In just nine years, artisans produced some of the most iconic jewelry of the 20th century.  This gem is no exception, priced at $3,250.00 – it’s available on our site now.  You don’t have to take my word for it, check it out for yourself.

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

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

Go Green

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling and Colorful Things

What’s the first thing that attracts you to a piece of jewelry?  Are you drawn to sparkle?  Is it design?  Some people love delicate jewels, while others go for physically large chunky pieces.  For me, it is almost always about color.  From the metal to the gems – I love vibrant, rich color!  

That’s what makes Art Nouveau my favorite period…  all those glorious enamels; color on color on color.  This bracelet is an unusual example from that time, dating near the end of the period…  circa 1910.  The two tone metal framework has an Edwardian feel while the Plique-À-Jour style of enameling is decidedly Art Nouveau. 

Shown here from behind, you can see the elaborate structure of the bracelet.  This series of nine identical square-shaped links was handmade…  like a stained glass window, each cell is specifically crafted to enhance the green and gold enamel held inside.

Carefully set on the front of each section are five bezel set diamonds, welded in an equal-armed cross formation.  This symbol is often thought to represent the four seasons…  nature in perfect balance.  Combined with the color green – the hue of life and renewal – this bracelet is truly harmonious.  

This piece is definitely a departure for me…  it’s not what I would call beautiful, but rather handsome.  Being over one hundred years old, this antique is in excellent condition.  From the spiderweb of 18 karat rosy gold underneath to the strong lines of white gold on top – this crossover bracelet is clearly a conversation starter.  Spark a discussion at your house for just $9500.

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

Writing and Photos by Carrie Martin

We’ve Got the Blues

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling, and Cerulean Things

Did you ever take one of those Facebook quizzes…  like “What is the color of your soul?”  For me, the answer is always blue.  When I was a teenager, I had a mood ring.  It didn’t seem to matter what my mood was, the stone never changed colors…  it was a constant shade of blue.  It makes perfect sense…  whether it be cobalt, denim, indigo or teal; midnight, navy, cyan or cerulean – blue is my jam.  It reminds me of a beautiful summer sky and long lazy days at the ocean.  It speaks to me…

You can imagine how much I love each of these bands!  From the enameled Lily of the Valley on the left to the swirls of blue enamel in the center, and ending with modern circles of white gold and blue enamel on the right – each ring is more unique than the last.

    

The first band is an 18 karat white gold wide band with a cobalt blue enamel backdrop featuring a Lily of the Valley design.  The leaves are a bright green enamel with a tiny fully faceted round brilliant diamond forming each flower.  The flowers invert with each blossom to create an endless pattern.  This ring would make a perfect right hand ring or a non-traditional wedding band.  It’s available on our site for just $1300.00.

The second band is also created from 18 karat white gold.  The unique design of this piece is reminiscent of a stained glass window.  Sections of white gold are used to create the circular framework, and a bright blue enamel fills each space to finish the look.  This kind of enameling is called plique-a-jour.  Priced at just $1200.00, this unusual piece is also available on our site. 

Chase away the blues with one of these stylish and fun bands!  Check them out on our site or drop by our showroom today.  You won’t be singing the blues anymore!

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

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Shelly Isacco

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