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This 18K yellow gold Late Baroque ring from around 1700 behaves just like a looking glass. Once you start looking at this, you keep on finding new wonders as if you've entered a whole new world!
Your eye gets drown in by the bow-shaped silver top constructed out of seven domes with rose cut diamonds. Deeper you fall when you spot the little engravings in three of these domes and in the central gold backing. Then suddenly, the French lilies and open work in the shank attract your gaze.
Many have gone down this path and got lost in this ring's craftmanship and elegance. Well, we don't consider being at a wonderful place through a mesmerising jewel as being lost…
Look what came peeping out from between the flora in the Garden of Adin: this dazzling platinum bar brooch from around 1920. We admit it: this beauty seems to be a late bloomer as it only started budding out this time of the season. We realise that time is very much of the essence in our society, but here at Adin we appreciate the expression in the slow sense.
Oh and how it was worth the wait for this jewel's 105 diamonds and 36 pearls designed with a mixture of Art Deco and Belle Époque features! We know that even if it isn't for right now, you may just grow in love with this antique piece and suddenly pop up at our shop for your perfect match.
The cornelian with an intaglio engraved male profile of this Pre-Victorian 18K yellow gold ring from 1820 shows to be a true Imperial jewel that embodies standing and style completing any gentleman's allure.
These 14K yellow gold Dutch Victorian chandelier earrings from 1860 gleam through a constellation of three filigree dangling universes. With these almost otherworldly perfected jewels, we're fully groomed for the sunlit days and the starry nights of summer.
Ever since our Gardener has created the garden at Adin as it is now, he has developped a remarkable eye; he knows his quality antique jewellery from any other jewellery. Often, he walks with our visitors on the edge of his wondrous world, but he never shows anyone the centre of his creation.
Out of our human curiosity, we ventured out to see for ourselves what wells of jewellery wisdom and what treasures of trinkets and truths our Gardener was keeping for himself, right there at the centre of the Garden of Adin. What we've discovered, is only a toothy snake solidified into this 18K gold Victorian bracelet in such a position as if he's enjoying an apple.
Now, we do must admit that its warm yellow glow, ruby eyes, diamond crown and filigree skin pattern have definitely seduced us into wearing it on our own wrist. Other than that intriguing gold creature, we don't know what's all the fuss about: it certainly couldn't be the ordinary apple.
With its mint fresh green emerald, this British Modernistic 18K yellow gold ring from the Seventies is just the perfect precious piece to welcome spring back into your home.
The 10+ carat evergreen cabochon centre is surrounded by cubic pillars of gold that arise from the ring's shank. Eight of these pilasters are even topped off with a brilliant cut diamond, shimmering as dewdrops in a grassy meadow.
Can you see yourself enjoying the warmth of the first sun of the year, with that first lemon-mint-cucumber cocktail of the season finished of by this design bedizenment, because we can!
A classy 18th Century ring with an image that, once you understand what you're looking at, makes you giggle. The image is known as "The triumph of Priapus" and we even found some 18th century drawings with this scene belonging to The British Museum. As far as we have been able to determine, only a few of these rings with this scenery are known to exist. We were lucky enough to find a very interesting thesis (2011) from Raimon Graells i Fabregat in where he dives fully into the history of this ring.
In Greek mythology, Priapus was a minor rustic fertility god, protector of livestock, fruit plants, gardens and male genitalia. Priapus is marked by his oversized, permanent erection, which gave rise to the medical term priapism. He became a popular figure in Roman erotic art and Latin literature, and is the subject of the often humorously obscene collection of verse called the Priapeia.
Lover it's immoral
But why quarrel, with our bliss
When two lips of coral
Want to kiss
(from: "Lover" by Ella Fitzgerald)
We all know already that you can discover an excellent collection of antique jewellery at the Garden of Adin. Now, you can also witness how everyone there goes fully bananas for this modern 18K yellow gold art piece by Belgian jewellery artist Demaret (1924-2013).
Since the 1960's, Fernand Demaret is considered a pioneer in modern jewellery art and more importantly in commercialising it. By using the lost wax technique, he was able to combine different elements into an abstraction while still creating a baroque style. True to the Demaret signature, this artistic composition is subtly touched up with two brilliant cut diamonds and a baroque pearl. And so every seemingly mechanical component and organic abstraction becomes more than a work of art: it truly becomes part of a jewel.
Furthermore, this brooch is rather of architectural dimensions beyond regular proportions, even for a Demaret. Even the more reason why this large piece of art jewellery ticks all boxes of being part of the jewellery world as well as the art world. Wouldn't you go bananas over this?
While unfolding the five petals of gold gauze, a trembleuse heart of diamonds, sapphires, rubies and emeralds arises from this Fifties 18K yellow gold flower brooch signed by Cartier.
With all its colour and gimmickry, this meticulously crafted statement piece can portray your every mood. Wear it with the flower wide open, and let your own magnificence radiate through the flickering gems as they jitter on top of their stems with every move you make. Or wear the flower as a closed bud and present a more mysterious and timid character full of promise with the potential of blossoming.
Oh who are we kidding, this Cartier piece doesn't need our humble words. Let it speak for itself and you will see that this striking jewel simply fulfills everything one desires from any occasion.
