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2011-12-18

Sorry dear...

it's going to be another frugal Christmas this year

Typical fifties bejeweled parrot brooch

(Click the picture to read more about these diamond and sapphire cluster earrings)

 

"I spent all our Christmas decoration budget
on these beautiful earrings for you...

I hope you don't mind?"

2011-12-10

Rubies are red my love,
sapphires are blue-hue-hue

 

Dear {Voornaam},

This will be the last mail of a serie of three without the usual weekly cute special picture or back-ground information. Don't worry this will be as much "hard marketing" as you can expect from us in a whole year. Rest assured that it will take another year before we will brag again about all those beautiful pieces of antique and estate jewelry that can be bought online from us and that it will take only about 2 or 3 working days from the moment of buying to the moment it is delivered at your doorstep.

This week's theme is to draw your attention to the fact that you can choose by color on our site. No more "What's that blue stone called again?" or "What can I wear that matches my red dress?" ... now, in the header of our site, you can simply choose the color you are looking for and you'll be shown all our jewelry with that specific color in it.

We also would like to inform you that all orders till December 21st are still in time to be delivered before Christmas and that all orders will be specially packed in a free gift wrapping.

 

antiqually yours,
The Adin team

 

Thoughtful and exclusive presents
Antique and estate jewelry with something red
Antique jewelry with color red up to $2,000
with red
up to $2,000
Antique jewelry with color red up to $7,000
with red
up to $7,000
Antique jewelry with color red up to $15,000
with red
up to $15,000
Antique jewelry with color red $15,000 +
with red
$15,000 +
Antique jewelry with color red
all red
jewelry

 

Thoughtful and exclusive presents
Antique and estate jewelry with something blue
Antique jewelry with color blue up to $2,000
with blue
up to $2,000
Antique jewelry with color blue up to $7,000
with blue
up to $7,000
Antique jewelry with color blue up to $15,000
with blue
up to $15,000
Antique jewelry with color blue $15,000 +
with blue
$15,000 +
Antique jewelry with color blue
all blue
jewelry

 

Thoughtful and exclusive presents
Antique and estate jewelry with something green
Antique jewelry with color green up to $2,000
with green
up to $2,000
Antique jewelry with color green up to $7,000
with green
up to $7,000
Antique jewelry with color green up to $15,000
with green
up to $15,000
Antique jewelry with color green $15,000 +
with green
$15,000 +
Antique jewelry with color green
all green
jewelry

 

Thoughtful and exclusive presents
Antique and estate jewelry with something yellow
Antique jewelry with color yellow up to $2,000
with yellow
up to $2,000
Antique jewelry with color yellow up to $7,000
with yellow
up to $7,000
Antique jewelry with color yellow up to $15,000
with yellow
up to $15,000
Antique jewelry with color yellow $15,000 +
with yellow
$15,000 +
Antique jewelry with color yellow
all yellow
jewelry

 

Thoughtful and exclusive presents
Antique and estate jewelry with something black
Antique jewelry with color black up to $2,000
with black
up to $2,000
Antique jewelry with color black up to $7,000
with black
up to $7,000
Antique jewelry with color black up to $15,000
with black
up to $15,000
Antique jewelry with color black $15,000 +
with black
$15,000 +
Antique jewelry with color black
all black
jewelry
2011-12-07

Exclusive Victorian Jewelry (1830-1900)

present suggestions part two

 

This time we would like to get your attention for an era that everybody heard about but perhaps would like to know a little bit more about: The Victorian era. Originally the term "Victorian jewelry" was designated for articles of jewelry made in the United Kingdom during the reign of Queen Victoria, but not all of the many varieties produced during her long reign, 1837-1901, are now generally classified as Victorian jewelry.

 

Exclusive Victorian Jewelry presents under $700
Antique Victorian rings under $500
rings
up to $700
Antique Victorian earrings under $500
earrings
up to $700
Antique Victorian pendants under $500
pendants
up to $700
Antique Victorian brooches under $500
brooches
up to $700
Antique Victorian jewelry under $500
all jewelry
up to $700

 

These days in the international antique jewelry trade the pieces now called Victorian jewelry are not necessarily made in the United Kingdom. The term "Victorian Jewelry" became a term used for European jewelry made in the 19th century rather then the description of a certain style-movement in a specific country.

 

Exclusive Victorian Jewelry presents between $700 and $2,000
Antique Victorian rings between $500 and $1500
rings
up to $2,000
Antique Victorian earrings between $500 and $1500
earrings
up to $2,000
Antique Victorian pendants between $500 and $1500
pendants
up to $2,000
Antique Victorian brooches between $500 and $1500
brooches
up to $2,000
Antique Victorian jewelry between $500 and $1500
all jewelry
up to $2,000

 

The Victorian era began in 1837 when a young Victoria ascended the throne of England. It ended over sixty years later when Queen Victoria died in 1901. During the early years of Victoria's reign, some jewelry was made in Gothic and Renaissance styles. The jewels of the period were often accented with seed pearls and coral. The middle period saw the vogue for ostentatious jewels decorated with the greatly increased supply of pearls and South African diamonds.

