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2020-04-05

The Garden of Adin presents:

If only we could dream this night away...

Click the picture to get to see this Vintage platinum diamond ring with magnificent moonstone.
Click on the picture to get to this vintage diamond ring with magnificent moonstone

 

 

Come a little bit closer
Hear what I have to say
Just like children sleepin'
We could dream this night away

But there's a full moon risin'
Let's go dancin' in the light
We know where the music's playin'
Let's go out and feel the night

 

 

From the album 'Harvest Moon' by Neil Young (born November 12, 1945)

 

 

Endure, be strong and stay healthy!

 

 

2020-03-29

The Garden of Adin presents:

It is life in slow motion...

Click the picture to get to see this Art Deco pendant with large rose cut diamond.
Click on the picture to get to this Art Deco pendant with large rose cut diamond

 

 

It is life in slow motion,
it's the heart in reverse,
it's a hope-and-a-half:
too much and too little at once.

It's a train that suddenly
stops with no station around,
and we can hear the cricket,

and, leaning out the carriage

door, we vainly contemplate
a wind we feel that stirs
the blooming meadows, the meadows
made imaginary by this stop.

 

 

By: René Karl Wilhelm Johann Josef Maria Rilke
(4 December 1875 – 29 December 1926)

 

 

Endure, be strong and stay healthy!

 

 

2020-03-22

The Garden of Adin presents:

Time flies, and butterflies too...

Click the picture to get to see this Late Victorian gold butterfly with red strass stones and half seed pearls.
Click on the picture to get to this Antique Victiorian gold butterfly brooch

 

Endure, be strong and stay healthy!

 

 

2020-03-15

Best Wishes from The Garden of Adin:

Stay on the sunny side!

Click the picture to get to see this Antique Victorian hair clip brooch 18K gold dragonfly rose cut diamonds rubies.
Click on the picture to get to this Antique hair clip/brooch dragonfly

 

Even in these times, antique jewellery proves to be as contemporary as ever as carriers of powerful timeless messages. Take this 18K yellow gold Victorian dragonfly for example. In all freedom, it enjoys fluttering on the spring breeze and roaming over the pond's surface.

Whenever the time of day is cold, it will hold still between the bushes clipping its legs firmly around a branch while waiting until the sun is strong enough to warm the world again. But never will it allow itself to be caged in.

And so will we retain our spirit and guard our health without being caged, for the sun will break through.

 

Stay healthy!

 

2020-02-12

The Garden of Adin Presents:

Rolling to eternity...

Click the picture to get to see our vintage diamond eternity bands.
Click on the picture to get to our vintage diamond eternity bands

 

 

 

2020-02-09

The Garden of Adin Presents:

Rolling back the years...

Click the picture to get to see this Antique French diamond branch brooch with 165 diamonds.
Click on the picture to get to this Antique diamond branch brooch

 

 

 

2020-02-02

The Garden of Adin Presents:

Feeling blue isn't that bad.

Click the picture to get to see this Vintage Fifties design white gold ring with aquamarine and diamonds.
Click on the picture to get to this Vintage Fifties diamond ring with aquamarine

 

 

 

2020-01-26

Who is Violet?

A tensive piece of history
brought to you by Adin Antique Jewellery.

Click the picture to get to see this Art Deco vanity or cigarette case linked to General MacArthur and Charles Lindbergh?.
Click on the picture to get to this Art Deco vanity or cigarette case

 

The missing link between two different protagonists of the first half of the 20th century who dominated the headlines?

 

General MacArthur and Charles Lindbergh

The excitement that the business branch of antique and vintage jewellery brings about is after more than four decades still astounding to us. Even the thought "if only our collection could speak…" comes up once in a while, but we must remember that our jewellery pieces do communicate in their own way. Besides, it's one of the many fun bits of our job to unveil their past lives by chasing facts right there at the border of our imagination.

This mother-of-pearl-ish flourished gold and gilded silver with Japanese lacquer vanity or cigarette case uses hallmarks to inform us that it has been manufactured in France, made out of 18K gold and guilded silver, and that it has been imported in London in 1928.

