Isadoras antique jewelry

Monthly Archives: June 2014

  • Antique Jewelry in the Era of Impressionism

    During the mid to late 1800s, a modern approach to painting started to emerge. The school of impressionists included artists such as Mary Cassatt, Degas, Monet, Manet and Renoir. Together amongst many others, they created a entirely new way of making art- capturing momentary and everyday scenery using composition and brushstrokes never before experienced. I love their use of light above all- a lovely thing to think about when dressing for summer.

    Here are a few Impressionist paintings paired with jewels of their time. Enjoy!


    Woman with a Pearl Necklace in a Loge, Mary Cassatt. 1879

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    Rare and Beautiful Golden topaz ring with diamonds in silver. 

    monet Stilll Life with Anemones, 1885

    Still Life with Anemones, Monet. 1885

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    Antique Millefiori Necklace. This lovely piece goes with anything. 


    Regatta at Argenteuil, Pierre-Auguste Renoir. 1874

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    An exquisite seed pearl necklace c. 1870


    The Garden Of Pere Lathuille, Edouard Manet. 1879

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    Floral motif enamel and 18k rose gold droplet earrings c. 1880.


  • How to Wear a Brooch

    Often I have customers come into our store, fall in love with a vintage brooch but balk at adding one to their wardrobe because they aren’t certain how to wear it. Now I’m a brooch girl, always have been, always will be and I feel a brooch is one of the easiest things in the world to accessorize with. I wear one probably 5 days out of seven. So I thought I’d share a couple of my favorite ways to rock an exceptional antique pin.

    1.  The classic. Wear it with a well-cut blazer. I have been wearing brooches this way since the 4th grade, although I have definitely eschewed my Cosby era shoulder pad plaid jacket for something a little more tailored.

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    2. Wear it with a cardigan. This can be classic or funky depending on how you style it. For work I often wear a 50’s style sweater set, but on the weekends I’ll wear any old t-shirt, a shrunken cardigan, jeans and boots. A signature brooch gives this slouchy look just a little extra pow.

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    3. Wear it with a dress. I particularly love a brooch with a boat neck navy or black dress but really depending on the brooch you can pair a pin with an enormous selection of frocks.

    lbd brooch vintage image of woman with brooch


    4. Wear it with a t-shirt. Really. I love wearing a little gold brooch with a boat neck striped shirt ala Coco Chanel.

    J Crew T-Shirt & Brooch J Crew T-Shirt & Brooch


    5. Wear it with a blouse. I haven’t tried this look yet but I have been seeing a lot of women wearing a brooch in the center of a button down shirt. I think that may be my next pin ”able” look.

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  • Rare New Arrivals: Part 1

    To all our dear clients and delight-ers, we are so very excited to announce a remarkable and brilliant new selection of vintage engagement rings has entered Isadoras! Now, if this doesn't delight you enough, the most exquisite European Arrivals will be on display within the week.

    Personally, I can not tell you how wonderful and exhilarating it is to have these remarkable and rare antique jewels in store, there is everything from the loveliest Edwardian droplet earring to glorious and dramatic Georgian ornamentation that will take your breath away.


     Rare carved large jade ring.


    Could there be anything more Nouveau? Plique a jour lavalier necklace with pearls. 


    A beautiful example of dark Victorian coral in this delightful ring. 


    Georgian garnet necklace with ORGANIC HAIR SCENES in the pendants; one of which is the clasp. 

    These pieces are not yet quite ready for our showroom, but in the meantime, this week I will be giving you  little sneak peeks here on our blog, and on Isadora's Pinterest and Facebook.  

    Tomorrow you will see a few more of our newly arrived engagement rings.


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