Located in the historic Pike Place Market, Isadora’s has specialized in exquisite antique jewelry for 38 years. Our discriminating collection includes pieces from the early 1800’s through the 1950’s, without a reproduction to be found. Our precious pieces are sent to North American Gem Lab for independent appraisals. We invite you to call our toll free number for applicable discounts. On many of our pieces, we are able to offer between 10-25% off of appraisal value.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

GOTHIC Revivals and the February AMETHYST

 Gothic design is like a dandelion. It manifests in the most unusual of places; from a detail in a ring from the Gothic Revival period in the 1850s to an architectural concept for a modern building.  While the real Gothic age occurred in 12th century France, the idea and aesthetic still has a great undercurrent of influence seen through the ages.

La Sainte-Chapelle, Paris 1248

The most recent craze for the Gothic aesthetic  started in around 1740 where England adopted the style to primarily accompany their religious ideology.  When the French started doing great restorations of their classic Gothic buildings, around 1840, the great stylistic revival really began. 

Lately, I have noticed a increase of gothic influences both  on the street, and more recently, on the Haute Couture runways in Paris. As certain themes cycle and renew through the ages, it is a great pleasure to look at antique jewels to read the history of cultural inspiration.

In Celebration of the February Birthstone, here are some Gothic inspired 

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While this ring is part of the Arts and Crafts movement, one can still see the Gothic architectural echo of the flying buttress in the structure.

Revival Pique earrings c. 1870.