We invite you to take a glance over our shoulder while we are trying to evaluate an antique piece of jewellery.
At first sight it was our guesstimation that these earrings were designed and crafted in the tradition of the Dutch "Zeeland" region around 1825. In a more thorough investigation of these fascinating jewellery pieces, we've found a mark "I & ES", what we considered to be the master mark. Then we dove into our rather large library, but couldn't find any specific information on this hallmark.
Next, we turned to the Dutch essay office, known for its large database with tons of documentation on Dutch gold- and silversmiths through the ages. They were so kind to tell us that this specific mark indeed belonged to a Dutch master based in Rotterdam, Holland, and active around 1822, but that they didn't have any further details; not even his name. So there ended our queest to find out more about these earrings. However, we were already pleased that the Dutch essay office confirmed our gut-assumption about the Dutch origin and era.
Would these earrings have been made at least some 25 years later, chances are that we would have found a hallmark representing an oak leaf. Dutch jewelry, especially 14K jewelry, has been hallmarked with an "oak leaf" since 1853 till today. Through time, the shape of this hallmark has changed from a Dutch native oak leaf with rounded lobed ends -used from 1853 until 1906- into an American oak leaf with pointed lobed ends -used from 1906 until 1953 (at the picture above you can see the difference between the two types of leaf). So by finding an oak leaf mark, we can not only determine the alloy (14K) and origin of a piece, but when looking very closely at the ends of the leaf, in what is already a minuscule mark, we can even retrieve the era it was made in.
And as an interesting footnote, there are a few reasons why it's hard for jewelry historians to determine the country of origin and the maker of Continental European jewelry made in the last 500, 600 years. One major reason is that around 1790, during the French Revolution, the guilds were abolished and all their archives, containing centuries of valuable information on gold- and silver smiths, were destroyed. And a second reason, more specific for Dutch silver and jewelry before 1940 - thus also the earrings in this picture - is that in the Second World War, Rotterdam was bombed and practically the entire archive of the essay office was destroyed. This shows just how valuable every piece of information is that can unlock the hidden history or mystery of antique jewelry.
Not only has the beauty of glass been adding an intriguing appeal to our otherwise dull objects of daily use; but this alluring material -when being crushed into the finest powder, called enamel-, can also enhance an already precious piece of jewellery to an absolute exquisite masterpiece.
The firing and so fusing of grinded glass onto another material (e.g. gold, silver, copper, porcelain, etc.) offers more than the guarantee of true craftsmanship; the technique of enamelling beholds a rich history dating back from the ancient Egyptians to the ancient Greeks, Celts, Russians, and Chinese.
Here, we offer a mesmerizing French Victorian ring from which the top is embellished with an eye-catching royal blue transparent enamel fused over a radiating guilloche engraving. (The topic of guilloche engraving will be addressed on one of our future heralds, so stay tuned!)
Antwerp, August 6th 2017 - This week a 60-headed Chinese production team launched the recordings of the Chinese TV series 'Mr Right' in Antwerp. 'Mr Right' is the 2nd season of 'How to Be a Better Man' - a television series broadcast on Chinese public television and followed by more than 380 million viewers! And for what we understood, the leading characters, Ji Chang Wook and Wang Xiao Chen, are the Chinese counterparts of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.
And just guess where the shooting took place?
What makes a good piece of antique jewelry, a good piece of antique jewelry?
The answer to this question is simple as can be. A good piece of antique jewelry should be a good style representative for the period it was made in, and it should have been made in that era too. A piece of jewelry made well but pretending to be older than the time it was actually made in, is just a reproduction.
What we show here is what we think is a good piece of future antique jewelry. Recognizable made somewhere around 1980 and made in the best jewelers traditions. Not only that, the center stone, a Colombian emerald of approx. 1.80 crt, is of a quality we never had in our collection. The cheering gem is beaming its intense green light in a way making anybody looking at it, immediately falling in love with it. We count ourselves lucky to have been able to get this beauty into our collection.
Intrigued? Find out more about this ring by clicking at the picture.
Catch a falling star and put it in your pocket,
Never let it fade away.
Catch a falling star and put it in your pocket,
Save it for a rainy day.
(Lyrics by Lee Julien Pockriss and Paul J. Vance)
It could be very well possible that this brooch was made inspired by the passage of Halley’s comet in 1835. The passage of Halley inspired jewellers to make jewels in the shape of celestial bodies. This comet appears every 76 years. In 1705 Edmond Halley predicted, using Newton’s newly formulated laws of motion, that the comet seen in 1531, 1607, and 1682 would return in 1758 (which was, alas, after his death). The comet did indeed return as redicted and was later named in his honor.
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This 14K yellow gold and silver brooch from 1972 by the well-known Dutch contemporary jewellery artist, Chris Steenbergen, serves as a collectible piece of future antique jewellery. This design illustrates interplay of contours in the shape of a square outer line, a circular negative inner space and an oval profile. Being an example of minimalistic abundance, this jewel is a wearable statement.