 

Exclusive Victorian Jewelry presents between $2,000 - $7,000
Antique Victorian rings between $1500 and $5000
rings
up to $7,000
Antique Victorian earrings between $1500 and $5000
earrings
up to $7,000
Antique Victorian pendants between $1500 and $5000
pendants
up to $7,000
Antique Victorian brooches between $1500 and $5000
brooches
up to $7,000
Antique Victorian jewelry between $1500 and $5000
all jewelry
up to $7,000

 

After the death of Prince Albert, 1861, mourning jewelry came greatly in fashion. Jewelry became darker with more somber tones. Dark onyx and deep red garnets set in gold jewels with black enamel tracery are a typical example of this period.

 

Exclusive Victorian Jewelry presents between $7,000 - $15,000
Antique Victorian rings between $5000 and $10000
rings
up to $10,000
Antique Victorian bracelets between $5000 and $10000
earrings
up to $15,000
Antique Victorian pendants between $5000 and $10000
pendants
up to $15,000
Antique Victorian brooches between $5000 and $10000
brooches
up to $15,000
Antique Victorian jewelry between $5000 and $10000
all jewelry
up to $15,000

 

The 19th century saw a revival of interest in archaeological and historical jewelry, influenced by the excavations at Pompeii and the high-quality reproductions made by the Castellanis, Carlo Guiliano,and Gicinto Melillo, and the work of John Brogden. Much Jewelry was brought back by travellers as souvenirs, especially from India and Japan from c. 1850, and this was imitated in England during the 1860s to the 1880s.

 

Exclusive Jewelry presents $15,000 and above
Antique Victorian jewelry above $10000
Victorian
$15,000 +
Antique Art Nouveau jewelry above $10000
Art-Nouveau
$15,000 +
Antique Art Deco jewelry above $10000
Art-Deco
$15,000 +
Antique Estate jewelry above $10000
Estate
$15,000 +
Antique jewelry above $10000
all jewelry
$15,000 +
2011-12-04

Suggestions for
Thoughtful and Exclusive Presents

(part 1)

 

Dear fellow antique and estate jewelry afficionado,

Eleven months a year we try to amuse you with a weekly cute antique jewelry related mail. However, this time we take the liberty of sending you a mail (the first of a serie of three) without any special picture or back-ground information on symbolism, style or era. This will be just a list of present suggestions.

Don't worry, these three mails (spread over three weeks) will be as much "hard marketing" as you can expect from us in a whole year. Rest assured that it will take another year before we will brag again about all those beautiful pieces of antique and estate jewelry that can be bought online from us and that it will take only about 2 or 3 working days from the moment of buying to the moment it is delivered at your doorstep.

 

antiqually yours,
The Adin team

 

Thoughtful and exclusive presents under $700
Antique rings under $700
rings
up to $700
Antique earrings under $700
earrings
up to $700
Antique pendants under $700
pendants
up to $700
Antique brooches under $700
brooches
up to $700
Antique jewelry under $700
all jewelry
up to $700

 

Thoughtful and exclusive presents between $700 and $2,000
Antique rings between $700 and $2000
rings
up to $2,000
Antique earrings between $700 and $2000
earrings
up to $2,000
Antique pendants between $700 and $2000
pendants
up to $2,000
Antique brooches between $700 and $2000
brooches
up to $2,000
Antique jewelry between $700 and $2000
all jewelry
up to $2,000

 

Thoughtful and exclusive presents between $2,000 - $7,000
Antique rings between $2000 and $7000
rings
up to $7,000
Antique earrings between $2000 and $7000
earrings
up to $7,000
Antique pendants between $2000 and $7000
pendants
up to $7,000
Antique brooches between $2000 and $7000
brooches
up to $7,000
Antique jewelry between $2000 and $7000
all jewelry
up to $7,000

 

Thoughtful and exclusive presents between $7,000 - $15,000
Antique rings between $7000 and $15000
rings
up to $15,000
Antique earrings between $7000 and $15000
earrings
up to $15,000
Antique pendants between $7000 and $15000
pendants
up to $15,000
Antique brooches between $7000 and $15000
brooches
up to $15,000
Antique jewelry between $7000 and $15000
all jewelry
up to $15,000

 

Thoughtful and exclusive presents $15,000 and above
Antique rings above $15000
rings
$15,000 +
Antique earrings above $15000
earrings
$15,000 +
Antique necklaces above $15000
necklaces
$15,000 +
Antique brooches above $15000
brooches
$15,000 +
Antique jewelry above $15000
all jewelry
$15,000 +
2011-11-27

Imagine this:

Wearing a Medieval 700 year old brooch!

Late medieval early renaissance gold brooche from the antique jewelry collection of Adin Antique Jewelry, Antwerp, Belgium

(Click the picture to see this charismatic brooch)

 

This brooch was offered to us in the shop in this condition. Made somewhere between 1300 and 1400 (always hard to pin-point exactly). We decided to leave it untouched as we think that any repair or alteration to this jewel won't do it justice as it will take away its genuine character.

