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  • The 12 Days of Christmas - Holiday Gift Guide

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    In this joyful holiday season, we are full of gratitude to mark 44 years in business. As always, romance fills the air at Isadoras, as we celebrate light and love. 

    This year, we are are highlighting some of our favorite pieces in the spirit of the 12 Days of Christmas - from the perfect gift idea to an extravagant engagement. 

    We hope you have a beautiful holiday, 

    Isadoras 

     

    On the first day of Christmas, my true love sent to me…

    Cocktail rings in bright party lights! 

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    On the second day of Christmas...

    Lavish snakes and sapphire blues become a magical night. 

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    On the third day of Christmas..

    Diamonds suspended in light encircle her in delight. 

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    On the fourth day of Christmas...

    An antique engagement ring showed her face in diamond bliss. 

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    The fifth day of Christmas brings the movement of diamond drop earrings, a sure gift so bright.  

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    On the sixth day of Christmas...

    Eternal love lives on her finger, a coiled symbolic snake. 

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    The seventh day of Christmas gives a twinkling Art Deco gift under $800. 

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    On the eighth day of Christmas...

    Vintage gemstones are on the mind, and the hand. 

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    On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me... 

    French gold collars distinctive in their sophisticated glamour. 

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    The tenth day of Christmas brings…

    Victorian silver made to wear and pair every day. 

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    On the eleventh day of Christmas, 

    Animal jewelry comes out to play -  a wearable totem, a signature delight.  

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    On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me... 

    The most beautiful and bright holiday, full of love. 

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  • Isadoras is Celebrating 44 Years!

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    You were once wild here. Don’t let them tame you.

     - Isadora Duncan

     

    Lighting unbound by earthen feet, she paints the world in movement.

    Flying with eternal soul hands, she sheds everything but body and spirit to weave her dance.

    Walls crumble while hearts feel for the first time, the poetry of life.

     

    In 1972, Laura Dalesandro named Isadoras after the original modern dancer, Isadora Duncan. A free spirit herself, Laura felt (and still feels) how essential it is to walk life’s path with freedom and strength as an independent, creative woman. Since its inception, she has shaped Isadoras to empower the aesthetic spirit, and to bring to the world jewels that share eternal stories.

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    Alongside Laura, is her daughter Elizabeth, who for 21 years has lovingly nurtured Isadoras, carrying the torch of the longtime family business.

     

    44 years later, the arc of Isadoras continues to grow, bringing memorable antique jewelry to clients worldwide. Much like her namesake, Isadoras has steadfastly retained both the pleasure in the classical realm, while consistently pursuing innovative vision.

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    “The gratitude we have for all those who have taken part in the Isadoras world, is truly beyond words, and we hope only to bring you more in love and inspiration for years to come.”

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  • 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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