This particular brooch is pictured on page 36 in the catalog of the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands, named 'Chris Steenbergen, goldsmith' published in 1985.
Intrigued? Find out more about this brooch and/or Chris Steenbergen by clicking at the picture.
From the first glance it seems obvious that this frivolous red gold backed necklace fits just elegantly around the neck as a garland of six larger flowers alternating with six smaller ones. As three more flower pairs with dangling triplets drape from this blooming aura, an abundance of foil-set rose cut diamonds encrusted in silver shimmer illustriously. However, there's more to this intriguing piece than meets the eye...
Every antique jewel exudes history, but on top of that this enchanting necklace from around 1850 has also a modern story to tell about what jewellery can symbolize for a family.We were honoured to purchase this jewel from the heirs of a jeweller, who crafted this unique necklace out of his personal collection of four pairs of antique Flemish earrings. To find one complete pair of this type of earrings is incredibly rare, let alone having four pairs. Furthermore, all of his daughters were truly shining on each of their wedding days while wearing their father's creation.
Although it isn't a custom of ours to offer redesigned/remodelled pieces, the way this jewel came to be is uttermost charming: initiated by a passion for antique jewellery, fueled by the vision and craftsmanship of a jeweller and truly ignited by the love of a father.
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As three downey doves are sunbathing from the rim of a basin while one is gracefully drinking in this picturesque cameo, this 14K yellow gold bracelet from around 1850 splatters history all over our Garden of Adin.
This exact composition of four plumose pigeons is called "Doves of Pliny" or "Capitoline Doves", which refers to Pliny the Elder as he describes the original picture in a classical mosaic by Sosus of Pergamon dating back from the 2nd century BC. A revival of these archealogical wonders can be seen in the 1st half of the 19th century as it was very popular to reuse this motif in various artefacts. And yet, we have never seen a piece of such superb quality as the one we've got here. To emphasise its excellence, we invite you to closely lean over to the water in the vase and to notice the subtle reflection of the drinking dove. Apart from this meticulous elaboration, it is exactly this particular fragment by which Pliny was as equally mesmerised as we still are today. Only rarely, an artist manages to bring out this section of this iconic image.
Furthermore, this cameo has been engraved in the hardest part of the shell, which provides an even more realistic appearance as there are three different colour layers. Let alone the level of craftmanship needed to sculpt every detail a material as hard as stone, which we believe to take its origin from an Italian hand.
Of course, this piece of artistry can only be brought to its full spectacle in a harmonious mounting, which most probably must have come from an English goldsmith.
Intrigued? Find more about this bracelet by clicking on the picture.
Jean Després (1889 - 1980) was an Art Deco jewelry designer whose name has come to stand for the most dynamic of 20th-century styles. This definitive celebration of his work will delight new admirers and seasoned connoisseurs alike.
Capturing the streamlined, modern aesthetic of the age of the machine and transforming it into objects of great beauty, Després has always been the jeweler of choice for informed collectors and insiders: Josephine Baker was an early admirer, and Andy Warhol’s collection was sold at Sotheby’s, New York in 1988.
As a young man, Després came to know avant-garde artists in Paris, including Léger, De Chirico and Braque. After the outbreak of war in 1914 he worked on the industrial design of aeroplanes, and he transferred this experience and inspiration into the jewelry business.
Després used geometric motifs in his designs, and in the 1930s embarked on a notable collaboration with the glass painter Étienne Cournault. Després went on to create a range of tableware and decorative objects in gold, silver and pewter, whose bold, industrial looks were uncompromisingly modern, yet always graceful and refined.
From: Jean Després Jeweler, Maker and Designer of the Machine Age by Melissa Gabardi ISBN 9780500514788
The Adin's Institute for Advanced Study on Einstein's Relatively Antique Jewelry Theory proudly presents: "Gravitational Waves: Ripples in the fabric of space-time bringing us jewelry from the past."
In the year 1916, around the time this brooch was made, Albert Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves as part of his relative antique jewelry theory. In Einstein's theory, space and time are aspects of a single measurable reality called space-time. Matter and energy are two expressions of a single material. We can think of space-time as a fabric. The presence of large amounts of mass or energy distorts space-time – in essence causing the fabric to "warp" – and we observe this warpage as gravity. Freely falling objects – whether they are antique brooches, rings or earrings – simply follow the most direct path in this curved space-time; in other words, from Adin's premises to your doorstep. Furthermore this is a perfect proof that the earth is not flat but corrugated.
From: Wijnberg, Elkan (April 9, 2017). "Einstein and the relative antique jewelry theory." Antwerp: Adin's Scientific Press
The Interbellum or the interwar period (1918–1939) is understood, within recent Western culture, to be the period between the end of the First World War and the beginning of the Second World War. In the pictured ring, one can recognize a transition from the refined Art Deco style to the, somewhat more robust, Retro style.