What do we see? Born as a cross, with a center stone that is either ruby or spinel and three remaining settings, most likely for the same type of stone as in the center. Three remaining, as it is obvious that there was a fourth setting. The little pins sticking out of the center, where most likely meant to keep pearls in its place. We can still see the rubbed ends of the pins, showing a sort of riveting technique. We also think the brooch has been in the ground for a long time, long enough to have the pearls dissolved.

It still has its original stick pin and closure. Just imagine when people ask you "What strange thing are you wearing?" and you can say that it's a piece that is some 700 years old!

An extraordinary piece with true charisma!

2011-11-20

Mistakes that can be made
with buying antique jewelry:

The entire genuine antique jewelry collection of Adin Antique Jewelry, Antwerp, Belgium

(Click the picture to see Adin's antique jewelry collection)

2011-11-13

Papal cross with hidden space!

(from the longest reigning pope in history)

Bishops cross with Coat of Arms of Pope Pius IX of Adin Antique Jewelry, Antwerp, Belgium

(Click the picture to see this intriguing cross)

 

Two extraordinary characteristics in one piece of antique jewelry; a popal jewel and a hidden space!

To find an original piece of antique jewelry with papal arms is a very rare thing indeed, even for us. And then to find one which commemorates a unique situation in papal history is even more rare. The coat of arms on this cross belong to Pope Pius IX who was the longest reigning pope in history (31 years). This unique bishops cross is made in solid 18K warm yellow gold and bears on one side the papal coat of arms and on the other side a Latin text. This Latin text at the back explains that this cross was given to (arch)bishops at the pope's golden episcopal jubilee in 1877 (MDCCCLXXVII).

As the coat of arms is attached to the cross with little golden screws we decided to carefully open it and we found a secret place! With the closer examination of this well-hidden space we found that it was filled with some darker colored material (see picture in the describing page of this jewel). We did not want to touch it, so we do not know what it is but we wouldn't be surprised would it be some sort of relic. Normally we clean all jewelry before we offer it for sale but for obvious reasons we did not touch this jewel in order to leave it in its original condition.

2011-10-30

MOOOOHAHAH HAPPY HALLOWEEN !!!!!!!

(this is as scary as we can be)

The entire genuine antique ring collection of Adin Antique Jewelry, Antwerp, Belgium

(Click the picture to see this scary bangle)

 

What an intriguing bangle we have here. Its center stone a truly nicely vivid green colored emerald and flanked by three-dimensional crafted human heads in gold. A typical product of the French Haute Joaillerie (highest quality jeweler's craftmanship) presented in a box by Bapst & Falize. Click the picture to read more about it.

2011-10-23

Real Antique Rings

(enjoying jewelry with a history)

The entire genuine antique ring collection of Adin Antique Jewelry, Antwerp, Belgium

(Click the picture to see all our real antique rings)

 

Stylish Women Prefer: Adin Antwerp - Next time you attend a smart house party, make this test: Ask every woman there where she bought the antique ring she is wearing. It is almost a certainty that the majority tells you “Adin in Antwerp”. But that is only natural. Adin was first to discover that an Antique Ring is no longer a mere cosmetic. It's a style accessory.

And so fashionable women everywhere look at Adin for their Antique Rings as surely as they look to Paris for styles in clothes. Adin Antique Rings retain their lustre longer. And as everyone knows, they sparkle and shine.

Try Adin Antique Rings. Continuously fresh stock coming in! Fashion right!

2011-10-16

Natural orient pearl necklace

Rare!

Original Belle Epoque natural orient pearl necklace with diamond closure from the antique jewelry collection of Adin Antique Jewelry, Antwerp, Belgium

(Click the picture to get see all our natural pearl necklaces)

 

In contrary to cultured pearls, the most valuable pearls occur spontaneously in the wild, but they are extremely rare. These wild pearls are referred to as natural pearls.

The finest quality natural pearls have been highly valued as gemstones and objects of beauty for many centuries, and because of this, the word pearl has become a metaphor for something very rare, fine, admirable, and valuable.

We are proud to have some real natural pearl necklaces in our collection and we invite you to take a look at them.

2011-10-09

BE HAPPY!

GO ADIN!

The entire genuine antique jewelry collection of Adin Antique Jewelry, Antwerp, Belgium

(Click the picture to see all our antique jewelry)

 

Perfect customer service? You bet. Scientific tests, combined by three independent consulting laboratories (mothers from people of the Adin-team), prove that the folks at Adin are nicer than any other principal brand.

Rich taste en perfect quality? Yes, the full, rich taste of truly fine antique jewelry. Only fine antique jewelry gives you both real happiness and rich taste. And Adin means fine antique jewelry. So enjoy the happy blending that combines perfect happiness with a rich, true taste. Be Happy - Go Adin!

2011-10-02

Garden of Adin's latest gossip:

Micromosaic Butterfly and Ladybug seen together!

Victorian micromosaic pendant with compartment in the back from the antique jewelry collection of Adin Antique Jewelry, Antwerp, Belgium

(Click the picture to get to this beautiful micromosaic pendant)

 

Micromosaic is made from many small adjacent pieces (tesserae) of inlaid varicoloured glass or stone arranged to form a picture or design. For articles of jewelry, the mosaic was usually made in the form of medallions set in brooches, pendants, necklaces, finger rings, ear-rings, parures, etc.

