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Weekly Antique Jewelry Herald (archive 2014)

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2014-12-28

Artistic Daydreams

with estate jewelry from The Garden of Adin

Platinum necklace Art Deco diamond pendant with pear shape peridot
Click here to read all about the pictured platinum Art Deco peridot and diamond pendant.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

2014-12-21

For whatever it is you are celebrating...

We're wishing y'all a great time!

Antique gold brooch stylized Sol Key with big rose cut diamond
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2014-12-14

You are not an Adin VIP yet?

Typical Fifties Wolfers pink gold ruby parure, necklace, bangle and ring
Click here to read all about the pictured Fifties pink gold ruby parure.

 

 

As a token of our appreciation we offer the people on our mailing list a real exclusive discount on our complete stock. They can use the personalized coupon code sent by mail and instantly enjoy their big discount. The coupon is valid till December 31st, 2014!

This discount is also applicable to the already discounted items but not cummulative with other coupons.

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2014-12-07

Artistic Daydreams

with antique jewelry from The Garden of Adin

Antique gold brooch stylized Sol Key with big rose cut diamond
Click here to read all about the pictured antique Victorian brooch with rose cut diamonds.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

2014-11-30

Antique Jewelry Present Suggestions

(per type of jewelry and per price)

 

Dear fellow antique and estate jewelry afficionado,

 

First of all, we are in the midst of changing our pictures from black background to white background so our excuses if our mailing seems to be a bit messy.

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

Please don't worry, these few mails 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 start bragging 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 time we present you another convienient manner of browsing through our collection! Did you you know that on our site you can select by sort of jewelry and price? Have fun!

Ah! And one more good thing..... Shipping is free!

 

antiqually yours,
The Adin team

 

Thoughtful and exclusive presents
antique jewelry under $1,000
Antique rings under $1000
rings
up to $1000
Antique earrings under $1000
earrings
up to $1000
Antique pendants under $1000
pendants
up to $1000
Antique brooches under $1000
brooches
up to $1000
Antique jewelry under $1000
all jewelry
up to $1000

 

Thoughtful and exclusive presents
antique jewelry between $1,000 and $2,500
Antique rings between $1000 and $2500
rings
up to $2,500
Antique earrings between $1000 and $2500
earrings
up to $2,500
Antique pendants between $1000 and $2500
pendants
up to $2,500
Antique brooches between $1000 and $2500
brooches
up to $2,500
Antique jewelry between $1000 and $2500
all jewelry
up to $2,500

 

Thoughtful and exclusive presents
antique jewelry between $2,500 - $7,000
Antique rings between $2500 and $7000
rings
up to $7,000
Antique earrings between $2500 and $7000
earrings
up to $7,000
Antique pendants between $2500 and $7000
pendants
up to $7,000
Antique brooches between $2500 and $7000
brooches
up to $7,000
Antique jewelry between $2500 and $7000
all jewelry
up to $7,000

 

Thoughtful and exclusive presents
antique jewelry 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
antique jewelry $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 +

 

 

2014-11-23

Once upon a time...

there was an artist visiting The Garden of Adin

Impressive Art Nouveau Belle Epoque diamond brooch
Click here to read all about the pictured Art Nouveau brooch.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

2014-11-16

Present Suggestions

Antique & Estate Jewelry Per Color

 

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 of the year we take the liberty of sending you some mails without any special picture or back-ground information on symbolism, style or era. There will be just a list of present suggestions.

Please don't worry, these few mails 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 start bragging 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 time we present you a very convienient manner of browsing through our collection! Did you you know you that on our site you can select the colors that are used in the antique jewelry? Underneath we give you some searches in various colors and objects. Have fun!

Ah! And one more good thing..... Shipping is free!

