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Monthly Archives: July 2016

  • 2016 Runway Jewelry Trends - Timeless Vintage Glamour

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    Have you noticed how fashion, jewelry, and design trends evolve over time and then recycle themselves?

     

    This year, current runway jewelry trends include interesting, eye-catching pieces whose vintage counterparts trended decades ago and yet are still relevant today - proof that design styles never truly disappear, they simply regenerate.

     

    As a testament to the very cyclical nature of change, we will share with you how easy it is to eloquently select antique and vintage pieces to represent 2016 designer trends.

     

    Honoring vintage and antique jewelry is a wonderful way to respect the past and its everlasting connection to the future, while creating your own style.

     

    Below, we chose six of the latest jewelry trends that made a statement on the runway to view through a vintage lens.

     

    1.  Bountiful Brooches

    2016 brings the brooch back and allows it to shine. Whether pinned traditionally, or worn in unique ways - adorning the updo, lavished on a lapel - the brooch is elegant with a dash of cool.

     

    The brooch collection at Isadoras is vibrant and distinct. We make it easy for you to find a brooch that fits your style.

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    2.  Evocative Earrings

    This year, earrings on the runway are all about unique color and shape – any shade, any size. Shoulder-grazing, spidery filigree designs are admired just as much as the more classic, colorful orbs.

      

    Our vintage and antique earring collection is phenomenal! From subtle silhouettes, to fun, fantastic shapes – we have the colors and designs that make it hard to decide which pair to wear.

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    3.  Cultured Collarbone Necklaces

    The collarbone necklace is an incredible piece of jewelry that can stand on its own, yet packs a punch when paired with a choker or a locket. 2016 collarbone necklaces run the gamut from bold pendants to elegantly pretty.

     

    Whether you keep it simple, or love to layer, the collarbone necklace gives you a myriad of opportunities to make your antique jewelry the star.

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    4.  Soothing Silver

    Silver is that versatile metal that can play with almost everyone and looks good doing it. And in 2016, its sleekness is celebrated, while gold waits in the wings.

     

    Silver is striking when accented with diamonds and gemstones, or simply stunning on its own. Layer textures of various pieces and follow where your imagination takes you.

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    5.  Bold Bracelets & Bangles

    Whether worn alone or stacked, the bold bracelet is a 2016 trend that allows you to be conservative, or to go all out to your heart’s content. Either option reflects your artistic license.

     

    Bangles and bracelets are beautiful and so much fun to stack for effect, or wear alone for impact. Do not be shy about mixing colors, eras, and textures!

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    6.  Long Necklaces

    For 2016, the long necklace is all about the dramatic – more is better.

    Layering sets the scene, and creates an eye-catching landscape where no rules apply.

     

    Long necklaces are lovely and dramatic. We love to pair them with the unexpected – or simply wear them solo.

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    All the unique and exciting jewelry featured above has been photographed from the heirloom collection at Isadoras.

     

    Stop by and visit us in-store to take a closer look (and try pieces on!), or review the collection at your leisure online.

     

    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.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Gemstone Engagement Rings - Which Era Speaks to You?

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    In our last blog, we explored beautiful diamond engagement rings from several historical eras.

    Now, let’s take a look at their equally-gorgeous gemstone counterparts.

    Antique gemstone rings are a wonderful way to take your engagement ring to the next level, by leveraging bold color with exceptional eye-catching design.

     

    Isadoras’ heirloom collection has grown considerably; we have recently added many fantastic vintage and antique pieces that articulate both incredible beauty and rich history. And we are especially excited about all the extraordinary gemstone rings sparkling with the possibility to represent true love.

     

    Below, we have highlighted an inspiring gemstone engagement ring selection that illustrates the characteristics of several eras, reflecting the design change of engagement rings over time.

     

    Which gemstone engagement ring calls to you?

