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

Style Then and Now

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling and Scattered Things

For more than a hundred years, designers have embraced the appeal of diamonds.  There’s no doubt that jewels dripping with gemstones elicit “oohs and aahs” but I can’t seem to resist the quiet allure of an understated beauty.  A classic piece that can be worn every day with absolutely anything is my jam.

Like this locket…  dangling from a handsome 28″ curb link chain, the charming matte finish of this Victorian piece is only exceeded by the sparkle of the seven diamonds sprinkled across it.  These European Cut gems combine to bring .80 carat of bling.  Personalize it by adding your most treasured photos to the inside.  It’s nestled inside the original plum colored velvet box and is moderately priced at $2,980.

It pairs perfectly with this turn of the century bangle.  Measuring just over one half-inch wide, this bit of arm candy is made from 14 karat yellow gold.  The top portion is set with a series of five Old European Cut diamonds that have been claw set into an evenly spaced line of expertly formed recesses and have a combined weight of .75 carat.  Bling up your wrist for just $2,250.

Rounding out our trio is this modern band.  I love that the same style that dazzled jewelry fans in the 1800’s is still delighting us today.  The warm 14 karat yellow gold of this wider band is a haven for the ten round brilliant diamonds that are burnished into the surface.  Intermittent spacing is everything – combine it with a half carat of sparkle, and you have a real winner for just $1,480.

Embrace your yellow gold passion with this eclectic trio available at Joden now.  

“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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