The antique locket is a very personal piece of jewelry, creating a connection between your heart and those you love dearly. And, it is one of the sweetest keepsakes to pass down to your children and future generations.
The extensive antique locket assortment in Isadoras' heirloom collection includes pieces of all shapes and sizes in both antique silver and vintage yellow gold.
Lockets often contain photos, paintings, locks of hair, and hidden notes. It has been said that wearing a heart locket around your neck with a likeness of your loved one inside, symbolizes their heart resting against yours.
What could be more intimate than that?
This enamel pansy locket is both sweet and sentimental, and is a lovely gift for new mothers and dear friends.
This enchanting Victorian silver locket is engraved with swallows, which represented love for family and friends. The locket looks stunning hanging from an antique niello chain – the mix of metals provides a striking contrast.
Exquisite in every way, this Victorian locket dates from the 1870s. The front is engraved with a cluster of grapes framed by a scroll design. The back is engraved with a buckle, which Victorians recognized as a symbol of love and friendship.
The gold is 15KT, a weight we do not see in contemporary jewelry. The patina indicates this piece was worn and loved for many years, giving it a luster a new locket cannot match.
The antique locket is one of the most sentimental and intimate items of jewelry. Visit us in-store or online to experience our complete heirloom collection of lockets from many different eras.
Enjoy a token of love next to your heart!
Shop our antique locket collection!
A few of our favorite lockets are shown below.
Upper Left: Victorian 15KT Gold Locket
Upper Right: Victorian Turquoise 15KT Locket
Lower Left: Edwardian Garnet Seed Pearl Locket
Lower Right: Circa 1880 Gold Diamond Locket
Upper Left: c. 1890 Gold-Filled Locket
Upper Right: Circa 1890 Silver Repousse Locket
Lower Left: Antique Victorian Silver Locket
Lower Right: Victorian Engraved Silver Locket
Upper Left: Engraved Gold Fill Heart Locket
Upper Right: Victorian Garnet & Opal Locket
Lower Left: Victorian Garnet Locket Brooch
Lower Right: c. 1870 Turquoise Locket Pendant
Upper Left: Victorian Silver Collar & Locket
Upper Right: Victorian Black Enamel Gold Locket & Chain
Lower Left: Victorian Collar & Locket
Lower Right: Victorian Silver Locket & Chain
If you have any questions, you can reach our knowledgeable staff at 206.441.7711, or e-mail Isadoras Antique Jewelry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This entry was posted in Jewelry History, Inspiration and tagged chain, collar, heart, keepsake, heirloom collection, seed pearl, love, antique, Lockets, diamond, Silver, Victorian, Isadoras Antique Jewelry on May 20, 2016 by Jill Schoenleber.
June is almost here, and now is the perfect time to celebrate the lovely birthstones that represent this warm and sunny summer month – pearl and moonstone.
Both of these gems are truly lustrous and luminous and evoke a magical, ethereal feeling augmented by their rich history.
Pearls have long been desired by cultures around the world. In the Roman Empire, these “jewels of the sea” were a luxurious status symbol; in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries pearls adorned lavish pieces that were often displayed in a provocative manner; later the gems embellished sentimental nineteenth century jewelry, expressing love or sometimes grief.
For decades, the pearl strand has been a classic, whether worn traditionally, or with unexpected panache.
The versatility of pearls cannot be denied. They are fun and funky, classy and chic.
We love to see pearls played out in dramatic fashion as in the amazing statement cocktail ring below.
Or, mixed and matched. Pearls look stunning paired with other gems and bright colors.
The antique pearl jewelry at Isadoras is truly exquisite – rare, distinctive pieces that we hold dear as an integral part of the pearl’s enduring mystery and grace.
Moonstones are just as ephemeral and graceful.
Thousands of years ago, it was believed that moonstones were crystallized from the light of celestial bodies, or that rays of the moon were embodied in the very essence of the stones.
The moonstone hosts a myriad of meanings – it was believed that the stone brought good fortune, enhanced passion, balanced yin and yang, and not only strengthened intuition, but increased the capacity for understanding. Some Victorians believed that if you gave someone a piece of moonstone jewelry, you could control the wearer’s heart.
All of these layers of meaning are fantastic, but the moonstone’s visual beauty is the most charismatic of all – a beauty that fascinated the famous Art Nouveau French Master Renee Lalique, who featured the moonstone prominently in many of his most beautiful pieces.
