2014/08/31

Summer in The Garden of Adin, where even the pins on a cactus are pretty.

Summer in The Garden of Adin

Where even the pins on a cactus are pretty.

Diamond and ruby Art Deco bar brooch
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Diamond and ruby Art Deco bar brooch









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2014/08/24

Summer in The Garden of Adin, where tendrils reach out as far as the Baroque era.

Summer in The Garden of Adin

Where tendrils reach out as far as the Baroque era.

Antique Baroque Diamond Ring
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Antique Baroque Diamond Ring









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2014/08/17

Lovely Summer Bouquets in The Garden of Adin...

Lovely Summer Bouquets

in The Garden of Adin...

Victorian bouquet brooch with rose cut diamonds
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Victorian bouquet brooch with rose cut diamonds









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2014/08/10

Heavenly Summer in The Garden Of Adin

Heavenly Summer in The Garden Of Adin

Platinum estate engagement ring with beautiful aquamarine and diamonds
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Heaven, I'm in heaven....
And my heart beats so
that I can hardly speak
And I seem to find the happiness I seek
just by looking at
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2014/08/03

Summer in The Garden of Adin... a time to relax and enjoy

Summer in The Garden of Adin...

A time to relax and enjoy

Art Nouveau bar brooch with diamonds and jade Jugendstil
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Art Nouveau bar brooch with diamonds and jade
(Jugendstil)









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2014/07/27

In The Garden of Adin time flies, and bejeweled flies too

In The Garden of Adin...

Time flies, and bejeweled flies too

Vintage gold bar brooch with bejeweled fly
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2014/07/20

Summer in The Garden Of Adin, Art Deco ring with peridot

Summer in The Garden Of Adin

Perfect weather to play hide and seek

Art Deco platinum diamond ring with peridot
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Art Deco ring with peridot









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2014/07/13

Antique Russian Brooch

Antique Russian Brooch

Russian antique brooch mandoline or domra with rose cut diamonds and enamel
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An exquisite depiction of a Russian mandoline or domra brooch. Rendered in a combination of 14K red gold and silver and features diamond, ruby and pearl details as well as enamel inlay ornamentation. The body of the mandoline and the ribbon attached are executed in silver, set with a row of diamonds as are the soundhole and the decorations under the bridge. The top and bottom bridges are decorated with cabochon ruby bridgepins. Next to the chords on the body, two seed pearls and two blue enamel inlay details are added.

This antique jewel bears pre-revolution Russian hallmarks for 14K gold. Hallmarked in Transcaucasia, known because of the letter 'O' in the hallmark. This hallmark was used between 1908 and the Russian Revolution in 1917. Furthermore we found a French control mark that indicates that the piece has been imported into France....

If this piece could only talk... What amazing story would we hear.








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2014/07/07

Art Nouveau brooch symbolizing a new beginning

Art Nouveau Brooch

Symbolizing a new beginning.

Art Nouveau brooch womans head with snowdrops symbolizing a new beginning
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Some info on the style Art Nouveau:
Art Nouveau (French for New Style) is an international movement and style of art, architecture and applied art - especially the decorative arts - that peaked in popularity at the turn of the 20th century (1890–1905). The name "Art Nouveau" is French for "new art". It is also known as Jugendstil, German for "youth style", named after the magazine Jugend, which promoted it, and in Italy, Stile Liberty from the department store in London, Liberty & Co., which popularised the style, and in Holland as "Sla-olie-stijl", Dutch for "salad oil style" after a advertisement poster for this product that was made in that style.



Some info on the flower used as ornament:
Snowdrops - At the end of the winter when nature seems dead and the earth shrunk by cold, as an emblem of promise and consolation, the snowdrop is the first to announce spring and long bright days to come.



A cute history:
The Russian Empress Catherine The Great (1729-1796) was a great lover of snowdrops. Once she installed a guard to save a particularly large snowdrop to prevent it from being plucked. The guard post remained there even when the reason why was long forgotten. Many decades later, Emperor Alexander II (1818-1881) noticed this guard post and wondered why there was a guard post while there was nothing to protect, it was then that the original reason was recovered.






