Isadoras antique jewelry

Earrings

  • The Floral Motif in Antique Jewelry - A Language of Love

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    Flowers are one of the most common motifs in jewelry, which is not surprising. It is our natural desire to replicate nature’s ephemeral beauty in enduring works of art.

     

    Each piece of lovely, floral-themed jewelry from the antique heirloom collection at Isadoras is special – reflecting the spirit of the era in which it was created.

     

    Fashionable flower motifs were common in the late Georgian Era, but jewelry designs became more realistic during the early Victorian Era.

     

    These lovely 15KT gold Victorian pietra dura earrings utilized inlays of highly polished stone to create the flowers and leaves.

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    This sweet, seed pearl flower ring is saturated with sentiment. In the Victorian Era, lovers were obsessed with secret languages assigned to love tokens. Flowers were assigned specific meanings. For example, a daisy meant innocence, while a sunflower indicated adoration.

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    In the Art Nouveau Era, stylized flowers were once again popular; designs were curvaceous and whimsical. Flowers never used in jewelry before became the norm – water lilies, fuchsias, and poppies.

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    Simultaneously in the Edwardian Era, flower designs were used decoratively in garland necklaces.

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    Art Deco design decried flowing lines and adopted cubism. However, many motifs of the time still included flowers. Egyptian motif jewelry was popular and included figurative representations of lotus blossoms. Flowers were often carved in gemstones.

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    These striking pieces personify the geometry, symmetry, and boldness of Deco design, which is reflected even further in the carved, stylized flowers.

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    In the Retro Era, floral motifs flourished – but with a difference. Jewelers now incorporated movement. Big, chunky jewelry often featured articulated petals and leaves – though bolder and less realistic.

     

    Movement was especially important, as embodied in the sway of the dangle earrings, and the lift of the watch’s articulated cover.

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    After WWII, fashion returned to femininity. Midcentury jewelry was open, airy, and textural. Flowers were a popular motif often emphasized by gemstones.

     

    This beautiful midcentury necklace features three quartz flowers accented with sapphire pistils. Flower representation in jewelry during the mid-twentieth century evolved from the large, articulated Retro Era flowers to a more natural and realistic depiction.

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    All of these lovely pieces come from the heirloom collection at Isadoras. Please stop by and visit us in-store or online to see more of our amazing antique jewelry.

     

  • 2016 Runway Jewelry Trends - Timeless Vintage Glamour

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    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.  Stunning 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.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • August Birthstones: Peridot & Sardonyx

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    The two August birthstones – grassy green peridot and earthy sardonyx – represent August as a month luxuriating in the bloom of summer, yet waiting on bated breath for fall’s first frost.

     

    If you were born in August, you are lucky to celebrate your birthday in one of the loveliest transitional months of the year.

     

    Peridot, or what the Egyptians called the “gem of the sun,” is a yellow-greenish transparent gemstone formed within the cooling magma of active volcanoes. 

    For Hawaiians, peridot is the manifestation of the tears of Pele, the jealous and powerful goddess whose domain encompasses all volcanic activity on the Big Island of Hawaii.

     

    Peridot, beautiful and affordable, comes in a range of sizes and cuts; it is the perfect stone to partner with other gems. The majority of stones are yellow-greenish; higher-quality stones have a more intense green hue.

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    Peridot as a UFO?!

    In 2005, peridot was discovered in comet dust retrieved by the Stardust space probe. Peridot crystals have also been found in meteorites; some of these crystals have been large enough to cut into faceted gemstones (FYI, this makes the Star Trek nerd in each of us very happy).

     

    While peridot is known to project an aura of stellar mystery, sardonyx is a down-to-earth form of banded agate that has been used for centuries to depict the profiles of gods, royalty, and the everyday man and woman.

     

    Sard is a form of onyx (onyx has parallel bands, while agate has curved bands) with a reddish-brown base and an upper white layer.

     

    This pair of Victorian intaglio sardonyx earrings is a perfect example of the contrast between light and dark, foreground and background.

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    Cameos are fascinating and the sardonyx Blancas Cameo, circa 14, is no exception. This cameo depicts the Roman Emperor Augustus shortly after his death. Augustus is always depicted as a young man – quite an idealized version compared to reality. (The royal diadem he wears around his head may be an addition from medieval times.) Notice the medusa head on his shield.

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    Sardonyx was believed to promote mental acuity, optimism, oratory skills, and robust health. It was said to attract friends and bring lasting happiness to partnerships.

     

    Both sardonyx and peridot are intriguing gems that we are happy to offer in our heirloom collection at Isadoras.

     

    Below are some of our favorite August birthstone pieces.

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    Upper Left:  Fine Estate Peridot Diamond Ring

    Upper Right:  Peridot & Seed Pearl Necklace

    Bottom:  Edwardian 9KT Gold & Peridot Bracelet

     

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    Upper Left:  Sardonyx Intaglio 18KT Ring

    Upper Right:  Antique French Sardonyx Ring

    Lower Left:  Victorian Shield-Shaped Sardonyx Ring

    Lower Right:  Vintage Sardonyx 9KT 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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