Joe’s Special Box – Volume 103

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling, and A Collector’s Things

For hundreds of years, we have sought solace after the loss of a loved one in a myriad of ways.  Often, a piece of jewelry was kept as a token to be worn and treasured… mourning jewelry.  In the Georgian era (the early 1800’s), the pieces were more macabre, focusing on the “Memento Mori” sentiment.  This phrase was a reminder that we are mortals and will all die.  Skulls, coffins, and shovels were popular and used frequently.

Later on, in Victorian times, mourning jewelry was much more personal, often memorializing a particular individual.  Tombs, angels, and urns were prominent motifs, like this one.  Made of 14 karat rosy gold and silver, this pendant is truly extraordinary.  Joe described it as very fine, one of the best he’s ever seen.  Depicting an urn, the surface is covered with a layer of black enamel, symbolic of the loss of light and life.  Hand wired handles are on each side, with additional wire detailing on the bail and body of the vase.  

Seventy-four natural seed pearls add a dimension of beauty and are thought to represent the tears shed by those left behind.  A singular rose cut diamond is set in the center, nearly fading into the background.  Another common element of mourning jewelry was a locket, or hair receiver.  Frequently these compartments featured a glass lid and provided a place to store a lock of hair.  

In near perfect condition, this pendant is tragically beautiful.  Perhaps even now, nearly 150 years after it’s creation, it can bring comfort to someone today.  Priced at $3,800.00 – this is one memento worth saving.

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

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

Victorian Vows

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling, and an Antique Diamond Ring

In the mid to late 1800’s, girls as young as twelve were permitted to marry, although most waited until they were at least 20.  That’s a bit younger than today.  Nowadays, the most common age for ladies to tie the knot is about 27.  In either case, I am certain that countless hours were spent dreaming of the perfect engagement ring.  

No matter the era, Victorian or modern – this stunner is sure to be the cause of many oohs and aahs.  Made from 14 karat gold polished to a soft rosy glow, the band is exquisitely simple.  Twelve individual prongs create a delicately scalloped buttercup setting that cradles the Old European Cut diamond center to perfection.  Weighing in at .80 carat, the diamond sparkles and shines from every angle.  

A gently sloped shoulder splits artfully into two halves, like a pair of leaves.  At the base of this botanical-inspired design is a tiny pair of spirals that flow seamlessly into the shank.  I am in love with the sheer thinness of the band…  it’s SO comfortable!  I love a good solitaire setting – it’s tough to beat the classic elegance of it.  It’s available now for just $2,890.00.

Queen Victoria’s love of diamonds began a trend that is now a tradition.  Start your own traditions with an engagement ring from Joden where their motto holds true:

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 63

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling, and A Collector’s Things

Today is Memorial Day – in honor of this momentous holiday, I’m sharing a small collection of red, white, and blue beauties from Joe’s Special Box.  Each one of these little gems was crafted at the end of the Victorian Era, and each one gleams with a vibrant colored stone.  What you may not realize is that all of the stones are imitation and 100% authentic!  It’s a common misconception that just because a piece of jewelry is antique then it must also contain natural gemstones.  However, simulated, imitation, and synthetic stones have actually been used in jewelry for nearly 200 years.  

Each ring has unique attributes that appeal to me; whether it be dainty seed pearl trim, hand-carved details or the exceptional setting techniques, there is a little something that sets each one apart.  While I love all of these delicate darlings, I do have a personal favorite!  And I bet you do, too.  Here’s mine…

In pristine condition, this twin blue stone ring is everything!  I adore the milgrain-edged bezel setting and the delightful leaf detail on each shoulder.  The four pearls are the icing on the cake.  This one is available now for only $580.00.  For more information on any of the rings showcased here, give me a call at 800.747.7552 or send an email to carrie@joden.com.

“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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