Joe’s Special Box – Volume 77

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling, and A Collector’s Things

Joe’s Special Box is a hybrid collection of antique treasures and modern marvels.  The common denominator is uniqueness; a rarity.  Digging through the box, you are just as likely to find a two hundred-year-old Georgian ring as you are to find something like this…

This lovely little minx is a tricky one…  commonly dubbed a “jelly opal”, it might fool you.  From one picture to the next, you may miss the extraordinary play of color held inside this dazzling stone.  The high crowned cabochon beauty appears to be nearly translucent at first glance, but with a slight turn of the hand, a fireworks display of red, orange, green, and blue light up the opal.  Weighing over three carats, this gem sits center stage in a sleek platinum ring that glides over the knuckle with ease.  Flanking the opal are a pair of bright white triangular diamonds that have a combined weight of .62 carat.   

Most of the opal mined is common, with little to no fire inside.  Less and less jelly opal is being found every day.  These unusual stones are becoming quite collectible and demanding a higher price.  Don’t miss this opportunity – this stunner is available now for just $4500.  And when they ask you where you got it, be sure to mention that you found it in Joe’s Special Box.

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

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

Hooray for the Red, White, and Blue

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling, and Patriotic Rings

I love the Fourth of July, especially in small communities like mine.  The festivities start early and continue well into the night…  parades, picnics and of course, fireworks.  Everywhere you look – it’s flags, banners, balloons, and flowers – all done in red, white, and blue.  Our patriotic pride shines brighter on that day than any other. 

For each of us, Old Glory represents freedom; but do you know what her colors stand for?  The white stripes signify innocence and purity, the red stripes are for hardiness and valor while the blue symbolizes vigilance, perseverance, and justice. 


What better way to showcase your patriotic spirit than with a stack of ruby, diamond, and sapphire bands?  At Joden, the selection of bands is endless – we have modern classics and vintage designs.  Every one has its own appeal; hand engraving, milgrain bezels, sparkling diamonds, and bright splashes of color. 


One of these beauties can be the crown jewel at the top of a band stack or worn alone for a more subtle allure.  This sapphire is a favorite of mine – the trio of diamonds bands that form the shank of the ring give a unique spin to the classic three-stone look of the center section.  It’s available on our site for just over $4000.  The diamond ring with the ruby halo is new to us, purchased at the recent Las Vegas Antique Jewelry and Watch Show.  It’s petite size would allow it to be worn on any finger, even a pinky.  Priced right at $1350, it’s available on our site now. 

The beauty of these rings, like the beauty of our flag, will last a lifetime… stars and stripes forever.

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Shelly Isacco

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