Isadoras antique jewelry

Monthly Archives: September 2015

  • Piece of the Week: Vintage Silver Squash Blossom Necklace

    vintage squashblossom necklace #isadoras #nativeamericanjewelry #statementnecklace (1)

    This may be my favorite Isadora's squash blossom necklace ever. I adore turquoise and coral, but there is just something about the simplicity of unadorned silver I find so compelling. I love the shape of the central naja and the proportions are perfectly statement worthy.

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  • The Diamond Sapphire Engagement Ring

    It being September, and September's birthstone being sapphire, I thought I would take a moment to highlight the diamond sapphire engagement ring.

    The Diamond & Sapphire Engagement Ring

    High contrast jewelry was popular during the Art Deco era--white & black; white & red; and white & blue (or rather diamonds & onyx; diamonds & rubies; diamonds & sapphires.)

    Art Deco Diamond Sapphire Ring

    An alternative engagement ring style today, diamonds with different color gemstones were all the rage in the 1920's and 1930's. Plus sapphires were particularly popular in engagement rings, as blue sapphires symbolize fidelity. They sparkled as both a center stone and an accent stone.

    art-deco-diamond-sapphire-engagement-ring

    For my part, I adore the contrast of gemstones dark and light, for a look both dramatic and beautiful.

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    On a historic side note: During the early 20th century synthetic gemstones were used, even when the diamonds were natural. So almost any time you find multiple matching sapphires, rubies or emeralds, they are in fact synthetic. This does not devalue the piece. It is, in fact, one of the ways we authenticate it as a true vintage piece.

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  • Piece of the Week: Antique Gold Locket

    Piece of the Week #antiquegoldlocket #victorian

    I've always been an enormous fan of a beautiful antique gold locket. My great-grandmother wore a locket that fascinated me as a young child and as an adult I frequently wear a teens gold fill locket that encloses a photo of my son.

    And though I now own my own locket, I find it hard to resist the beautiful lockets that flow through our store. Whether it is a Victorian locket accented by a magnificent lion or a 22 KT gold locket centered by a repousse rose, I am entranced by the many beautiful forms of the locket.

    This week, I am particularly entranced by this antique gold locket that just entered our store.

    Exquisite in every way, this antique locket dates from the 1870's. The front is engraved with a cluster of grapes framed by a scroll design. The back is engraved with a buckle. (During the Victorian era, buckles symbolized love and friendship.) The gold is 15KT, a karat weight we don't see in contemporary jewelry. The gold has a patina that indicates this piece was worn for many years, giving it a luster a new locket cannot match.

    And my very favorite thing about this locket, is the way it opens on both sides, allowing four photos to be framed within, like a secret surprise. The locket includes its original photos with stern men in muttonchops and high collars, and women demurely clothed, allowing me to imagine the original owners and the story behind this perfect antique locket.

    I hope you enjoy this antique locket as much as do. -xo Miko

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