His and Hers – Volume 3

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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

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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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Love Tokens

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Baubles, Bling, and Connecting Things

If you’re searching for the ultimate wedding band, look no further.  We have a limited selection of the very finest in band rings – authentic Cartier pieces, all accompanied by the signature red leather embossed box. 

 

This classic 18 karat white gold “Maillon Panthere” band would look fantastic on anyone’s finger.  The band is aptly named… a maillon is actually a linking devise similar to a carabiner, most often used in rigging and climbing sports.  It makes a secure and vital connection – much like a wedding band.

These three bands are from the Cartier “Love” collection.  Each one is engraved with the iconic love symbol (a circle with a line through the center).  The first piece ever crafted in this collection – the “Love” bracelet – was originally designed as two separate halves that joined together to create one.  A special screw locks the halves together; this strong connection can only be undone by using the screwdriver that comes with the bracelet.  The symbol looks just like the top of this unique locking mechanism and has become the trademark of the entire line.  Each band embodies the strength of the commitment between the giver and the receiver.

Cartier has dubbed them “rings of eternal emotions”.  They truly are the ultimate wedding bands. 

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

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Written by Carrie Martin

Photos by Shelly Isacco

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