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As lucky as we are to share our Garden of Adin with all customers dearest to our hearts, just as crazy we've become. With the garden fully in bloom and jewellery treasures sprouting here and there, we're starting to see transformed gold and gems everywhere! The sublime sun makes it all the easier for our madness for magnificence to spread from the floral fields into the sunlit sky.
Without any doubt, we've just spotted a pair of 18K yellow gold swallows flying high, promising more divine days as these to come. With their ruby eyes and white diamond tails glaring in the golden glow, they make a precious old European cut pear shaped diamond dangle from a Vintage yellow gold double necklace.
Can you see them too or are we the only ones going cuckoo?
This is something you wouldn't see much! A JAR jewel being offered in public. Normally owners of JAR jewelry cherish their jewel and hand it over to their offspring. And JAR himself, being extremely picky to who he would sell his pieces, also doesn't make it easier for the public to be able to obtain his pieces.
But here we have one of JAR’s earliest pieces, a wide yellow sapphire band ring in yellow gold made around 1980, echoing Bulgari’s design aesthetic from that period; where JAR use to work before he opened his own high jewellery boutique at the famous Place Vendôme in Paris.
JAR, which is short for Joel Arthur Rosenthal - was born in the Bronx, New York in 1943 under the name of Joel Arthur Rosenthal. The famous Paris-based jewellery designer JAR has been called "the Fabergé of our time" by designer Diane von Furstenberg. Or as David Bennett, chairman of Sotheby’s Geneva, puts it, "trust the hype, in terms of creativity, JAR is without peers." These insights from people who know what they are talking about helps explaining the beyond-normal prices that JAR pieces have brought at auctions in recent years.
After graduating from Harvard and after a short stay at Bulgari as salesman he spent most of his life in the French capital. In 1978 he opened his his own high jewellery boutique at the famous Place Vendôme. A boutique without display window nor opened at regular hours. With craftsmen in France and Switzerland, JAR produces less than 100 jewels a year. Each is one-of-a-kind and excecuted with Rosenthal's meticulous attention to detail using the finest-quality gems. And being a true diva, he reserves the right to refuse to sell an item if he doesn't think it would look good on the intended wearer.
Worker bees live only to be 6 till 8 weeks, but a queen bee can reach the age of 5 years! And because beekeepers want to know how old their queens are, they came up with an international followed code. They add a specific colour on the back of the queen to indicate the year the queen is marked. For years ending at 1 or 6, white or gray is used; for 2 or 7 yellow, for 3 or 8 red, for 4 or 9 green and for 5 or 0 they use blue.
Knowing this, when do you think in the 19th Century this Victorian queen bee brooch was made?
Blue, blue, the sky of Provence
White, white, white, the gull
The white boat dancing
Blond, blond, the blazing sun
And in your eyes
My dream in blue - blue - blue
Marcel Amont - 1959
To many people coral symbolizes life and blood force energy and dark red coral is used for healing and stimulating the bloodstream.
Not that we necessarily promote or believe such claims, but we think they make for interesting conversation. We also would like to emphasize that buying a precious stone for any of such reasons is one's own responsibility and Adin can not be held accountable if the obtained result is not as desired.
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This Belle Époque 18K bi-coloured gold ring is a force of attraction just as strong as that of a black hole in space but with a lot more brilliance and shimmer.
Two natural fancy yellow old brilliant cut diamonds with a mass of 1.20ct. are fusing together in the center of a constellation of 15 rose diamonds. With eight old brilliant cut diamonds alternating with more rose cut diamonds, it seems as if the boundary of this unique diamond universe keeps expanding all the way into the ring shank. When zooming in on the backside dimension with our telescope, we spot energetic sun swirls in yellow gold.
It's hard to believe that this treasure is manmade, while it's got all these wonders of nature combined in one piece of jewellery.
This adorable French yellow gold ring from around 1840 is a true testimony of how jewellery and declarations of love go hand in hand.
Cupido, the Roman god of love, is enshrined as a putti in an infinite halo of filigree lemniscates. On both sides of this marquise shaped top, four hearts build a universe where one plus one is one as they assemble into a four leaf clover. Between the shank's edges, filigree frills flutter as butterflies in a stomach. Clearly, this symbolic ring seales the marriage of love, luck and eternity.
Another important detail is that this piece was made to shout out loud this message of affection as the large ringsize implies it was used to wear on gloves for everyone to see. Nowadays, love doesn't always seem to be this simple, so our advise is: if they don't make them like they used to, you just buy antiques.
Look at what washed ashore in the Garden of Adin: this charming Victorian 18K gold ring with a diamond cluster of 12 old brilliants surrounding a natural untreated Burma sapphire as deep blue as the seven seas combined.
No matter how strong the tidal waves of fashion, no matter how rough the waters of style, the value and allure of antique jewellery will never hit the reef. Not the earthly elements, nor the ravages of time can steer an archetype as this classic ring to the abyss.
If you want something lasting forever…
This precious French Art Nouveau brooch from around 1900 seems to be plucked straight out of one of the Elysian fields in the Garden of Adin.
An 18K yellow gold ginkgo branch sprouts upwards in so many layers that it almost breaks through its platinum framework of 54 rose cut diamonds. This vivid ambience is even more intensified with a hint of green colour on top of the warm yellow leaves.
What better way to celebrate life than with this symbol of longevity and endurance.
