Pick of the Week – Volume 16

Joden Girl

Baubles and Bling with Unbelievable Pricing

The Pick of the Week is my favorite feature blog.  I adore the idea of making some of our most cherished items more affordable!  Who wouldn’t love that?  Without question, the diamond engagement rings have been the most popular pieces.  

This week, we’re focusing on a different price point…  an authentic, mint- condition Victorian ring.  It’s a tiny treasure!  Made from 9 karat yellow gold, with 18 karat gold gilding, this ring is perfection.  I love the architectural outline… with gentle curves and bold edges.  Distinctly divided into segments, this antique three stone ring is beautiful from every angle.

One rose cut diamond is set within an eight-pointed star in the center.  It’s flanked by a pair of old cut rubies that are also star-set.  This style was quite popular during the Victorian era, adding a bit of flair to each little gem.  A pair of triangles are carefully etched into each side of the shank.

Three distinct hallmarks are stamped inside the shank of this English ring.  It’s a wonderful example of fine antique jewelry.  Previously priced at $850.00, this piece is available now for just $675.00!  

“Go to our site and look, then come to us and touch.”

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe and Shelly Isacco

Every Picture Tells A Story

 Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling and a Victorian Ring

Clues.  Jewelry is filled with them…  and it’s up to us to play detective to find them and discover everything we can about a particular treasure.  Sometimes we get lucky and the clues are crisp and clear, stamped right on the item.  They’re called hallmarks, maker’s marks, or assay marks.  

As you can see, this sweet little ring has a series of these marks and they do, in fact, tell a story.  I used my mini magnifying glass (a loupe) to interpret each one:

  • LBS – This is the “Maker’s Mark”.  These letters signify the jeweler who made the ring.  I searched the internet as well as our in-house library to try to find out just who LBS might be with no luck.  Not gonna lie, I was a bit bummed… but not deterred!  
  • CROWN – This is called the “Gold Standard Mark”.  All gold jewelry in the United Kingdom that is 9 karat, 14 karat, 18 karat or 22 karat will bear this symbol.
  • 18 – This is the “Gold Fineness or Purity Mark” noting that this ring is made from 18 karat gold.
  • ANCHOR – This is the “Assay Mark” that tells where the ring was stamped.  The anchor is the symbol for the Burmingham Assay office in the United Kingdom.
  • h – The small letter “h” shows that this ring was made and assayed in 1882.

Unique details add to the rich history of this delicate beauty.  Deeply etched scrolls create an unusual pattern on each shoulder while the center plaque has a diagonal flourish handset with a bright blue sapphire and two tiny rose cut diamonds, adding a bit of whimsical charm to this Victorian darling.  Two additional sapphires are set within the side scrolls, a pop of blue against the buttery 18 karat yellow gold. 

This ring is low profile and easy to wear.  Perfect alone as a non-traditional wedding band or right-hand ring or piled high with your favorite stackables – make this one yours for just $775.00.  

“Go to our site and look, then come to Joden and touch.”

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

Joe’s Special Box – Volume 115

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling, and A Collector’s Things

Today we honor all the men and women who have died in the service of the United States Military.  Proud and fierce, they stood tall to protect our great country…  the land of the free, the home of the brave.  From sea to shining sea, flags will be placed on gravestones and the patriotic words of our national anthem will be sung in every city and small town in America.  

Crafted from 9 karat yellow gold in the 1860’s, this tiny ring is bursting with symbolism.  The three leaf clover in the center is a widely recognized representation of three things…  faith, love and loyalty.  Many also believe the three leaves signify the Holy Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  For me, it’s both.  The two interpretations are synonymous – one meaning the very same thing as the other.  

Additionally, our nation’s colors are showcased using a red ruby, a white diamond, and a blue sapphire.  This trio of bold hues are also deeply rooted in symbolism:

Red – Hardiness and Valor

White – Purity and Innocence

Blue – Vigilance, Perseverance, and Justice

Every time I hear the opening notes of The Star Spangled Banner, I feel my heart swell with pride.  My skin prickles with goosebumps…  patriotism.  Being the daughter of an Army Veteran, each word resounds with me as does every aspect of this ring.  If you love it as much as I do, it’s available now for just $325.00.

“And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!”

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

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