2016/07/24

Summertime In The Garden of Adin, And the livin' is easy...

Summertime In The Garden of Adin

And the livin' is easy...

Click the picture to get to see this French Art Deco gold and platinum diamond sapphire estate engagement ring

Click the picture to read about this estate Art Deco ring.
 
 

Art Deco

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.
 
 




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2016/07/17

Summertime In The Garden of Adin...and the livin' is easy...

Summertime In The Garden of Adin

And the livin' is easy...

Click the picture to get to see this Victorian antique ring with stone cameo and rose cut diamonds. Très élégant!

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Cameo

Cameo is a method of carving, or an item of jewellery or vessel made in this manner. It features a raised (positive) relief image. There are three main materials for Cameo carving; Shells or Agate (called a Hardstone cameo), and glass.

Cameos can be produced by setting a carved relief, such as a portrait, onto a background of a contrasting colour. This is called an assembled cameo. Alternately, a cameo can be carved directly out of a material with integral layers or banding, such as (banded) agate or layered glass, where different layers have different colours. Sometimes dyes are used to enhance these colours.

Cameos are often worn as jewellery. Stone cameos of great artistry were made in Greece dating back as far as the 6th century BC. They were very popular in Ancient Rome, and one of the most famous stone cameos from this period is the Gemma Claudia made for the Emperor Claudius. The technique has since enjoyed periodic revivals, notably in the early Renaissance, and again in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.
 
 








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2016/07/10

French antique gold necklace with enamel, so-called collier d'esclave - 200 years old!

French antique gold necklace with enamel

so-called collier d'esclave - ca. 1810

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Collier d'esclavage

Esclavage is French and literally it means slavery. We'll leave it to your imagination to give an interpretation to this naming. It is a type of necklace composed of three or more chains or strings of beads or jewels in which the chains or strings hang approximately equidistant from each other. They were worn in Normandy as peasant jewelry in the mid-18th century. Such jewels were in many regions of France the most beautiful jewel offered by the bridegroom to his bride the day of their wedding. The definition of 'collier esclavage' appears for the first time in the 'Dictionnaire de Trévoux' in 1752. This necklace knows a very large geographical diffusion. In Normandy the gold pieces were often engraved. A collier d'esclave is an extremely rare article to find and we are proud to be able to offer one here.
 
 








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2016/07/03

Summertime In The Garden of Adin And the livin' is easy...

Summertime In The Garden of Adin

And the livin' is easy...

Click the picture to get to see this truly magnificent Art Deco platinum diamond ring brooch

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Truly magnificent Art Deco platinum diamond ring brooch


This platinum Art Deco brooch from 1930 resembles one of Cupid's arrows that is bending over backwards into an enclosed circle to find its goal. Imagine how the 182 ajour-set diamonds in various cuts will spark from the feather fletching over the bottom emerald cut diamond and back again when hitting your heart. The lustre of the marquise cut diamonds with the pear shaped one on top is only the beginning before they reach their goddess of love.
  






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2016/06/26

The Garden of Adin presents: Summertime, and the livin' is easy

The Garden of Adin presents:

Summertime, and the livin' is easy

Click the picture to get to see this extrordinary Art Deco toi and moi engagement ring with diamonds and rubies

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2016/06/19

Adin Antique Jewelry presents: A Clear Case of Oops! (Errors and blunders from the world of jewelry.)

Adin Antique Jewelry presents:
A Clear Case of Oops!

(Errors and blunders from the world of jewelry.)

Click the picture to get to see this typical vintage Retro bow brooch with 3.30 crt diamonds and top quality emerald

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This week, in contrary to what you are used from us, we'll bring you something rather long to read. But we think you might enjoy it as much as we did.

We have an old friend (90+!) who comes from a respectable family of international precious stone and pearl dealers who could also count the shah of Brunei as customer. This friend kept a diary of his vicissitudes and adventures and he recently gave us a copy. It turned out to be a very interesting read. The following is one of those adventures....

 

A clear case of oops!

