From the very moment she saw the gems nestled within the antique leather box, she has been drawn to the distinctive diamonds in her engagement ring. She is constantly stunned by their unique glitter – sparkling for over 100 years, never to dim.
Her heart warms as she creates narratives born from the ring’s handmade imperfections. She can imagine the staunch stonecutter, arched over his workbench in the gold flush of candlelight, taking the time to discover the future possibilities within each gem, as he labors over the angle of every facet.
She romanticizes the lives and loves of the women who treasured the ring generations before her. How the crest of their cheeks must have bloomed with a joyful glow when their true loves presented them with this unifying symbol of love!
She sees herself as a catalyst of enduring love. For years from now, she will pass this sentimental heirloom to her own daughter; she finds comfort knowing that the ring will be cherished for generations to come.
An unending circle of love begins with an antique engagement ring, lovingly crafted with hand-cut diamonds - eloquently unique, forever bright.
At Isadoras, Valentine’s Day is one of our most favorite holidays; we love to feel romance fill the air in anticipation of February 14.
The weeks (and days) before Valentine’s Day is a wonderful time to shop for engagement rings, and there is nothing more romantic than an antique engagement ring.
Vintage and antique engagement rings are unbelievably sentimental due to their poetic nature. They evoke a time and space where candlelight ruled, and diamonds were much harder to come by.
Each one-of-a-kind antique engagement ring at Isadoras is chosen for its exquisite and unique qualities. Antique jewelry is the most collectable, rare, exotic jewelry there is. We often tell our clients, "If you want an antique ring, be patient, and the right one will come to you."
We love helping couples find the antique or vintage engagement ring of their dreams, no matter what their budget is.
It is important to keep in mind that the price of an engagement ring is affected by a diamond’s clarity, color, and size. We all know that a .50-carat diamond is more expensive than a .25-carat diamond, but if your budget is tight, there are ways to shop for beautiful diamonds without giving up on size.
We will show you how!
Each diamond is assigned a grade corresponding to its clarity.
Diamonds with very minor inclusions that can only be seen under magnification are graded VS1-VS2.
Diamonds with tiny flaws nearly invisible to the naked eye are graded SI1-SI2.
Diamonds with flaws that can been seen with the naked eye are graded I1-I3.
The cost of a diamond decreases as you move down the scale from very slightly included diamonds to those that have inclusions.
Isadoras sells ideal stones, and a flawless diamond is a thing of beauty, but it never seduces us the way a stone with its own quirks, flaws, and ultimate beauty does.
A stone with its own idiosyncrasies puts butterflies in my stomach; and when one of those stones arrive in our store I find myself inexplicably drawn to it.
Each diamond is assigned a grade corresponding to its color.
The diamond color scale begins at D and ends with Z.
As a general rule, diamonds slightly tinted are much less expensive than colorless stones.
D, E, and F diamonds are nearly colorless. The color difference is so negligible, that the grade can only be discerned by a gemologist.
Diamonds rated G-J on the color scale are nearly colorless; however, the price decreases as you move up through the scale.
I-J colored diamonds will be less expensive than G-H colored diamonds.
If you are drawn to diamonds with a faint warm hue – you will find that the stones with a faint color grade (K-M) are much less expensive than G-colored diamonds.
Each diamond is assigned a carat weight
If you choose a stone with slight inclusions and a faint color, you can buy a higher carat diamond for your money.
Gemstones – The Alternative
Don’t forget - gemstones are a stunning way to get more for your engagement dollars. Typically, larger gemstones cost less than their diamond counterparts.
Because most antique diamonds are cut by hand, they have an individuality and character that cannot be emulated. Please visit our blog post, A Beginner’s Guide to Antique Diamond Cuts, for more detailed information.
For more ideas, visit our Pinterest boards and browse our Instagram page to find inspiration for unique antique Valentine’s Day engagement ring and gift ideas.
Our knowledgeable staff is always happy to help you find the perfect antique engagement ring for your beloved!
This entry was posted in Uncategorized on February 12, 2017 by Jill Schoenleber.
Flowers are one of the most common motifs in jewelry, which is not surprising. It is our natural desire to replicate nature’s ephemeral beauty in enduring works of art.
Each piece of lovely, floral-themed jewelry from the antique heirloom collection at Isdaoras is special – reflecting the spirit of the era in which it was created.
Fashionable flower motifs were common in the late Georgian Era, but jewelry designs became more realistic during the early Victorian Era.
These lovely 15KT gold Victorian pietra dura earrings utilized inlays of highly polished stone to create the flowers and leaves.
This sweet, seed pearl flower ring is saturated with sentiment. In the Victorian Era, lovers were obsessed with secret languages assigned to love tokens. Flowers were assigned specific meanings. For example, a daisy meant innocence, while a sunflower indicated adoration.
In the Art Nouveau Era, stylized flowers were once again popular; designs were curvaceous and whimsical. Flowers never used in jewelry before became the norm – water lilies, fuchsias, and poppies.
Simultaneously in the Edwardian Era, flower designs were used decoratively in garland necklaces.
Art Deco design decried flowing lines and adopted cubism. However, many motifs of the time still included flowers. Egyptian motif jewelry was popular and included figurative representations of lotus blossoms. Flowers were often carved in gemstones.
These striking pieces personify the geometry, symmetry, and boldness of Deco design, which is reflected even further in the carved, stylized flowers.
In the Retro Era, floral motifs flourished – but with a difference. Jewelers now incorporated movement. Big, chunky jewelry often featured articulated petals and leaves – though bolder and less realistic.
Movement was especially important, as embodied in the sway of the dangle earrings, and the lift of the watch’s articulated cover.
After WWII, fashion returned to femininity. Midcentury jewelry was open, airy, and textural. Flowers were a popular motif often emphasized by gemstones.
This beautiful midcentury necklace features three quartz flowers accented with sapphire pistils. Flower representation in jewelry during the mid-twentieth century evolved from the large, articulated Retro Era flowers to a more natural and realistic depiction.
All of these lovely pieces come from the heirloom collection at Isadoras. Please stop by and visit us in-store or online to see more of our amazing antique jewelry.
This entry was posted in Jewelry History, Inspiration and tagged flowers, carved, movement, festoon necklace, works of art, language of love, florals, floral motif, Georgian, Isadoras, Earrings, Victorian, Retro, Isadoras Antique Jewelry, Art Deco on February 3, 2017 by Jill Schoenleber.
As we journey into 2017, we look to our namesake Isadora Duncan, and many other invincible women for inspiration - leaders, innovators, creators, and teachers.
Like an Expressionist painter, art and inspiration flows through us; we convey our world vision via our own emotional perspective.
Our self-expression - whether it be avant-garde fashion, power dressing, or statement jewelry - is the armor we adorn ourselves with, which represents our individual perspectives and aesthetic freedom.
Jewelry is a key component of our visual identity, as both an expression of beauty and an artistic aesthetic that speaks to us on a deeply personal level.
Your antique jewelry choices author your narrative – telling a story others will remember.
This is the year to bring all our stories to life, as we march ahead - strong, free-spirited women with a drumbeat all our own.
More than ever, we encourage you to express your independent self – celebrate that wild woman within!
Peace & Love,
The Isadoras Women
This entry was posted in Inspiration, Uncategorized and tagged stories, drumbeat, narrative, powerful women, self-expression, inspiration, heirloom collection, antique jewelry, Isadoras Antique Jewelry on January 19, 2017 by Isadoras.
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