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 Isdaoras 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.
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.
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.
Simultaneously in the Edwardian Era, flower designs were used decoratively in garland necklaces.
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.
These striking pieces personify the geometry, symmetry, and boldness of Deco design, which is reflected even further in the carved, stylized flowers.
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.
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.
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.
This entry was posted in Jewelry History, Inspiration and tagged flowers, carved, movement, festoon necklace, works of art, language of love, florals, floral motif, Georgian, Isadoras, Earrings, Victorian, Retro, Isadoras Antique Jewelry, Art Deco on February 3, 2017 by Jill Schoenleber.
As we journey into 2017, we look to our namesake Isadora Duncan, and many other invincible women for inspiration - leaders, innovators, creators, and teachers.
Like an Expressionist painter, art and inspiration flows through us; we convey our world vision via our own emotional perspective.
Our self-expression - whether it be avant-garde fashion, power dressing, or statement jewelry - is the armor we adorn ourselves with, which represents our individual perspectives and aesthetic freedom.
Jewelry is a key component of our visual identity, as both an expression of beauty and an artistic aesthetic that speaks to us on a deeply personal level.
Your antique jewelry choices author your narrative – telling a story others will remember.
This is the year to bring all our stories to life, as we march ahead - strong, free-spirited women with a drumbeat all our own.
More than ever, we encourage you to express your independent self – celebrate that wild woman within!
Peace & Love,
The Isadoras Women
This entry was posted in Inspiration, Uncategorized and tagged stories, drumbeat, narrative, powerful women, self-expression, inspiration, heirloom collection, antique jewelry, Isadoras Antique Jewelry on January 19, 2017 by Isadoras.
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 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,
On the first day of Christmas, my true love sent to me…
Cocktail rings in bright party lights!
On the second day of Christmas...
Lavish snakes and sapphire blues become a magical night.
On the third day of Christmas..
Diamonds suspended in light encircle her in delight.
On the fourth day of Christmas...
An antique engagement ring showed her face in diamond bliss.
The fifth day of Christmas brings the movement of diamond drop earrings, a sure gift so bright.
On the sixth day of Christmas...
Eternal love lives on her finger, a coiled symbolic snake.
The seventh day of Christmas gives a twinkling Art Deco gift under $800.
On the eighth day of Christmas...
Vintage gemstones are on the mind, and the hand.
On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me...
French gold collars distinctive in their sophisticated glamour.
The tenth day of Christmas brings…
Victorian silver made to wear and pair every day.
On the eleventh day of Christmas,
Animal jewelry comes out to play - a wearable totem, a signature delight.
On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me...
The most beautiful and bright holiday, full of love.
This entry was posted in Holiday Shopping and tagged gold necklaces, holiday engagement, Engagement Rings, gemstones, diamond earrings, holiday, victorian silver, Animal Jewelry, Isadoras Antique Jewelry, Diamonds on December 16, 2016 by Isadoras.
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