Fine Antique and Vintage Jewelry from the Storied Past


About The Idol's Eye

Historically, the deity in sculpted form was the focus of humans’ worship of the divine. No wonder then, that ancient cultures everywhere adorned their idols with the most precious of gems, for gemstones have always exerted a sort of mystical pull in the human psyche. And it is also no accident that jewelry has long cherished the principle of anonymous creation, with countless unknown jewelers toiling to best display the wonders of nature for the pleasure of gods and royalty.

We hope to reconnect you with the history of mankind's fascination with gemstones, as well as with past ideals of beauty and the craftsmanship that developed to express them. All of our pieces are chosen with an understanding of history and of good design and craftsmanship, and a firm belief that good design of any era is just as relevant today as it was in its own day. Its associations have only expanded and deepened. We also choose our pieces with a belief that the wear and imperfections of time are all part of the deeper meanings of antique and vintage pieces. Each slightly mismatched stone or artfully worn enamel tells a story and adds a layer of uniqueness that simply cannot be found in a new piece of jewelry. In these pieces, the past comes to life.

Background:
Tara has an Art History degree from Columbia University and a degree in Fashion Design from Parsons School of Design. She is a scholar, a designer, and a skilled maker of things. Her love of antique jewelry is a natural culmination of her love for art history, fashion, and the design process from concept to execution. Over the years she's acquired an extensive knowledge of antique jewelry periods and values, gemstones and minerals, and historical jewelry-making techniques, and she's thrilled to share her knowledge and passions with others through her shop.

Testimonials:

"Super helpful, quick responses and was able to meet in person before purchasing. Ring is exactly as described! LEGIT gorgeous ring and 100% the real deal. So super happy with the ring and purchasing experience."

"Shipped quickly and arrived well-packaged in a beautiful box which included a very thoughtful note. 5 stars!"

"This beautiful ring made way for a beautiful day. Thanks so much for the great communication and kind note! She couldn't have been more pleased."

"Great communication, fast shipping and GORGEOUS ring"

"Great communication. Lovely item! Great condition, better then described. 😊"

"Absolutely beautiful ring, just as pictured. Was sent promptly and arrived earlier than expected. The owner was very helpful and professional, accenting the purchase with a sweet, hand-written note. I couldn't be more pleased, and neither could my future wife!!! I would definitely buy from this store again, thanks!"

"The ring arrived super fast and in beautiful condition, just as described. I'm thrilled! I highly recommend this seller!"

"The ring is exactly as it was described. Totally fit my expectations, and arrived with e very nice note and wrapped very carefully! Would purchase from Idol's Eye again!"