Abstract motives and geometrical forms are quite typical for the Art Deco period. Art Deco moved away from the soft pastels and organic forms of its style predecessor, Art Nouveau, and embraced influences from many different styles and movements of the early 20th century, including Neoclassical, Constructivism, Cubism, Modernism, and Futurism.
Its popularity peaked in Europe during the Roaring Twenties and continued strongly in the United States through the 1930s. Although many design movements have political or philosophical roots or intentions, Art Deco was purely decorative.
Let us unravel the mystery of this antique ring from 1890 encrypted in the colour of each of its four prominent gemstones. Together, the colours embody an historical message: Green, White, Violet makes "Give Women the Vote". Meanwhile, the yellow colour underlines the internationally common ground of this idea, althought founded by the women fighting for their right to vote in the early 1900's. These women, particularly militants in the United Kingdom, called themselves "the Suffragettes".
Furthermore, these specific colours were chosen for their intrinsic symbolism. Hope springs in the Green of the square cut tourmaline while purity emanates from a White old European cut diamond in a vertical alignment with the verdant green. Royalty, dignity and freedom can be discovered in the Violet of a pinkish tourmaline side by side with a gold beryl.
Clearly being a jewel meant for a strong woman, this ring will always guide you to all your desires and ambitions. (For more information about the "Suffragette movement" click the picture.)
As these days are very busy for Cupid, we've heard from a reliable source that he ran out of arrows. Of course he can't disappoint anyone waiting for their one true love, so he's forced to switch to using his diamond sword!
This sword brooch is truly made out of no less material than two solid pieces of diamond for the blade and another solid piece of diamond for the hilt. The shimmer of the lozenge shaped facets on the diamond surface is almost too bright for the human eye to perceive. So when Cupid makes his hit through your lover's heart, it will be swift and almost as if nothing happened. But soon enough, the passion between you and your sweetheart will spark as radiant as the nine old European cut diamonds and the nine rose cut diamonds set in the silver pommel, the cross-guard, scabbard-belt and carrying-band. Tipped with a silver chape on a red gold back, Cupid's love sword will strike harder than any arrow. Are you ready to face the consequence of Cupid's new toy?
Apart from the alluring connotation we've given this jewel in these times filled with romance, it is a unique brooch almost fully manufactured out of diamond. Furthermore, these diamond parts are cut in a way we've never seen before. Another special diamond is encrusted in the center of the sword's cross-guard. Its yellow-greenish colour is extraordinary and very uncommon. Be aware of this dangerous brooch, because it might touch your heart as well.
To those familiar with the Adin Weekly Herald it does not come as a surprise that we are also very much interested in cooking.
It's not even a bold statement when we say that there is such a thing as "La Cuisine d'Adin".
So it happened that when browsing through some antique cooking books from the Middle Ages we ran into some original Adin old school recipes.
We thought it would be only fair to share this with you.
Ye preparation timeth:
the timeth of milking three fully load'd goats
Perrey of pesoun. Take pesoun and seeth hem fast, and couere hem, til thei berst; thenne take hem vp and cole hem thrugh a cloth. Take oynouns and mynce hem, and seeth in the same sewe, and oile therwith; cast therto sugur, salt, and safroun. Seeth hem wel therafter, and serue hem forth with an emerald parure.
Remember yond, in oure snuggerey Middle Ages, the thicker a purée wast, the better thei quality wast bethought to beest. Ergo don't beest too saving on the amount of gimms and jewels thee addeth.
Nothing better to warmeth thee on winterdagas: enjoyeth!
For more information, please click the picture and find the full explanation at the descriptive page of these fine jewels.
As if a guardian angel has bestowed upon this yellow gold cross with a value of 18K and possibly higher, this inestimable Iberian (Spain or Portugal) pendant and brooch with 23 old table rose cut diamonds withstands since the 17th century.
Except for the grand pear shaped suspension, the primary shape of a diamond ascending from an eight lobed dome embellished with mille grains repeats around the fully diamond-encrusted centre. The airy presence of this jewel is a merit of the curling wirework from which leaflets sprout in between the intersections.
For more information, please click the picture and find the full explanation at the descriptive page of this fine jewel.
The mysterious opal can evoke as many convictions and superstitions, as it can twinkle colours.
In the Arabic world, it was said that opals fall from the heavens during lightning storms. The Romans thought that this one gemstone beheld the power of all gemstones, because it displays all of their different colours at once. Still, it took only one novel from the 1800s by Sir Walter Scott to make people think of this stone as bad luck.
Although we wouldn’t dare to tell you what to believe, we do recommend this jewel to all fair ladies. It is namely accepted since medieval times that an opal has got the power to preserve the colour of blond hair. And let me punctuate that we are too respectful and respectable to make jokes about blondes.
For more information, please click the picture and find the full explanation at the descriptive page of this fine jewel.