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Baubles, Bling and Inspired Things

Oscar Wilde once said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.  For centuries, artisans and jewelers have proven the truth in those words.  Inspiration for these craftsman was often found not by envisioning something new but rather by looking into the creations of years gone by.  

When I found these earrings, I immediately identified them as Victorian.  All the earmarks were there, beginning with the oval amethyst center stones.  Amethyst was a very popular gemstone in the 1800’s, especially in soft pale lavender shades like this. 

Held in place by a seamless circle of twenty claws, these two genuine stones have a combined weight of approximately 6.00 carats.  A tiny golden rope decorates the base of each setting.  The overall look is softened with the addition of a halo of seed pearls.  These natural beauties are carefully strung and secured in place with a singular strand of metal wire.  Simply lovely.

When I flipped one of the earrings over and the crisp “14K” hallmark appeared, I changed my mind.  I knew these were not authentic Victorian earrings from the 1800’s.  Instead, they were made in the 1950’s.  Stamping the 14-karat gold hallmark on jewelry began in 1932, making it impossible for these little charmers to be truly Victorian.  They’re a revival…  a tradition that honors the style and technique of a previous period.  The Victorian era encompassed most of the 19th century and showcased some of the most iconic antique jewelry of all time, it’s easy to understand why jewelers in the 1950’s were compelled to re-create it. 

Revival jewelry is often more readily available and in better condition than the antique pieces they’ve been modeled after.  Additionally, age and condition are directly correlated to price…  so a pristine piece of Victorian jewelry could command quite a high price.  Because these revival earrings are only 70 years old and not 170 years old…  they’re quite reasonable.  Priced at just $725.00, they’re a great and affordable alternative to authentic antique earrings.  Call us at 800-747-7552 to make them yours today.

“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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Baubles, Bling, and Recycled Things

Beauty has been defined and redefined in thousands of ways.  Jewelry is often the subject of those definitions.  Designers and style icons offer ideas of what is on trend for the season.  But, are they truly fresh, new ideas?  Or are styles simply reworked and brought back to life?  The vintage jewelry at Joden is a constant reminder that every style is a throwback.  A revival, if you will.

The bracelet pictured above is no exception.  Known as Etruscan Revival, the style of this piece is timeless.  Original Etruscan jewelry dates back to the 3rd and 4th centuries, however, this piece wasn’t crafted until the end of the 19th century, during the 1890’s.

I don’t know when we acquired this bracelet… but I know that I have clasped it around my wrist at least a dozen times.  I have admired the matte finish of the brassy yellow gold, expressed a secret smile over the small daisy-like flowers, and I have carefully run my fingernail over the tiny rows of beads that create the delicate design.

Etruscan Bangle  Etruscan Bangle Daisy Trim

Granulation is a form of gold work in which tiny beads of high karat gold are applied in geometric or linear patterns to a high karat gold surface.  It is utilized to perfection in this classic piece.  The natural warmth and richness of the metal speaks for itself, no gemstones or other ornamentation is needed.

This bracelet, a true antique, is on point with jewelry trends for this season.  It’s a statement bangle, no layering is required here.  It would be a truly spectacular addition to any wardrobe; perfect for a night out or able to be worn every day.  Come in and try it for yourself.

“You can go to a museum and look, or you can come to us and touch.”
Written by Carrie Martin

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Baubles, Bling and Tempting Things

It beckons to me.  Joden Jewelers is fraught with temptation: brimming with antique jewelry – rings for each finger, bracelets, pendants, pearls – more pins than I can count.  I am surrounded by vintage jewels every day.  Victorian, Art Deco, Retro, and Modern; I love it all.  One-of-a-kind treasures that are hand selected for this singular store.  There is only one Joden, and it is known for beauty.

For over forty-six years, Joe Muraski has bet on beautiful jewelry.  Joden is internationally recognized as a leading source for the world’s finest antique, estate, and modern jewelry.  From the enameled purple pansy to the renowned Art Deco ring (both pictured above), the selection is both eclectic and enticing.

At Joden, cultivating customers is our ultimate goal.  We are story-tellers…  spinning a tale of history, artistry, and romance.  Joy and a sense of pride are created each time an exquisite piece of jewelry is paired with the perfect recipient.  Vast product knowledge, skill, and finesse are necessary tools of our trade.  We embrace the lavish inventory, uncovering memoirs of the past and creating heirlooms of the future.

I have been lucky enough to work at Joden Jewelers for over twelve years.  Early on, I discovered that my job at Joden was actually a lifelong career.  My voracious appetite for the valuable education offered here allowed me to pursue my passion and find my voice.  It has taken me from apprentice to master and now from student to teacher.  I am embarking on a journey, and invite you to join me.  I will be doing the writing, but the jewelry will speak for itself.  Welcome to Joden Girl.

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Written by Carrie Martin

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