Isadoras antique jewelry

  • Celestial Antique Jewelry - Cosmic Motifs

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    This Fall, the universe will find itself in alignment with the desires of antique jewelry lovers everywhere. The latest craze? Cosmic motifs!

    Whether it be moons, stars, or planets, Isadoras has a sparkling collection of celestial antique pieces that celebrate the tangible connection between earth and sky.

     

    The moonstone, considered to be a corporeal moonbeam, elegantly illuminates this spectacular Victorian diamond halo ring.
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    These Retro-Era chandelier earrings feature rose gold shooting stars sparkling with 1.44 diamond carats!

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    This stunning Victorian ring features the perfect foil of gold against blue - stars melting into the morning sky.

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    Diamond-accented 18KT gold planets dangle from fancy link chains. The effect? Out of this world!

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    A sliver of moon depicted in diamonds, this Victorian brooch symbolizes a new relationship and a lover's desire that it will morph into marriage.

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    Steal a star from the heavens to wear near your heart. This 15KT gold Victorian locket features a burst of rose-cut diamonds.

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    "The sky is filled with stars invisible by day."
    ~  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  • Vintage Jewelry Intensifies Oscar Night Glamour

    new headerWe cannot get enough of the glitz and glamour of Hollywood's biggest night!

     

    The dreamy dazzle of the designer gowns and the over-the-top amazing jewelry is our favorite part of the Oscars (oh, and don’t forget the speeches).

     

    For decades, celebrities have chosen to accessorize with stunning jewelry on Oscar night. Today, the tradition often gracefully nods to the past with exceptional antique jewelry that stands leagues above 21st Century modern pieces, in both innate beauty and rarity.

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    We adore the lavish vintage Bulgari bib necklace that Keira Knightly wore to the 2009 Oscars. The Art Deco zipper necklace that Margo Robbie donned for the Oscars in 2015 took 12 years to make, and was commissioned by the Duchess of Windsor. The necklace is fully functional, and when zipped up can be worn as a bracelet.

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    At the 2009 Academy Awards, Taraji P. Henson wore an amazing 19th century diamond flower necklace by Fred Leighton. And, in 2000, Hilary Swank stunned with a $250,000 necklace that was originally crafted for one of Queen Victoria’s daughters in 1890 (and converts into a tiara!).

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    Antique jewels are popular on the red carpet because they are one-of-a-kind. When you wear vintage jewelry, it is utterly impossible for anyone to emulate your look.

     

    We cannot wait to see which memorable vintage glam pieces will dazzle us from the red carpet this year!!

     

    Each unique piece of antique jewelry in the stunning heirloom collection at Isadoras holds a history that deepens the character and adds a sense of mystery.

     

    Visit our store in Pike Place Market, or browse online to see all of the exquisite Oscar-worthy antique pieces you will find only at Isadoras.

  • You Can Find The Perfect Antique Engagement Ring on any Budget!

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    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!

     

    Diamond Clarity

    Each diamond is assigned a grade corresponding to its clarity.

    • VS1-VS2 – Very Slightly Included
    • SI1-SI2 – Slightly Included
    • I1-I3 = Included

     

    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.

     

    Diamond Color

    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.

     

    Diamond Size

    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!

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