     

    The Victorian Engagement Ring

    From the emerald-studded snake ring Prince Albert gave to Victoria, to the exquisite sapphire halo ring that Charles gave to Diana (and William gave to Kate), British history is famous for its royals proffering glorious gemstone engagement rings. And no rules applied – any gem was fair game. Rubies, emeralds, and sapphires – all accented with diamonds, were some of the favorites.

    victorian-gemstone-engagement-ring A20722 Victorian Sapphire & Diamond Ring

     

    The Edwardian Engagement Ring

    King Edward was known for an excessive lifestyle that hinged on his love of luxury. Almost overnight, the dark, heavy jewelry characterized by a Queen Victoria in mourning, was replaced with delicate and airy jewelry influenced by Asian motifs, the extravagance of Versailles, and the eighteenth century architecture of Paris.

     

    In 1910, colored gemstones came into fashion influenced by the Paris performance of Scheherazade by the Ballets Russes.

    edwardian-gemstone-engagement-ring A18665 French Ruby Diamond Ring

     

    The Art Deco Engagement Ring

    Rings of the Art Deco Era often featured a central cabochon-cut gemstone ornamented with diamonds and other stones.

     

    The strong desire to present the antithesis of Art Nouveau’s flowing, organic designs was a response to the influence of modern art coupled with industry. Now jewelry featured geometric lines and shapes that were oftentimes described as “Cubist.”

     

    In the ring below, note the angled planes of the faceted sapphires accenting the central cabochon. 

    art-deco-gemstone-engagement-ring IK0706 Sapphire & Diamond Filigree Ring

     

    The Retro Era Engagement Ring

    During the Retro Era, jewelry was often the chief decorative motif in women’s fashion.

     

    Influenced by Hollywood glamour, Retro Era jewelers created massive, bold, three-dimensional designs featuring angles and geometry that reflected a glorification of the machine.

     

    Designed using uncommon shapes and two-tone metals, the resulting Retro Era rings were wildly unusual, beautiful, and magnificent. 

    retro-gemstone-engagement-ring CE0141 Retro Ruby Diamond Ring

     

    The Midcentury Engagement Ring

     After World War II, the middle class was rising, and with their economic prosperity came the desire to brandish their wealth with the adulation of gemstones.

     

    Jewelry motifs from the 1940s still played a strong role, but the style had changed. The heavy-handed industrialist design language of the Retro Era had disappeared. Now, jewelry was lighter, more delicate, and flush with yellow gold.

    midcentury-gemstone-engagement-ring IK0724 Midcentury Yellow Sapphire Ring with Diamonds

     

    The Classic Engagement Ring

    Post midcentury, the solitaire became popular a popular engagement ring because it showcased the central stone’s brilliance to its best advantage.

     

    Replace the diamond with a striking gemstone and you have a fantastic salute to color and charisma!

    classic-gemstone-engagement-ring IK0737 Vintage Tourmaline & Diamond Ring

     

    Which Era Are You?

     

    Each era brings a unique perspective to engagement ring design, which is always affected by history, art, and fashion. 

     

    Which era gemstone engagement ring resonates with you?

     

    The charm of the Victorian sapphire and diamond ring?

     

    The romantic femininity of the Edwardian ruby halo ring?

     

    Do you find yourself drawn to the geometric, modernist quality of the deep blue cabochon-cut sapphire Art Deco ring?  

     

    Maybe the deliberate boldness of the Retro ring, accented with diamonds and rubies?

     

    Or the midcentury citrine - lovely, yet scintillating?

     

    Or do you see yourself as someone who truly adores a classic, and would love to show off a large emerald-cut stone? (We would!!)

     

    Isadoras carries an expansive collection of antique and vintage engagement rings that represent over 100 years of jewelry design and artisanship.

     

    Visit us in-store, or view online to experience our full gemstone engagement ring collection and fall in love with the ring that resonates with you.

     

  • Diamond Engagement Rings - Which Era Are You?

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    The sentiment that someday we will meet our one true soul mate, fall passionately in love, and commit to a lifetime together is a romantic sensibility threaded through the annals of time.

     

    We constantly find ourselves fascinated with unconditional love and the tangible items that represent it.