 

Antique and estate jewelry with black
antique and estate rings with black
antique rings
with black
antique and estate earrings with black
antique earrings
with black
antique and estate brooches with black
antique brooches
with black
antique and estate pendants with black
antique pendants
with black
all antique and estate jewelry with black
all jewelry
with black

 

Antique and estate jewelry with blue
antique and estate rings with blue
antique rings
with blue
antique and estate earrings with blue
antique earrings
with blue
antique and estate brooches with blue.jpg
antique brooches
with blue
antique and estate pendants with blue
antique pendants
with blue
all antique and estate jewelry with blue
all jewelry
with blue

 

Antique and estate jewelry with green
antique and estate rings with green
antique rings
with green
antique and estate earrings with green
antique earrings
with green
antique and estate brooches with green
antique brooches
with green
antique and estate pendants with green
antique pendants
with green
all antique and estate jewelry with green
all jewelry
with green

 

Antique and estate jewelry with red
antique and estate rings with red
antique rings
with red
antique and estate earrings with red
antique earrings
with red
antique and estate brooches with red
antique brooches
with red
antique and estate pendants with red
antique pendants
with red
all antique and estate jewelry with red
all jewelry
with red

 

Antique and estate jewelry with white
antique and estate rings with white
antique rings
with white
antique and estate earrings with white
antique earrings
with white
antique and estate brooches with white
antique brooches
with white
antique and estate pendants with white
antique pendants
with white
all antique and estate jewelry with white
all jewelry
with white

 

 

 

 

2014-11-09

Fashion changes, but style endures...

Retro engagement ring pink gold with diamonds
Click here to get to our complete collection of original retro rings

 

(Coco Chanel 1883-1971)

 
 
 
 
 
 

2014-11-02

Black cats may prowl,
and pumpkins gleam....

But 15% discount is yours on Adin's Halloween!

temporary halloween discount on antique jewelry
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15% discount on all our antique jewelry. Our system isn't updated yet to do this automatically so it will be refunded manually by our secretaries after purchase.

 
 
 
 
 
 

2014-10-26

Rare extra wide antique wedding bands

from Zeeland in the Southern Netherlands

Original Dutch antique ring with Amsterdam rose cut diamond
Click here and here to read all about both antique Dutch wedding bands.

 

These extraordinary wide wedding bands are called "tonnenring" (Dutch for barrel ring). A typical regional piece of jewelry from Zeeland, the Southern coastal part of the Netherlands where every village had its own specific type of jewelry. Even more, every religion had its own typical distinctive differences of wearing and style.

In the county Walcheren this ring came into fashion in the second half of the 19th century (1850-1900). A wide gold smooth wedding band, sometimes engraved with a wreath of leaves and the initials of the bride and groom. It was virtually impossible to wear these rings while working so they were only used to show off when going to church or at holidays and festivals.

On pictures from that time, the hands were held in such a position that all the rings would be in seen on the picture. Such rings are also described in the book "Streeksieraden in Zeeland" (Dutch for "Regional jewelry in Zeeland") at page 76.

 
 
 
 
 
 

2014-10-19

Once upon a time...

there was an artist visiting The Garden of Adin

Original Dutch antique ring with Amsterdam rose cut diamond
Click here to read all about the pictured estate ring from the fifties.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

2014-10-12

Halloween in The Garden of Adin...

Who still dares to buy?

Original Dutch antique ring with Amsterdam rose cut diamond
Click here to read all about the pictured antique ring with Amsterdam rose cut diamond.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

2014-10-05

Nostalgia for the 19th Century...

Love, diamonds and sweet smells.

Antique Dutch Victorian pendant locket sacred heart with rose cut diamonds
Click here to read all about the pictured antique rose cut diamond love pendant.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

2014-09-28

Ok, since you insist...

just two more drops!

High class magnificent pear shaped rose cut diamond antique earrings
Click here to read all about the pictured antique rose cut diamond drop earrings.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

2014-09-21

Sweet Antiquities From Antwerp

(and still available)

Victorian enameled brooch, goddess Minerva
Click here to read all about the pictured Antique Victorian enameled brooch.