A perfect example is Lalique’s Dragonfly Woman corsage ornament. Made of gold, enamel, chrysoprase, moonstones, and diamonds, 1897 – 1898.
Henry Wilson, an accomplished Arts and Crafts jewelry designer, loved to use the simple polished stone. Below is buckle and belt tag made in silver and adorned with cabochon-cut moonstones, which according to Wilson preserve their “mysterious magical quality” in lieu of faceted and geometric gems.
Whether set in necklaces, earrings, or rings, vintage moonstones captivate.
The innate beauty of pearls and moonstones has fascinated jewelry lovers for centuries; each generation has discovered a new way to wear and enjoy these fantastic pieces.
Find all of our lovely pieces online, or visit our store for a personal viewing of Isadoras' amazing heirloom collection of antique and vintage jewelry.
Shop our vintage pearl collection!
Below are just a few of our favorite vintage pearl pieces.
Upper Left: Victorian Seed Pearl & Diamond Brooch
Upper Right: Victorian Pearl 18KT Gold Ring
Lower Left: c. 1890 Diamond Pearl Ring
Lower Right: Circa 1900 Pearl Pendant
Top: Victorian Enamel, Pearl & Diamond Ring
Lower Left: Pearl & Diamond Clip-Back Earrings
Lower Right: Antique Zircon & Pearl Earrings
Shop our vintage moonstone collection!
A few of our beautiful moonstone pieces are highlighted below.
Top: Moonstone & Diamond Halo Ring
Lower Left: Art Deco Moonstone Filigree Ring
Lower Right: Vintage Moonstone Heart Ring
Top: Victorian Tortoise Moonstone Heart Bracelet
Lower Left: Edwardian Moonstone & Citrine Ring
Lower Right: Edwardian 18KT Moonstone Ring
This entry was posted in Gemstones, Jewelry History, Inspiration and tagged Rene Lalique, collection, antique, Engagement Rings, art nouveau, birthstone, moonstone, Pearls, Victorian Jewelry, antique jewelry, Vintage, Victorian, Isadoras Antique Jewelry on May 19, 2016 by Jill Schoenleber.
Last week we recommended some lovely, classic vintage jewelry for Mother’s Day gifts. But what if your mom gravitates towards the unusual and colorful, rather than the delicate and decorous?
At Isadoras we carry unique pieces that offer something for everyone; our antique heirloom collection is unabashedly eclectic and radiantly beautiful.
We handpicked some of our favorite pieces of vintage jewelry from a wide range of eras and styles – perfect for the mom who revels in The Rocky Horror Picture Show as much as you do.
We unconditionally love our moms and cannot wait to give them a unique and precious gift this Mother’s Day!
These dynamic gutta-percha earrings are bold and fun with lightweight movement.
Our midcentury turquoise necklace adds a pop of bold color to any look. The beautiful bright blue is framed in silver setting adorned with leaves, flowers, and two charming chameleons.
This malachite cocktail ring just arrived! The natural swirls accenting the green stone add to its allure, making it a perfect right-hand ring option.
Amethyst is a perfect choice for any occasion. Our antique ring is a lovely example of Art Deco artistry – the intricate white gold filigree setting compliments the carved amethyst stone beautifully.
More vintage gift ideas for your bold, beautiful mom are below. If you are having trouble deciding which gift she would love, bring her into the store for a first-hand look – or peruse our heirloom collection online.
Upper Left: Early Twentieth-Century Amethyst Ring
Upper Right: Art Nouveau "Pools of Light" Necklace
Lower Left: Victorian Silver Collar
Lower Right: Victorian Opal & Diamond Ring
Upper Left: Onyx & Marcasite Sterling Silver Ring
Upper Right: Art Deco Onyx Silver Ring
Lower Left: Victorian Tortoise Moonstone Heart Bracelet
Lower Right: Vintage Carved Jade Bracelet
Upper Left: Victorian Oval Carnelian Ring
Upper Right: Midcentury Citrine Cocktail Ring
Lower Left: Retro 18KT Gold Bracelet
Lower Right: Circa 1940 Carved Coral Earrings
This entry was posted in Our Thoughts, Inspiration and tagged mother's day, antique, Bracelets, Earrings, Necklaces, Gifts, Vintage, Victorian, Isadoras Antique Jewelry, Diamonds, Art Deco on May 5, 2016 by Jill Schoenleber.
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