2015/04/26

The crow and the fox. Important Background Information brought to you by The Adin Museum of Fairy Tale Artifacts

The crow and the fox

Important Background Information brought to you by
The Adin Museum of Fairy Tale Artifacts

Victorian bar brooch with rose cut diamond covered fox head
Click the picture to get to this Victorian diamond set fox head bar brooch.
 



We all know the fable by Aesop (620–564 BC) in which a crow has found a piece of cheese and retired to a branch to eat it. A fox, wanting it for himself, flatters the crow, calling it beautiful and wondering whether its voice is as sweet to match. When it lets out a caw, the cheese falls and is devoured by the fox.

What is not known to many people is that later the crow sold the story to Aesop and from the royalties the crow bought himself a nice bar brooch with the head of the fox depicted on it.

It is with great pride that The Adin Museum of Fairy Tale Artifacts is able to present you the evidence to this story by showing you a picture of the crow wearing the specific bar brooch. And - oh the coincidence! - this specific brooch happens to be in the Adin collection.








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2015/04/19

The Garden of Adin presents you: Relaxation in the Roaring Twenties

The Garden of Adin presents you:

Relaxation in the Roaring Twenties

Marvelous Art Deco Belle Epoque antique engagement ring diamonds and sapphires
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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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2015/04/12

Road works in The Garden of Adin. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Road works in The Garden of Adin

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Micro mosaic gold brooch with filigrain by Castellani
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All foolishness with our weekly pictures aside, we at Adin take our job as antique jewelers serious. It is our goal to make our collection of antique jewelry as interesting for you as possible. Hence this brooch by the famous 19th Century jeweler Castellani. Famous for recreating jewelry in ancient styles, particularly Etruscan, his work became fashionable and much wanted in 19th Century Europe and America. Castellani, a name to be found at the top of the wish list of every avid antique jewelry collector.








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2015/04/05

Easter at The Garden of Adin: Who says you need to be Fabergé to decorate an egg?

Easter at The Garden of Adin:

Who says you need to be Fabergé to decorate an egg?

Impressive estate diamond bangle
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2015/03/29

The Garden of Adin: "The land flowing with milk and jewelry"

The Garden of Adin

"The land flowing with milk and jewelry"

Art Deco ring with diamonds sapphires and big pearl
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2015/03/15

Newsflash from The Garden of Adin: Easter Bunny takes rest in anticipation of upcoming stirr

Newsflash from The Garden of Adin:

Easter Bunny takes rest in anticipation of upcoming stirr

Marvelous Art Deco Belle Epoque antique engagement ring diamonds and sapphires
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2015/03/08

The Adin Museum of Fairy Tale Artifacts proudly presents: The original Frog Prince bracelet !

The Adin museum of Fairy Tale Artifacts
proudly presents:

Estate diamond tennis bracelet
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The original Frog Prince bracelet !


Many of us know the fairy tale of the princess kissing a frog, who than magically transformed into a handsome prince.

For a long time the existence of an image capturing the moment of their first encounter has been a source of dispute between leading historians around the world. It's only shortly that Mr. Elkan Wijnberg, chief conservator of the Adin Antique Jewelry Museum of Fairy Tale Artifacts, revealed that the museum had found the original picture! Even more (and totally coincidentally!) the bracelet the princess is wearing on the picture happens to be in Adin's museum collection.






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2015/03/01

Variation to the theme 'tennis bracelet'

Variation to the theme 'tennis bracelet'

Estate diamond tennis bracelet
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Normally a tennis bracelet is an in-line diamond bracelet or a bracelet that that features a symmetrical pattern of diamonds. Tennis bracelets exist much longer then the term used for them.

In 1987 Chris Evert, the former World No. 1 woman tennis player, was playing in the U.S. Open. She was wearing an elegant, light in-line diamond bracelet, which accidentally broke and the match was interrupted to allow Chris to recover her precious diamonds. The "tennis bracelet" incident sparked a new name for the item and sparked a huge jewelry trend.

Tennis bracelets continued to be worn by various tennis stars like Serena Williams and Gabriela Sabatini, and Diana Kerrison. Before this, they were just called rivière- or inline bracelets.








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2015/02/22

A picture is worth a thousand words... (a small history lesson)

A picture is worth a thousand words

(a small history lesson)

Late Victorian diamond and Verneuil ruby engagement ring
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It is believed that in 1911, around the period that this ring was made, the expression "Use a picture. It's worth a thousand words." was used for the first time. It appeared in an article in the New York newspaper The Post-Standard quoting newspaper editor Arthur Brisbane discussing journalism and publicity.








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2015/02/15

Why celebrate your love with a red heart? Don't be yellow... go for yellow!

Why celebrate your love with a red heart?

Don't be yellow... go for yellow!

Antique Victorian ring with big rose cut fancy light yellow diamond
Click the picture to get to this antique ring with fancy light yellow heart shaped diamond.
 


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2015/02/08

To celebrate my love for you, I will gather these jewels of dew. Happy Valentine!

To celebrate my love for you,
I will gather these jewels of dew.

Happy Valentine!

Estate diamond ear studs
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And our Valentine surprise for you:


To help you celebrate Valentine in an even more joyous way,
we offer 10% discount on all your Valentine purchases with Adin.
Use coupon code:
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2015/02/01

Anitque jewelry, so much to wonder about...

Antique jewelry...

so much to wonder about....

The intriguing history behind antique jewelry
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2015/01/25

Baroque rose cut diamond ear jewels, about 350 years old!

Baroque rose cut diamond ear jewels

About 350 years old!

Top notch Baroque rose cut diamond ear jewels antique earrings
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Three graduating teardrop shaped high domed rose cut diamonds surmounted by three rose cut diamonds diamonds in a V-shape with additional scrolling, attached to a larger round high domed rose cut diamond. The diamonds are set in a closed silver setting and the edges are decorated with a small lobed border. The pair of earrings is finished with a gold backing, a popular method for this time as the silver made sure the natural sparkle of the diamond is optimized and the gold layer prevents the silver tarnishing the skin. This particular gold backing is rather special because a second decorative border of delicate striations is added.

The additional scrolling on the connecting part, the height of the rose cut diamonds and the double layer of decorative applications to the earrings ensure us that only the highest level of materials and craftsmanship were used in fashioning this pair of earrings. That they stood the test of time in such a good condition is a testimony to this level of excellence.






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2015/01/18

Victorian gold bracelet with Japanese sceneries in damascene technique

Victorian gold bracelet

with Japanese sceneries in damascene technique

High quality gold Victorian bracelet in damascene or zougan or shakudo technique
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First thing noticeable of this magnificent bracelet is the high quality craftsmanship needed to craft the lovely sceneries of each link. Eight little pieces of art, each telling their own story in low relief in various colors of gold.

We have a strong feeling that these scenes refer to one or more (Japanese?) stories or fairy tales, but we were unable to trace back more information on it.

The technique used here is called "Damascening", "zougan" or "shakudo" which is the art of inlaying different metals into one another. The technique has a long history in Japan, where it was used to decorate sword fittings.









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