Joe’s Special Box – Volume 45

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling, and A Collector’s Things

250 million roses will be sold this year for Valentine’s Day.  For hundreds of years, flowers have symbolized love and romance.  Sadly, those fragrant blossoms will begin to fade the moment they’re snipped…  lasting about a week or less after you bring them home. 

Perhaps I can entice you with an alternative from Joe’s Special Box.  These stunning Art Nouveau earrings (handcrafted over 100 years ago), are in excellent condition with very little change since the day they were made.  Each vine-like drop begins and ends with a fully enameled pink bud connected with a series of faint green leaves.  The detail on every petal is incredible.  These beauties are available for just $1650. 

If you purchased just one dozen roses each year for your significant other, that would total something like $3,000…  provided the loves lasts for half a century or more.  That certainly makes these earrings seem like quite a bargain, especially for roses that are sure to last a lifetime.  

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

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

Party Like It’s 1899

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling, and Edwardian Things

Ever feel like you should have been born in another decade?  Even another century?  The romance of the Edwardian era (1901-1910) has always held a certain appeal for me.  This period is often thought to be nothing but an endless stream of leisurely summer picnics – a golden time to enjoy the achievements of the Victorian period.

Gibson_GirlIn 1898, Charles Dana Gibson published the above sketch in Life Magazine.  It struck a chord with men and women alike, and she became known as The Gibson Girl – America’s first pin-up girl.  With her tiny waistline, stylish dress, and softly piled locks, every woman wanted to be her.

This fetching new hairstyle rendered earrings unnecessary due to the hair draping over the ears.  Instead, women began using decorative hair pins and accessories to keep this elaborate style in place.  Unique pieces of jewelry were created to wear in the hair, like these ones:

Edwardian Hair Pins Turquoise Bird

Imagine commissioning a pair of gold, platinum, and rose cut diamond hair pins or perhaps a wonderful Persian turquoise and pearl peacock from your jeweler?  Until time travel becomes a reality, soothe yourself with a visit to our showroom where these and many other antique treasures await.

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

Written by Carrie Martin
Photos by Carla Leight

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