 

Nineteenth Century sweeties from Antwerp. Antwerp, home base of Adin, specialist in Antique Jewelry and home base to "Elixir d'Anvers", a typical Antwerp wholesome liqueur that has been in existence since 1863 and is still being distilated and available. And so is the Antique Jewelry that Adin has pictured here.

 
 
 
 
 
 

2014-09-14

Adin Proudly Presents:

Adin's Vintage Select Hand Care Products

Collection of antique, vintage and estate rings
Click here see all our Vintage Select Hand Care Products.

 

With many years of experience in the international body adornment market, Adin turns its focus to personal vintage hand care. It is with great pride that Adin introduces its line of Vintage Select Hand Care Products.

This meticulously selected collection was created using only totally natural vintage ingredients and NOT tested on animals. Even more, Adin's Vintage Select Hand Care Products are perfectly safe to wear on either hand and an absolute joy for both hand and eye!

 
 
 
 
 
 

2014-09-07

In My Blue Heaven

Diamond and ruby Art Deco bar brooch
Click here to get more info on this vintage jewel.

 

Belle Epoque Sapphire Ring

 
 
 
 
 
 

2014-08-31

Summer in The Garden of Adin

Where even the pins on a cactus are pretty.

Diamond and ruby Art Deco bar brooch
Click here to get more info on this vintage jewel.

 

Diamond and ruby Art Deco bar brooch

 
 
 
 
 
 

2014-08-24

Summer in The Garden of Adin

Where tendrils reach out as far as the Baroque era.

Antique Baroque Diamond Ring
Click here to get more info on this vintage jewel.

 

Antique Baroque Diamond Ring

 
 
 
 
 
 

2014-08-17

Lovely Summer Bouquets

in The Garden of Adin...

Victorian bouquet brooch with rose cut diamonds
Click here to get more info on this vintage jewel.

 

Victorian bouquet brooch with rose cut diamonds

 
 
 
 
 
 

2014-08-10

Heavenly Summer in The Garden Of Adin

Platinum estate engagement ring with beautiful aquamarine and diamonds
Click here to get more info on this vintage jewel.

 

Heaven, I'm in heaven....
And my heart beats so
that I can hardly speak
And I seem to find the happiness I seek
just by browsing through
Adin's antique jewelry boutique

 
 
 
 
 
 

2014-08-03

Summer in The Garden of Adin...

A time to relax and enjoy

Art Nouveau bar brooch with diamonds and jade Jugendstil
Click here to get more info on this vintage jewel.

 

Art Nouveau bar brooch with diamonds and jade
(Jugendstil)

 
 
 
 
 
 

2014-07-27

In The Garden of Adin...

Time flies, and bejeweled flies too

Vintage gold bar brooch with bejeweled fly
Click here to get more info on this vintage jewel.

 

Vintage gold bar brooch with bejeweled fly

 
 
 
 
 
 

2014-07-20

Summer in The Garden Of Adin

Perfect weather to play hide and seek

Art Deco platinum diamond ring with peridot
Click here to get more info on this ring.

 

Art Deco ring with peridot

 
 
 
 
 
 

2014-07-13

Antique Russian Brooch

Russian antique brooch mandoline or domra with rose cut diamonds and enamel
Click here to get more info on this brooch.

 

An exquisite depiction of a Russian mandoline or domra brooch. Rendered in a combination of 14K red gold and silver and features diamond, ruby and pearl details as well as enamel inlay ornamentation. The body of the mandoline and the ribbon attached are executed in silver, set with a row of diamonds as are the soundhole and the decorations under the bridge. The top and bottom bridges are decorated with cabochon ruby bridgepins. Next to the chords on the body, two seed pearls and two blue enamel inlay details are added.

This antique jewel bears pre-revolution Russian hallmarks for 14K gold. Hallmarked in Transcaucasia, known because of the letter 'O' in the hallmark. This hallmark was used between 1908 and the Russian Revolution in 1917. Furthermore we found a French control mark that indicates that the piece has been imported in France....

