Joe’s Special Box – Volume 137

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling, and A Collector’s Things

When the “Joe’s Special Box” edition of the blog was first introduced more than five years ago, Joe’s intention was to offer a glimpse into his personally curated collection.  Tucked behind the oak door of his desk, situated among plastic tackle boxes filled with gold chains, a bottle or two of Advil and an explosion of small Ziploc bags are three time-worn and well-loved cardboard mailing boxes.  The edges have frayed and softened with use; each tear and split has been patched back together with packaging tape.  Each box is inscribed with now barely legible handwriting that reads…

  • Joe’s Special Box 1
  • Joe’s Special Box 2
  • Joe’s Special Box – Rings

Inside is an eclectic assortment, entirely of Joe’s choosing.  It’s truly a jewelry lover’s dream.  Most items aren’t terribly expensive, but each one is pristine.  The range is broad, encompassing everything from Victorian baby rings to an exceedingly rare piece from famed jeweler, Carlo Giuliano.  Today, I am sharing the 137th item from the collection.  

This charming heart pendant hearkens back to the late 1800’s.  Featuring a deep reddish-brown cabochon garnet in the center, the piece is simply too sweet.  The garnet is fully encapsulated by a milgrain-edged bezel made from 14-karat yellow gold.  Set at regular intervals around the center heart are eighteen natural pearls.  Each creamy white orb is positioned on a small golden wire; together, they form a scalloped halo. 

Engraved on the back of the heart is this sentiment – “L.V.A.F. to Joan 1942”.  You may have noticed that the age of the pendant doesn’t coincide with the inscribed date.  I have to wonder how and why this beauty was gifted to Joan more than half a century after it was created.  Perhaps it was handed down from one generation to the next.  Or maybe she was simply a lover of vintage jewelry?   The possibilities are endless – and unfortunately, a story we’ll never know.  If you’re as intrigued and captivated by this antique pendant as we are, be sure to stop by the store.  We have it available for just $1,050.00.  

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

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

Pick of the Week – Volume Six

Joden Girl

Baubles and Bling with Unbelievable Pricing

I am often amazed at how a truly extraordinary piece of jewelry can occasionally be overlooked amid our vast inventory.  It’s no secret that the cases at Joden are overflowing with treasures of all varieties…  antique, estate, and modern.  Perhaps you’ll remember that some of the most rare and unique items are often scooped up and squirreled away… it’s a private collection called Joe’s Special Box.  For more than two years, I have shared my favorite pieces from this collection in a blog bearing the same name. 

The sixth edition of The Pick of the Week was an earlier personal favorite of mine…  Joe’s Special Box – Volume 11.    Initially I found myself drawn to the charming appearance of the navette-shaped onyx adorned with a delicate seed pearl and rose-cut diamond flower.  

Then I experienced a bit of sticker shock upon learning that this deceptively simple ring was priced at $1,380.00.  I questioned Joe about it and discovered the laborious techniques involved in hand-crafting this Victorian beauty including a time-honored art called trumming.  

As hard as it is for me to believe, somehow this ring still hasn’t found it’s forever home.  That made it a perfect fit for the Pick of the Week!  Painstakingly crafted from a singular piece of 18 karat rosy gold, this triple-split shank gem with seed pearl and rose cut diamond trim is up for grabs.  Originally priced at $1,380.00 on our site, this baby has been reduced to just $980!  Don’t miss out on this short-term deal – the special pricing is available for just one week.  You deserve a bit of retail therapy – go to our site and grab it!

“You can go to our site and look, then come to Joden and touch.”

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe and Shelly Isacco

Joe’s Special Box – Volume 25

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling, and A Collector’s Things

There’s no question that the most popular vintage jewelry at Joden is from the Art Deco period.  The iconic platinum and white gold jewelry from the 1920-1930’s is highly sought after and offers unique style elements that can’t be found in modern jewelry.  Camphor glass is one such example of this.  It looks like a piece of frosted crystal and is usually set with a singular diamond in the center.  This trend was often combined with fine filigree work to create delicately beautiful jewels.  

This bracelet is a stellar example of both design details – three identical pieces of camphor glass are evenly spaced between thirteen lacy filigree links.  I love the starburst design that seems to spread out from the diamond center of each glass piece.  It’s quite lovely against the skin…  allowing the color to shine through.  This particular bracelet can be found (as you may have guessed) in Joe’s Special Box and is moderately priced at $2500.00.  

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

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Shelly Isacco and Carrie Martin

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