Such work has been done principally in Italy, some being executed with skill and artistry in the 19th century, but many pieces being made in recent years as tourist souvenirs, with large tesserae of stone or glass that are roughly set, and sometimes with some painted portions. Pieces of good quality were mounted in gold frames, including some made by the Casa Castellani in Rome. The fashion for mosaic jewelry in England was mainly in the period 1820-60.

Mosaic work in jewelry was of two types:

  • Roman or Byzantine mosaic, with the tesserae made of glass, set into molten glass, and fused together
  • Florentine mosaic. (Venetian mosaic) made of slices of coloured glass canes, usually making a millefiori pattern, was seldom used for pieces of jewelry.

In both types the decorative motifs were often pictorial views of ancient ruins or famous buildings, and in the 1820s Egyptian motifs, but by the mid-l9th century the usual subjects had become more sentimental, e.g. flowers and pet dogs. The Florentine mosaic was imitated in Derbyshire, England, in the late 18th to early 19 century, by using local black marble and feldspar.

2011-08-28

About griffins and dragons

September 10th, mark that day!

Victorian gold diamond griffin brooch pendant from the antique jewelry collection of Adin Antique Jewelry, Antwerp, Belgium

(Click the picture to get to our griffin jewelry)

 

Dear Friends,

Our apologies for not bringing our weekly email to your inbox for some weeks now. We have been very busy co-organizing the first dragon boat festival ever in Belgium. The opening of the festival will be done by the Chief Executive of Hong Kong, the Honourable Donald Tsang!

In case you are in the position to be in Antwerp Saturday, September 10th, you are most welcome to visit the First Port of Antwerp Dragon Boat Festival. (www.antwerpdragons.com)

Even better: let us know you are planning to come and we'll supply you with a VIP-village entrance card!

2011-07-03

Case solved!

(remember we were on the hunt for this man?)

Victorian gold stickpin representing a Bonapartic general from the antique jewelry collection of Adin Antique Jewelry, Antwerp, Belgium

(Click the picture to get to this antique tiepin)

 

Another antique jewelry riddle we have here. We think that this man could be a French or English general from the Bonapartic era. But we have no clue which general it could be. We have been looking in the direction of Auguste de Marmont and Guy-Victor_Duperré but couldn't find any resemblance with our stickpin general. The cross our general is wearing here has four arms while the normal French order has five. Also the sash and epaulets could be of important indication.

Or does the haircut style indicates a British officer instead of a French one? Visitors of our site have already suggested this could be Lord Horatio Nelson or the Duke of Wellington. Something we don't support after comparing the the face of this pin with paintings of the two dignitaries.

Any help or information you might have that helps us in determining this person, is much appreciated.

2011-06-19

Broadcasting our antique jewelry passion

The complete antique jewelry collection of Adin Antique Jewelry, Antwerp, Belgium

 

Did you know that ...

2011-06-12

Do you know this man?

(because we don't)

Victorian gold stickpin representing a Bonapartic general from the antique jewelry collection of Adin Antique Jewelry, Antwerp, Belgium

(Click the picture to get to this antique tiepin)

 

Another antique jewelry riddle we have here. We think that this man could be a French or English general from the Bonapartic era. But we have no clue which general it could be. We have been looking in the direction of Auguste de Marmont and Guy-Victor_Duperré but couldn't find any resemblance with our stickpin general. The cross our general is wearing here has four arms while the normal French order has five. Also the sash and epaulets could be of important indication.

Or does the haircut style indicates a British officer instead of a French one? Visitors of our site have already suggested this could be Lord Horatio Nelson or the Duke of Wellington. Something we don't support after comparing the the face of this pin with paintings of the two dignitaries.

Any help or information you might have that helps us in determining this person, is much appreciated.

2011-05-29

Who says you "need" glasses?

Stunning French Art Deco hinged platinum lorgnette with rose cuts and onyx from the antique jewelry collection of Adin Antique Jewelry, Antwerp, Belgium

(Click the picture to get to these beautiful platinum Art Deco lorgnette)

2011-05-22

New flower species found

in The Garden of Adin

Impressive white gold earclips with diamonds, emeralds and big blister pearls from the antique jewelry collection of Adin Antique Jewelry, Antwerp, Belgium

(Click the picture to get to these great estate earrings)

 

Antwerp, BELGIUM – A newly discovered flower species from the northernmost province of The Garden of Adin will be formally introduced here by local and international environmental groups.

Believed to be found only in The Garden of Adin, the flower species, called 'Chrysanthemum Narcissisticum Elkanum', was discovered recently in the province’s mountain area by noted Adin's botanist Elkan Wijnberg of The Adin Conservation International, after whom it is named.

2011-05-15

Intense bird caring program

in The Garden of Adin

Truly magnificent Art Deco platinum diamond ring brooch from the antique jewelry collection of Adin Antique Jewelry, Antwerp, Belgium

(Click the picture to get to this great original Art Deco brooch)

 

Antwerp, May 15 - In a recent study, Adin's Chief Ornithologist (bird expert) Mr. Elkan Wijnberg proposed several new approaches as how to attract more birds to The Garden of Adin. Discussions are still running about the effectiveness of some of his ideas.

