Joe’s Special Box – Volume 60

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Baubles, Bling, and A Collector’s Things

I’m a total book nerd.  It’s a dangerous addiction.  As soon as the plot draws me in, I am unable to put the book down.  My surroundings dissolve, the characters become real – I am lost.  In much the same way, this charm has me completely enchanted.  This little Victorian darling combines two of my loves – books and jewelry.

Fabricated in the late 1800’s, this book locket is crafted from 14 karat yellow gold.  The outside features elaborate engraving – the pattern centers on an equal armed cross comprised of four diamond shapes.  Feathery swirls encompass the four corners while a pair of straps appear to hold it all together.  The interior is plain and open, allowing for a tiny keepsake to be saved inside…  perhaps a small photograph, a lock of hair, or even a love letter.  A perfect choice for any girl, young or old.  It can be worn on a chain around the neck or added to a charm bracelet.  Make it yours for just $595.00; available now in our Facebook store.  

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

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

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Joe’s Special Box – Volume 9

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling, and A Collector’s Things

In the last week, I have had three different requests for antique lockets.  So, this edition of “Joe’s Special Box” is dedicated to an absolutely stellar antique locket.  My love for this piece is threefold –

1.  It’s two tone.  By and large, this necklace is handcrafted from a rich yellow gold, but the subtle addition of rosy accents make it even more special.  Check out the dynamic duo here.

 

2.  It’s a tassel.  This late Victorian beauty combines two of the biggest trends of the last year…  chokers and tassels.  Being just 15 inches in length, this piece lays perfectly at the base of the throat with twelve silky strands of gold artfully arranged across the softly arched bottom.  

3.  It’s a locket.  Carefully hidden in the center of this antique pendant is a small oval locket.  A myriad of engraved patterns create five parallel lines on the lid.  Once opened, it reveals an unused pocket…  the ideal spot for a lock of hair or love token.  Only the wearer need know what lies inside.  

If you’re like my recent customers, and are looking for an antique locket…  look no further.  Go to our site and make this one yours.  Priced at just $2550 – it’s a sure bet that you’ll never regret.

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Shelly Isacco

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Joe’s Special Box

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling, and Special Things

It all started with a little cardboard box.  It was stored in the left-hand cabinet of Joe’s desk.  Written on the lid (in Joe’s chicken-scratch style printing) were the words “Joe’s Special Box”.  What those words really meant was – “For Joe’s Eyes Only”  Occasionally, you might glimpse a piece before it disappeared into the box – I can remember one in particular:  a dainty platinum Art Deco ring with a pair of half moon diamonds in the center.  The next time I saw the ring, it was on the pinky finger of Joe’s daughter, Sara.  You see, “Joe’s Special Box” was filled with a cache of riches that he was saving for Sara. 

Over the last few years, the box has grown.  Actually, it’s now three boxes.  Some of the pieces inside are labeled “For Natalie” – Joe’s granddaughter.  However, many of these exceptional examples (like the ones shown here) aren’t labeled at all, which means they’re available for purchase!

Each of the three pieces in this photo are carefully crafted from fine sterling silver and enamel…  dated just before and just after the turn of the 20th century. 

Both of these vintage lockets feature a pattern of soft pink roses on a white guilloche enameled background.  Guilloche is a unique type of enamel in which the metal is first hand carved with a repetitious pattern where upon layers of colored ground glass beads are then baked – this allows the underlying engraving to show through the enamel creating tiers of dimension and beauty.  Available on our site for just $450.00 each…  add photos or mementos to create your own heirloom.

This lovely piece looks like a locket, but is actually a vinaigrette – a trinket specially created to hold a perfumed piece of cotton inside.  Ladies held it to their nose while out and about to prevent the odors of the streets from permeating their delicate senses.  It highlights a lady of leisure on the lid, enjoying the foliage of a Victorian garden while the scene on the back depicts a pair of lovers also luxuriating in a lush garden. 

Next time you’re at Joden, ask about Joe’s Special Box and the treasure-trove of riches hidden inside…

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

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Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Shelly Isacco

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