Joe’s Special Box – Volume 105

Joden Girl

Baubles, Bling, and A Collector’s Things

As a purveyor of fine antique and estate jewelry, we sell a myriad of vintage engagement rings.  There have been a few Victorian pieces, but there’s a definite sweet spot for Edwardian and Art Deco beauties.  Our clients can’t seem to resist the fine details…  the hand-engraved patterns, the pierced designs, all accented by tiny diamond trim.  Each one is a perfect storm of loveliness.  Even my own engagement ring is an authentic original from the 1920’s. 

As enamored as I am of these diamond-centered gems, my heart belongs to another… the other half, the counterpart.  I am a sucker for old wedding bands.  This sweet little number from Joe’s Special Box is currently hovering at the top of my list.  Made in the 1950’s, this two tone charmer is just TOO good!  

The entire framework and shank of the ring are made from 14 karat yellow gold.  Artfully arranged across the top is the game-changer…  a stylized white gold bow.  The loops and tails of the bow curve out from the center knot, each one featuring single-cut diamonds, six in total for a combined weight of .10 carat.  This hint of sparkle is perfect.  

Available on our website, it’s a steal for just $425.  Wear it alone, pair it with an engagement ring, or stack it tall with all your other favs.  Click the photos to check it out now!

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

Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Dana Jerpe

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

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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