If this piece could only talk... What amazing story would we hear.

 
 
 
 
 
 

2014-07-06

Art Nouveau Brooch

Symbolizing a new beginning.

Art Nouveau brooch womans head with snowdrops symbolizing a new beginning
Click here to read more about this interesting Art Nouveau brooch.

 
 

Some info on the style Art Nouveau:
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, and in Holland as "Sla-olie-stijl", Dutch for "salad oil style" after a advertisement poster for this product that was made in that style.

Some info on the flower used as ornament:
Snowdrops - At the end of the winter when nature seems dead and the earth shrunk by cold, as an emblem of promise and consolation, the snowdrop is the first to announce spring and long bright days to come.

A cute history:
The Russian Empress Catherine The Great (1729-1796) was a great lover of snowdrops. Once she installed a guard to save a particularly large snowdrop to prevent it from being plucked. The guard post remained there even when the reason why was long forgotten. Many decades later, Emperor Alexander II (1818-1881) noticed this guard post and wondered why there was a guard post while there was nothing to protect, it was then that the original reason was recovered.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

2014-06-29

World Cup Football Thoughts:

The formula for my happiness...

Van Cleef and Arpels Diamond Bracelet
Click here to read more about this Van Cleef and Arpels diamond bracelet.

 
 

... a yes, a straight line, a goal.

 

Friedrich Nietzsche
Philosopher 1844-1900

(slightly adapted)

 
 
 
 
 
 

2014-06-22

Antique jewelry in literature:

Belle Epoque diamond bracelet by Emile Olive

Belle Epoque diamond bracelet by Emile Olive
Click here to get to this magnificent antique bracelet.

 

Magnificent, stunning and superb do not adequately describe this priceless Emile Olive bracelet which is in pristine condition! It is in typical Belle Époque style with Art Nouveau influences. Normally rings would be adorned with this motive, and for us it was the first time to find this motive in a bracelet. It includes 9 large old European cut diamonds weighing 3.40 crt and an enormous 7.20 crt in total (rose cut diamonds not included)!

This very bracelet is depicted at page 533 in the "Bible of Antique Jewelry" namely "La Bijouterie Française au XIXe Sieècle by Henri Vever, part two, Second Empire 1850-1870" printed in Paris in 1908. This book was translated to English in 2001 and is called "Henri Vever - French Jewelry of the Nineteenth Century". The bracelet is depicted on page 1025 of the English version.

 
 
 
 
 
 

2014-06-15

Antique jewelry in literature:

17th Century Antique Portuguese Pendant

Antique 17th Century breast pendant in sequile style gold and rose cut diamonds
Click here to get to this magnificent antique pendant.

 

Antique Portuguese sequile style pendant featuring 33 rose cut and senaille diamonds held in foiled gold setting. The gold openwork surround features a sinuously scrolling foliate design in a lozenge shape traditional for sequille-style jewellery and features five teardrop shaped pendants, balancing the intricate design. The bigger diamonds are rose cut and the smaller diamonds are senaille cut.

According to the experts of the Victoria & Albert Museum, it is characteristic of Iberian gold jewellery at this date that the gold settings nearly enclose the smaller diamonds. Pictures of similar pendants can be found in "A Sparkling Age: 17th Century Diamond Jewellery” p 215 - by the Diamond Museum in Antwerp - published 1993 and in "Five Centuries of Jewellery" p 45 - by The National Museum of Ancient Art, Lisbon - published 1995.

 
 
 
 
 
 

2014-06-08

Art Deco Bar Brooch

Art deco jewelry in its utter beauty

Must See! Strong design Art Deco platinum brooch diamonds and sapphires
Click here to get to this magnificent Ar Deco bar brooch.

 

1920’s platinum, pave set diamond and sapphire brooch. The design features three large old European cut diamonds interspersed by two half-moon cabochon cut sapphires surrounded by diamond set millegrain borded openwork flower petals. A network of millegrain openwork lines and a row of 19 small rectangular cabochon sapphires connect these design elements.

