Joe’s Special Box – Volume 122

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling, and A Collector’s Things

On February 9, 1840, Albert gifted Victoria with a stunning and now iconic brooch.  Featuring a glorious sapphire center (the weight of this stone has never been revealed to the public!) surrounded by twelve diamonds, it was her “something blue” for the wedding ceremony.  In the years since, Queen Elizabeth has been spotted wearing this historic heirloom.  

141 years later on February 3, Charles proposed to Diana with a ring that bears a strong resemblance to the brooch.  Chosen from a catalog at Garrard, this was not a custom piece but rather a ring available for anyone to purchase.  It was rumored that Diana selected the ring because of it’s striking resemblance to Victoria’s famous brooch.  

This week, from Joe’s Special Box, we have an antique ring that is giving us all the feels.  It bears a strong likeness to both pieces…

Made from 14 karat yellow gold, this tiny treasure boasts an oval 1.00 carat natural blue sapphire in the center.  This deep azure beauty is completely surrounded by a ring of twelve Old Mine Cut diamonds that have a combined weight of .45 carat.  Made in the 1880’s, near the end of the Victorian period, this ring is a dainty size 3.  

If you have an affinity for royal style and would like to nab a similar piece for yourself – hop on over to our website.  Priced at just $1,200, this precious prize won’t last long!

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

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe and other internet sources

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 58

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling, and A Collector’s Things

 

Not all the treasures at Joden are hidden in Joe’s Special Box, in fact, our crowning glory is in the store for all to see.  We have one of the largest collections of the work of Carlo Giuliano in the country.  Giuliano was the favored jeweler to Queen Victoria.  His elaborately enameled creations are widely considered to be some of the finest pieces in all of jewelry history.  At Joden, we are curators of the past – cultivating passion for this lost art.  

Most of the exceptional examples from the life and work of Carlo Giuliano feature striking enamel patterns – most notably crisp black and white designs like the one shown here.  Careful consideration should be given to how very precise the tiny dots are…  not once do they fade into the white background.  Never before and never again was this process able to be duplicated – it is exclusive to the Giuliano firm. 

When this bracelet made it’s way into our store last week, every one of us was certain it was Giuliano.  We searched every link for the classic Giuliano trademark…  never to find it.  There is not one single hallmark anywhere to be found on this Art Nouveau beauty.  Is it un-signed Giuliano?  Joe’s theory is that it was made by an apprentice…  a young artist learning the art of the master.  In any case, this bracelet is in pristine condition and is absolutely stunning.  It’s available now for $8800.00.

“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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