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  • You Can Find The Perfect Antique Engagement Ring on any Budget!

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    From the very moment she saw the gems nestled within the antique leather box, she has been drawn to the distinctive diamonds in her engagement ring. She is constantly stunned by their unique glitter – sparkling for over 100 years, never to dim.

     

    Her heart warms as she creates narratives born from the ring’s handmade imperfections. She can imagine the staunch stonecutter, arched over his workbench in the gold flush of candlelight, taking the time to discover the future possibilities within each gem, as he labors over the angle of every facet.

     

    She romanticizes the lives and loves of the women who treasured the ring generations before her. How the crest of their cheeks must have bloomed with a joyful glow when their true loves presented them with this unifying symbol of love!

     

    She sees herself as a catalyst of enduring love. For years from now, she will pass this sentimental heirloom to her own daughter; she finds comfort knowing that the ring will be cherished for generations to come.

     

    An unending circle of love begins with an antique engagement ring, lovingly crafted with hand-cut diamonds - eloquently unique, forever bright.

     

     

    At Isadoras, Valentine’s Day is one of our most favorite holidays; we love to feel romance fill the air in anticipation of February 14.

     

    The weeks (and days) before Valentine’s Day is a wonderful time to shop for engagement rings, and there is nothing more romantic than an antique engagement ring.

     

    Vintage and antique engagement rings are unbelievably sentimental due to their poetic nature. They evoke a time and space where candlelight ruled, and diamonds were much harder to come by.

     

    Each one-of-a-kind antique engagement ring at Isadoras is chosen for its exquisite and unique qualities. Antique jewelry is the most collectable, rare, exotic jewelry there is. We often tell our clients, "If you want an antique ring, be patient, and the right one will come to you."

     

    We love helping couples find the antique or vintage engagement ring of their dreams, no matter what their budget is.

     

    It is important to keep in mind that the price of an engagement ring is affected by a diamond’s clarity, color, and size. We all know that a .50-carat diamond is more expensive than a .25-carat diamond, but if your budget is tight, there are ways to shop for beautiful diamonds without giving up on size.

     

    We will show you how!

     

    Diamond Clarity

    Each diamond is assigned a grade corresponding to its clarity.

    • VS1-VS2 – Very Slightly Included
    • SI1-SI2 – Slightly Included
    • I1-I3 = Included

     

    Diamonds with very minor inclusions that can only be seen under magnification are graded VS1-VS2.

    Diamonds with tiny flaws nearly invisible to the naked eye are graded SI1-SI2.

    Diamonds with flaws that can been seen with the naked eye are graded I1-I3.

     

    The cost of a diamond decreases as you move down the scale from very slightly included diamonds to those that have inclusions.

     

    Isadoras sells ideal stones, and a flawless diamond is a thing of beauty, but it never seduces us the way a stone with its own quirks, flaws, and ultimate beauty does. 

    A stone with its own idiosyncrasies puts butterflies in my stomach; and when one of those stones arrive in our store I find myself inexplicably drawn to it.

     

    Diamond Color

    Each diamond is assigned a grade corresponding to its color.

    The diamond color scale begins at D and ends with Z.

    As a general rule, diamonds slightly tinted are much less expensive than colorless stones.

    D, E, and F diamonds are nearly colorless. The color difference is so negligible, that the grade can only be discerned by a gemologist.

    Diamonds rated G-J on the color scale are nearly colorless; however, the price decreases as you move up through the scale.

    I-J colored diamonds will be less expensive than G-H colored diamonds.

    If you are drawn to diamonds with a faint warm hue – you will find that the stones with a faint color grade (K-M) are much less expensive than G-colored diamonds.

     

    Diamond Size

    Each diamond is assigned a carat weight

    If you choose a stone with slight inclusions and a faint color, you can buy a higher carat diamond for your money.

     

     Gemstones – The Alternative

    Don’t forget - gemstones are a stunning way to get more for your engagement dollars. Typically, larger gemstones cost less than their diamond counterparts.

