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Baubles, Bling, and Lover’s Things

Called a lover’s eye, or an eye miniature, these are some of the rarest and highly collectible pieces of antique jewelry. Just as their name states, they are tiny watercolor paintings (most often done on ivory) of an eye… and nothing else.  The painting is usually surrounded by a decorative frame and covered with a piece of protective glass.  You may be wondering, “Why just an eye?”

Sources say that the eye belonged to a loved one, usually a forbidden love.  It was believed that if the painting only featured an eye, it would be nearly impossible to identify who is depicted.  Because in the case of a clandestine affair, anonymity is everything.  Only the person wearing the piece would know the secret identity.  Very romantic…

Most lover’s eyes were made from the late 1700’s to the early 1800’s.  Experts believe that fewer than 1000 of them are still in existence.  Here at Joden, we have three.  The one pictured above has already been purchased by a private collector, these two are available now. 

 

Near the end of the 1800’s, Queen Victoria revived the lover’s eye.  However, Victoria had them created of all of her loved ones:  her children, family, and friends.  Often, they became mourning jewelry, as many of them featured a hair receiver on the back.  The use of pearls often symbolized tears.  What a beautiful treasure!

 

Come to Joden to see these incredible love tokens,  and remember…

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

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Shelly Isacco

Love Tokens

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Baubles, Bling, and Connecting Things

If you’re searching for the ultimate wedding band, look no further.  We have a limited selection of the very finest in band rings – authentic Cartier pieces, all accompanied by the signature red leather embossed box. 

 

This classic 18 karat white gold “Maillon Panthere” band would look fantastic on anyone’s finger.  The band is aptly named… a maillon is actually a linking devise similar to a carabiner, most often used in rigging and climbing sports.  It makes a secure and vital connection – much like a wedding band.

These three bands are from the Cartier “Love” collection.  Each one is engraved with the iconic love symbol (a circle with a line through the center).  The first piece ever crafted in this collection – the “Love” bracelet – was originally designed as two separate halves that joined together to create one.  A special screw locks the halves together; this strong connection can only be undone by using the screwdriver that comes with the bracelet.  The symbol looks just like the top of this unique locking mechanism and has become the trademark of the entire line.  Each band embodies the strength of the commitment between the giver and the receiver.

Cartier has dubbed them “rings of eternal emotions”.  They truly are the ultimate wedding bands. 

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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