At Jeff Johnson & Co., we believe that family is one of the most important things in life. At no time is this more apparent than during the holidays when family members come together to celebrate traditions and create memories that last a lifetime.
Several years ago, Jeff Johnson wanted to make a gold pendant for his mother—one that would replicate a Christmas ornament that his grandmother used to hang on a tiny tree that sat on the family’s grand piano. That tree was decorated with diorama-like, hand-blown ornaments that housed tiny Christmas scenes. It was a tradition the family enjoyed for many years.
As time went on, the project, which began as a piece of jewelry, grew into a piece of art. With the help of his father, Johnson created an intricate 6-inch nativity scene inside an ornament of gold strands. The piece took two years to build and about 1,000 man hours. It was featured on the front page of the newspaper, and was temporarily displayed at COSI.
Johnson then took on a second project. This time he created a similar piece that replicated his grandparents’ Christmas tree. And two years after that, he made a gold wreath that resembled the holly wreaths that hung in the windows of his grandparents’ home. The original wreaths featured candles, and bubbles appeared in the candles when you plugged them in. Johnson used diamonds to depict those bubbles.
“That house in Old Arlington was the center of the family universe,” Johnson recalls. “So I created a trilogy of things that reminded me of my grandmother’s home during Christmas.” Thanks to his talent and dedication, these beautiful pieces of artwork will live forever.
The one-of-a-kind ornaments are on display in our showroom until New Year’s Day. We hope you’ll come in and see for yourself just how exquisite they really are!
Jeff Johnson & Co. is a full-service jeweler located in Upper Arlington, Ohio. We specialize in custom engagement rings, keepsakes for significant moments, and giving new life to family heirlooms. Our gemologists are trained by the Gemological Institute of America, and they work closely with each customer to ensure that we meet your vision and beyond. Stop by our showroom at 5025 Arlington Centre Blvd. (off Henderson Road), call 614-459-8890, orjjandcompany.com. You can also follow us on Facebook at Jeff Johnson & Co.