2011-05-08

Heavenly musician

in The Garden of Adin

Antique Victorian jewelry brooch with stone cameo angel and diamonds and pearls from the antique jewelry collection of Adin Antique Jewelry, Antwerp, Belgium

(Click the picture to get to this antique Victorian brooch)

 

Antique Victorian jewelry brooch with stone cameo angel, diamonds and pearls.

A majestical piece of antique jewelry we have here. A skillful engraved sardonic hard stone cameo representing a cute little cupid in a shell on a cloud blowing the trumpet or whistling the flute. Surrounded by a wreath fully embellished with rose cut diamonds and natural pearls. A typical example of high-class jewelry made in the Victorian Grand Period.

Victorian Grand Period Jewelry (1860 - 1885) is often dramatic and includes re-interpretations of many ancient patterns and styles. The use of cupids go back to the Greek who called them Erotes, winged gods of love. Their number was varied: Eros (Love) and Himeros (Desire), Pothos (Passion) and the twins Eros and Anteros (Love reciprocated).

But one cupid or the other.... this sure is a love-ly brooch.

2011-05-01

A Royal Wedding with an antique ring...

 

Estate Lady Di ring with brilliant cut diamonds and sapphire engagement ring anniversary ring  from the antique jewelry collection of Adin Antique Jewelry, Antwerp, Belgium

(Click the picture to get to this engagement and/or anniversary ring)

 

After seeing Kate and William's wedding celebration we could not resist to present you this sapphire diamonds cluster ring, known as a Lady Di ring. William proposed Kate with his parents engagement ring (an oval blue sapphire ring with diamonds), something that has been undoubtedly hugely emotional. Although the ring here is "just a tad" smaller than its royal compeer the ring has tremendous allure and just waiting for its princess to wear.

 

See our:
engagement rings and anniversary rings
sapphire jewelry
2011-04-24

A tribute to French symbolic jewelry

A phoenix arising from the ashes

A tribute to French symbolic jewelry, elegant Victorian phoenix or griffin brooch with floral ornaments and rose cut diamonds from the antique jewelry collection of Adin Antique Jewelry, Antwerp, Belgium

(Click the picture to see this antique French brooch)

 

One of the reasons French antique jewelry is world-wide appreciated is the use of symbolism, giving the jewelry a deeper meaning. A nice example we show here. What we first thought to be a griffin turns out to be a phoenix, just based on the other symbol attributes in the brooch.

We recognize a circle (set with rose cut diamonds) with flames representing the Sun or Fire, symbols of creation and destruction. The phoenix has long been a symbol of rebirth, immortality, and renewal. The floral pattern breaking through the circle depicts the nest of aromatic branches and incense which the phoenix uses to set set himself on fire. From the ashes of that fire arises a new phoenix ...

This brooch could symbolize the transition from an old to a new era in one's life.

2011-04-17

Precious white dew berries

too good to pass over in The Garden of Adin

Charming white gold pendant fifties estate earrings with pearls and diamonds from the antique jewelry collection of Adin Antique Jewelry, Antwerp, Belgium

(Click the picture to get to these charming fifties earrings)

Why are these berries different from all other berries?

 

... and when the Gardener's followers saw it, they said to one another, what are these, because they did not know what it was and where it came from, and the Gardener said to them, These are earrings that are meant to be worn.

2011-04-10

Get your kicks at Adin 26!

Celebrating 26 years of Adin
with our 26th spring discount week

The entire antique historic jewelry collection of Adin Antique Jewelry, Antwerp, Belgium

(Click the picture to get to our complete collection of antique historic jewelry)

Just this week !!!
5% cash-back on all your purchases! (*)

 

 

In sincere appreciation for making Adin your antique jewelry destination we gladly offer you 5% cash back on your entire Adin purchase made between April 10 and April 17, 2011. (*)

2011-04-03

Religious discoveries

in The Garden of Adin

We would like to explain a little bit about the variations in our collection of antique French provincial jewelry. Most of these are inspired by religion, which is not so unexpected given the might of the church in the last centuries. Every province of France had a different type of dress code with specific jewelry for each one. The quality of our collection is truly museum-worthy and yet eminently wearable. Just imagine wearing a piece of jewelry that has seen two or even three turns of centuries.

 

Croix Boulonnaise

Circa 1770

18th Century French cross in filigree gold with good readable hallmarks from the antique jewelry collection of Adin Antique Jewelry, Antwerp, Belgium

Click on the picture to get to this antique cross.

 

This type of cross is part of the adornment of wealthy married women along the coast between Boulogne and Dunkirk in France. They are recognised by the shell motifs that evoke pilgrimage to Saint Jacques de Compostelle. The filigree work harks back to it's distant Spanish origin.

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Croix Normande

Circa 1819-1830

Early Victorian rose cut diamonds cross from the antique jewelry collection of Adin Antique Jewelry, Antwerp, Belgium

Click on the picture to get to this antique cross.

 

This cross pendant is both a religious symbol and a tool for regional identification. Together with a specific costume it denotes social status too. Size and abundance of materials that compose it reflect the wealth of its wearer.

