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Monthly Archives: June 2016

  • July's Birthstone: The Ruby



    July’s birthstone has enchanted us for decades, from the first red gemstones mined in Burma to Dorothy’s scarlet slippers. The ruby is one-of-kind; glamorous, adventurous, and truly spectacular.


    Happy Birthday to those of you who were lucky to be born in the lovely month of July!!


    The ruby’s history is rich and romantic – this claret-colored stone has long been a symbol for love and protection. It has been said that the ruby’s warm glow comes from an internal flame that cannot be extinguished, making this stone a symbol of everlasting devotion -  the perfect engagement gem!



    Isadoras heirloom collection is home to a wide variety of amazing vintage and antique ruby jewelry. Rubies make a wonderful choice for a non-traditional engagement ring or wedding ring.

    Stack ruby anniversary rings with ruby-accented rings for a radiant effect.



    Valued for durability, luster, and rarity, large translucent rubies are even more precious than diamonds. Rubies can elicit the highest price per carat of any colored gemstone, which makes them one of the most important stones in the colored gem market.


    A ruby’s value is determined by its hue - the darker the stone, the higher the price.


    However, it should be noted that a ruby is actually pinker than a garnet. If a ruby does not meet the minimum for color saturation, the stone is classified as a pink sapphire.


    The value of a ruby is also determined by clarity; similar to diamonds, clear stones with no inclusions are worth more.


    The ruby earrings below sparkle with diamond halos. While luxurious and decadent, rubies are incredibly hard (only diamonds are harder) and therefore an easy stone to wear every day.


    Ruby jewelry should be cleaned using a soft toothbrush and warm soapy water or Windex. Dry with a very soft, clean cloth.


    For fun, we listed several ruby rings that garnered millions at auction.

    The Jubilee Ruby (upper left), a 15.99 carat Burmese ruby sold for over $14 million at auction.

    The world’s most expensive ruby, the 25.59 carat Sunrise Ruby (upper right) sold for $30.3 million at auction.

    Elizabeth Taylor’s 8.24 ruby ring (lower right) was given to her by Richard Burton as a Christmas present. Burton claimed it was “the perfect ruby.”  And indeed, this lovely ring fetched a pretty price at auction - the ring was estimated to be worth $1 to $1.5 million, but was sold for over $4 million.

    The Hope Ruby (lower left), a 32.08 carat Burmese ruby and diamond ring by Chaumet, sold for $6.7 million. All the proceeds went to charitable institutions.

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    Rubies are stunning, fantastic and never fail to astound us with their sheer beauty. 

    Enjoy our heirloom collection online, or visit us in-store. 

    In the meantime, we have highlighted a few of our favorite ruby pieces below.



    Upper Left: Edwardian Necklace

    Upper Right:  Edwardian Ring

    Lower Left:  Edwardian Ring

    Lower Right:  Vintage Engagement Ring



    Upper Left:  French Ring

    Upper Right:  Vintage Eternity Band

    Lower Left:  1940s Wedding Band

    Lower Right:  Victorian Ring


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

  • A Father's Day Vintage Jewelry Gift Guide


    With Father's Day (or any day) in mind, here are some gift ideas for the wonderful men in your life.  Isadoras Antique Jewelry has a remarkable collection of antique and vintage jewelry that includes a selection expressly curated for men. And we are always on the lookout for amazing pieces that specifically cater to our gentleman patrons.


    Intaglio Signet Rings

    Unique, noticeable, and handsome, intaglio signet rings are a fantastic accessory with a rich history of heritage, lineage, and identification.


    Because they were designed to be passed down from generation to generation, signet rings still have a gravitas that appeals to our customers today.


    Signets make wonderful pinky rings or right-hand rings – worn either way, they are amazing statement pieces, perfect for Father's Day.


    Bloodstone Rings

    The dark, brooding bloodstone was valued as a stone of courage and physical strength, which cannot help but remind us of the men in our lives that we love and respect.  


    Many customers who visit Isadoras are drawn to the beauty of these fantastic rings.


    The deep, murky stone looks fantastic in a gold mounting. Like the signet rings, these bloodstone pieces make wonderful pinky rings or right-hand rings.


    Consider one for a non-traditional wedding ring!




    The cufflinks from Isadoras antique heirloom collection tell the tale of a time gone by, when “sleeve buttons” not only served an important function, but were an integral part of the current fashion.


    Vintage cufflinks add an element of sophistication to any ensemble; they are an easy way for the man you love to express both his personality and style.


    The striking vintage round cufflinks and tie pin featured directly below, are accented with 14KT gold.


    The round sterling silver cufflinks feature a handsome abstract design that would look stunning with any outfit. 



    More Great Gift Ideas…

     The heirloom collection at Isadoras includes a variety of objet d’art that would make wonderful gifts for Father's Day.


    The vintage money clip below features an elegant horse’s head in 18KT yellow gold.

    The Art Deco sterling silver cigarette case is beautifully engraved, and includes the initials “LV.”



    To all the men in our lives (fathers or not) who are there for us rain or shine - we love you.



    Check out a few of our favorite pieces below. View our men's jewelry collection online or in-store to browse the entire selection.


    Upper Left:  Victorian Carnelian Intaglio Ring

    Upper Right: Midcentury Lapis Ring

    Lower Left:  Antique Italian Silver Enamel Box

    Lower Right:  Victorian Scottish Kilt Pin



    Upper Left:  Victorian Shield-Shaped Sardonyx Ring

    Upper Right:  Vintage Peacock 10KT Cufflinks

    Lower Left:  Edwardian Rose Gold Watch Chain

    Lower Right:  Victorian Owl Coin Ring


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

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