Joe’s Special Box – Volume 139

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling, and A Collector’s Things

As a general rule, I don’t like heart jewelry… more specifically modern heart jewelry.  It’s often overdone and trite.  Occasionally, I uncover an exception to the rule.  I have seen one or two beautifully executed modern heart pieces.  Conversely, because antique jewelry was not mass-produced, the jewels are unique.  Vintage heart jewelry is much more appealing.  It’s romantic, sentimental and almost always well done.  

Antique lockets are highly sought after, especially ones that are large enough to personalize with photos of loved ones.  This beauty from Joe’s Special Box is a perfect example.

It’s unusually large – measuring 1.75 inches from the top of the bail to the tip of the heart.  I would pair it with a long chain and wear with everything from summer rompers to chunky winter sweaters.  Made entirely of 10-karat yellow gold, this heart shimmers softly.  The exterior features millions of tiny scratches that have etched a beautiful patina onto the surface.  Each mark is a memory of a life well-lived and well-loved.  The gently worn look is my absolute favorite part of this Victorian treasure.  

The interior of the locket features both original frames -they are simple to remove, add photos and put back in place.  The back side of the heart is inscribed with a lovely entwined monogram – a script “R” in the center with an “R” to the left and a “W” to the right.  Add your photos, a lock of hair or even a tiny note…  it’s a beautiful way to weave a new story into an old one.  Made near the end of the Victorian era in the 1880’s, this locket is nearly 150 years old.  Not yet available on line, you’ll  have to give us a call or stop by to see it for yourself.  Priced at just $800, it’s every bit as good today as it was a lifetime ago.  

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

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

A Heart of Gold

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling, and Little Things

The difference between good things and really great things is the details…  the small elements that combine to create true works of art.  I am always on the look-out for interesting pieces to share with you – this week, I was methodically peeking through trays of gold jewelry in Joe’s office.  I wasn’t expecting inspiration to strike…  I have looked at these pieces time and again.  Nonetheless, I was looking for SOMETHING.  That’s when I found these…

Two truly unique bracelets – I have seen both of them before, but never gave either more than a cursory glance.  When I picked up the first one, I pushed the tiny button that released the clasp.  I closed it around my wrist, this delicate tubular bangle made from 14 karat yellow gold featuring a pair of juxtaposed fans.  Then I brought it to my eye, my jeweler’s loupe at the ready.  Centered on the matte gold finish of each fan was a Japanese Crane in flight – an ancient symbol of good fortune and longevity.  Absolutely charming!  The finer points of this lovely Art Nouveau bangle – the details – make it worth every penny of it’s $1100 price. 

Then I picked up the second bracelet – this one a link-style.  When I moved the elegant little safety chain to the side and clasped the bracelet, that’s when I saw it!  Dangling from one side of the chain was a small gold heart, and on the other side, a miniature key. 

I didn’t need to know another single thing about the bracelet – I was enchanted by this… the key to someone’s heart.  For those who need to know more…  this beauty consists of eight links with a hand-engraved center.  Each section is a polished 18 karat yellow gold frame.  Inside the frames are alternating patterns of high-relief 22 karat yellow gold flowers and leaves.  Made in the 1950’s and designed for daily wear, subtle sophistication combines with whimsical detail to create a true gem.  Take it home today for just $3200.

The essence, the spirit of Joden is in the details.  When you see our signature black bag and the embossed gold ribbon on the package, you know there’s something incredible inside.  Check out our site at and then come to our showroom and experience the magic for yourself.

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Shelly Isacco

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