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Croix Viroles

Circa 1750-1790

Pre Victorian gold rose cut diamonds cross from the antique jewelry collection of Adin Antique Jewelry, Antwerp, Belgium

Click on the picture to get to this antique cross.

 

This cross belongs to the rare group of French Provincial gold cross pendants that were made at the end of the 18th Century (around 1790). It was bought and worn by wealthy provincial French women. These jewels rarely contained diamonds which were mostly used by jewellers for the nobility. This very cross from our collection is depicted in the famous book "Georgian Jewellery 1714-1830" page 152.

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Croix Badinne

Circa 1838-1850

French Victorian cross with garnets from the antique jewelry collection of Adin Antique Jewelry, Antwerp, Belgium

Click on the picture to get to this antique cross.

 

This cross was the most typical and traditional cross made in Roussillon in France. Usually tied around the neck with a silk or velvet ribbon. The shape of this jewel was developed by Catalan goldsmiths in the late 17th Century. It was worn in the Empire and Restoration periods, and depicted on the portrait of Elizabeth Campagnac.

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Today, French regional crosses are very rare unlike the variety that existed in the old days. Most of these crosses are now kept in musea or in private collections.

2011-03-27

Spring sprung

In The Garden of Adin

Gold backed silver Victorian flower brooch and pendant loaded with diamonds from the antique jewelry collection of Adin Antique Jewelry, Antwerp, Belgium

(Click the picture to get to this Victorian flower brooch and pendant)

Any idea how often spring has sprung over this flower?
.... at least 150 times!

2011-03-20

Recipes d'Amour
Gratiné Oysters with antique pearl jewelry

Big South Sea pearl diamond platinum engagement ring from the antique jewelry collection of Adin Antique Jewelry, Antwerp, Belgium

(Click the picture to see this magnificent Art Deco ring with big South Sea pearl)

 

"La nouvelle cuisine d'Adin"
proudly presents:
Crusted Oysters

 

Preparation time: 90 minutes

Ingredients:
24 fresh oysters
1 leek
1 tablespoon oil
1 dl Champagne
1 dl whipped cream
300 grams grated cheese
One piece of antique pearl jewelry (can even be the Art Deco ring as pictured too)

Method
- Open the shells and take the oysters out.
- Collect and sift the moisture and separate the deeper half of the shells.
- Cut the leek in small rectangles, wash them and let them drain.
- Rinse the deeper halfs of the shells and pat them dry.
- Sauté the leek in the oil and add the whipped cream, the collected oyster-moisture, the Champagne and some grated cheese.
- Boil this down to a third and season to taste.
- Fill the deeper half of the shells with a bed of the leek substance and put an oyster on top.
- Sprinkle some grated cheese on top of this.
- Place under a grill till the cheese is melted and slightly crusted.

Serve with Champagne.

Present the antique jewel after degustation of oysters and Champagne.

Success guaranteed.

2011-03-13

A tribute to French naturalistic jewelry

(Swan on Garden of Adin's Diamond Lake)

Pure elegance from France, Late Victorian, early Art Nouveau French brooch enameled swan on diamond lake from the antique jewelry collection of Adin Antique Jewelry, Antwerp, Belgium

(Click the picture to see this antique French brooch)

 

At the end of the 19th Century jewelers used nature as inspiration for their designs. Their interpretations of animals in jewels are based on a realistic view of the colours and lines in naturalistic detail. The French were undoubtedly unrivalled in the design of jewelry during this period with a deep understanding for the gems and materials used. It is in French jewelry that the most stunning naturalistic motifs can be found. This 19th Century naturalistic jewelry in diamonds, of course, can be very expensive. With careful and imaginative taste, the flowers (reedmace or cattail) and swan act as a romantic and fascinating theme of this decorative jewel.

We think that this beauty is made at the end of the Victorian and beginning of the Art Nouveau era.

The Victorian era (the period of Queen Victoria's reign from June 1837 until her death on 22 January 1901) is known for its eclectic revival and interpretation of historic styles and the introduction of cross-cultural influences from the middle east and Asia in furniture, fittings, and interior decoration. Victorian design is widely viewed as having indulged in an excess of ornament. The Victorian period can roughly be divided into 3 distinct periods; the Romantic (1837 - 1860), Grand (1861 - 1885), and Late or Aesthetic Period (1880 - 1901). The jewelry of the late Victorian period once again returned to romanticism with more delicate and whimsical motifs such as stars, crescent moons, reptiles, animals, birds and insects. The discovery of the diamond mines in South Africa led to the use of mine, rose and cushion cut diamond stones.

The Art Nouveau style has its beginning in the late Victorian era. Art Nouveau (French for New Style) is an international movement and style of art, architecture and applied art - especially the decorative arts - that peaked in popularity at the turn of the 20th century (1890–1905). The name "Art Nouveau" is French for "new art". It is also known as "Jugendstil", German for "youth style", named after the magazine Jugend, which promoted it, and in Italy, Stile Liberty from the department store in London, Liberty & Co., which popularised the style. A reaction to academic art of the 19th century, it is characterized by organic, especially floral and other plant-inspired motifs, as well as highly stylized, flowing curvilinear forms. Art Nouveau is an approach to design according to which artists should work on everything from architecture to furniture, making art part of everyday life.

