Joe’s Special Box – Volume 5

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling, and A Collector’s Things

A couple months ago, I shared these vintage Victorian wedding bands with you.  Remember, the one on the far right with the scalloped edge is mine?  Several of you dropped by to choose one for yourself.  So, I know you’re going to love what I found in Joe’s Special Box this week!

These are nearly identical to the Victorian wedding bands, except for one small detail…  their size!

It’s difficult to tell from this photo, but this stack is actually a grouping of tiny Victorian baby rings ranging from a size 1 to perhaps a size 3.  They are the perfect size for chubby baby fingers…  or midi rings for you and me!

These delicate little darlings aren’t often found in such excellent condition.  Joe has amassed a small collection – but he rarely sells them.  More often, they are given as gifts.  Usually worn on a gold chain, it’s a beautiful keepsake, a talisman to mark the momentous journey into motherhood.  Some are decorated with seed pearl trim, some have gemstone accents, while others are simply engraved.  Each one is a treasure in itself. 

Depending upon the rarity of the ring and the value of stones contained within, the price range of these minute minis varies from $100-$500.  Wear it on a chain, or just above your first knuckle for a trendy midi ring.  Just wear one!  

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Shelly Isacco

Shells, Stones, and Sometimes Bones

Joden Girl

 Baubles, Bling, and Sculpted Things

Thoughts of antique jewelry often evoke images of carved cameo brooches and vintage lace collars.  As far back as the 3rd century B.C., artisans have been etching faces and figures onto the surface of an abundance of materials – shell, agate, coral, lava, gemstones, bone or ivory, and even glass.  At Joden, we have an extensive collection of fine cameos…  we recently added this rare beauty.

It’s an intricate miniature sculpture of Cupid, complete with his bow and quiver.  The cameo is fully surrounded by a coiled snake frame.  Cupid is the god of desire, erotic love, attraction, and affection…  while a coiled snake is a symbol of eternity.  The brooch clearly embodies everlasting love.  

Many people mistakenly believe that cameos are made in two separate pieces, a carved figure adhered to the surface of a contrasting colored shell or stone.  Actually, they are carved from one singular stone that grows in layers of color like the ones shown here.  The artisan exploits the variances in color to create visual interest.

 

It is perhaps the most rare shell cameo we have ever owned.  Not only is it rich with symbolism, but the carving itself is quite remarkable.  Seen in profile, the cameo measures nearly 1.5 inches from the base of the shell to the expanse of Cupid’s forehead.  

  

Look at it side by side with a more ordinary shell cameo – the Cupid piece displays ultra high relief.  The shell used to carve this extraordinary piece would have had to be incredibly large as well as thick to achieve this level of height in the sculpture itself.  Truly remarkable.  It’s available in our showroom for just $2500.00.

Come to Joden, where after 48 years, our motto continues to hold true…

“You can go to a museum and look, or you can come to Joden and touch.”

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Shelly Isacco

Joe’s Special Box – Volume 4

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling, and A Collector’s Things

Wow!  It’s hard to believe it’s already been a month since we started the “Joe’s Special Box” series.  I am excited to share this week’s selection with you – it’s a rarity for me…  an emerald piece that I adore.  Being a May baby, emerald is my birthstone – but I’m usually more of a sapphire girl.  Until today.  Until this necklace. 

Everything about it is perfect.  I don’t have one single complaint.  This pendant dates back to the turn of the 20th century, making it late Edwardian or Early Art Deco.  It’s intricately crafted from platinum with a clever little-coiled wire heart motif at the top and bottom.  A singular emerald is set in east/west fashion across the base of the piece, with natural pearl and diamond accents.  It is simple elegance, and I love it! 

Affordable pendants from this period are rare – this one is not to be missed.  Make it yours for just $1600.

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Shelly Isacco

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