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The Beautiful 1960s in Honor of Mad Men

The final season of Mad Men is here! 

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Now set in the 1960s, we get to delight in the exquisite and colorful aesthetic of the Mad Men Era! Imagine the window into our past culture we will glimpse through the brilliant costuming and sets of Mad Men! The 60s were a time of incredible social and cultural growth and upheaval, from the free speech movement, free love, wars, space trips, modernism, and the continuation in creating a futuristic technological world that is still growing today.

All of which is to say, fashion, art, and jewelry in the 1960s were rich in innovation, youth, and NEW-ness!

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Try a playful look with huge accessories a la Twiggy.

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Vintage Citrine Cocktail Ring

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Audrey Hepburn in Paco Rabanne 

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The Perfect Splash! Midcentury Coral and Diamond Earrings. 

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 Veruschka, Vogue 1965

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1960s Fine Costume Faux Pearl Earrings

xoxo -Gemma

 

4 Tips for Buying a Vintage Engagement Ring

We are enormous fans of purchasing vintage engagement rings. But we know it can be a little overwhelming to make this important purchase, particularly when you are shopping online. So we thought we would share our four top tips for picking the perfect vintage engagement ring.

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1.  Be Open to Different Jewelry Eras

So many people come into our store determined to purchase a piece from a specific era of jewelry and then find them self completely enraptured by an equally antique ring but one from a very different era than they originally intended. We encourage people to be open to all the different vintage eras because you may find a style you didn’t know even existed. And also, while each era has a different characteristic look, eras often bleed into each other so, for instance, while filigree is generally associated with the Edwardian era it was still in use in the Art Deco era.

2. Know the Difference Between Real & Reproduction

A reproduction piece is a new piece of jewelry intended to look old. But it is far from the same thing. Beyond the fact that very very few jewelers can even begin to replicate the beauty of an old piece of jewelry, reproduction jewelry does not appreciate as well as old jewelry, as much of the value of an old piece of jewelry lies in its authenticity as well as the craftsmanship of the older decades. (This is also the reason that those who sell jewelry reproductions can often sell their pieces at a lower cost. They can order their jewelry from a factory. Antique jewelry has to be sought all over the country and often the globe. There is a finite amount of it in the world. This is part of the reason that while the initial cost of an antique piece may be slightly higher it ultimately is a much better value as the antique piece will appreciate and the reproduction will not.)

 3. Don’t Get Fooled By the Word “Style”

 The word style is a tricky way people pass off new, reproduction pieces as old without technically lying. Words, like Deco “Style” and Edwardian “Style”, are used to say a piece was made in the style of a particular era without actually being produced during that time period.

4. Look for a Ring with an Independent Appraisal

It is difficult when purchasing jewelry on the web to feel confident that you are getting the piece presented to you. An independent jewelry appraisal can give you that confidence. A jewelry appraisal verifies the features of a piece of jewelry. It also values the jewelry’s monetary worth. It is a legal document that can be held up in a court of law, signed by a certified appraiser. (Why an independent appraisal? While many jewelry stores use an in house appraiser to appraise their jewelry, we choose not to. We want to make sure the person appraising our jewelry has no vested interest in its price. When we use an independent appraiser, we are allowing an outside, objective party to determine the price of our jewelry.) We use North American Gem Lab to do our appraisals, and specifically their top appraiser, Thomas Elliott.

I hope these four tips help you in your journey.–xo Miko

Please visit our website to see our selection of beautiful Vintage Engagement Rings!

April’s Birthstone- Top 5 Antique Diamond Gifts

Happy Birthday April Babies!

You lucky ducks- the diamond birthstone is all yours. In honor of you, here is a countdown of some of the most unique and desirable antique diamonds at Isadoras. (Please click on the photos for more information.)

5.  Treat yourself to the most exquisite birthday ring. C.1890 French diamond ring in silver and gold.

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4. Deco diamond dangle earrings. The perfect twinkle for any day, any occasion.

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3. Edwardian Diamond Necklace. This elegant vintage diamond necklace is remarkable in its feminine and distinctively turn of the century aesthetic. A versatile piece, you could wear this with a white tee, or a evening gown.

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2. c.1900 diamond bangle. Adding  a extra special bangle to your collection is super sentimental. Wear it alone for a beautifully minimalist look, or layer it with a stack of your other favorite pieces and feel bohemian for summer.

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1.  Some major bling. Antique Art Deco 2 carat light yellow European cut diamond. This stone has soulCome in and try it on in person, and you will understand the character and uniqueness that only antique diamonds possess.

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XO -Gemma