What’s New – Volume 40

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling and the Latest Things

In the mid to late 1800’s, long before modern sewage and sanitation systems were in place, Victorians were often subjected to unsavory odors.  In instances when it was inconvenient or even impossible to visit an outhouse, the ever popular chamber pot was used.  These were emptied daily, often into small streams or rivers…  resulting in foul-smelling water.  If you happened to be exposed to some of these offensive odors and you were more than a little wealthy, this would be an occasion to employ your perfume pendant. 

Or perhaps you find yourself out and about and spot an attractive paramour; you MUST freshen your fragrance.  You simply reach for your perfume pendant, pull out the tiny stopper and dab a bit of scented oil to your wrist and neck. 

These treasures were worn by men and women either on a chain around your neck or as part of a chatelain (a decorative belt hook worn at the waist to keep essential tools within arms reach).  Your personal chatelaine contained a combination of useful accessories such as scissors, a thimble, a needle case, a pin cushion, a small knife, a tape measure, a coin purse, a memo pad and pencil and of course, a perfume bottle.  

The front of this particular pendant features an intricately stylized woven basket of flowers.  Made from a lovely combination of 14-karat yellow and rose gold, there are three cheerful blossoms – two in full bloom and a third that is still opening.  The back showcases a plain banner meant for personalization, it is situated diagonally across artfully engraved patterns.  Scrolling wires form the structure that hold the bottle while a tiny chain attaches the stopper.  Two additional chains attach to an oval link at the top to allow it to be worn as a necklace.  Soon to be on our website, this charming piece is available now for just $560.00.  

“You can go to a museum and look or come to us and touch.”

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

Mirror Mirror

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling, and Pragmatic Things

What’s on your keychain?  Mine is a jumbled collection of keys, customer appreciation mini-cards and pictures of my kids.  Definitely little things that are important for my day to day life.  In the Victorian era (about 150 years ago), a lady carried her necessities on a chatelaine.  This clever device attached to your belt or a very long necklace and trinkets dangled from it.  Most chatelaines were comprised of keys, a pair of scissors, a thimble, and the household seal.  Other more ornamental curios might include a lipstick, a vinaigrette, or even a small  mirror like this one. 

Joe brought this tiny enameled mirror back from the Miami show last year and I have admired it ever since.  I just love it!  It measures about 2.5 inches in length and makes a perfect pendant. The front is completely covered in a vibrantly enameled scene that features a pair of entwined ladies with flowing locks and voluminous gowns.  The bright pink, blue, yellow, and green hues bring this piece to life.  Perhaps you noticed the two daisies that decorate the stem of the mirror…  this tiny detail is everything.  They’re my absolute favorite flower.  Even my wedding band is an eternal ring of platinum and 18 karat yellow gold daisies!

A predecessor to the modern day handbag, a chatelaine provided a method of carrying essential tools of everyday life within a hands reach.  Any lady would surely have been thrilled to add this glorious mirror to her cache of implements.  It’s dynamic imagery and vivid colors would spark a conversation in any environment, including the modern world of today. 

For more details, including pricing, send me an email at carrie@joden.com or give me a call at 800.747.7552.

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

Writing and Photos by Carrie Martin

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