At Isadoras, engagement ring customers are easily some our favorite shoppers to help this time of year. We can always see the love, excitement, and anticipation on their faces when they walk through our doors.
Our vintage bridal collection is so breathtaking and unique that it defines the authentic beauty of engagement rings and wedding bands. The unmistakable personality of each amazing piece in our store is informed by the characteristics of the vintage era in which it was made.
Vintage diamonds were also influenced by the era and the location where they were mined, cut, and crafted - similar to a fine wine bearing the hallmarks of the year it was bottled, and the soil in which its grapes were grown.
While each vintage era has its own remarkable qualities, we love the graceful and luxurious nature of the Edwardian era, which was characterized by an adoration of elegance and fashion, and a spirit of lightheartedness.
Diamonds and platinum dominated Edwardian jewelry, which was made to look as light and delicate as possible - often to resemble lace or the fine stitches of “petit point” embroidery. Popular motifs included stars, ribbons, and bows. And while diamonds were the most beloved (and looked amazing against platinum), they were often combined with sapphires and other colored gemstones for a more dramatic look.
Romantic Edwardian vintage pieces would make a perfect choice for your vintage bridal trousseau.
Here is a closer look at a few of our favorite Edwardian era pieces:
Shop 1.5 Carat old European cut Diamond Ring
This amazing Edwardian diamond ring is handmade and has a lovely bow motif.
Shop 1906 Diamond Gold Ring
This stunning Edwardian gold ring sparkles with shining diamonds.
Shop Antique Edwardian Diamond Earrings
These handmade Edwardian earrings are truly amazing - delicate and gorgeous.
Shop Edwardian 10KT Gold French Chain
This Edwardian gold chain is pure luxury and would make a beautiful accoutrement for any bride.
As always, if you need assistance we are here to help. We invite you to call (206-441-7711) or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
Stay tuned to our Pinterest page for more inspiration.
This entry was posted in Gemstones, Jewelry History, Engagement Rings, ALL and tagged gold necklace, vintage bridal, antique, Engagement Rings, diamond ring, diamond earrings, Edwardian jewelry on November 24, 2015 by Jill Schoenleber.
Is it okay to mix metals?
It is funny how many of us have strong opinions about the metal color we wear. In fact, when a client is picking out a new piece of jewelry, metal type and color are two questions we always ask.
There is a very strong contingent of purists when it comes to metal type, whether it is platinum, white gold, yellow gold, rose gold, or silver. For some clients, their allegiance to a specific metal is all about the color they feel looks best against their skin. Other clients respond to the feeling evoked by the metal’s color. And there are those clients who want all the pieces in their collection to match and will not deviate from their chosen color palette.
I am not a jewelry purist by any means, so mixing 1940s era pieces with vintage 1840s era pieces works for me. But I do believe that a yellow gold piece needs the addition of a silver piece to provide a counterpoint. Silver or platinum by itself seems a touch crisp, while yellow or rose gold lacks edge. However, silver/platinum and gold together are absolute perfection. The balance of hues, and the combined color palette gives a more complex look to your overall jewelry ensemble.
Choosing a single piece of jewelry with several metal colors is another way to go, though it does not have to be the only piece you wear. For example, I have seen a vintage Cartier triple band in rose gold, yellow gold, and white gold paired with an 1880s Victorian silver niello chain that has a rose gold wash on alternating links – and it looks fabulous.
If you are a metal purist, I understand. But if you are willing to mix it up a bit and wear a few pieces made with different metals, or mixed metals – give it a try!
Upper Left: 1860s Emerald Diamond Ring
Upper Right: Retro Aquamarine 18KT Cocktail Ring
Middle: Victorian Lion Pin
Lower Left: Circa 1870 Victorian Niello Silver Chain
Lower Right: Sapphire Diamond Halo Ring
This entry was posted in Our Thoughts, Inspiration, ALL and tagged band, metal, Platinum, gold, Silver, Rose Gold, jewelry, Yellow Gold, Vintage on November 21, 2015 by Isadoras.
Are you planning a holiday wedding?
At Isadoras Antique Jewelry, we love this time of the year! If you’re planning a holiday wedding, we would be delighted to help you select the perfect vintage wedding ring that reflects the beginning of your romantic journey.
Our clients’ discerning standards for the highest quality antique jewelry is always foremost in our mind when we curate the unique pieces for our collection.
Whether you yearn for the traditional wedding ring, or your style is completely unconventional, we try to offer the perfect ring that characterizes any personal expression.
Many modern jewelers try to recreate the trends of the past. But it’s virtually impossible for a new ring to look antique. How many times have you heard, "Why don't they make things like they used to?” When you purchase a true antique/vintage ring, you are getting the amazing quality and craftsmanship of the past. And we can say beyond a shadow of a doubt, that Isadoras has one of the largest and best collections to-date.
At Isadoras Antique Jewelry, we’ve been helping soul mates find their dream, heirloom wedding rings for over four decades and we are forever honored to be part of such cherished purchases.
This week, many of our Latest Arrivals are from our favorite eras - Victorian, Art Deco, Art Nouveau, and Mid-Century - and we're excited to share them with you.
Top: Victorian Diamond and Sapphire Band
2nd Row Left: 1896 Birmingham Diamond Ring
2nd Row Right: Art Nouveau Diamond Engagement Ring
Middle: Art Deco Diamond Engagement Ring
Bottom Row Left: Mid-Century Sapphire and Diamond Ring
Bottom Row Right: Victorian Emerald and Diamond Ring
This entry was posted in New Arrivals, Gemstones, Engagement Rings and tagged heirloom, craftsmanship, wedding ring, antique, art nouveau, mid-century, unique, jewelry, Vintage, Victorian, Art Deco on November 19, 2015 by Jill Schoenleber.
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