 
 
 
 
 
 

2014-06-01

Rose Cut Diamonds

another "romantic" explanation...

Long pendant Georgian earrings with high quality high domed rose cut diamonds
Click here to get to this magnificent pair of rose cut diamond earrings.

 

Once upon a time... a long long time ago, soirées (French for... "soirees") were illuminated by romantic glimmering candle lights, smelly oil lamps and asphyxiating smothering torches. And all jewelry set with rose cut diamonds were shining and sparkling as beautiful as can be, and all the people were happy (deep sigh)...

To many antique jewelry experts, the reason why goldsmiths of those days used rose cut diamonds in antique jewelry was so the jewels would sparkle better in the candle light. We however, we wonder in what other than the light of candles, oil lamps and torches rose cut diamonds had to sparkle, since there wasn't any electricity yet. Fact is that because of the irregularity of the polishing of the diamonds of those days, they have a nicer, less predictable, sparkle than new cut diamonds which we find "a bit cold".

 
 
 
 
 
 

2014-05-25

An arty mind is a joy forever...

White gold estate diamond engagement ring with attractive pink tourmaline White gold estate diamond engagement ring with attractive pink tourmaline
White gold estate diamond engagement ring with attractive pink tourmaline
White gold estate diamond engagement ring with attractive pink tourmaline
Click here for more info on this pink tourmaline diamond ring.

 

 

 

 

 

2014-05-18

Aloe Vera from The Garden of Adin

Wear it 100 years with our antique jewelry...

Art Deco diamond pendant
Click the picture to get to this diamond Art Deco pendant.

 

And you will live long!

 
 
 
 
 
 

2014-05-11

Another planet with rings found!

Platinum diamond engagement ring with boulder black opal also called matrix opal
Click the picture to get to this diamond ring with boulder black opal.

 

Antwerp May 11, 2014 - Scientists at The Garden of Adin have added another celestial body to the short list of objects in our solar system that have rings: a remote asteroid that orbits between Saturn and Uranus in the outer solar system. Researchers published a study in the journal Nature showing evidence of rings.

Chief of Adin's Heavenly Jewelry Department for NASA Mr. Elkan Wijnberg said the discovery came as a complete surprise. "We weren't looking for rings and didn't think small bodies like this asteroid had them at all. We are in extensive negotiations with NASA to visit this near-Earth asteroid and re-direct it together with its antique ring back to Earth." he said in a statement.

 
 
 
 
 
 

2014-05-04

We just like to keep it to our roots.

for no particular reason...

Interbellum Art Deco diamond and emerald estate engagement ring
Click the picture to get to this diamond Art Deco ring with emerald.

 

...

 
 
 
 
 
 

2014-04-27

Jewelry suitable for outdoor games

like playing domino in open air cafes in Paris...

Art Deco platinum engagement ring navette cut diamond in onyx
Click the picture to get to this Art Deco ring.

 

(Inspired by Oscar Wilde)

 
 
 
 
 
 

2014-04-20

The Adin way of decorating eggs

Easter fun in The Garden of Adin

Estate diamond and sapphire engagement ring lady Di style from www.adin.be
Click the picture to get to this sapphire and diamond Art Deco ring.

 

The History of Adin's Easter Egg Tradition - In the Garden of Adin the tradition of decorating eggs with antique and estate jewelry is an ancient one. These eggs, which may be left by the Easter Bunny, are hidden for women to find on Easter morning. They may also be put in a basket filled with straw to resemble a bird's nest. The exact location of The Garden of Adin is kept a well hidden secret, except to those who are lucky enough to be on Adin's mailing list.

 
 
 
 
 
 

2014-04-13

Release new atomic clock

Ground shaking consequences for Antique Jewelry Trade!

Belle Epoque gold and platinum bracelet with diamonds and sapphires from Adin collection of antique and estate jewelry to be found at www.adin.be
Click the picture to get to our complete Antique Jewelry collection.

