Llamas, Unicorns, and Bears – Oh my!

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Baubles, Bling, and Cuddly Things

Last weekend I spent a few moments helping my youngest son choose a Valentine’s Day gift for his girlfriend.  He’s eleven…  so, naturally, we were in an aisle surrounded by soft and cuddly plush creations.  The assortment was wild; we saw everything from llamas to unicorns…  including an astonishing array of teddy bears.  In an attempt to find the perfect one, we ambled around – cuddling and squeezing each bear as we went.  I found my mind wandering – stretching to remember the story of how the teddy bear came to be.  

In 1902, the 26th President of the United States – Teddy Roosevelt – embarked on an iconic hunting expedition.  Nearing the end of the trip, Roosevelt was the only hunter who hadn’t killed a bear.  The other participants encouraged him to shoot a captured bear, but he refused – deeming it unsportsmanlike.  The news spread, and a local candy company created a stuffed animal in his honor.  They dubbed it “Teddy’s Bear”.  And the rest, as they say, is history.

 

For more than 100 years, teddy bears have been beloved by adults and children all over the world.  Perhaps that is what inspired the creation of this sweet brooch.  Made from hand-textured 18 karat yellow gold, this modern pin is absolutely enchanting.  From the fully faceted round diamond in his belly button to his bright sparkling ruby eyes, he is simply irresistible.  I love every bit of him – from the top of his ears to his rounded paws!  I can see this pinned on the lapel of a wool winter jacket or a thick cozy scarf.  Our bear is sure to bring as much joy as any teddy bear ever did. 

My son and I were successful at the end of our shopping trip.  We snuggled at least two dozen bears.  We laughed over some of the more eccentric choices.  We fought the Valentine’s Day crowd and won!  He selected a cute little gift box, a sleeve of Three Musketeers (every girl needs a little chocolate), and a small, extra squishy bridle-furred pup!  No matter how cute the bear, it can’t compare to a boy and his dog.  

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

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A Trio of Tenderness

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Baubles, Bling, and Romantic Things

It’s already the second Friday in January…  the month is flying by.  Temperatures have dropped below freezing; for the first time, it actually feels like winter.  Days like this make me want to snuggle back down under the covers and stay in bed all day!  

What better way to warm up the day than with a bit of high karat gold?  This beautiful Art Nouveau bracelet is a ray of sunshine on an otherwise dreary morning.  The piece appears quite simple at first glance, however, close inspection reveals the true beauty in each golden link.  Made at the end of the 19th century, this bracelet features a trio of hearts made in classic Repoussé style (three dimensional design work that is achieved by raising the gold from the back side).  It creates a gorgeous high relief look.  Two rows of interlocking rings pass through the center of the largest heart.  Every loop has been handcrafted, with an outer and an inner ring, providing the strength needed to wear this bracelet every day.  

This second pictures shows the bracelet stretched out to it’s full glory – just the way it would look on the wrist.  It’s available in our showroom now, priced at $1,900.00 – just in time for Valentine’s Day! 

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

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

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