Victoria’s Legacy

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Baubles, Bling, and Sentimental Things

I am completely enamored with this Victorian bracelet…  from end to end, it is filled with enchanting details.  The top and side edges are deeply etched with hand engraved patterns that feature a repetitive leaf-like design.  The center is accented with a small square stone of the palest blue surrounded by a carved quatrefoil flower.  

And the back portion reveals the most significant engraving of all, the name of the owner…  “Patricia Finnell”.  As soon as I discovered her name, I wanted to know all about her.  Alas, no matter how many times or ways I googled her name, Patricia Finnell remains a mystery to me.  Closer inspection unveiled another enigma, the center octagon is actually a locket!  

Lockets peaked in popularity during the mid-1800s after Prince Albert gifted Queen Victoria with one at the birth of their first child.  He presented her with a similar charm at each new birth, resulting in a lovely bracelet with nine brightly colored enamel heart lockets…  each one featured a delicate curl of hair as well as the name and birth date of the child.  So romantic!  As such, locket jewelry became the “must have” accessory of the Victorian era.  

Look what (or should I say who!) I discovered inside our bracelet…

This handsome devil must be our Patricia’s sweetheart, and most likely the one who presented her with this sentimental love token.  Perhaps he was going off to war and wanted to leave her with a memento in case he didn’t return.  Or perhaps theirs was a secret love and only Patricia would know that his picture was hidden inside.  I can’t decide if I want to know the answers or if it’s more fun to dream up tragically romantic scenarios!  

Perchance someone out there can shed some light on this puzzle, or maybe it’s destined to remain a secret with the only clue being this bracelet.  My husband would say that I’ve read one too many romance novels, but I can’t help but be infatuated with this 150-year-old love story.  If you, too, are enchanted, you could become the caretaker of Patricia and her locket bracelet for just $1,450.  

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

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

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Joe’s Special Box – Volume 60

Joden Girl

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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