The year is 1943......
(Around the time the pictured brooch has been made)

When a foreign visitor goes ashore in Colombo the island of Ceylon, where by rights the very roads should be strewn with more gems than decorate the pages of the 'Thousand and One Nights' Entertainment, he is at once surrounded by a mob of evil smelling and noxiously persistent gem touts. Rudeness does not help at all in riding oneself of this nuisance, and I have known travelers who preferred staying on board during coaling time rather than face a small army of pestering gem vendors on shore.

On one of my periodical visits to the island I went ashore in company with several shipmates, and as usual the gem gang was there in full force to meet the passengers as they emerge from the ferry stage. In the twinkling of an eye, I and my friends were surrounded by a host of gesticulating, shouting natives, each more eager than the rest to introduce us to the amenities of the locality. As a side line these tourist guides all carried a supply of semi-precious stones, neatly done up in small paper packages, and –as of old– these thrust impetuously into our faces with invitations to inspect and buy.

This was all in good accord with certain deep-laid plans I had made while still aboard ship. After a moment, I exclaimed raising my voice to be head by first half a dozen and then by them all: “Look here, your fellows, if my friends and I really wanted to buy from you, you wouldn't let us! You won't let us budge. We can scarcely breathe. And as for looking at anything when a hundred of you show your goods at once, what a hope you've got! That's not the way to do business.”

This was not the talk they were accustomed to. After gaping at us for a moment they began to hustle us again, but a bit doubtfully this time. Then I said: “If you want us to inspect your goods, sit round in a circle, and we will take each of you in turn.” And they did it. After some scuffling and heated words, they actually formed themselves into a rough circle around us and I proceeded to inspect what each man held out in turn. Greatly wondering, they heard me recount in detail the manifold shortcomings of their stones. They could not make out at all the crazy white man who chose to sit in the broiling sun and who went to such pains to pronounce like an expert on their rubbishy goods.

When I thought that my chivvying had reached the limit of their patience, I drew from my pocket a magnificent sapphire, a rare specimen piece, from which I had long refused to be separated, despite most attractive offers. “Now, friends,” said I, “as you have shown me the best you have to offer, I will show you what kind of gem interest me, so that when I come again you will know what to bring me.” They all drew closer, but respectfully, for a good view of the stone in my hands, and those who managed to get a really good look broke into exclamations of astonishment.

“How much?” cried several with one voice. “Tell us what you want for it, mister. We know merchants in the town who will buy it from you.” For in the twinkling of an eye they were all brokers. “If I sell at all,” I replied firmly, “I will sell on the spot. Now, you boys know a good stone when you see one, as I can see, what about a deal with one of you?” At that there was a roar of laughter. A nimble-witted fellow called out: “yes, we will give you all we have got if you take sarongs in payment!” “Very well,” I said, “if you dealers won't buy, perhaps a European in the crowd would like the stone.” For by now we had attracted quite a lot of attention, and our transaction was very much Coram publico.

Addressing a portly gentleman, I said: “Perhaps you sir? You have seen this magnificent stone and you have heard what these experts have had to say about it. Will you buy the gem? I need spending money while I am in port, and if you buy it, your wife will thank you for it.” “Let me have a good look,” said the European. I placed the stone in his palm. He turned it this way and that and asked: “How much?” “Two hundred pounds,” I said casually, as if naming the price of soap. “That is a lot of money,” said the customer. “However I have taken a liking to the stone and I will take it.” There-upon he brought out his wallet, counted out the money and walked away with the gem.

It looked a very nice little transaction, but, you see, I had “planted” my customer and he had paid for my sapphire with my money. I soon found, however that good jokes must be paid for. Having seen me become rich at a stroke before their very eyes, the boys set up a great clamor. They had “assisted” at the sale and they wanted their squeeze. If it had not been for them, they said, I would not have sold the stone. Furthermore, as a stranger, I had poached upon their selling territory and owed them compensation. Bare they might be from the waist up, but they knew all the answers, and I now found myself confronted by a host of partners who must be paid out.

This was not quite too funny. But I managed in the end to retire with professional honor unstained, but minus all my loose silver. When I rejoined my confederate at the G.O.H., he insisted, being an opportunist, that the drinks were on me.








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2016/06/12

Spring season in The Garden of Adin. A ring of beauty is a joy forever!

Spring season in The Garden of Adin

A ring of beauty is a joy forever!