The type of pearl (the big one) used in this French Art Nouveau pendant is most likely a fresh water pearl from either the Mississippi or Tennessee river. These specific irregular shapes are called dog tooth.
late 19th century, early 20th century
some oysters have pearls, some don't
some oysters have big pearls, some small
some oysters have very small pearls
collecting the approx. 13.000 pearls needed for this necklace
drilling these 13.000 pearls
stringing these 13.000 pearls
just how many hands each pearl has passed
that these strands of pearls had a closure made somewhere in the early 20th century
that somewhere in the Fifties someone decided to take off the original closure and to replace it with a contemporary Fifties closure
the many times in it's life span of approx. 100 years these pearls have been worn
what they have seen
where they have been
they can be yours :-)
One Adin vintage eternity band (check Google for the rest of the ingredients)
Put on the ring before you start cooking, then check Google how to proceed.
Reason for the ring in this recipe?
Why not? Any reason to wear antique and estate jewelry is a good one.
This jewel reads: + qu hier - que demain. This is inspired by a beautiful and romantic French poem by Gérard Rosemonde (1871 - 1933) called 'Les Vieux'. It comes from the sentence 'Et, comme chaque jour je t'aime davantage, aujourd'hui plus qu'hier et bien moins que demain' and it means 'And because I love you more and more each day, today more than yesterday but less than tomorrow'.
Awww the French! They do have a way with words...
For this week's mail, we would like to suggest a simple exercise. All you need to do to prepare yourself, is to literally take a mirror by the hand. If you would like to give it a try, here we go:
First, look at this picture of a young lady and then check out yourself in the mirror that you just took. Look back at the lady on the photo, and then back at yourself again. Now explain to yourself why it would be ok for her to wear an antique piece of jewellery and why not for you?
We notice that some people see the image of their own grandmother when they look at antique and vintage jewellery. Our advice: don't automatically picture someone who generally wears antique jewellery as someone from the same era of that piece. Everyone and everything of any age is so much more than just their age: they're a story, they've got depth. Don't write off that one treasure that has caught your eye and captured your heart just because of its age. Wear it, just because you want to. And wear it bold, because you define the jewel and not the other way around!
Now take a look at the lady on the picture and then in the mirror one last time. Don't you agree that the only bad thing about what you see is that this necklace isn't around YOUR neck?
Reverse intaglio crystal or English Crystal - A crystal cut in the form of a cabochon, shallow or domes, that is carved in intaglio on it flat back with a motif that is realistically painted in minute detail and is surrounded by a transparent ground. The deeper the carving, the more pronounced the three-dimensional trompe l'oeil effect, which is sometimes enhanced by a backing of thin layer of mother-of-pearl. The carved motif, for pieces mounted in a circular gold band as a tie pin, cuff links, button, or studs for men, was usually a racing horse, game bird or dog, and for pieces in a brooch or a locket for women, a floral design or a monogram; some examples depict an insect or a coaching scene.
The technique was originated by Émile Marius Pradier, of Belgium, c. 1860 (he made the only known-signed example). In England it was developed by Thomas Cook in the early 1860s and carried on by his pupil Thomas Bean and the latter's son Edmund and grandson Edgar (d. 1954).
After the popularity of the pieces in the late Victorian era, the high quality deteriorated by the 1920s, when examples were also being made in France and the United States (some modern pieces depicting motor cars and aeroplanes). The crystals have long been identified with the Hancocks firm. The crystals have sometimes been referred to by the misnomers 'Essex Crystal' or 'Wessex crystal', owing to the erroneous assumption that they were decorated c. 1860 by the enamel portrait painter William Essex (d. 1869).
Imitations have been made of carved and painted glass, and even of a glass cabochon above a printed paper design.
As their name suggests, moonstones have been associated with the moon over various cultures and ages due to their typical milky bluish effect and white reflections reminiscent of the full moon shining through a veil of clouds.
With its appearance, man has attributed the same gifts of the moon to moonstones. As the moon renews itself monthly, so would moonstones retain youth, restore broken love and improve fertility. As the moon influences the tides, so would moonstones protect against stormy waters. Legend even has it that the ever-changing blue and white lustre of a moonstone is a sign of a beneficent spirit dwelling within.
It's clear that a lot of history and lore hides within this gem. But of course, no need for any excuse to purchase a charming ring with a moonstone as its center. And yet, it wouldn't hurt to give it a rub to see if a genie pops out, would it?
This obvious exquisitely crafted Italian Fifties 18K rose gold bracelet chain is the carrier of an 18K yellow gold charm representing an African tribal mask. Not only in style and appearance does this mask strongly resemble those of the African Lega tribe, situated in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
Also, just as Lega masks are usually handheld or appended to the body, and not worn over the face -in contrast to typical masks from other African cultures-, this mask is also made to wear on the wrist and clearly not over the face.
Generally, exclusively the members of the highest ranks of this community are allowed to own and show these masks, which made the Lega mask to evolve into and serve as a sort of passport proving who you are and where you're from. This bracelet could just be your permit to yet to discover worlds, who knows...
For both the characteristics of its quality as for more information about these masks, we invite you to visit the jewellery webpage of this outstanding and unique piece.