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Meet Our Team

Welcome to Isadoras Antique Jewelry! We strive to offer you the most genuine experience while shopping with us either in our store or on our website. We do so by offering our expertise as well as our breathtaking selection of one-of-a-kind, antique items; always keeping in mind that your happiness is the essence of our business.

Located in Seattle Washington's historic Pike Place Market, Isadoras is owned and operated by Laura Dalesandro. She and her daughter Elizabeth travel the world seeking jewelry of age, beauty, craftsmanship, and originality. They handpick every piece of jewelry in the Isadoras’ heirloom collection. And, while many purveyors of antique jewelry carry both authentic and reproduced pieces, Isadoras has consistently maintained a steadfast loyalty to jewelry that is exclusively vintage or antique.

Laura has curated and sold beautiful pieces of antique jewelry for over four decades. And, after 47 years in business, she believes more than ever in the investment-worthiness of antique jewelry.


Meet The Founders

Laura Dalesandro has had a 47-year love affair with all things antique. Aside from being a devotee of the artistry of the past, she is very concerned about our dwindling natural resources. She believes antique jewelry is a prudent and wise investment as well as a conscious choice for the environment. Laura was born in Chicago. With her two children by her side, she opened in 1973 under the name The Way We Were, specializing in rare and collectible antique clothing. She moved to Seattle in 1979 and changed the name of the store to Isadoras. In 1996, Laura and her daughter Elizabeth began working together, traveling the world, and curating unique pieces of jewelry for their history, breathtaking craftsmanship, and absolute beauty.

 

 

Elizabeth Schoenleber, Laura's daughter, grew up with Isadoras, surrounded by beautiful antique clothing and jewelry. She has worked for Isadoras for the last 25 years: traveling the world on jewelry buying trips, photographing pieces for Isadoras, and managing the store. As a mother~daughter team, Laura and Elizabeth have found deep joy and passion sharing their love for antique jewelry. Isadoras has become much more then a business...it has become an exploration of the depth of appreciation for the artistry of the past.

As Rumi stated, "Let the beauty of what you love, be what you do."  

 

Meet The Team

Jill Schoenleber graduated with a BA in English Literature and minors in both History and Art History. And while she is relatively new to the remarkable world of antique jewelry, she appreciates the romance, innate artistic beauty, and historical connection specific to each and every Isadoras' piece. In the meantime, she happily works on the website and the blog (and fantasizes about growing her own heirloom collection).

Vivian Rand, G.G., is the newest team member at Isadora’s. Raised in San Diego, she graduated from Barnard College of Columbia University in 2018, competing on the Columbia Fencing Team all 4 years. She took a gap year in 2017 to complete the Graduate Gemologist (G.G.) program on campus at the Gemological Institute of America, Carlsbad, where she deepened her love for the history and beauty of antique jewelry. Vivian is pursuing a career in jewelry appraisal and is thrilled to be working at Isadora’s.