Joe’s Special Box – Volume 79

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling, and A Collector’s Things

Occasionally a modern jewelry manufacturer makes such fine pieces with the highest levels of craftsmanship, they almost have us believing that the jewel is a true antique.  In the 1940’s, one such maker was a firm called Baumstein and Feder.  You may not be familiar with their work…  It wasn’t until this sneaky snake showed up that I first heard their name.

The sheer heft of this ring speaks for the quality of it.  Weighing over 17 grams of 14 karat yellow gold, this snake wraps the finger with the tail looping around the head.  The entire surface is textured with a scale-like crosshatch pattern, giving an authentic feel to this reptilian ring.  It’s incredibly lifelike – the bulky muscles seeming to bulge beneath the golden skin.  A matched pair of single cut diamond eyes seem to wink with the hint of a sinister smile.  A crisp hallmark (BaumF) leaves no doubt as to who crafted this piece.  It’s a Mid Century marvel, priced right at $2,350.00.  Snake rings are quite popular – and I’m certain this one is no exception.  With such exquisite detail, this piece won’t last long.

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

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