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.