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!
Each diamond is assigned a grade corresponding to its clarity.
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.
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.
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!
This entry was posted in Our Thoughts, Inspiration, Engagement Rings and tagged budget, antique engagement ring, shopping, engagement ring, vintage engagement rings, Isadoras Antique Jewelry on February 12, 2017 by Jill Schoenleber.
At Isadoras, our Christmas tree is alight, and we are looking forward to the romance of the holiday season!
This is our favorite time of year, when goodwill and giving are paramount.
With these thoughts in mind:
Please join us at Isadoras on 1st Avenue and Pine Street in Seattle, for champagne and chocolate – every Saturday in the month of December.
Our special Open House Saturday Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Stop by and say hello. We have so much joy to share!
This holiday season, we are offering one of our finest, most exciting heirloom collections of stunning, eclectic antique and vintage pieces.
We hope you will find inspiration in our incredible selection – we curated our collection with you in mind and are so excited to share it.
If you are planning a holiday engagement, we have all the jewelry a bride-to-be could dream of - engagement rings (traditional and non-traditional), wedding bands, earrings, and pendants.
As we always remind our clients - when you come to the store, try on your favorite pieces and play!
We are ever grateful for our wonderful clients – those we have known for years and years, those we have recently befriended, and those we have yet to meet.
Only with you, can we continue exploring our passion – cultivating an heirloom collection of amazing jewelry for amazing people.
All of us at Isadoras wish you a beautiful holiday season filled with love and laughter and the joy of giving.
See you this Saturday - Cheers!!
This entry was posted in Our Thoughts and tagged joy, pendants, holiday engagement, bride, open house, gratitude, heirloom collection, Engagement Rings, Bracelets, christmas, Isadoras Antique Jewelry on December 1, 2016 by Jill Schoenleber.
Isadoras would not be the beautiful store we love to work in each day, if it were not for our wonderful clients, many whom have become dear friends. For us, our clients are everything – they are the heart and soul of our business and we are grateful every day for their love and loyalty.
As many of you know, we are extremely passionate about antique and vintage jewelry, and we are deeply thankful that we have the opportunity to curate incredible pieces of heirloom jewelry for you - pieces that we hope you love; pieces that may become part of your own collection and history.
Many clients shop online at Isadoras.com and bring us their own list of favorite pieces when they visit the store.
In order to make this experience more effortless, we have updated our online Wish List, which makes shopping at Isadoras and Isadoras.com even easier.
Simply sign up for your own account and then you can go to town!
Use our Wish List to catalog the pieces you are in love with, or the pieces you know your loved ones are crazy for.
Add comments if you would like (make sure to Save Wish List after each edit).
Once you have selected all your favorites, print out your Wish List and bring it to the store!
You can also share your favorite Isadoras’ pieces with those you love.
Either print, or e-mail your Wish List to your significant other.
Giving those close to you a list of the items you adore, makes their shopping experience for you a snap, and they are sure to surprise you with one of your favorite pieces of jewelry.
The holidays are a fabulous time to add to your collection, and the Wish List makes gifting easy.
This entry was posted in Our Thoughts and tagged thanks, easy shopping, holiday shopping, wish list, gratitude, isadoras heirloom collection, love, isadoras blog, latest arrivals, jewelry, Isadoras Antique Jewelry, Diamonds on November 23, 2016 by Jill Schoenleber.
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