However, it speaks volumes through its engraving on the inside: "To Violet from Major McArthur 3-12-1929". As everyone opening this box, we asked ourselves the question: "Who are Violet and Major McArthur?". And so our search began.

First and foremost, there's one famous Major MacArthur to be found: the 1st World War hero Douglas MacArthur. Is this the man who gifted this case to Violet? Moving on to Violet herself: she appears to be much more anonymous. However, there's one link between a certain Violet Sharp and the 'Major MacArthur'-result from our investigation: the famous Charles Lindbergh. We've listed the important data concerning this case below, so you can connect those dots yourself. To us, this case could be a memorabilium of an interbellum fling -or even a forbidden love. In any way, an impossible one according to these facts below.

 

Would you say that each moment of the timeline is just coincidence or too much of a coincidence to be a coincidence anymore?



Timeline:


     
  • 1922: MacArthur's marriage with Louise Cromwell Brooks, New York.

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  • 1922-1930: MacArthur's mission to the Philippines on command of General John J. Pershing, due to a negative evaluation and -according to Mrs. MacArthur- due to Pershing's interest in MacArthur's wife.

  • 1925: MacArthur's promotion to Major.

  • 1927: Lindbergh successfully performs the first transatlantic solo flight (from New York to Paris).

  • 1927: Lindbergh's receipt of the Medal of Honor for performing the first transatlantic solo flight.

  • 1927: MacArthur's receipt of the Medal of Honor for his action during WWI, which was originally meant for Charles Lindbergh.

  • 1927 - 1928: Import of the case in London.

  • 28/07/1928 - 12/08/1928: MacArthur's presence at the Olympic Games in Amsterdam as a US representative.

  • 18/06/1929: MacArthur's divorce from Louise Cromwell Brooks.

  • 3/12/1929: MacArthur's gift of the case to Violet.

  • pre 1930: Violet's married life in London until divorce.

  • 22/06/1930: Lindbergh's first son is born and Violet's appointed as a household maid for the Lindbergh family in Morris County, New Jersey (ca. 100km from West Point, New York).

  • 01/03/1932: Lindbergh's son's abduction. Violet is a strong suspect due to failing/refusing to name her alibi.

  • 10/06/1932: Violet's suicide.

  • 1930-1935: MacArthur's appointment to chief of staff to the United States Army. For this job, he was most likely stationed at West Point, New York.

  • 1935: MacArthur's meeting with Jean Faircloth during his travel to the Philippines for a new mission.

  • 1944: Lindbergh's and MacArthur's cooperation during WWII mission.

 

 

It is also interesting to know that Agatha Christie's "Murder on the Orient Express" (filmed in 1974 and its remake in 2017) was based on the abduction of Charles Lindbergh Jr.

 

 

And this is just what we like so much about our job.
The research of a piece can open unexpected windows into the past.
We hope you like the result of our research as much as we did.

 

 

 

2020-01-19

The Garden of Adin:

Celebrating 2020 with discount!

Click on the picture to get to our complete antique and vintage collection.
Click on the picture to get to our complete antique and vintage jewellery collection

 

To receive a discount of 20,20% use code "202020" at checkout.*

*) Valid from Jan. 14th until Jan. 31st 2020
Not cumulative with this or other promotions
Not valid on already discounted items
Free shipping!

 

 

 

2020-01-12

The Garden of Adin:

Art Deco necklace with real natural pearl!

Click the picture to get to see this Platinum Art Deco diamond necklace with natural drop pearl of 7 crts.
Click on the picture to get to this Platinum Art Deco diamond necklace

 

From the diamond marquise closure, 9 old brilliant cut diamonds lead up to an aura of 25 diamonds drizzling around a natural greyish white pearl. Besides such a grand entourage, this pearl's even crowned with its own set of rose cut diamonds.

Since this pink and green glowing ocean gem could grow into this magnificent drop with the calm of the sea and without any meddling of humans, it's only justified that this rare treasure of nature is enshrined in such an elaborate way.

Anyone with this platinum Belle Epoque necklace pearling down their neck could feel like the goddess of the deep blue realm.

 

 

 

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