Joe’s Special Box – Volume 52

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Baubles, Bling, and A Collector’s Things

The array of treasures in Joe’s Special Box never ceases to amaze me…  like this little bauble, for example.  It’s just so cool!  I love every aspect of it – from the elegant sweep of the pirate cutlass sword to the precise white enamel lines on the headdress.  For a decade during the late Victorian Period, from 1860-1870, there was a smaller movement known as Egyptian Revival. 

Ancient Egypt was an inspiration for artisans of all types – the passion for Egyptian artifacts and style swept across Europe like wildfire.  Jewelry from this period is highly prized among collectors.  The simple sophistication of this brooch is the very thing that makes it as wearable today as it was when it was made.  Two rows of rose cut diamonds add a hint of sparkle to the strong lines of the carved face.  I am picturing it on a scarf, a lapel…  or converted to a necklace!  Reasonably priced at $1,750.00 – this piece awaits you at Joden Jewelers.  And as always…

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

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

Sign of The Times

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Baubles, Bling, and Political Things

On this day – November 4th – in the year 1842, Mary Anne Todd said “I Do” to a young lawyer with political aspirations from Hardin County, Kentucky.  His name was Abraham Lincoln.  He would go on to be the first Republican President, and is credited with steering The United States through The Civil War, the most tumultuous time in the history of our country.

In 1861, upon winning the Presidential election, and in anticipation of the Inaugural Ball, President Lincoln commissioned a three piece seed pearl suite for his wife to wear to the ball.  The delicate demi-parure (pictured below) was created by Tiffany & Co.

mary-todd-lincoln-in-pearl-demi-parure     mary-todd-lincon-portrait-2

This style of jewelry had been popular since the early 1800’s – making a crossover between the late Georgian and Early Victorian periods.  These jewels were often lacey in appearance, each one constructed from a Mother of Pearl base upon which natural seed pearls were sewn, with either pale horse hair or gut.  Many of these suites had multiple pieces and were sold as bridal gifts.

The bottom shelf of our Victorian case is home to several similar seed pearl creations, including one six-piece set in its original fitted box.  The suite contains one choker, two pair of pierced earrings, two small pins, and one large brooch.


Each one was made in the manner detailed above with silver clasps, pin stems, and earring backs.  Each tiny pearl (measuring less than one millimeter each) has been painstakingly sewn into floral and leaf patterns.  The red leather case was specially crafted for these pieces and is marked inside the lid with a tiny crown and the following words:

The London Bullion Co, Ltd.


33 Haymarket

London S.W.1


Being nearly 200 years old, it is in near perfect condition.  It’s easy to see why our motto holds true…

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

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos courtesy of and Carla Leight

Party Like It’s 1899

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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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