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Monthly Archives: January 2016

  • Pieces of The Week: Buckle Rings

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    Buckle rings were popular in the Victorian Era, and they are still popular today as romantic manifestations of love and commitment, whether given as an engagement ring, or a wedding ring.

     

    At Isadoras, we have a wonderful selection of antique buckle rings that are as unique as the relationships that inspired them.

     

    Today, as it was in the Victorian Era, the buckle ring symbolizes the sentimental, binding love between the giver and the wearer of the ring. The interlocking belt and the buckle represents how perfectly the suitors are attuned to one another. Vintage buckle rings often have loving endearments engraved on the inside of the band.

     

    The buckle motif itself harkens back to the Order of Garter, the oldest British Order of Chivalry. Queen Victoria wore a buckle ring to represent her participation in the Order, which made the buckle a fashionable element of jewelry design. Buckle jewelry was popular in both the Victorian and Georgian Eras, and paid homage to the Order of the Garter, whose membership continues to be a true indication of royal favor.

     

    Aside from eternal binding love, the buckle ring was also seen as a symbol of unbreakable loyalty and enduring memory. After the death of a family member or friend, wearing a buckle ring served as a tangible connection to the deceased and comforted those grieving by keeping memories of the lost loved one alive.

     

    Whether passionately chivalrous, devoted to remembrance, or deeply in love, a buckle ring pledges strength and commitment.

     

    Visit us in-store or online to see our selection of beautiful antique buckle rings; we honor the traditions these rings represent - traditions that are as relevant to our past as they are to us today.

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    Top Left:  Edwardian Ruby Buckle Ring

    Right:  Antique Gold Buckle Ring

    Bottom Left:  1907 Diamond Buckle Ring



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    Top Left:  Edwardian Rose Gold Buckle Band

    Top Right:  1901 Chester Buckle Band

    Bottom Left:  Antique Mourning Hair Buckle Ring

    Bottom Right:  Victorian 18KT Gold Buckle Band



    If you have any questions, you can reach our knowledgeable staff at 206.441.7711, or e-mail Isadoras Antique Jewelry at info@isadoras.com.

  • Celebrate Your Love this Valentine's Day with a Vintage Engagement Ring

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    At Isadoras, we love all of the excitement and romance that fills the air in anticipation of Valentine’s Day. This is a wonderful time to shop for engagement rings, and there is nothing more romantic than an antique engagement ring.

     

    Antique engagement rings are unbelievably sentimental due to their inherent poetic nature. These vintage rings capture a time when artisans crafted jewelry in the dim light of a candle’s golden glow. And, each piece possesses a mysterious, intriguing past that embodies love and romance from a bygone era.

     

    We love nothing more than to assist our clients in finding that exceptionally unique engagement ring that not only captures the spirit of their loved one, but also symbolically embraces their uniqueness. Our staff is incredibly knowledgeable and available to answer any questions that arise.

     

    When you buy an antique engagement ring, there is such joy in owning a piece of jewelry with a rich connection to the past. No one will ever have a piece quite like yours. Your personal narrative will be added to the magic of untold love stories locked within the old soul of your vintage engagement ring.

     

    Celebrate your love with an antique engagement ring and fall in love with the romance of Valentine’s Day.

     

    Come visit us in-store or online to see our selection of antique engagement rings.

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    Top:  Art Deco Fancy Brown Diamond Engagement Ring

    Bottom Left:  Old Mine-Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

    Bottom Right:  Victorian Diamond Cluster Ring

     

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    Top:  1.90 ct. Old European-Cut Diamond Ring

    Bottom Left:  Orange Blossom Diamond Engagement Ring

    Bottom Right:  Vintage Handmade Diamond Eternity Band

     

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    Top:  Art Deco Diamond Engagement Ring

    Bottom Left:  Vintage Diamond Stair-Step Ring

    Bottom Right:  1.08 ct. Vintage Diamond Engagement Ring

     

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    Top:  Midcentury Traditional Diamond Engagement Ring

    Bottom Left:  1.76 ct. Diamond Filigree Ring

    Bottom Right:  2 Carat Diamond Engagement Ring

     

    If you have any questions, you can reach our knowledgeable staff at 206.441.7711, or e-mail Isadoras Antique Jewelry at info@isadoras.com.

  • Pieces of the Week: Victorian Earrings


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    We are very excited to highlight Victorian earrings as our Pieces of the Week. What we love best about these masterfully crafted earrings is their graceful ease – you care wear them day or night, dressed up or down. And, these Victorian earrings are so unique and diverse – they naturally evoke the spirit of an era.

     

    The Grand Period of the Victorian Era (1860-1885), while one of invention and social change, was also a period of war and mourning. With Prince Albert’s death in 1861 and President Lincoln’s assassination in 1865, jewelry trends on both sides of the pond focused on the somber, sentimental, and memorial.

     

    Solemn, dark-toned materials like jet, onyx, bog oak, and tortoiseshell, increased in popularity. Brightly colored jewelry was much less fashionable, since many thought it looked garish under the newly available electric lighting. Diamonds, however, glittered brilliantly in artificial light and were in high demand. Silver was discovered in 1860 and jewelers used it enthusiastically.

     

    Earrings were a fashion essential. The trend was now for women to wear their hair pulled away from their face, cascading into curls down their back. Earlobes became the perfect canvas for earrings of all shapes and sizes.

     

    Check out all the shapes and sizes of the gorgeous Victorian earrings in the antique heirloom collection at Isadoras. These exquisite earrings transition easily from elegant to everyday – you are sure to love them as much as we do.

     

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    Top:  Cut Steel Bow Earrings

    Bottom Left:  Austro-Hungarian Silver Earrings

    Bottom Right:  1880s Antique Garnet Silver Earrings

     

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    Top:  Antique Diamond Earrings

    Bottom Left:  C. 1880 Onyx Dangle Earrings

    Bottom Right:  Antique Bog Oak Earrings

     

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    Above:  Victorian Diamond Earrings

     

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    Top:  Victorian Cameo Earrings

    Bottom Left:  Victorian Garnet Earrings

    Bottom Right:  Victorian 12KT Gold Earrings

     

    If you have any questions, you can reach our knowledgeable staff at 206.441.7711, or e-mail Isadoras Antique Jewelry at info@isadoras.com.

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