 

Antwerp April 13th, 2014 - Timekeeping, which was already a pretty precise science involving lasers and atomic particles, just got even more exact. A new atomic clock, so accurate it will lose or gain only one second every 300 million years, was unveiled Thursday by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, a branch of the U.S. Department of Commerce. (source CNN).

"With the release of the new atomic clock not only can we measure more accurately the time we live in but it allows us to date the age of our Antique Jewelry more precisely." said Mr. Elkan Wijnberg, chief engineer at Adin's Institute of Styles, Standards and Technology.

He continues: "Imagine the thrill we had when we realized that the Art Deco period was a staggering 0.00003 nanoseconds longer ago than we always thought." And he continues: "We are not 100% sure yet, and more tests have to be done, but we have strong indications that other styles are also importantly effected by this new clock. History books might have to be re-written!"

 
 
 
 
 
 

2014-04-06

Adin's egg-cellent collection

Estate diamond eternity bands from Adin collection of antique and estate jewelry to be found at www.adin.be
Click the picture to get to our egg-cellent collection of eternity bands.

 

We proudly present:

The Adin dual-usage Easter egg-cup ring! Simple and easy to use. It can hold practically every little chocolate egg and the same time makes for a great present as eternity band. It's amazing and most probably going to be found on many ladies' wish lists. It's definitely the most sophisticated multi-usage jewel we have seen in years.

 
 
 
 
 
 

2014-03-30

Let us color your day...

Strong design Art Deco platinum diamond ring from Adin collection of antique and estate jewelry to be found at www.adin.be
Click the picture to get to this Art Deco ring.

 
 
 

Strong design Art Deco platinum diamond ring

Exquisitely designed Art Deco ring covered with a dazzling 25 old mine cushion brilliant cut diamonds, displaying strong geometric influences. The design, with several smaller rectangles and squares radiating from two larger, central squares is overflowing onto the decorative gallery of the ring, incorporating the whole of the ring and creating a slightly domed effect.

 
 
 
 
 
 

2014-03-23

One swallow does not make a spring...

(Aristotle 384 – 322 BCE)

Antique Victorian brooch swallow in flight covered with rose cut diamonds from Adin collection of antique and estate jewelry to be found at www.adin.be
Click the picture to get to this Victorian swallow brooch.

 

Business communication:

Due to extreme weather conditions,
no antique jewellery explanation this week.

 
 
 
 
 
 

2014-03-16

Love, destiny and quality...

The Red Thread Through Adin's Antique Jewelry Collection

Authentique antique and estate jewelry from Adin at www.antiquejewel.com
Click the picture to see all our antique and estate jewelry.

 
 

The red thread of destiny is an East Asian belief originating from an old Chinese legend. According to this myth the matchmaker god ties a red cord around the ankles of those that are to meet one another in a certain situation or help each other in a certain way. The two people connected by the red thread are soulmates, destined lovers, regardless of time, place, or circumstances. This magical cord may stretch or tangle, but never break.

Adin's Antique Jewelry is bound to many strings in various hues of red. To which one are you and your loved one connected?

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

2014-03-09

Diamond tools through the centuries

Diamond polishing tools through the centuries, from Adin's private tool collection. Adin antique and estate jewelry is to be found at www.adin.be
Collection of antique and estate one-stone engagement rings from the antique jewelry collection of www.adin.be Collection of antique and estate eternity bands from the antique jewelry collection of www.adin.be
(click the pictures to get to our antique and estate diamond jewelry)  

 

The machine depicted above is an old diamond saw as they were used since the Industrial Revolution of ca. 1760. A rough diamond is held between two copper rods against a fast rotating copper plate that is covered with diamond powder, thus sawing the diamond. This sawing process would take up to several hours... per single cut!

