Joe’s Special Box – Volume 108

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling, and A Collector’s Things

Perhaps one of the most beloved types of jewelry is the locket.  Tracing its origin back to the Middle Ages, this descendant of the amulet is a treasured heirloom for many.  Most early lockets were crafted from precious metal and featured a compartment often used for very practical purposes.  Necessities like herbs and medicine were sometimes kept inside, some held a tiny piece of perfumed fabric that women held to their nose to protect from offensive odors – and rumor has it that a few even contained a small amount of poison!  

By the 1600’s, lockets had evolved a bit and were primarily used as a memorial.  A picture or lock of hair was often kept safe inside.  The Victorian Era (1837-1901) brought us the version of this popular pendant that we know today.  Tiny slivers of glass were fitted to each half of this hinged necklace to add a layer of protection to the treasured held within.  

Joe’s Special Box offers a variety of these vintage beauties, each one more unique than the last.  Here, we have a remarkable trio.  First, from the late Victorian Era, is a mourning locket.  Both the front and back are completely encapsulated in black enamel with a delicate seed-pearl accented design – priced at $1,375.00.

Next, is a heavily engraved yellow gold charmer.  This botanical pattern features turquoise blue enamel flowers and vines.  It is suspended from an authentic antique rolo-link chain and is available for $1,650.00.

And finally is this vision of bright blue loveliness.  The front side of this piece is decorated with a floral spray.  The tiny leaves are outlined with black enamel and miniature pearl blossoms.  It slides on a silky smooth snake chain and is priced at $1,750.00.

If you’re sentimental like the Victorians were and have always wanted a keepsake locket, don’t let these pass you by!  Call us at 1-800-747-7552 to purchase today. 

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

Give Me Five

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling and Stackable Things

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a hundred times…  I am a sucker for unique wedding bands.  Thin or thick, plain or with diamonds, vintage or modern – it’s almost impossible to pick a favorite.  Almost. 

In this eclectic assortment, there is a little bit of everything.  Each ring can be worn on its own, but what a powerhouse when you stack them tall!  There are three modern bands, and two estate.  Can you guess which is which?  If you have a hunch that the matched pair are vintage, you’re spot on!  These beauties are made from 18 karat yellow gold with an endless channel of black enamel, priced at $800.00 for both.  

Two distinctive diamond pieces add sparkle and brilliance.  First, is an 18 karat white gold gem made by Beverley K.  The unusual honeycomb style setting features a series of 28 round brilliant diamonds that have a combined weight of .63 carat.  This eternal enchantress packs a punch for just $1,750.00.  Next is a 14 karat yellow gold stunner.  With diamonds on the top half, set in an alternating framework of both marquise and round shapes, this brand new bauble offers an antique appeal.  It’s available now for $1,100.00.

Last but definitely not least, if you hadn’t already guessed, is my personal favorite.  Can we talk about that enameled daisy band?  14 karat white gold is the ideal base for this multicolored marvel.  Pale yellow centers surrounded by white petals and mint green leaves pop on a black background.  It’s a botanical masterpiece – priced to sell at just $675.00.

As I mentioned before, each of these bands can be worn alone, but the combination is unbeatable.  Perhaps one or more of them has caught your eye.  Call us at 1-800-747-7552 for ownership possibilities.  

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

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