As the established craftsman Vernon was, he must have constructed the idyllic scenery of this 18K yellow gold French Art Nouveau brooch fully out of symbols. On the background, we notice cypresses as a symbol of mourning. On the front, we believe to recognize a bush of edelweiss as a symbol of nobility, devotion and deep love. The window to this view is surrounded by chrysanthemum as a symbol of life, joy and optimism.
Or... this piece of jewellery could just be about two women enjoying each other's company while reading a book and enjoying the sensational sight. A sight with on the left side a majestic building from behind the intimate garden spot while on the right side cypresses leading up to a mountain.
But... if we connect this bare description with the flower connotations, suddenly we find ourselves in a story of memories to a lighthearted time, of everlasting friendship and of hope of a reunion.
True symbolism of an artist or just figments of a jewellery aficionado, this jewel is what it is: a vessel of emotion.
As a jewellery dealer, you're always looking for clues about whether the jewel in front of you is a good representative for a significant style during a certain era, or whether it is only meant to look like it was made in a certain era while in fact it is not. Here at Adin, we're specialized in reading visual languages from the past. Like every book, an era is also composed out of several chapters, or better artistic styles. And each style derives from the previous one, reacting on past elements and implementing new ones to complete the story of its era. Every good jewel portrays a character playing an important role in a certain chapter in time. To our joy, we're the ones making sure their history will never be forgotten.
The metaphor of tales and styles can be told about all "good" objects and artifacts, as all "good" pieces from a certain style bear the same characteristics. And for that, this picture is the perfect example. The goldsmith of this mesmerising French Victorian hair comb in 18K gold and horn spoke the same visual language of frills and openwork as the metal smith of the ornamental balustrade on the background of the photo.
We can't wait to read which character this exquisite jewel will play in your memoirs.
This harmonious photo of a top quality natural jadeite antique bangle of 194.73ct. literally depicts this buddhist mantra "Om mani padme hum", which translates to "The jewel in the flower". "Jewel" refers to enlightenment and wisdom, which enables one to love unconditionally. This invocation is used to honour the Buddhist symbol of compassion without prejudice.
In many ancient as well as modern cultures, jade has been and always will be "Yu", the "Gem Supreme" and the "Jewel of Heaven", "Stone of the Heart". Jade could very much be the embodiment "Om mani padme hum". Another analogy with this incantation is jade's unique attribute of melodic resonance. Artisans have created music instruments from jade to produce "heavenly" tones for ritual practices. Chinese poets have compared jade's melodious sound to the voice of a loved one. Not surprisingly, jade is a universal symbol of "the concentrated essence of love", harmony, virtue and eternity.
While wearing this illustrious bracelet, you can feel your mind being elevated and your heart being filled with unconditional love to be sent out into the world again.
Welcome to the Antwerp Adin Antique Jewellery Circus! Tonight! Right before your very eyes! We bring you the one-and-only, widely appreciated, world famous, Adin Art Deco Ring and Bear Act! An act especially assembled for your very delight and delectation! Fasten your seat belts! Behold, be amazed and be enjoyed!
(Disclaimer: No animals were harmed in the making of this picture.)
Truly magnificent the way in which this pair of Georgian earrings from around 1820 emits an angelic white luster of light through the two grand pear shaped rose cut diamonds and the 20 smaller ones.
As three diamond buds each with two petals dangle their way down from the stud to the pear, the foil-setting of every rose diamond intensifies the jewel's glistening even more with every movement.
You don't just sit quiet and be pretty with these earrings: they need to swing and shake, they want you to enjoy and shine.
This Vintage cameo in a yellow gold mounting with a halo of 24 alternating pearls and granules is very distinguished from its kind. The contours and features of the portrayed upper class lady inspired by the 18th century is meticulously carved out of a shell according to the highest quality standards. It's in the visage where lies the secret of a cameo's value.
Keeping in mind that nowadays only a few artisans know how to keep the craft of engraving shell and hardstone alive, it's truly remarkable to find a cameo from the Fifties finished with such a level of skill. Even though details such as the extensively curled coiffure and the abundance of ruffles are usually meant to distract the jewel's admirer from a mediocre carving, here it confirms even more the overall superb condition of the cameo. One can easily take in the femininity and three-dimensionality with which this woman is covered.
Doesn't it seem as if this damsel is almost a tangible representation of ourselves in another time, ladies?
As this Victorian 18K yellow gold necklace from around 1850 folds around your neck perfectly, its flowered links form an enchanting garden pavement on your skin.
Never before have we seen such an exceptional chain, so allow us to make you wonder as we do. Each main link is framed by a rounded rectangular sequence of small links topped by an openwork flower pattern. However obvious it is in our trade, let's not take for granted that every single piece of this treasure is handmade.
While this stunning necklace emits an allure of extravagance, it suits every woman by its ideal length and light weight lacelike assemblage.
Being crafted between fourteen and seventeen centuries ago, this ear pendant in a high gold alloy still exhibits the very essence of what a jewel should be: the adornment of a lady. While wearing this precious piece, it doesn't take long before you drift off to dreams about the journeys of its time travels into the 21st century.
From an ancient goldsmith's design into a tangible gold form, constructed out of a repetition of the strong triangle shape until the smallest granulation pattern in the ancient Caucasion style. Specially crafted to be worn by the greatest of its era and long after. Now, envision to where this remarkable jewel -worthy of a showroom in a museum- could lead you when you would just let it adorn you.