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

Victoria’s Legacy

Joden Girl

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

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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