Joe’s Special Box – Volume 89

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling, and A Collector’s Things

I love vintage wedding bands…  and if they are eternity bands, so much the better.  Call me a romantic, but I adore the sentiment behind the eternity band.  Infinite or unending time…  the ultimate definition of marriage.  My own wedding band features a continual pattern of platinum diamond daisies with textured 18 karat yellow gold centers – check it out!  

Each time I stumble across an old wedding band, I do several things.  First and foremost, I try it on.  I want to know how it fits, what it feels like, and how it looks on my hand.  Then, I go all over it with my loupe…  inside and out.  Does it have any hallmarks?  Inside engraving?  Finally, I ask myself “Is this blog worthy?”  This band is most definitely blog worthy!

This 14 karat two tone beauty from Joe’s Special Box is absolutely divine.  Where to begin?  Perhaps with that scalloped edge created from a series of half-moon designs.  This utterly feminine detail enhances the lacy pattern of the center section.  Ten east/west oriented marquise shapes are carefully fitted between ten narrow parallel bars.  Each marquise has been set with a single round diamond for a combined weight of .30 carat – a little sparkle is always good!

It looks great on the hand and is quite comfortable.  This little gem is perfect alone but would also work well in a stack.  It’s available now on our site for just $560.00.  Make it yours now.  

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

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

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His and Hers – Volume 3

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling, and Traditional Things

I have been wearing a wedding band for nearly 19 years…  even when I don’t have it on, there is a dent in my finger where my ring usually resides.  It is a visual reminder of a promise, a commitment…  a vow made and kept.  My hubby has always worked with his hands, he’s blue collar through and through.  As such, he rarely wears his wedding band.  When he does, it gives me a little thrill to see it there – the warm golden color against his calloused working man hand. 

While the tradition of a wedding ring has been in existence for over 3000 years, the history of men’s bands is much more recent.  In the United States, it was commonplace for a woman to wear a ring, but not a man.  However, in the early 1940’s with the advent of WWII, soldiers began wearing a ring.  They wanted to be reminded of their wives and families back home.  The fad continued into the Korean War.  After that, it seemed the trend had become tradition.  

“ABS to WEL – June 4, 1907” and “WEL to ABS – June 4, 1907”

The classically simple design of this matched pair of gold bands captured my heart as soon as I found them.  As I scooped them out of the scrap box (jewelry destined for the melting pot), I was drawn to the natural patina that developed from years of wear.  Thousands of tiny scratches cover the surface of each one, giving the gold a soft look.  Then, I saw the inscriptions inside, and my heartstrings tugged a bit more.  Finally, I slid the smaller of the two over my knuckle…  a perfect fit.  

On June 4, 1907 (a Tuesday), these two lovebirds tied the knot.  At a time when wedding bands were really only for the ladies, these two were so in love that they both wanted a ring.  ABS and WEL wanted that outward sign for all to see…  a golden circle with no beginning and no end. 

No end indeed.  The scrap box is a little lighter today.  These beauties have been rescued and are available in our store!

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

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Precious Medal

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling, and Platinum Rings

A medal is a small artistic object – a thin disc (usually made of metal) carrying a design – commemorating a significant event or achievement.  What better example of this is there than a wedding band?  Not only does this prized possession qualify as a medal, but it’s also a promise that two are becoming one; not just any two – you two!  Your story is unique.  Your ring should be, too.

From vintage to modern, this striking trio shares a common element that takes them to the next level…  they are all made from platinum, arguably the king of metals.  Platinum is beautiful, refined, and versatile with an inner strength – much like a woman.  The benefits of this precious metal far exceed aesthetics…  it’s a naturally occurring white element that requires little maintenance.  It’s 95% pure, making it hypoallergenic.  Platinum is extremely dense (60% heavier than gold), very durable, and quite rare.  Its use enhances the allure of these bands…

This piece is modern with an Edwardian inspired design.  The four-petaled blossoms encircle the entire ring, while only the top portion is diamond accented.  There are twenty-four fully faceted diamonds set into the vine with a combined total weight of .25 carats.  Priced at $2,500 – this beauty is certain to become an heirloom of tomorrow.

 

Four Old European Cut diamonds create sparkling centers for the intricately carved flowers in this vintage band.  The stems, leaves, and florets wrap artfully around the finger, with no beginning and no end.  Make this eternal enchantress yours for just $1700.

This final band has a hidden secret…  the original engraving is still inside!  Check out the close-up photo.  Dated 1936, this Art Deco piece offers quiet elegance.  There are twenty single-cut diamonds carefully set in two parallel lines across the top center of the ring.  These diamonds have a combined weight of .35 carats and are further accented by a delicate beaded edge.  It’s priced right at just $1400.

Like platinum, the beauty of these bands will never fade or tarnish – it’s everlasting.  And like your commitment, it only grows stronger with each scratch, creating a rich patina that will shine forevermore.  

For additional details on, call me or drop me an email at carrie@joden.com.  I’d love to hear from you!

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Shelly Isacco

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