2017/11/19

A Touch of Jewellery History: 17th Century Peruzzi Cut Diamond, one of the first models brilliant cut diamond

A Touch of Jewellery History:

17th Century Peruzzi Cut Diamond

one of the first models
brilliant cut diamond

Click the picture to get to see this Peruzzi cut diamond - one of the first models of brilliant cut mid 17th Century.
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There are no words to describe the miracle that has risen over centuries and centuries from this extraordinary diamond, in a cut which is called a Peruzzi cut diamond.

Even back in its period of polishing, somewhere between 1650 and 1680, this diamond was already one of the rarest gems in this world. This, because of its brilliant cut shape while the majority of diamonds in that time were being cut as rose cuts. As the top of a Peruzzi consists of 33 facets and truly comes alife with fire and luster, this cut is considered to be the ancestor of the modern brilliant cut diamond.

Even more remarkable regarding its substantial weight of 1.83ct, its valuable G colour and its si1 clarity, is that this Peruzzi diamond hasn't been altered through almost four centuries. Antique diamonds of this caliber normally don't make it in their original cut into the 21st century. This because, through the ages modern jewellers, whenever they laid their hands on big stones like this, have been repolishing them into contemporary brilliant cut diamonds.

Funny note aside: All these so-called contemporary brilliant cuts of the past centuries are considered to be old cuts themselves these days.

With our lifelong experience in unique jewellery and gemstones, we must almost believe that this exclusive Peruzzi diamond is of divine descent as it is obviously protected by a guardian angel.
 


 

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2017/11/12

What was Napoleon holding in his right hand? (The Adin Antique Jewellery Museum Of Fairy Tale Artifacts reveals historic secret!)

What was Napoleon holding in his right hand?

The Adin Antique Jewellery Museum
Of Fairy Tale Artifacts
reveals historic secret!

Click the picture to see all the jewelry as explained in the text below.
Click the picture to see all the jewellery as explained in the text below.
 

Once upon a time:

Once upon a time... Napoleon's court painter took an instant snapshot of the emperor when Napoleon was on his way to the woman he loved. Nappy with a jewel in his right hand, in a reflex, hid the jewel under his waistcoat.

For a long time the existence of this jewel has been a source of dispute between jewelry historians around the world. It's only shortly that Mr. Elkan Wijnberg, chief conservator of the Adin Antique Jewellery Museum of Fairy Tale Artifacts revealed what it was.

Mr. Wijnberg told us: "Napoleon, being way ahead of his time, loved antique jewelry. And now it is with great pride and ultimate joy that the Adin Antique Jewellery Museum of Fairy Tale Artifacts exibits all the actual pieces of jewelry that Napoleon held in his right hand on this picture.

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2017/11/05

Romance in The Garden of Adin: Ok, half way there....

Romance in The Garden of Adin

Ok, half way there....

Click the picture to get to see this Vintage Art Deco platinum diamond and sapphire engagement ring.
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2017/10/29

Romance in The Garden of Adin: Don't sit under the apple tree, with anyone else but me!

Romance in The Garden of Adin

Don't sit under the apple tree,
with anyone else but me!

Click the picture to get to see this Stunning Victorian antique ring with diamonds and pearl great as engagement ring.
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2017/10/22

Romance in The Garden of Adin: Timeless, ageless, endless love....

Romance in The Garden of Adin

Timeless, ageless, endless love....

Click the picture to get to see this French platinum Art Deco so called tutti frutti brooch.
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2017/10/15

Romance in The Garden of Adin. From here to eternity and beyond....

Romance in The Garden of Adin

From here to eternity and beyond....

Click the picture to get to see this Vintage eternity band with over 5 crts of brilliant cut diamonds (90 stones!).
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2017/10/08

Antique Jewellery Works in The Garden of Adin. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Works in The Garden of Adin

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Click the picture to get to see this Art Deco platinum engagement ring with humongous starlite of 10+ crt.
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2017/10/01

The Garden of Adin presents: Digging for Antique Jewelry at Halloween!

The Garden of Adin presents:

Digging for Antique Jewelry at Halloween!

Click the picture to get to see this 18th Century diamond button.
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2017/09/24

The Garden of Adin presents: How sweet it is to be loved by you!

The Garden of Adin presents:

How sweet it is to be loved by you!

Click the picture to get to see this Vintage Fifties diamond cluster ring by Mauboussin Paris.
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Mauboussin is a French jewellery firm started in 1827 by the artisan jeweler M.Rocher and which bloomed with the collaboration of Jean-Baptiste Noury. Mouboussin opened their first US store in New York in 2009 and now have many shops all over the globe.






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2017/09/17

The Garden of Adin presents: Aluminium Oxide ! ...uh? "Aluminium Oxide" ?

The Garden of Adin presents:

Uh? Jewellery and aluminium oxide????

Click the picture to get to see this Vintage Lady Di ring with big 7.11 crt natural untreated sapphire.
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Aluminium or aluminum is a silvery-white, soft, nonmagnetic, ductile metal. By mass, aluminium makes up about 8% of the Earth's crust; it is the third most abundant element after oxygen and silicon and the most abundant metal in the crust.

Now what has aluminium to do with jewellery, we hear you think. Well, another word for aluminium oxide is "corundum" or "sapphire".

Sapphire is typically blue in color, but natural "fancy" sapphires also occur in yellow, purple, orange, and green colors. The only color which sapphire cannot be is red – as red colored corundum is called ruby.



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2017/09/10

The Garden of Adin presents: Art Deco ring with diamonds and emeralds

The Garden of Adin presents:

Art Deco ring with diamonds and emeralds

Click the picture to get to see this Strong yet sober design Art Deco ring with diamonds and emeralds.
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This platinum engagement ring from 1920 oozes Art Deco sophistication through the gorgeous grand old European cut diamond centered in an openwork geometric design. Two lines of each four single brilliant cut diamonds form a bridge from the right and left of the central brilliance of pure white to a verdant green square outline of 16 carré cut emeralds. It's clear that this engagement ring offers the framework in which your future memories will mount and bridges will forever stand strong.
 






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2017/09/03

The Garden of Adin Presents: Top Notch Estate Ruby Ear Clips

The Garden of Adin presents:

Estate Vintage ruby and diamond earrings
with over 14 crt of untreated natural rubies

Click the picture to get to see these Estate Vintage ruby and diamond earrings with over 14 crt of untreated rubies.
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2017/08/27

Adin Antique Jewellery presents: Top Notch Art Deco Ring

Adin Antique Jewellery presents:

Art Deco platinum ring with 1.55 ct white diamond and Brazilian emeralds

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This splendid platinum Art Deco ring radiates straight to your heart; from a 1.55 ct old European cut diamond centre over an octagonal shaped framed set with emeralds and diamonds.

As 20 Brazilian emeralds emphasize the impeccable white colour of the grand dazzling diamond, this ring symbolizes the uncharted possibilities for the first unwritten blank pages of a new unspoiled path in love. The outer set of 28 single cut diamonds surrounding the stunning centre bedecks even the ring's shank so it can sweep softly around your finger.
 






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2017/08/20

A touch of history by Adin Antique Jewellery: Why do we look for oak leaves on old jewellery?

A touch of history
by Adin Antique Jewellery

Why do we look for oak leaves on old jewellery?

Click the picture to get to see these extreme rare antique Dutch gold filigree long pendent earrings.
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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.
 






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