Isadoras antique jewelry

Monthly Archives: July 2015

  • Summer: A Time for Travel

    Summer is always a fun time in Isadoras Antique Jewelry.  Thousands of people visit the historic Pike Place Market each May through September, many of them taking a moment, a half an hour or even a half a day to pop into our store and enjoy our collection.

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    Vintage Photo of the Pike Place Market

    We so enjoy hearing each individual’s story as pass through our store and lives, enriching us with a greater sense of the people of this world we live in.  And sometimes those of us who work in the store get a chance to take a trip ourselves.

    Tourism is not a new thing.  On my very favorite movies and novels (It is so rare I like both) is A Room with a View by E.M. Forster where the young Lucy Honeychurch is transformed by a trip to Italy during the early 20th century.

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    Antique Lava Cameo Brooch

    I feel, the good vacations we eagerly anticipate, thoroughly enjoy, and hold as a memory for years to come.  The great vacations transform us.  And so I ask myself, how do we hold those memories after we leave, retain the beauty and the emotional sustenance they provide having returned to our normal life once again?

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    Egyptian Revival Scarab Plique a Jour Enamel Necklace

    I remember a quote from the movie Rebecca (another book/movie although I confess I never made it to the book after being captivated by Laurence Olivier’s Maxim de Winters).  Joan Fontaine’s character says, “You know, I , I wish there could be an invention . . . that bottled up the memory like perfume.  And it never faded, never got stale.  That whenever I wanted to, I could uncork the bottle and live the memory all over again.”

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    Vintage Butterfly Wing Pin

    And I suppose one can’t truly live a memory again, but like Joan Fontaine’s imagined bottle, I believe an object can be the keeper for a memory.  You look at it and remember the smell of your vacation, the excitement, the transcendent moments.  And for me jewelry has always been a perfect memory holder.  It is something personal, so personal it is worn on your person and whether it is a ring on your finger or a locket on your neck you hold the memories close when you put that piece of jewelry on.

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    Vintage Silver Charm Bracelet

    And just as I love to look at my souvenir’s brought back from different parts of the world, I also like to look at what others chose to collect on trips aboard.  Particularly the tourists of yesteryear-whether it is an Italian cameo purchased on a Victorian lady’s grand tour, a piece of Egyptian revival enamel jewelry inspired by the opening of King Tut’s tomb, a British butterfly wing bar pin sold at the British Empire Exhibition of 1924 or a sweet 1950’s silver charm bracelet collected by a young girl as she traveled the world.

    Please visit our website for more beautiful antique jewelry!

  • Art Deco diamond rings

    Art Deco (1920's & 1930's) era is far and above are most requested time period when it comes to rings. Our customers really seem to identify with the architectural details and design from that era.

    Summer has always been a popular time for customers to shop, find their perfect ring, and propose, so here are some of our favorite Art Deco era engagement rings to consider.

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    We love that this ring has a light yellow fancy diamond in the center. Since it's a cushion cut, it also has a very smooth look and feel on the finger. A very lovely and dainty choice.

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    This ring has a beautiful center Old European Cut diamond. We mostly love the detailed filigree and milgrain work across the top of the setting. A gorgeous example of Art Deco design!

    north south ring

    Here is a lovely North South Art Deco diamond ring with a total of .77 carats. This ring is very fluid on the finger and very sparkly!

    Art Deco rings are gorgeous and a lovely representation of a very beloved time period. The details in these pieces are incredible and are meant to be enjoyed for many generations. We always have a wonderful selection of these rings online and in store, so take a peek at our collection to see what you will find. And of course, Isadoras would love to make further suggestions and assist with finding the right ring.

  • Something Old, Something Blue

    10 stunning antique something blue jewels perfect for the big day. 

    1. I could imagine this Aspry of London aquamarine & seed pearl necklace at a Downtown Abbey wedding. It is sheer perfection.

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    2. Perfect as a right hand ring or an alternative wedding ring, this vintage aquamarine ring is enchanting.

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    3. For a bit of Art Deco drama, I adore these sapphire, diamond & onyx earrings.

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    4. For a more delicate sparkle, these mid-century diamond sapphire earrings are so pretty.

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    5. Less traditional, but no less exquisite, is a touch of turquoise. I love this 1870's turquoise & gold etruscan revival pendant.

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    6. An antique turquoise ring is a nice touch.

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    7. Nothing compares to this Titanic era blue zircon festoon necklace for sparkle.

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    8. So very bridal, these fine estate blue zircon and pearl earrings are incredibly romantic.

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    9. The length of these 1920's Art Deco lapis earrings is so dramatic and striking.

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    10. And finally, who doesn't like a big statement ring? . . . particularly a circa 1900 Arts & Crafts lapis statement ring with elaborate silver mounting.

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    Please visit our website for more blue jewels!

     

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