Joe’s Special Box

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Baubles, Bling, and Special Things

It all started with a little cardboard box.  It was stored in the left-hand cabinet of Joe’s desk.  Written on the lid (in Joe’s chicken-scratch style printing) were the words “Joe’s Special Box”.  What those words really meant was – “For Joe’s Eyes Only”  Occasionally, you might glimpse a piece before it disappeared into the box – I can remember one in particular:  a dainty platinum Art Deco ring with a pair of half moon diamonds in the center.  The next time I saw the ring, it was on the pinky finger of Joe’s daughter, Sara.  You see, “Joe’s Special Box” was filled with a cache of riches that he was saving for Sara. 

Over the last few years, the box has grown.  Actually, it’s now three boxes.  Some of the pieces inside are labeled “For Natalie” – Joe’s granddaughter.  However, many of these exceptional examples (like the ones shown here) aren’t labeled at all, which means they’re available for purchase!

Each of the three pieces in this photo are carefully crafted from fine sterling silver and enamel…  dated just before and just after the turn of the 20th century. 

Both of these vintage lockets feature a pattern of soft pink roses on a white guilloche enameled background.  Guilloche is a unique type of enamel in which the metal is first hand carved with a repetitious pattern where upon layers of colored ground glass beads are then baked – this allows the underlying engraving to show through the enamel creating tiers of dimension and beauty.  Available on our site for just $450.00 each…  add photos or mementos to create your own heirloom.

This lovely piece looks like a locket, but is actually a vinaigrette – a trinket specially created to hold a perfumed piece of cotton inside.  Ladies held it to their nose while out and about to prevent the odors of the streets from permeating their delicate senses.  It highlights a lady of leisure on the lid, enjoying the foliage of a Victorian garden while the scene on the back depicts a pair of lovers also luxuriating in a lush garden. 

Next time you’re at Joden, ask about Joe’s Special Box and the treasure-trove of riches hidden inside…

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

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Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Shelly Isacco


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Baubles, Bling, and Forever Rings

When David (my husband) and I first started talking about engagement rings, my original thought was random and a bit irrational.  Even then (18 plus years ago), I worked at Joden – a fact that influenced my engagement ring journey in more ways than one.   Working here, we handle quite large diamonds on a daily basis.  I had become very spoiled.  My first thought went something like this – “Let’s buy the biggest diamond we can afford!  I want a really big diamond!”  As you can imagine this thought was not very popular with David…  not only for financial reasons, but also because he wanted me to have a ring with character.  A forever ring.

This is the thought that led me to set aside a radiant diamond that weighed 1.26 carats but actually looked much larger, closer to 2.00 carats.  David hated it immediately.  And to be blunt, I didn’t love it either.  But it LOOKED big!  I stuck with it for several weeks – until I laid eyes on my ring.  One day I walked into Joe’s office, and there it was just laying on a black velvet tray.  As soon as I put it on my finger, I knew it was the ring.  The decision had little to do with the size of the diamond and everything to do with the way I felt when I looked at the ring.

If I were getting engaged today, I would choose a ring the same way – by the way it makes me feel.  This picture features two rings that would be top contenders for me…


The first ring is an authentic Edwardian ring from 1915 with a rose-cut diamond center stone.  That alone makes the ring unique.  Add in the fine filigree detailing on the sides of the ring, the exquisite engraving that extends down the shoulders, and the tiny milgrain beads that create a knife edge at the peak of the band – it’s a rare beauty.  The photos do not do justice to this piece, you NEED to see this ring in person!  But you better hurry…  priced at just $6500, it won’t last long.

This ring, from the early 1940’s is all about the multicolor gold.  Rose gold scrolls support the kite shaped white gold segments that flank the center diamond – each one hand engraved with a floral-esque pattern.  The yellow gold shank makes this ring a perfect trifecta of golden loveliness.  If you’re a Retro girl, this ring is for you.  It’s available on our site for only $4700.00.

And finally, for the irrational twenty-something girl who is still inside me somewhere, here’s the “big” diamond that has stolen my heart…

A vision of Art Deco perfection, this 6.58 carat diamond is absolutely stunning.  I cannot do justice to this ring with mere words.  Let me just add this…  with an appraised value of $196,245.00, what could possibly be better?  Come in and experience the luxury for yourself. 

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

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Shelly Isacco

Put A Ring On It

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Baubles, Bling, and Engagement Rings

There is no better gift for Christmas than a shiny, sparkling diamond engagement ring.  Christmas is a magical holiday all on it’s own – combine that with the promise of a lifetime and a stunning ring – it’s a match made in heaven!

At Joden, we have the perfect engagement ring for everyone.  Modern, vintage, classic, and non-traditional.  Diamonds in every shape and size.  Gold in every color – white, yellow, and rose.  Platinum, too!  The possibilities are as endless as the commitment it represents. 


The ring on the left is a platinum Art Deco ring from the 1920’s.  Six navette shapes provide just enough detail to highlight the 1.25 carat center stone.  At nearly 100 years old, this ring is the epitomy of classic.  It is available on our website now for only $8900.

The ring on the right is a Mid Century beauty.  The transitional modern cut center stone weighs in at .75 carats and is flanked by eight single cut diamonds.  This ring also has a hint of engraving on the shoulders.  When you combine each of these elements with great value (priced at just $4500!), it’s a deal too good to resist.

If you’re looking for a crisp new ring, but love all the details of an Art Deco piece, this is the one for you.  You won’t be able to stop staring at this 1.00 carat center diamond.  Graded as a “D” color, it is among the rarest in the world.  This 18 karat white gold ring also features eight custom cut natural blue sapphires, six fully faceted round diamonds, filigree wirework, and intricate engraving.  This showstopper is available now on our website for $11,050.

Take some of that Christmas magic and make it your own with a ring from Joden Jewelers.

We have two more days of holiday hours.  Our showroom is open today and tomorrow from 9am-8pm with select hours on Christmas Eve.  As always, our website is available 24/7 with free overnight shipping to ensure holiday delivery. 

Go to our website and look, then come to Joden and touch.

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Shelly Isacco

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