His and Hers – Volume 3

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling, and Traditional Things

I have been wearing a wedding band for nearly 19 years…  even when I don’t have it on, there is a dent in my finger where my ring usually resides.  It is a visual reminder of a promise, a commitment…  a vow made and kept.  My hubby has always worked with his hands, he’s blue collar through and through.  As such, he rarely wears his wedding band.  When he does, it gives me a little thrill to see it there – the warm golden color against his calloused working man hand. 

While the tradition of a wedding ring has been in existence for over 3000 years, the history of men’s bands is much more recent.  In the United States, it was commonplace for a woman to wear a ring, but not a man.  However, in the early 1940’s with the advent of WWII, soldiers began wearing a ring.  They wanted to be reminded of their wives and families back home.  The fad continued into the Korean War.  After that, it seemed the trend had become tradition.  

“ABS to WEL – June 4, 1907” and “WEL to ABS – June 4, 1907”

The classically simple design of this matched pair of gold bands captured my heart as soon as I found them.  As I scooped them out of the scrap box (jewelry destined for the melting pot), I was drawn to the natural patina that developed from years of wear.  Thousands of tiny scratches cover the surface of each one, giving the gold a soft look.  Then, I saw the inscriptions inside, and my heartstrings tugged a bit more.  Finally, I slid the smaller of the two over my knuckle…  a perfect fit.  

On June 4, 1907 (a Tuesday), these two lovebirds tied the knot.  At a time when wedding bands were really only for the ladies, these two were so in love that they both wanted a ring.  ABS and WEL wanted that outward sign for all to see…  a golden circle with no beginning and no end. 

No end indeed.  The scrap box is a little lighter today.  These beauties have been rescued and are available in our store!

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

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Baubles, Bling, and Wedding Rings

This coming August will mark 17 years of marriage for my husband and I.  When we got engaged, he gave me an absolutely charming platinum diamond ring from the 1920’s.  It features a round diamond center flanked by curved shoulders set with tiny single cut diamonds…  all accented by a delicate milgrain edge.  I loved it then, I love it still.

When I started looking for a wedding band, I didn’t know exactly what I wanted…  however, I knew what I didn’t want.  I didn’t want a curved or contoured band.  I knew there would be times when I wanted to wear my wedding band by itself and I also knew that a gap or space between my engagement ring and wedding band wouldn’t bother me.  Vintage wedding bands were then and still are more difficult to find, and they often are not in wearable condition.  Ultimately, I decided on a custom made platinum and 18 karat yellow gold daisy band.  It’s a new ring with vintage flair – the perfect pairing for my engagement ring.  Here they are…

At Joden, we stock hundreds of diamond engagement rings – from delicate Edwardian beauties to sleek modern solitaires.  We need a broad selection of wedding bands to compliment each of these rings.  Some ladies want a classic plain gold band while others are intrigued by the idea of a wedding band that dates back to the 1800’s.  We have them all…  curved bands, diamond bands, wide ones and narrow ones, high polish and heavily engraved.  Today, I want to share some of our vintage pieces.

This is a trio of three distinct platinum diamond bands.  Each of them is unique in design – from a simple row of nine channel set diamonds to a sophisticated eternity band set with diagonal rows of both baguette and round diamonds.  Pricing begins at $1400.

    

This array of beautifully carved and high polish bands is irresistible.  With engraving like this, who needs diamonds?  Two tone or all gold – the choices are dazzling.  Each of these bands is an authentic vintage ring dating back 75 years or more.  Pricing begins at just $300.00. 

Whether you’re searching for the ideal wedding band or an uncommon right hand ring, at Joden, the choices are endless.  Go to our site and look, then come to us and touch. 

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Shelly Isacco

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