Click the picture to get to see this elegant estate platinum Art Deco diamond and sapphire engagement ring

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A clear case of oops!

 
Last week, an enthusiastic reader of our weekly newsletter handed us an idea. She had seen a mistake in our previous email and wrote us about it. We responded that it was "a clear case of oops".

She wrote us back again and came up with the idea to use "Clear cases or oops" as theme for future emails. As an example she gave the misunderstanding surrounding the "ruby" in the English crown. For centuries assumed to be a real ruby but turned out to be a spinel. Talking about "A clear case of oops"!

So, we will try to glean more 'OOPS' stories. In case you have one and want to share, let us know!

And thanks to Jenna for her contribution!
 






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2016/06/05

Spring season in The Garden of Adin. A ring of beauty is a joy forever!

Spring season in The Garden of Adin

A ring of beauty is a joy forever!

Click the picture to get to see this stunning platinum Art Deco engagement ring with top brilliant and sapphires

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Did you know? At the Adin website we have a fully worked out style overview of all Western countries of every era from 1620 till now. And by clicking on each of those various styles, you will get an explanation of that style.

Click here to get there!


We sincerely hope you will enjoy the reading!
 
 








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2016/05/29

Spring season in The Garden of Adin. A ring of beauty is a joy forever!

Spring season in The Garden of Adin

A ring of beauty is a joy forever!

Click the picture to get to see this charming vintage engagement ring with diamonds and sapphire

Click the picture to read about this platinum estate ring.
 
 
 
To know something about antique and estate jewelry, one really has to dig into many (sometimes complex) factors. Some of these are being touched upon in both the Antique Jewelry Lecture and in the Adin's Jewelry Glossary at the Adin website.

Although we do not intend to delve into matters too deep, the information there will give a good idea on antique and estate jewelry and what it's all about.

We sincerely hope you will enjoy the reading!
 
 





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2016/05/22

Rocks & Roll !

Rocks & Roll !

Click the picture to get to see this French Art Deco so-called tutti frutti brooch with diamond emerald sapphire

Tutti frutti, oh rutti
Tutti frutti, oh rutti
Tutti frutti, oh rutti
Tutti frutti, oh rutti
Tutti frutti, oh rutti

A wop Art Deco mop a lomp bom bom!

 

 
Jewelry like this, set with brightly colored gemstones polished as leaves, is called "Tutti Frutti jewelry". The first Tutti Frutti piece was a necklace commissioned by Queen Alexandra and designed by Pierre Cartier in 1901. Tutti Frutti jewel designs are considered to be a perfect mix of East and West because they are made up of brightly colored gemstones (like sapphires, rubies and emeralds) carved using Indian techniques and set in French platinum and diamond mountings.The style became extremely popular during the 1920's.

 
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2016/05/15

Flower and relationship binders! New In Our Assortment! All in one!

New In Our Assortment!
All in one!

Flower and relationship binders!

Click the picture to get to see all our antique and estate jewelry with something red

Click the picture to read more about this Art Deco ring.
 
 
 
 




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2016/05/08

Breakfast Suggestions To Surprise Mom!

Suprise Mom!
Add something red to her breakfast!

(and we help a bit by giving 15% discount!)

Click the picture to get to see all our antique and estate jewelry with something red

Click the picture to see all our jewelry with something red.
 
 
 
SPECIAL 15% MOTHERS DAY DISCOUNT ON OUR COMPLETE INVENTORY!
(even on the already discounted articles)
Use coupon code: MOTHERSDAY2016
 
 








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2016/05/01

Just imagine wearing earrings that are almost 300 years old!

Just imagine...

wearing earrings that are almost 300 years old!

Click the picture to get to this Antique Portuguese long pendent earrings with rose cut diamonds high carat gold

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In these 19,2K yellow gold Portuguese Rococo earrings from 1740 centres an adorable double bow dangling in between two marquise shaped flakes of a symmetrically pierced flourishing frills. With five rose cut diamonds dispersed in alignment over the entire jewel and two extra diamonds topping the bows on the left and right, you could relive a fragment of history and the era's romances in this warm openwork gold tucked in this original jewellery box.
 






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