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.
Click the picture to learn more about these rare antique Dutch filigree earrings.
 
 
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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2017/08/13

A touch of history by Adin Antique Jewellery: "The decorative value of glass through the ages"

A touch of history
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"The decorative value of glass through the ages"

Click the picture to get to see this French antique Victorian enameled ring with rose cut diamonds.
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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!)
 






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2017/08/06

Film Location: Adin Antique Jewellery

Film Location: Adin Antique Jewellery

An exclusive preview!



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?

Film Location Chinese series Mr.Right: Adin Antique Jewellery
Film Location Chinese series Mr.Right: Adin Antique Jewellery
Film Location Chinese series Mr.Right: Adin Antique Jewellery
Film Location Chinese series Mr.Right: Adin Antique Jewellery
Film Location Chinese series Mr.Right: Adin Antique Jewellery
 






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2017/07/30

Adin Antique Jewellery Presents: Ladies necessities through the ages: Perfume and Diamonds.

Adin Antique Jewellery Presents:

Ladies necessities through the ages:
Perfume and Diamonds.

Click the picture to get to see this Antique Victorian gold bangle set with diamonds.
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2017/07/23

Fishing in the Garden of Adin. It's all about the bait!

Fishing in the Garden of Adin

It's all about the bait!

Click the picture to get to see this Vintage Fifties platinum three-stone diamond engagement ring.
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2017/07/16

Adin Antique Jewelry presents: Antique jewelry of the future!

Adin Antique Jewelry presents:

Antique jewelry of the future!

Click the picture to get to see this Estate engagement ring with top emerald and diamonds.
Click the picture to learn more about this estate ring with top emerald.
 


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.

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2017/07/09

Adin Antique Jewelry presents: Catch a falling star...

Adin Antique Jewelry presents:

Catch a falling star...

Click the picture to get to see this French Victorian antique star brooch filled with old mine brilliant cut diamonds.
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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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2017/07/02

The Garden of Adin Presents: Artist Jewelry by Chris Steenbergen (1920-2007)

The Garden of Adin Presents:

Artist Jewelry by Chris Steenbergen (1920-2007)

Click the picture to get to see this Artist Jewelry by Chris Steenbergen silver and gold brooche.
Click the picture to learn more about this brooch by Chris Steenbergen.
 
 
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.

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2017/06/25

A touch of history..... Antique Victorian diamond necklace

A touch of history.....

Antique Victorian diamond necklace

Click the picture to get to see this antique Victorian diamond necklace.
Click the picture to learn more about this antique Victorian diamond necklace.
 
 
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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2017/06/18

The Doves of Pliny

The Doves of Pliny

After the classical mosaic by Sosus of Pergamon dating back from the 2nd century BC

Click the picture to get to see this magnificent antique cameo bracelet with presentation of so-called Doves of Pliny.
Click the picture to learn more about this magnificent cameo bracelet.
 


 
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.

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2017/06/11

Holy smoke! Lucy in the sky with diamonds!

Holy smoke!

Lucy in the sky with diamonds!

Click the picture to get to see this Art Deco engagement ring platinum and diamonds.
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2017/06/04

Holy smoke! The Garden of Adin goes green!

Holy smoke!

The Garden of Adin goes green!

Click the picture to get to see this Truly magnificent 16+ crt brilliant and 7- crt Colombian emerald estate bracelet.
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2017/05/28

Holy smoke! Romanticism and a pink cloud, what more does one need?

Holy smoke!

Romanticism and a pink cloud, what more does one need?

Click the picture to get to see this Antique gold parure brooch pendant and earrings enameled miniatures with pearls.
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