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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!

  • Diamond Engagement Rings - Which Era Are You?

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    We constantly find ourselves fascinated with unconditional love and the tangible items that represent it.

    The sentiment that someday we will meet our one true soul mate, fall passionately in love, and commit to a lifetime together is a romantic sensibility threaded through the annals of time.

    Enter engagement rings.

     

    Over time, the basic premise of becoming engaged has not changed. But the rings symbolizing this union have altered with each decade in response to history and fashion.

     

    Isadoras’ heirloom collection has grown considerably; we have recently added many fantastic vintage and antique pieces that articulate both incredible beauty and rich history. And we are especially excited about all the extraordinary diamond rings sparkling with the possibility to represent true love.

     

    We thought it would be fun, not to mention an exercise in innate beauty, to pull an inspiring engagement ring from several different eras, to illustrate how styles have evolved over time.

     

    Which era calls to you?

     

    The Mid-Victorian Engagement Ring

    During this part of the Victorian Era, the rising middle class now had the income to lavish loved ones with jewelry. The use of both gold and diamonds increased during this time due to the California Gold Rush of 1849 and the discovery of diamonds in Africa (1867). Now every woman desired a diamond engagement ring.

    Popular motifs included hearts, bees, birds, stars, flowers, and geometric shapes.

    victorian-engagement-rings IK0662 Diamond Heart Halo Ring

     

    The Edwardian Engagement Ring

    Engagement rings in the Edwardian Era were designed to look much more delicate; pierced openwork often provided an undulating, organic appearance, while the use of millegrained edges added textural appeal. Designers also employed ornamental scrollwork and patterns.

     

    Jewelers began to make rings from platinum and platinum-topped gold in order to highlight the brilliance of the diamonds; this platinum and gold combo was also strong enough to allow jewelers to be more creative with their elegant designs.

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    The Art Deco Engagement Ring

    Art Deco engagement rings were usually made with platinum or white gold, set with diamonds. Because platinum was so strong, less metal was required to hold a gem securely. The jewelry was now designed with a more geometric look due to the influence of both abstract art and modernist design.

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    The Retro Engagement Ring

    Platinum was now being used for the war effort, so gold became the predominant metal used in Retro Era engagement rings. In 1947, De Beers created their ad slogan “A Diamond is Forever” and the diamond became the most popular gem used in engagement rings. Men returning home from the war wanted to bring a sense of “normalcy” to their lives, so marriages were taking place like crazy.

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    The Midcentury Engagement Ring

    Platinum was back in use in the 1950s, and the platinum/diamond combo was irresistible. Art Deco design influences came to the fore with classic geometric elements. Lining an engagement ring’s shoulders with channel-set diamonds created a modern, twenty-first century look.

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    The Classic Engagement Ring

    Post midcentury, the engagement ring was all about the diamond’s cut. The solitaire became popular because it showcased a diamond’s brilliance to its best advantage. Often, diamonds accented an engagement ring’s shoulders to enhance the central stone yet still maintained an uncluttered, sleek look.

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    Which Era Are You?

     

    Each era brings a unique perspective to engagement ring design, which is always affected by history, art, and fashion.

     

    Which era do you love the most?

     

    The charm of the Victorian Era? Or maybe the delicacy of the Edwardian Era?

     

    Do you find yourself drawn to the geometric, modernist quality of the Art Deco and Retro Eras, influences that spill over into midcentury designs as well?

     

    Or do you see yourself as someone who truly adores the classic engagement ring style?

     

    Isadoras carries an expansive collection of antique and vintage engagement rings that represent over 100 years of jewelry design and artisanship.

     

    Visit us in-store, or view online to experience our full engagement ring collection.

     

    Coming soon - era gemstone engagement rings!!

     

  • Eco-Friendly Vintage Engagement Rings

    1As more couples try to make environmentally sound choices, from the organic coffee they drink, to the fuel-efficient cars they drive, it is no surprise that when it comes to engagement rings, they find themselves drawn to the past as a way to preserve the future.

     

    Isadoras’ beautiful heirloom collection features only antique and vintage jewelry, which is a consumer-conscious alternative for couples trying to avoid both conflict diamonds and gold that is mined in such a way that its procurement has a damaging effect on the environment.

     

    By purchasing an antique engagement ring, you make an investment in both your future and the world’s future. You are preserving the past by curating and loving jewelry that has existed, in many cases, longer than you have.

     

    When couples choose antique engagement rings, they are inviting a rich history of love into their lives.

     

    What a wonderful way to begin a new life together!

     

    Vintage linear diamond rings are beautiful statement pieces.

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    There are SO many amazing vintage engagement ring options; the engagement ring you choose will be the only one of its kind.

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    Sapphire solitaire rings offer a lovely alternative to the traditional diamond.

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    We have just received an amazing selection of vintage and antique engagement rings! Stop by the store – we would love to show you. Or visit us online.

     

    product 1

    Upper Left:  Art Deco Engagement Ring

    Upper Right:  Midcentury Platinum Diamond Ring

    Lower Left:  Midcentury Platinum Engagement Ring

    Lower Right:  Art Deco Diamond & Sapphire Ring



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    Upper Left:  French 18KT Gold Diamond Ring

    Upper Right:  Victorian Diamond Cluster Ring

    Lower Left:  French Edwardian Diamond Bypass Ring

    Lower Right:  Art Deco Diamond Cluster Ring



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    Upper Left:  Midcentury Heart-Motif Diamond Ring

    Upper Right:  Midcentury Platinum Diamond Engagement Ring

    Lower Left:  Midcentury Diamond Engagement Ring

    Lower Right:  Late Victorian Diamond Cluster 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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