The use of this device required the expertise and experience of a seasoned craftsman who generally had several saws under his supervision at the same time, and is opposed to modern sawing and cutting techniques which run mostly automatically. The position of the brass ball on the other side of the lever is used to adjust the pressure of the diamond to the rotating blade.

It is because of this manual labor that older cut diamonds aren’t always as perfectly symmetrical as their modern cut counterparts. To us, the standards of cutting that apply to modern cut diamonds, are in no way transferable to old-cuts. Moreover at Adin we find that it is exactly these little "flaws" (by modern standards) that remind us of the artisanal way of the old days and what gives antique jewelry its charm.

 

2014-03-02

Lollipop Lollipop

French Art Deco large Verneuil ruby and diamond engagement ring from Adin collection of antique and estate jewelry to be found at www.adin.be
Click the picture to get to this French Art Deco ring.

 

Oh lolli lolli lolli
Lollipop Lollipop
Oh lolli lolli lolli
Lollipop Lollipop
Oh lolli lolli lolli
"pop"

 
 
 
 
 
 

2014-02-23

Copper, the unexpected link between
antique diamonds and charity...

(an interesting history)

Platinum, gold and silver acid testing set with touchstone from Adin at www.adin.be
Click the picture to get to this special old cut Peruzzi diamond.

 

What you see here on the picture, are diamond tools and a platinum ring with an old cushion cut or Peruzzi diamond which dates back to the early 18th Century. The tools are diamond holders for polishing diamonds. The one in the front is how they were used in the 18th century and the one in the back is how they were used in the 20th century.

The one in the front has a leaded point on a brass half sphere attached to a copper stem. Diamond polishers would heat the lead so it would be moldable to embed the diamond in. The copper stem was pushed into a wooden tool which allowed the polishers to easily hold the diamond against a polishing wheel. In order to make the many facets a diamond has, they had to bend the copper stem in the wanted position.

Later the brass and lead were replaced by an iron tool (the diamond holder you see in the back) which allowed the polishers to easily change the stone from its holder. But the copper stem remained.

When you bend a metal many times eventually it will break and such was the case with all these copper stems. In 1905 the Dutch Diamond Workers Union agreed with the owners of the diamond polishing factories that from then on, the Union would receive all the broken copper stems. A special fund, the "Koperen Stelen Fonds" or KSF (Dutch for Copper Stem Fund) was founded, solely funded by the revenues of the broken copper stems, for the financial support of diamond workers that were affected by tuberculoses.

Later in 1919 a sort-like agreement between unions and factory owners was made for the recuperation of used diamond powder (needed to polish diamonds) and with those revenues the KSF bought themselves a farm from which they made a sanatorium.

 
 
 
 
 
 

2014-02-16

Georgian Antique Jewelry 1714-1830

Natural Seed Pearl Jewelry

Georgian woven natural seed pearl parure necklace pendant brooches pre Victorian from Adin's Georgian and Victorian antique jewelry collection at <a href='http://www.antiquejewel.com/default.asp'
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Not an every day object, to say the least. A parure (a set of matching jewels) of real natural seed pearls. Some 200 years old and in the finest condition and it comes in its original box from the jeweler: Hamlet. His sign reads: "Hamlet Goldsmith & Jeweller To Their Majesties & Royal Family, Princes Street Leicester Square".

Natural seed pearls (smaller than 2mm and not completely round) were an essential part in Georgian jewelry. They were made into long tasseled sautoirs, or threaded into intricate designs to support slides and clasps, or used as surrounds for gemstones, cameos and micro mosaics instead of the more traditional diamonds. Particularly exquisite are the parures of seed pearls in various sizes, sewn by hand with horsehair or silk thread on to a drilled mother-of-pearl backing to create necklaces, hair ornaments and earrings of delicate beauty.

Due to the size of the seed pearls, special care and patience was needed when drilling the holes, as a even the smallest mistake would result in the loss of value or render the pearl completely useless. It was an art Indian lapidaries where especially famed for, due to the extensive use of seed pearls in traditional Indian jewelry.