     

    Because most antique diamonds are cut by hand, they have an individuality and character that cannot be emulated. Please visit our blog post, A Beginner’s Guide to Antique Diamond Cuts, for more detailed information.

     

    For more ideas, visit our Pinterest boards and browse our Instagram page to find inspiration for unique antique Valentine’s Day engagement ring and gift ideas.

     

    Our knowledgeable staff is always happy to help you find the perfect antique engagement ring for your beloved!

  • The Antique Engagement Ring - A Worthy Investment

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    Due to their artistry and their rarity, antique engagement rings are a solid investment.

     

    Nothing can match the exquisite beauty of an antique engagement ring. Each antique ring is uniquely characterized by subtle surprises and intricate details that are crafted only by an artist’s hands and tools.

     

    In decades past, it took an expert’s personal attention to detail to create the sublime delicacy of a lacy filigree setting or the raw beauty of an antique rose-cut diamond.

     

    In 2008, Jim Brousseau quoted Suzanne Hadar, luxury brands consultant, in his Forbes magazine article, Deco As An Investment:  “high-quality jewelry-as-art also holds hard-times appeal because it’s collectible and classic. The stones have value in and of themselves; they have their romance and legacy. There’s plenty of room in a diversified portfolio for things other than stocks and bonds.”

     

    An antique engagement ring's value as a commodity comes from its metal and stones, as well as its provenance, craftsmanship, and scarcity. It is an original work of art; no two rings will ever be exactly alike.

     

    There is something both reverent and magical in an antique engagement ring’s history.

     

    And, while we will never know how much romance is embedded in the gold of a band, or captured in the sparkle of a diamond, we can add our own chapter to the legacy of those who have owned the antique engagement ring before us.

     

    When you purchase an antique engagement ring, whether traditional or non-traditional, you can feel confident you have chosen something beautiful, sentimental, and of great worth.

     

    Come visit us at Isadoras, either in-store or online. We will be delighted to assist you in choosing the perfect antique engagement ring that not only symbolizes your love, but also becomes an intrinsic piece of your own vintage heirloom collection.

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    Top:  Midcentury Traditional Diamond Engagement Ring

    Bottom Left:  1.60 ct. Art Deco Diamond Ring

    Bottom Right:  2 Carat Diamond Engagement Ring


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    Top:  Circa 1900 14KT Ruby & Diamond Ring

    Bottom Left:  Vintage 7.26 ct. Sapphire Ring

    Bottom Right:  Midcentury French Opal Diamond 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.

  • New Year's Surprise Engagement!

     

    A New Year’s Eve engagement sparks fireworks and romance, and signifies the beginning of a new journey in 2016.

     

    Make your surprise engagement even more sentimental with a one-of-a-kind vintage engagement ring from Isadoras.

     

    At Isadoras, we feel incredibly privileged to witness the love, excitement, and anticipation on our clients’ faces when they come to us looking for the perfect engagement ring.

     

    And no engagement rings are as romantic as vintage engagement rings. They capture a time and space where candlelight ruled, artisans honed their craft, and diamonds were rare.

     

    With so many delightful eras and exquisite styles to choose from, we will be happy to help you find the one special ring that personifies your true love.

     

    Each one-of-a-kind antique engagement ring at Isadoras is chosen for its exceptionally unique qualities - regardless of budget or preferences, you will fall in love.

     

    Please visit us for the finest antique and vintage engagement rings in the city. We would be honored to assist you in pulling off the greatest, most romantic, surprise ever!!

     

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    Top Left:   Midcentury Diamond Ring

    Top Right:  Midcentury Diamond Platinum Ring

    Center:  1.0 Carat Diamond Solitaire Ring

    Bottom Left:   1.76 Carat Diamond Filigree Ring

    Bottom Right:   Orange Blossom Engagement Ring

     

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    Top Left:  Old European-Cut Diamond Solitaire Ring

    Top Right:  Old European-Cut Diamond Ring

    Bottom Left:  1.9 Carat Old European-Cut Diamond Ring

    Bottom Right:  Old European-Cut 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.

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