Joe’s Special Box – Volume 108

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling, and A Collector’s Things

Perhaps one of the most beloved types of jewelry is the locket.  Tracing its origin back to the Middle Ages, this descendant of the amulet is a treasured heirloom for many.  Most early lockets were crafted from precious metal and featured a compartment often used for very practical purposes.  Necessities like herbs and medicine were sometimes kept inside, some held a tiny piece of perfumed fabric that women held to their nose to protect from offensive odors – and rumor has it that a few even contained a small amount of poison!  

By the 1600’s, lockets had evolved a bit and were primarily used as a memorial.  A picture or lock of hair was often kept safe inside.  The Victorian Era (1837-1901) brought us the version of this popular pendant that we know today.  Tiny slivers of glass were fitted to each half of this hinged necklace to add a layer of protection to the treasured held within.  

Joe’s Special Box offers a variety of these vintage beauties, each one more unique than the last.  Here, we have a remarkable trio.  First, from the late Victorian Era, is a mourning locket.  Both the front and back are completely encapsulated in black enamel with a delicate seed-pearl accented design – priced at $1,375.00.

Next, is a heavily engraved yellow gold charmer.  This botanical pattern features turquoise blue enamel flowers and vines.  It is suspended from an authentic antique rolo-link chain and is available for $1,650.00.

And finally is this vision of bright blue loveliness.  The front side of this piece is decorated with a floral spray.  The tiny leaves are outlined with black enamel and miniature pearl blossoms.  It slides on a silky smooth snake chain and is priced at $1,750.00.

If you’re sentimental like the Victorians were and have always wanted a keepsake locket, don’t let these pass you by!  Call us at 1-800-747-7552 to purchase today. 

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

Joe’s Special Box – Volume 5

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling, and A Collector’s Things

A couple months ago, I shared these vintage Victorian wedding bands with you.  Remember, the one on the far right with the scalloped edge is mine?  Several of you dropped by to choose one for yourself.  So, I know you’re going to love what I found in Joe’s Special Box this week!

These are nearly identical to the Victorian wedding bands, except for one small detail…  their size!

It’s difficult to tell from this photo, but this stack is actually a grouping of tiny Victorian baby rings ranging from a size 1 to perhaps a size 3.  They are the perfect size for chubby baby fingers…  or midi rings for you and me!

These delicate little darlings aren’t often found in such excellent condition.  Joe has amassed a small collection – but he rarely sells them.  More often, they are given as gifts.  Usually worn on a gold chain, it’s a beautiful keepsake, a talisman to mark the momentous journey into motherhood.  Some are decorated with seed pearl trim, some have gemstone accents, while others are simply engraved.  Each one is a treasure in itself. 

Depending upon the rarity of the ring and the value of stones contained within, the price range of these minute minis varies from $100-$500.  Wear it on a chain, or just above your first knuckle for a trendy midi ring.  Just wear one!  

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Shelly Isacco

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