For all its fragility, a good deal of seed pearl work has survived and fine examples in boxed sets can still be found. Pearls have always had a beautifying effect on women. (From the book "Georgian Jewellery 1714-1830" - where on page 153 you can see some jewelry that came from the Adin collection). Purity and innocence are characteristics often ascribed to pearls, combined with the purity attributed to the lily depicted in the necklace, made them an ideal wedding gift for a blushing bride.

The well known story of Queen Cleopatra, dissolving a pearl into vinegar and drinking it to showcase her wealth to Caesar is often disregarded as myth. But there are records of Ranjit Singh, a nineteenth century party loving Indian prince who threw decadent parties where he would ground pearls to a powder and mix them with wine to offer to his favored guests to impress them. We don't suggest giving this necklace the Cleopatra nor the Ranjit Singh treatment, just wearing it will suffice to impress your friends.

 

 

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2014-02-09

Eureka!

(Or: "The most devious way to test gold.")

Platinum, gold and silver acid testing set with touchstone from Adin at www.adin.be
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The most well known anecdote about Archimedes (287 BC – 212 BC) is the following: King Hiero II gave a goldsmith pure gold to make him a crown. But because the king had doubts on the honesty of the goldsmith he ordained Archimedes to find out whether the goldsmith had been swindling with the alloy by adding silver to it. Archimedes had to find out without damaging the crown.

When Archimedes took a bath he noticed the raising of the water and he came to, what is now known as, Archimedes' principle (a body immersed in a fluid experiences a buoyant force equal to the weight of the fluid it displaces). Archimedes was so thrilled with his finding that he stepped out his bath, forgot to get dressed, and ran to the king while crying "Eureka!" (I have found it!). The test on the crown was done and indeed silver had been mixed in.

What the story tellers forget to tell us, besides what happened to the goldsmith, is that Archimedes probably wasn't aware of the fact that he could have used a touchstone and acid to test the alloy of the crown. The oldest texts on testing gold on touchstones go back till the 5th and 4th century BC. And still today we use this test in the jewelry trade. Imagine, nothing has changed in 2,500 years!

On the picture you see a touchstone, some bottles of acid to test the various alloys and some sample-needles with standardized alloys of gold, platinum and silver as we use this in our daily work at Adin.

 

 

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2014-02-02

Chocolates
and other sweet Valentine delights

from Adin's candy store

Exceptional platinum estate ring with tapered baguette diamonds and black pearl from the antique jewelry collection of adin at www.adin.be
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2014-01-26

Chris Steenbergen (1920-2007)

Dutch Artist Jeweller

Artist Jewelry by Chris Steenbergen gold and silver brooch the rope jumper from the antique and artist jewelry collection of adin at www.adin.be
Gold and silver brooch: "the rope jumper"

Contemporary jewelry, the future antique collectible

 

Almost half a year ago we were lucky enough to be able to purchase a large part of the personal collection of contemporary jewelry artist Chris Steenbergen. Ever since then we have been searching and studying into his background information to see where his jewelry was exposed and in what books he was mentioned. With this information we have put together a brief summary of Chris Steenbergen in our glossary. It has been an interesting time.

We see this as a unique opportunity for collectors to obtain a collectible piece of future antique jewelry.

 

 

 

2014-01-19

Antique Jewelry

The Grand Victorian Period

French Antique Victorian brooch chestnut leaf completely diamond covered from the antique jewelry collection of adin at www.adin.be
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French Victorian Jewelry

Victorian decorative arts refers to the style of decorative arts during the Victorian era. 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 a regrettable excess of ornament.

Experts divide the reign of Queen Victoria, also called The Victorian era (1837 - 1901) into three periods of about twenty years each; The Romantic Victorian Period (1837 - 1860), The Grand Victorian Period (1860 - 1880), and the Late or Aesthetic Victorian Period (1880 - 1901).

We consider this to be of the Grand Victorian Period.

 

 

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