In Loving Memory

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Baubles, Bling and Mourning Rings

Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter… 

Duck Face, Kissy Face, Smize, or Squnich…

Millenials are memorializing every detail of their lives, from the most mundane to the downright inappropriate – it’s all there on social media for the world to see.  I’m not averse to it…  I’ve been known to pose for a selfie or two, send out snaps and check in with my girls on Facebook – but some life events deserve more than a quick pic and a hasty status update.  Things like engagements and weddings, or perhaps when a new life begins, and certainly when a life ends. 

They were doing it right two hundred years ago.  When a loved one passed away, the bereavement process often included the creation of a special piece of jewelry; it was called mourning jewelry.  These unique treasures usually included the name of the deceased person as well as their death date.  Many also included a special compartment for a lock of hair.  These small trinkets were handed out at the funeral while more elaborate styles were worn by family members. 

These are just three of the mourning rings we have here at Joden.  Black enamel was a recurring theme in this type of jewelry (as you can see) as were pearls, urns, and flowers.  Each one of these rings is engraved (from left to right)…

  • T.T.J.  14.12.1893
  • M.H.C. Mourant died 6th Oct. 1866
  • W:  Terry OB: 24 Oct: 1809: AE 53

    

The trio of rings on the left are all very similar to each other; the hair receiver on top surrounded by natural pearls (usually signifying the loss of a child).  Only one of them actually contains hair – the other two are still waiting for someone to fill them.  The ring on the right was made in the Georgian period.  The delicate blonde tresses inside have been plaited into a basket-weave pattern completely surrounded by sparkling purple gemstones. 

    

Quite a lot of the mementos made in the 1800’s were brooches and lockets, like the ones shown here.  The two pins in the foreground are exceptional examples of the fine workmanship that mourning jewelry is known for.  The locket in the background is covered in a layer of black enamel with a pearl-centered flower on the front.  As you can see in the photo on the right, the locket appears to have never been used…  the original blue silk is still inside in pristine condition.

I readily admit that when one of my sons is doing something particularly adorable or noteworthy, the first thing I reach for is my cell phone – to capture that smile forever.  Photographs are truly worth a thousand words, and I cherish all of mine.  But I can’t help but feel that if I had a ring on my little finger (with a lock of my loved one’s hair safely cradled inside), it would be incredibly comforting to know that I carried a part of them with me every day.  I’m certain that each time I looked at the ring, I would smile.  And remember. 

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Shelly Isacco

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Baubles, Bling, and Wedding Rings

This coming August will mark 17 years of marriage for my husband and I.  When we got engaged, he gave me an absolutely charming platinum diamond ring from the 1920’s.  It features a round diamond center flanked by curved shoulders set with tiny single cut diamonds…  all accented by a delicate milgrain edge.  I loved it then, I love it still.

When I started looking for a wedding band, I didn’t know exactly what I wanted…  however, I knew what I didn’t want.  I didn’t want a curved or contoured band.  I knew there would be times when I wanted to wear my wedding band by itself and I also knew that a gap or space between my engagement ring and wedding band wouldn’t bother me.  Vintage wedding bands were then and still are more difficult to find, and they often are not in wearable condition.  Ultimately, I decided on a custom made platinum and 18 karat yellow gold daisy band.  It’s a new ring with vintage flair – the perfect pairing for my engagement ring.  Here they are…

At Joden, we stock hundreds of diamond engagement rings – from delicate Edwardian beauties to sleek modern solitaires.  We need a broad selection of wedding bands to compliment each of these rings.  Some ladies want a classic plain gold band while others are intrigued by the idea of a wedding band that dates back to the 1800’s.  We have them all…  curved bands, diamond bands, wide ones and narrow ones, high polish and heavily engraved.  Today, I want to share some of our vintage pieces.

This is a trio of three distinct platinum diamond bands.  Each of them is unique in design – from a simple row of nine channel set diamonds to a sophisticated eternity band set with diagonal rows of both baguette and round diamonds.  Pricing begins at $1400.

    

This array of beautifully carved and high polish bands is irresistible.  With engraving like this, who needs diamonds?  Two tone or all gold – the choices are dazzling.  Each of these bands is an authentic vintage ring dating back 75 years or more.  Pricing begins at just $300.00. 

Whether you’re searching for the ideal wedding band or an uncommon right hand ring, at Joden, the choices are endless.  Go to our site and look, then come to us and touch. 

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Shelly Isacco

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For the Queen of Your Heart

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 Baubles, Bling, and Valentine Things

It seems like we have no more than packed up our Christmas decorations before Valentine’s Day is upon us.  The Christmas clearance items are on the shelves right beside the boxes of children’s Valentine cards.  For me, it’s exciting!  Valentine’s Day has always been my favorite holiday – I love the sentimentality of it.  And from everything that I’ve been reading, most of you feel the same way.  Ladies aren’t expecting expensive gifts, they are hoping for a meaningful gift.

Last year, the average amount spent on Valentine’s Day rang in at just under $150.00…  unfortunately, in today’s world, $150 doesn’t buy all that much.  Here’s where Joden comes in.  One of the things that a lot of people don’t know about us is that we truly have something for everyone.  We have a lot of really great pieces that cost less than $100. 

This photo is just one small example of what’s available at Joden.  The four rings pictured here range from $50-$150.00.  We also have countless pendants, earrings, and bracelets available in the same range.  So, if you’re looking for a Valentine’s Gift that will outlast the candy and flowers but won’t break the bank – come to Joden.

For those of you who are looking to spend a little more, we have that too.  We recently bought a couple items that are absolutely perfect for Valentine’s Day or any day.  What better way to tell her she’s the Queen of your heart than with this beautiful crown ring from Garrard?

This unique eternity ring is constructed from 18 karat white gold.  The intricate design is interspersed with tiny round melee diamonds and each point is crowned with a brilliant blue sapphire.  Priced at just under $3000, it’s fit for royalty.

    

I fell in love with these charming crown earrings the moment I saw them.  Each pair is made in 14 karat white gold accented with diamonds.  The pair on the left have Tsavorite (green) Garnet trim and the pair on the right  have Sapphire trim.  These beauties are priced at $900 a pair.  They give a fresh spin to ordinary diamond earrings. 

The possibilities are endless.  With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, Joden is the place for you.

Send all your love, comments, and questions to carrie@joden.com.

“Go to our site and look, then come to Joden and touch.”

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Shelly Isacco

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