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2014/06/29

World Cup Football Thoughts: The formula for my happiness...

World Cup Football Thoughts:

The formula for my happiness...

Van Cleef and Arpels Diamond Bracelet
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... a yes, a straight line, a goal.



Friedrich Nietzsche
Philosopher 1844-1900

(slightly adapted)








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2014/06/22

Antique jewelry in literature (02): Belle Epoque diamond bracelet by Emile Olive

Antique jewelry in literature:

Belle Epoque diamond bracelet by Emile Olive

Belle Epoque diamond bracelet by Emile Olive
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Magnificent, stunning and superb do not adequately describe this priceless Emile Olive bracelet which is in pristine condition! It is in typical Belle Époque style with Art Nouveau influences. Normally rings would be adorned with this motive, and for us it was the first time to find this motive in a bracelet. It includes 9 large old European cut diamonds weighing 3.40 crt and an enormous 7.20 crt in total (rose cut diamonds not included)!

This very bracelet is depicted at page 533 in the "Bible of Antique Jewelry" namely "La Bijouterie Française au XIXe Sieècle by Henri Vever, part two, Second Empire 1850-1870" printed in Paris in 1908. This book was translated to English in 2001 and is called "Henri Vever - French Jewelry of the Nineteenth Century". The bracelet is depicted on page 1025 of the English version.








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2014/06/14

Antique jewelry in literature (01): 17th Century Antique Portuguese Pendant

Antique jewelry in literature:

17th Century Antique Portuguese Pendant

Antique 17th Century breast pendant in sequile style gold and rose cut diamonds
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Antique Portuguese sequile style pendant featuring 33 rose cut and senaille diamonds held in foiled gold setting. The gold openwork surround features a sinuously scrolling foliate design in a lozenge shape traditional for sequille-style jewellery and features five teardrop shaped pendants, balancing the intricate design. The bigger diamonds are rose cut and the smaller diamonds are senaille cut.


According to the experts of the Victoria & Albert Museum, it is characteristic of Iberian gold jewellery at this date that the gold settings nearly enclose the smaller diamonds. Pictures of similar pendants can be found in "A Sparkling Age: 17th Century Diamond Jewellery” p 215 - by the Diamond Museum in Antwerp - published 1993 and in "Five Centuries of Jewellery" p 45 - by The National Museum of Ancient Art, Lisbon - published 1995.





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2014/06/08

Art deco jewelry in its utter beauty

Art Deco Bar Brooch

Art deco jewelry in its utter beauty

Must See! Strong design Art Deco platinum brooch diamonds and sapphires
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1920’s platinum, pave set diamond and sapphire brooch. The design features three large old European cut diamonds interspersed by two half-moon cabochon cut sapphires surrounded by diamond set millegrain borded openwork flower petals. A network of millegrain openwork lines and a row of 19 small rectangular cabochon sapphires connect these design elements.








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2014/06/01

Rose Cut Diamonds, Another "Romantic" Explanation

Rose Cut Diamonds

another "romantic" explanation...

Long pendant Georgian earrings with high quality high domed rose cut diamonds
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Once upon a time... a long long time ago, soirées (French for... "soirees") were illuminated by romantic glimmering candle lights, smelly oil lamps and asphyxiating smothering torches. And all jewelry set with rose cut diamonds were shining and sparkling as beautiful as can be, and all the people were happy (deep sigh)...

To many antique jewelry experts, the reason why goldsmiths of those days used rose cut diamonds in antique jewelry was so the jewels would sparkle better in the candle light. We however, we wonder in what other than the light of candles, oil lamps and torches rose cut diamonds had to sparkle, since there wasn't any electricity yet. Fact is that because of the irregularity of the polishing of the diamonds of those days, they have a nicer, less predictable, sparkle than new cut diamonds which we find "a bit cold".








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2014/05/25

An arty mind is a joy forever... (02)

An arty mind is a joy forever...

White gold estate diamond engagement ring with attractive pink tourmaline White gold estate diamond engagement ring with attractive pink tourmaline
White gold estate diamond engagement ring with attractive pink tourmaline
White gold estate diamond engagement ring with attractive pink tourmaline
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