I have a treat for you today, my darlings. Remember a couple of weeks ago when I told you all about Joden and then left you hanging, promising more photos at a to-be-determined time?
That time is now.
Here I am with the lovely Shelly of Joden, frolicking around Gove City wearing a truly staggering amount of Art Deco diamonds and pearls.
That’s a great advantage of visiting jewelry stores in tiny towns: it’s reasonably safe if you decide to put on all their inventory and go run around outside. Definitely bring a friend, though. It’s (probably) safer and definitely more fun that way.
As we discussed last time, Joden is a world-class jewelry store tucked away in an unassuming little town in rural Pennsylvania. I spent a whole day there, having my mind blown by incredible treasures from the obscure and antique to the innovative and brand new.
The charismatic owner, Joe Murawski, told me before I visited that Joden has the best of everything from $5 to $500,000 and oh, my darlings, they truly do. (They also love to buy jewelry, so if you have treasures to sell, give them a call!)
We saw quite a good sampling before, but there’s still more where that came from. Hold on to your hats.
Did you enjoy that giant stack of Art Deco diamonds bracelets up above?? I definitely had fun wearing them. Or draping them on myself, at least. It takes a while to fasten that many bracelets.
This brooch is a slightly earlier piece, a daydream-worthy example of the Art Nouveau style. It’s gold with plique-a-jour enamel: that’s the colorful parts that look like stained glass.
This is a signed piece by notable French jeweler and sculptor Joë Descomps. It shows a delicately detailed couple relaxing in front of the ocean and bears a French assay mark that dates to the year 1900.
Just a super dreamy little brooch! I’m obsessed with the colors in this piece – I want to dive in.
One of the most important things you should remember about Joden is that they love to buy jewelry. And not just for scrap – where do you think all of their fabulous inventory comes from?
So if you have some pieces in your collection that you’re not wearing anymore, give Joden a call.* Maybe they’ll want to take them off your hands and then you’ll have jewelry box space and funds to go hunt down a new treasure. Joe’s son and the store’s co-owner, Jay, handles the buying for the store: it truly is a family business.
* You can find contact info here, or just call (724) 458-1111.
Here’s another one of the showstoppers from the mini-museum display cases at Joden. This piece combines Egyptian revival style and Etruscan revival style for a stunning antique treasure. There’s a locket on the back, intended for a lock of hair or similar keepsake, but it’s currently empty.
There’s a reason that this store’s slogan is “You can go to a museum and look…or you can come to us and touch (ownership possibilities available).”
It’s almost an understatement to call this micromosaic “museum quality.” This micromosaic is the level that other micromosaics dream of being. Just look at it! We’re fairly close to it and it’s hard to tell it’s a mosaic – the execution is so precise that it looks more like a painting.
A few favorites from Joe’s glorious boxes full of rings! Most of these came from the 3+ carats box.
Before we end, I want to talk about one of the comments I received on my last blog post about Joden. The comment was from a fellow jewelry lover who also loves Joden, and she wanted me to know that while she enjoyed my article, she thought I didn’t spend enough time emphasizing the loveliness of the store’s staff.
That’s a really important point, so I wanted to make sure I focused on it this time: Joden is blessed with a truly wonderful array of people. Everyone is as welcoming as they are knowledgeable; they’re equally happy to let you handle a $200 ring or a $300,000 bracelet because they genuinely enjoy telling you about the jewelry.
That means that Joden is always worth a visit, even if you don’t plan on buying (or selling) anything that day.
This brooch is similar in age to the Art Nouveau plique-a-jour piece we saw up above, but (as I’m sure you can see) it’s stylistically very different.
This piece – which I cannot look at without being overcome, because I love it SO MUCH – features a painted enamel woman coyly peering out at the world from behind a mask that she is not quite wearing, with a pearl earring and a veil in her hair adorned with flowers and more pearls. She is utterly perfect and I want to know her secrets.
When I left Joden at the end of the day, I had spent hours playing in the cases at the front of the store and I had only just begun to dive into their inventory in the back.
Look at labels on these cases!! These are some of the rings that didn’t even make it out onto the floor. I’m going to have to visit again.
If you want more Joden, be sure to check out their website, their fabulous Instagram, and the Joden Girl blog to see more of their incredible inventory. Whether you’re looking to sell some of your own pieces or are on the hunt for something specific, just give Joden a call – there’s a good chance they’ll be able to help you.
You can go to a museum and look…or you can come to us and touch (ownership possibilities available).
144 South Broad Street
Grove City, PA 16127
(800) 747-7552 | (724) 458-1111
This sponsored post is brought to you by Joden.