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Monthly Archives: August 2013

  • Piece of the Week: Vintage Hamilton Gold Watch

    Vintage Hamilton Gold Watch Vintage Hamilton Gold Watch

    This Mid 20th Century Hamilton 14KT yellow gold watch is a man's watch but I think it would be elegant for a man or a woman.  I myself, am coveting a men's vintage watch, and this watch in particular, after two of my co-workers have made men's vintage watches part of their signature style.  They are just so casually elegant.

    Please visit our website for more vintage men's WATCHES!

  • A Collection of Bangles, Each Bracelet a Story

    This summer I have been noticing more than ever the beautiful stacks of bracelets women adorn themselves with.

    Art Deco 9KT Gold Bangle Art Deco 9KT Gold Bangle, Hallmarked "Birmingham, England 1937"

    Audrey Hepburn Audrey Hepburn Looking Chic in a Collection of Bangles

    Retro 18KT Gold Bracelet I can't think of anything better than a Retro, World War II era, 18KT yellow gold bracelet with bold industrial lines.

    I have always loved the story each individual’s jewelry tells, not only singularly but also in combination.  And I’ve been known to wear up to ten bracelets at once and recollect with startling clarity the store of each bangle's acquisition.  And I am a lightweight compared to Isadora’s owner and founder Laura Dalesandro who has a signature and singularly exquisite collection of antique bangles.

    Vintage 18KT Snake Bracelet How sexy is this Mid 20th Century 18KT yellow gold snake bracelet with diamond head.

    A Collection of Yellow Gold Bangles Each Collection of Bangles is a Chance to Share a Part of One's Personal Story.

    Antique 9KT Gold Heart Bracelet I love the whimsy of this antique 9KT gold bracelet with heart clasp.

    This summer, I am especially excited about the story stacks of yellow gold bracelets tell.  The more eclectic the better!

    Antique Topaz & Diamond Bangle Because Sparkle is Nice Too! This is a Stunning Antique Topaz & Diamond Gold Bangle.

    Laura Dalesandro, Owner of Isadoras Antique Jewelry. Laura Dalesandro, Owner of Isadoras Antique Jewelry, Photographed Wearing Her Own Beautiful Bracelets.

    Victorian 14KT Gold Lion Bracelet "Lions & Tigers & Bears Oh My" Who Doesn't Love the Ferocity & Beauty of a Good Animal Piece.

    I hope you enjoyed just a few of the great bangles I think would make an amazing addition to someone’s visual story.

    Please check out our website for more beautiful ANTIQUE BRACELETS!

  • Grunge Revived Again, Fashionable Ferocity 1890's to 1990's

    Maybe it's because I have a Seattle "centric" perspective or maybe it's because I came of age in the Nineties, but I feel like every fashion blog or magazine is hailing the return of Grunge this season, with button down plaids and tartans. And I've also already read the backlash--How can we already be repeating the trends of such a recent era?

    Vogue Korea 2013 "Street to Street": Homeless Chic with Kim Sung-Hee and G-Dragon by Kim Bo-Sung for Vogue Korea August 2013

    Georgian Steel Cut Chandelier Earrings Georgian Steel Cut Chandelier Earrings at Isadoras Antique Jewelry

    But being in the antique & vintage jewelry business, I like to meditate on jewelry trends, separating the one hit wonders from the classic styles, visual ideas that stand the test of time.

    Marc Jacobs- 1992 Perry Ellis Grunge Collection Marc Jacobs- 1992 Perry Ellis Grunge Collection

    Edwardian Scottish Agate Picture Frame at Isadoras Antique Jewelry Edwardian Scottish Agate Picture Frame at Isadoras Antique Jewelry

    And while Seattle's grunge rock look may seem oh so nineteen nineties, it also hearkens back to another nineties, the 1890's, when Scottish and British clothing and jewelry were the height of Victorian fashion.

    Queen Victoria & Prince Albert taking holiday in Scotland by Benjamin Robert Haydon in 1845. Queen Victoria & Prince Albert taking holiday in Scotland by Benjamin Robert Haydon in 1845.

    Scottish Cairngorm Silver Claw Brooch at Isadoras Antique Jewelry Scottish Cairngorm Silver Claw Brooch at Isadoras Antique Jewelry

    There were the tartan skirts.  And then there were the Scottish Jewels--agate necklaces, and silver pins that looked like fierce chicken claws, strange and beautiful, and Cairngorm smoky quartz.  And then there were the bold dynamic pieces of the British Victorian Era--fierce silver bangles, heavy looking chain necklaces and lockets and industrial looking cut steel sparklers.

    Please visit our PINTERST page for more Fierce Beauties.

    Please visit out WEBSITE for more jewels from the Victorian Era.

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