Joe’s Special Box – Volume 51

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling, and A Collector’s Things

Old rose gold – it’s so romantic.  The soft pink undertones are much more subtle than modern rose gold.  It’s timeless.  This trio of rings from Joe’s Special Box are perfect examples of the beauty of old rose gold.  

Take a moment and appreciate the incomparable attributes of each one.  I love the tiny details – flower buds, trumpet-shaped flares, beaded edges, and asymmetrical scroll-work.  They’re exceptional and uniquely Victorian.  Call me old-fashioned, but I’ll take true antique over vintage-inspired every single time.  Whether they be set with Old European Cut diamonds or rose cuts, the authenticity of these rings speaks for itself.  When selecting a ring (An engagement ring or otherwise) be sure to choose something as individual as you are – a real one-of-a-kind.  Priced from $450-$1950, this dynamic trilogy is located in Joe’s Special Box.  

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Joe’s Special Box – Volume 48

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling, and A Collector’s Things

There’s just something about Persian Turquoise…  the color of summer skies and crystal clear Caribbean waters; a bright spot on a dreary day.  This cheerful stone was the darling of jewelers in the 1800’s.  Albert and Victoria gifted it to the train bearers and ladies in waiting in their wedding ceremony in the form of bird brooches and tiny portrait rings.  The stone was considered by many to be a talisman.  Turquoise was believed to protect the wearer against a myriad of things including poisoning and falling off your horse! 

  

This charming bracelet was crafted at the end of the 19th century making it a crossover piece between the end of the Victorian era and the beginning of Art Nouveau.  Handmade from a rich 18 karat yellow gold, this piece is super sweet.  The main portion consists of two matching strands of woven chain.  They create a series of five love knots, each one decorated with a bezel set oval turquoise.  The love knot was a prevalent theme in vintage jewelry – symbolizing a love that lasts forever and cannot be untied.  The center knot features an intricately etched heart charm with a turquoise flower.  My favorite part of the bracelet is the hair receiver on the back of the heart…  complete with a lock of dark hair still coiled inside… so romantic.  The bracelet is in mint condition and priced at $2750.00.  When you come to see it, be sure to mention that it’s in Joe’s Special Box.  

“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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Mirror Mirror

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling, and Pragmatic Things

What’s on your keychain?  Mine is a jumbled collection of keys, customer appreciation mini-cards and pictures of my kids.  Definitely little things that are important for my day to day life.  In the Victorian era (about 150 years ago), a lady carried her necessities on a chatelaine.  This clever device attached to your belt or a very long necklace and trinkets dangled from it.  Most chatelaines were comprised of keys, a pair of scissors, a thimble, and the household seal.  Other more ornamental curios might include a lipstick, a vinaigrette, or even a small  mirror like this one. 

Joe brought this tiny enameled mirror back from the Miami show last year and I have admired it ever since.  I just love it!  It measures about 2.5 inches in length and makes a perfect pendant. The front is completely covered in a vibrantly enameled scene that features a pair of entwined ladies with flowing locks and voluminous gowns.  The bright pink, blue, yellow, and green hues bring this piece to life.  Perhaps you noticed the two daisies that decorate the stem of the mirror…  this tiny detail is everything.  They’re my absolute favorite flower.  Even my wedding band is an eternal ring of platinum and 18 karat yellow gold daisies!

A predecessor to the modern day handbag, a chatelaine provided a method of carrying essential tools of everyday life within a hands reach.  Any lady would surely have been thrilled to add this glorious mirror to her cache of implements.  It’s dynamic imagery and vivid colors would spark a conversation in any environment, including the modern world of today. 

For more details, including pricing, send me an email at carrie@joden.com or give me a call at 800.747.7552.

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

Writing and Photos by Carrie Martin

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