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Monthly Archives: June 2012

  • The Amazing House of Asscher

    Of all the fantastic gemstones living at Isadora’s, my current favorite is our 2.00 carat Asscher cut diamond. This gorgeous stone has an amazing brilliance, and a depth, and modernity to it that is the epitome of elegant timelessness. 

    In 1902, Joseph Asscher developed what is now called the Asscher cut. This innovative type of cut allows for both the brilliance and depth of a diamond to be showcased. This was particularly popular in the 1920’s and 1930’s as it complimented both the graphic and organic motifs of the Art Deco era. 

    Joseph Asscher

    If you're still curious about the Asscher family, like I was, here is a little history about The House of Asscher:

    The Royal Asscher Diamond Company was founded in 1854 in Holland by Issac Joseph Asscher and has been run by the family ever since. Known as master cutters, some of the most famous and remarkable stones known to post-industrial times have been entrusted to the Asschers’ remarkable talent, expertise and creativity. Amongst the most famous of their cut stones is The Excelsior Diamond, which in the rough weighed 995.2 carats, and was cut into multiple pieces in 1893.

    Queen Mary wearing the Cullinan I, II, III & IV

    In 1905 The Asschers were also responsible for cutting The Cullinan Diamond.  It is to this day the largest stone ever, weighing a remarkable 3,106 carats. It was divided into nine large gemstones and a number of smaller stones.  The progeny of this stone and the resulting astonishingly, crafted, cut stones can be seen today in The Crown Jewels of England, most notably the Cullinan I (a.k.a. The Star of Africa) seen in The Royal Scepter, and The Cullinan II seen in The Royal Crown.

    Queen Elizabeth wearing the Cullinan III and IV on her Diamond Jubilee on June 5, 2012
  • Egyptomania!!!

    This May through June, Seattle is hosting the final stage of a King Tut exhibition entitled, Tutenkhamun: the Golden King and the Great Pharaohs.  

    Tutenkhamun Death Mask

    During the Victorian era and again in 1922 when King Tut's tomb was first discovered, Egyptomania would take hold of the world, inspiring architecture, fashion and best of all jewelry. 

    1920's King Tutenkhamun Pendant Necklace

    In honor of the Egyptomania currently taking hold of Seattle we feature three fantastic antique and vintage Egyptian revival pieces.

    Victorian Scarab Cravat Pin
    We hope you have as much fun looking at these beautiful pieces of jewelry as we had choosing them!

    1920's Egyptian Revival Necklace

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