Getting Personal with the Personnel – Volume 6

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling and Insider Information

With a passion for cooking, she’s the queen of “Hello Fresh”.  Morning conversations with her always revolve around last night’s dinner or inquiries about what we’re ordering for lunch that day.  She’s always game for a McDonald’s run and she’s the first one to bring in a plate of homemade Christmas cookies to share.  She’s sugar, spice and everything nice…  meet Amy.

She just celebrated five years with Joden Jewelers.  Having spent most of her professional career in retail sales, she was a natural fit for our team.  She came highly recommended; we were lucky to steal her away!  With a cheerful smile and outgoing personality, it didn’t take long for customers to start asking for Amy by name.  She has a knack for finding the perfect piece for everyone, Amy truly treasures the rapport that she has developed with a few special customers.  

Occasionally we’ll have a quiet Saturday morning at the store and over the years Joe has utilized this time to teach us about jewelry and salesmanship.  Like mini history lessons or science instructions, we have learned about everything from the origin of a particular gemstone to the historical relevance of mourning jewelry.  According to Amy, this is the most unique aspect of working at Joden… each day there is something new to learn.    

The best part of writing about each of my co-workers has been discovering what everyone’s most and least favorite pieces of jewelry are.  Amy was no exception – although she didn’t exactly follow the rules (no surprise there!).  For her favorite piece, Amy selected her own ring – this lovely Victorian three-stone ring (shown above on her middle finger).  It’s a intricately detailed 14-karat two tone filigree band with three old cut diamonds.  Since Amy already claimed that beauty for herself, she selected this little charmer just for you.

Made from 18-karat gold, this authentic ring features a 1.30 carat Old European Cut diamond in the center.  Set flush with the octagonal-shaped top of the ring, this beauty has a hint of color that brings warmth to the stone.  The accompanying certificate grades the stone as a K-L color and VS1-VS2 in clarity.  Featuring hand-engraved patterns and pierced openings, this ring is appraised for $9,350.00.  At Joden, we are offering it for just $6,375.00.  It will be on our site soon. 

Amy selected this unusual bracelet as her least favorite piece.  The trumpet-like design of the bracelet is bold.  Made from 18-karat yellow gold, it is set with alternating cabochon stones of green chalcedony and caramel colored carnelian.  Each of these stones is capped with yet another stone of a contrasting color.  The green chalcedony has a tiny ruby on each while the carnelian has a small round tsavorite.  The overall design is striking, both in size and color.

While there is no doubt that the craftsmanship of this bracelet is superb, this prominent piece is simply too flashy for Amy.  If you love audacious jewels that speak for themselves – this bracelet is available for $6,900.00.

You can see these beauties (Amy and the jewelry) in our store.  Stop by and introduce yourself.  Amy is sure to either find you the perfect piece of jewelry OR she’ll share a recipe or two.  Perhaps both!  Either way, you win!

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

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

Joe’s Special Box – Volume 136

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling, and A Collector’s Things

If you’ve been searching for a ring that is truly unique, look no further.  This unusual find from Joe’s Special Box dates back to the Mid-Victorian period.  Made entirely of silver, this beauty offers a lovely elongated shape that sits perfectly on the finger. 

Each of the twelve diamonds set in the ring are rose cuts.  Every one is held within an open back setting, a detail of Victorian era gems.  Earlier Georgian pieces utilized closed-back construction.  These openings allow for light to reach the diamonds and also add ease to the cleaning process.  The primitive rose cut showcases a flat back with a domed and lightly faceted top.  Said to sparkle best in candle light, this early diamond cut reached a peak of popularity when candles became readily available to everyone, not just the wealthy.  Diamond sales surged with the advances in the candle making process.  

The center rose cut is a pear-shape.  It is surrounded by a series of eleven more diamonds set in the leaf-like details of the ring.  The combined weight of all twelve stones is approximately .50 carat.  Over the past 160 years, the silver framework of the ring has tarnished to black…  this patina is the very thing that makes me love this ring.  It speaks to the age of this antique gem and although it could be cleaned, it would change the feel of the ring entirely.  Now a featured item on our website, this beauty from the mid-1860’s is available for $2,500.00.

“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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