But all this info aside: What a beautiful brooch! Upon the sight of this brooch we all turned instantly happy. What a pretty piece of Applied Art. Charming, touching, cute, top notch work and design... One of the very nicest pieces we have had in many many years. And it stays nice... everytime we look at it we are in awe of the quality and its positive impact to our mood :-) .

Click the following link to see all our Animalistic jewelry.

2011-03-06

ADIN

Now, with a new improved formula!

The entire genuine antique jewelry collection of Adin Antique Jewelry, Antwerp, Belgium

(Click the picture to see all our antique jewelry)

 

The new improved Adin formula allows effective wearing of antique jewelry at all temperatures. Furthermore it allows women to improve the impact on the environment by wearing antique jewelry in a specific color to their own choice, like antique jewelry with the color white, blue, red, yellow, purple and/or even black. Inspired on color and mineral based ideas, this latest antique jewelry formula is virtually biodegradable and has a good environmental profile that exceeds European Union and American legislation.

2011-02-27

Adin, King of the Blues

Latest release: The thrill is back!

The complete blue antique jewelry collection of Adin Antique Jewelry, Antwerp, Belgium

(Click the picture to see all our blue antique jewelry)

 

The Adin Blues genre is rather based on color then on a musical form or genre. Adin Blues can be subdivided into several subgenres ranging from Nineteenth Century Light Blues to Vintage Urban Blues that were more or less popular during different periods of the 20th century. Best known are the Sapphire, Lapis Lazuli, Turquoise and Starlite Blues styles.

2011-02-20

Victorian jewelry

(some background info)

Pure elegance from France, French Victorian diamond wreath bracelet from the antique jewelry collection of Adin Antique Jewelry, Antwerp, Belgium

(Click the picture to see this antique Victorian bracelet)

 

Victorian Decorative Arts refers to the style of decorative arts during the Victorian era (the period of Queen Victoria's reign from June 1837 until her death on 22 January 1901). The Victorian era is known for its eclectic revival and interpretation of historic styles and the introduction of cross-cultural influences from the middle east and Asia in furniture, fittings, and interior decoration. Victorian design is widely viewed as having indulged in an excess of ornament. The Victorian period can roughly be divided into 3 distinct periods; the Romantic (1837 - 1860), Grand (1861 - 1885), and Late or Aesthetic Period (1880 - 1901).

We consider this beautiful bracelet to be of the Grand Period. Jewelry from this period was often a re-interpretation of ancient, Renaissance and Gothic patterns and styles. The most important (ancient) ornament in this bracelet is the wreath, an ornament with much history and symbolism associated to it - most of it goes back to the Greek mythology.

The Romans use of laurel wreaths echo the Greek traditions. The wreath was a symbol in the arts, literature, government and education in Roman society. In the arts, it expressed that one was valued and respected with a laurel wreath resting atop one’s head. Kings in both Greece and Rome donned the laurel wreath to illustrate sovereignty. Julius Caesar for example, proclaimed the laurel wreath "to be a symbol of the supreme ruler." The wreaths worn by kings were reminiscent of the traditional laurel wreath by the shape and its connotation yet were embellished with gold and gems. (This eventually led to the modern day crown.)

But all this info aside: it's a sheer joy, looking how the wreath elegantly drapes itself around the wrist, in a fluent line of diamonds. And yet, it does not scream out loud, a refined piece of French craftsmanship so typically for the what the French call "Haute Joaillerie" (high class/high standards jewelers).

Click the following link to see all our Victorian jewelry.

2011-02-13

Newsflash

from The Garden of Adin

The complete antique rings collection of Adin Antique Jewelry, Antwerp, Belgium

(Click the picture to see all our antique rings jewelry)

 

ANTWERP, February 13 - In an attempt to stimulate the sales of their antique rings, The Adin Research Center for Antique Jewelry Commercialisation has set up a Human Genetic Engineering Team. The aim of this team will be to see if women can have more than five fingers on each hand.

The first results are promising. We'll keep you updated!

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2011-02-06

Adin goes green!

(driven by its environmental conciousness, Adin is setting the trend again)

The complete green antique jewelry collection of Adin Antique Jewelry, Antwerp, Belgium

(Click the picture to see all our green antique jewelry)

 

As the eloquent experts would say:

"With the presence of green being ubiquitous in The Garden of Adin and dedicated to finding solutions for the Garden's sustainability, the Gardener won a key endorsement for his proposal to focus on green sales."

But it boils down to the fact that we just would like you to take a look and be greenish and environmentally bedazzled. Go green and let your friends turn green of jealousy on the beautiful green antique jewelry you can find with us!

 

 

Antiqualy yours,
The Adin team
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2011-01-23

Instant Antique Earrings

in handy blister pack

The complete antique earrings collection of Adin Antique Jewelry, Antwerp, Belgium

(Click the picture to see all our antique earrings jewelry)

 

ANTWERP, January 23 - Along with instant chicken soup, instant coffee, instant oven cleaners, instant pain relief, it was only a matter of time before instant antique earrings made their international debut. Researchers at "The Adin™ Research Center for Relationship Welfare" came out with this brand new invention in a handy blister pack.