     

    Enter engagement rings.

     

    Over time, the basic premise of becoming engaged has not changed. But the rings symbolizing this union have altered with each decade in response to history and fashion.

     

    Isadoras’ heirloom collection has grown considerably; we have recently added many fantastic vintage and antique pieces that articulate both incredible beauty and rich history. And we are especially excited about all the extraordinary diamond rings sparkling with the possibility to represent true love.

     

    We thought it would be fun, not to mention an exercise in innate beauty, to pull an inspiring engagement ring from several different eras, to illustrate how styles have evolved over time.

     

    Which era calls to you?

     

    The Mid-Victorian Engagement Ring

    During this part of the Victorian Era, the rising middle class now had the income to lavish loved ones with jewelry. The use of both gold and diamonds increased during this time due to the California Gold Rush of 1849 and the discovery of diamonds in Africa (1867). Now every woman desired a diamond engagement ring.

    Popular motifs included hearts, bees, birds, stars, flowers, and geometric shapes.

    victorian-engagement-rings IK0662 Diamond Heart Halo Ring

     

    The Edwardian Engagement Ring

    Engagement rings in the Edwardian Era were designed to look much more delicate; pierced openwork often provided an undulating, organic appearance, while the use of millegrained edges added textural appeal. Designers also employed ornamental scrollwork and patterns.

     

    Jewelers began to make rings from platinum and platinum-topped gold in order to highlight the brilliance of the diamonds; this platinum and gold combo was also strong enough to allow jewelers to be more creative with their elegant designs.

    edwardian-engagement-ring A21315 French 18KT Gold Diamond Ring

     

    The Art Deco Engagement Ring

    Art Deco engagement rings were usually made with platinum or white gold, set with diamonds. Because platinum was so strong, less metal was required to hold a gem securely. The jewelry was now designed with a more geometric look due to the influence of both abstract art and modernist design.

    IK0729 Art Deco Platinum Filigree Diamond Ring IK0729 Art Deco Platinum Filigree Diamond Ring

     

    The Retro Engagement Ring

    Platinum was now being used for the war effort, so gold became the predominant metal used in Retro Era engagement rings. In 1947, De Beers created their ad slogan “A Diamond is Forever” and the diamond became the most popular gem used in engagement rings. Men returning home from the war wanted to bring a sense of “normalcy” to their lives, so marriages were taking place like crazy.

    A17727 Stunning Retro Diamond Ring A17727 Stunning Retro Diamond Ring

     

    The Midcentury Engagement Ring

    Platinum was back in use in the 1950s, and the platinum/diamond combo was irresistible. Art Deco design influences came to the fore with classic geometric elements. Lining an engagement ring’s shoulders with channel-set diamonds created a modern, twenty-first century look.

    midcentury-engagement-rings IK0679 Circa 1950s Diamond Ring

     

    The Classic Engagement Ring

    Post midcentury, the engagement ring was all about the diamond’s cut. The solitaire became popular because it showcased a diamond’s brilliance to its best advantage. Often, diamonds accented an engagement ring’s shoulders to enhance the central stone yet still maintained an uncluttered, sleek look.

    IK0740 2 Carat Diamond Engagement Ring IK0740 2 Carat Diamond Engagement Ring

     

    Which Era Are You?

     

    Each era brings a unique perspective to engagement ring design, which is always affected by history, art, and fashion.

     

    Which era do you love the most?

     

    The charm of the Victorian Era? Or maybe the delicacy of the Edwardian Era?

     

    Do you find yourself drawn to the geometric, modernist quality of the Art Deco and Retro Eras, influences that spill over into midcentury designs as well?

     

    Or do you see yourself as someone who truly adores the classic engagement ring style?

     

    Isadoras carries an expansive collection of antique and vintage engagement rings that represent over 100 years of jewelry design and artisanship.

     

    Visit us in-store, or view online to experience our full engagement ring collection.

     

    Coming soon - era gemstone engagement rings!!

     

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