According to Adin's Chief researcher Elkan Wijnberg, non-clinical testing show promising results and although still in testing phase, "Adin™ Instant Antique Earrings" will be launched in the near future. Till then, antique earrings have to be bought per pair at www.adin.be.

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2011-01-16

Discovery of love vitamin

in
The Adin Research Center for Relationship Welfare

The complete original Retro jewelry collection of Adin Antique Jewelry, Antwerp, Belgium    The complete original Retro jewelry collection of Adin Antique Jewelry, Antwerp, Belgium

(Click either picture to see all our Retro jewelry)

 

 

ANTWERP, January 16 (Reuters) - Recent studies in "The Adin Research Center for Relationship Welfare" have shown that the non-nutrient Retro Style Jewelry (RSJ) --long viewed as a nonessential-- has now been established as the first new vitamin discovered since a long time. The new vitamin can positively affect relationship dips and is named vitadin. According to Adin's Chief researcher Elkan Wijnberg, a regular dose will benefit relationships.

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Retro style jewelry - The Retro style was strongly influenced by its predecessor: the Art Deco style. Using the same type and language of geometrical shapes but with bolder heavier lines, shapes and stones. Typical for the Retro style is its imitation of three dimensional folds of fabric with the ribbon bow as its most popular motif, often highlighted in the center with a calibré cut ruby or sapphire knot (mostly lab-produced stones were used) and diamonds in various cuts as white accents.

That gold regained its popularity during the Retro period was due to the fact that platinum was not available to the goldsmiths and jewellers since this was being used for the war effort. This was the main reason that during the Retro period different colors of gold became popular - yellow gold was combined with rose gold and green gold in striking combinations. In France goldsmiths worked with no less then 27 shades of colors of gold!

The most popular gemstones seen in the Retro style are aquamarine, citrine, topaz, large cabochon-cut rubies and sapphires (including star stones), golden beryl, peridots and tourmaline. Not uncommonly, gems used were exceptionally large in order to reflect the scale of the jewelry.

2011-01-06

Recipes d'Amour

How to make her Queen of the Day

French gold Victorian Shamrock locket with three leaf clover in ruby

(Click the picture to get to all our lockets.)

La nouvelle cuisine d'Adin
proudly presents:

Adin's Epiphany Present Pie

 

One of the customs for the 6th of January (also called “Epiphany” or “Twelfth Night”) is to bake a cake and hide something in it. The one who gets the piece of the pie with the hidden object can call himself King or Queen for that Day.

This folkloric practice was already used by the old Romans as a ritual at the Festival of Saturn. It was a time of celebration, visits to friends, and gift-giving, particularly of wax candles, and earthenware figurines.

Depending on the place one is in, the hidden object can be a bean (England), almond (Belgium), a little porcelain doll (France), and obviously a piece of antique jewelry when having been in The Garden of Adin.

 

 

Ingredients for a 6 - 8 portions pie:

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- 200 grams butter at room temperature -
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- (plus a little bit of butter for buttering the baking tin) -
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- 200 grams ground almonds -
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- 200 grams sugar -
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- 4 eggs -
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- 7 tablespoons self raising flower -
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- 100 grams dark chocolate -
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- 1 piece of antique jewelry -
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Method:

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Stir up the butter, almond powder and sugar
till smooth and creamy.
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Add the eggs one by one.
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Add 6 spoons of flower with a wooden spoon.
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Divide the dough in two.
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Melt the chocolate (2 minutes in microwave).
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Stir the melted chocolate in one half of the dough.
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Butter the cake tin (diameter ± 26 cm or 10 inch)
and disperse with the remaining flower.
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Randomly scoop the dough without the chocolate
into the cake tin.
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Add the chocolate dough.
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Shovel the two from bottom to top
without really mixing the two colors.
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Add the antique piece of jewelry (if heath-resistant)
and smoothen the top.
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If the piece of antique jewelry is not heath-resistant
than hide it in pie when pie is cooled off after baking.
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Bake the pie within 35 to 45 min.
in a prewarmed oven at 170°C (or 340° F).
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The pie is ready when a knife (or knitting needle)
that you insert is dry when taken out.
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Serve:
Best secretly mark the part of the pie with the jewel.
So you are sure to give your loved one the right piece.

 

Preparation time: ca. 15 minutes
Baking time: 35 - 45 minutes
Grade of difficulty: medium to easy

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 piece
Amount Per Serving
Calories more than enough Calories from Fat 190
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 34g 35%
Saturated Fat 28g 30%
Trans Fat
Cholesterol 15mg 6%
Sodium 150mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 40g 15%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 21g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 4%
Antique Jewelry 100%
Aesthetics 100%
Good Taste 100%
Romantics 100%
* Percent Daily Values are based on an average diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your antique jewelry needs.

 

Click here for all our jewelry that might be used (but check with us first for heath-resistance).

2011-01-01

The entire Adin team wishes you:
Happy New Year!

The entire Adin team wishes you a Happy New Year

(Click the picture to see the antique jewelry our team has gathered)

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