2008/11/30

Vintage/Antique Jewelry Mixed with Contemporary Jewelry


When you open your jewelry case, do you come across some sentimental older pieces of jewelry that once belonged perhaps to a grandparent and you were fortunate to receive it as an heirloom keepsake. Vintage and antique jewelry have their own unique styles and designs that were significant to their era. I personally love the Art Deco and Victorian periods.

The beauty of these older treasures is that they are as sought after today as they were back in their time. In other words, people are always on the lookout for quality vintage/antique pieces. The pieces may be gold, silver, gold filled, metal–but you can do so much by combining them with your contemporary jewelry.

Read more at: jewelheart.wordpress.com




2008/11/29

Victorian parure in Classical style with ancient Roman coins


Victorian parure in Classical style with old Roman coins, wire works and lotus


A touch of history ... Victorian parure in Classical style with ancient Roman coins, wire works and lotus

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Fashion in the last quarter of the 19th century was strongly inspired by Etruscan archaeological finds and the Pompeii excavations. Combine this with the impact on the fashion of Egyptian motives caused by opening of the Suez channel in 1870 and then take a good look at this magnificent parure. We see original antique coins, skilfully elaborated filigree work, big red stones and stylised lotus flowers.

It then becomes obvious that the jeweller who made this was not only an excellent craftsman but also very creative in combining the distinctive styles into a typical 19th Century Western European interpretation of different styles of ancient jewelry. To have the piece look even more authentic the good man in his enthusiasm incorporated no less then nine original ancient silver coins.

The age of the coins is around a stunning 2,000 years! It would be too much to describe them all but on the one hanging down in the center we recognize an elephant and the word CAESAR. Gaius Julius Caesar (July 13, 100 BC – March 15, 44 BC) was a Roman military and political leader. He played a critical role in the transformation of the Roman Republic into the Roman Empire. He also issued coins featuring images of elephants, suggesting that he favoured this interpretation of his name.

To our experts, who are used to see a lot of jewelry, it was the thrill of the month to find a silver parure from the Victorian era that has such a strong historical and classical expression. It is therefore that, although we hardly ever offer silver jewelry, we gladly make an exception for this parure. This, to us, is a "piece unique" and looks even more magnificent when being worn.

Antique jewelry object group: parures, necklaces, bracelets and earrings
Country of origin: unknown
Style: Victorian eclectism - (styles overview)
Style specifics: Typical for the Victorian era is the marriage of various sources of inspiration, in this case the Neo Egyptian style the classical style and the archaeological style.
Period: ca. 1880 (events and facts in 1880)
Source of inspiration: the antique world (Etruscans, Egypt, Greece and Rome)
Material: silver (except the system of the earrings that is gold) - (precious metals)
Technique: Filigree; this is in fact thin wire twisted into refined motifs. This technique demands very high skills and precision from the maker.
Precious stones: All stones in the parure are red strass or
paste used as ruby-imitation. In the necklace there are nine stones (eight round and one heartshape), the bracelet has one big heart shape and six smaller round brilliant cut stones. The earrings have one pear shaped stone each. - (precious stones)
Birthstones: Ruby is the birthstone (or month stone) for July. - (general birthstones explanation)
More background information on: neo egyptian, eclecticism, archaeological jewelry, eclecticism jewelry, parure, paste jewelry, Julius Ceasar
Hallmarks: No trace. - (general hallmarks info)
Condition: excellent condition - (our condition scale)
Dimensions: Circumference necklace approximately 45.00 cm (17.72 inch), circumference bracelet approximately 17.80 cm (7.01 inch), height earrings approximately 2.80 cm (1.10 inch)
Weight earrings: 3.50 gram (2.25 dwt)
Weight bracelet: 34.80 gram (22.38 dwt)
Weight necklace: 74.00 gram (47.58 dwt)
Weight parure: 112.30 gram (72.21 dwt)


Reference Nº: 08311-4252









2008/11/28

Opkopers, inkoop Art Deco juwelen, Art-Deco sieraden



ART DECO ART DECO ART DECO

U kunt ons bezoeken in onze hoofdzetel te Antwerpen, liefst na afspraak.
Bellen vanuit België: 03 213 6500
Bellen vanuit Nederland: 00 32 3 213 65 00
Klik hier voor ons adres.


Opkopers, inkoop Art Deco juwelen, Art-Deco sieraden

HOOGSTE PRIJZEN VOOR ART DECO JUWELEN

Aankoop Art-Deco, antieke of klassieke juwelen, oude juwelen met of zonder diamanten

ART DECO ART DECO ART DECO

CASH AFHANDELING
(legitimatie verplicht)

Alle Art-Deco en antieke juwelen zowel in zilver, platina als in gouden legering, met of zonder diamanten (ook oude slijp) en/of andere edelstenen, worden door ons aangekocht.

Adin wordt door collega-juweliers aanbevolen als hèt adres om uw art-deco juwelen te verkopen

Oude sieraden en antieke juwelen of Art Deco juwelen afkomstig uit een nalatenschap
Sieraden uit erfenissen

Bij aankoop van antieke juwelen en oude sieraden, de Art-Deco sieraden worden altijd alles getest en gewogen in uw aanwezigheid.

ART DECO ART DECO ART DECO


Doordat wij via ons eigen site www.adin.be antieke juwelen verkopen kunnen wij voor oude Art Deco juwelen en antieke Art-deco sieraden vaak meer betalen dan voor enkel de intrensieke waarde (méér dus dan enkel de waarde van het materiaal).


U kunt ons bezoeken in onze hoofdzetel te Antwerpen, liefst na afspraak.
Bellen vanuit België: 03 213 6500
Bellen vanuit Nederland: 00 32 3 213 65 00
Klik hier voor ons adres.


ART DECO ART DECO ART DECO

Pearl Jewelry - A Timeless Fashion Statement!


Pearl Jewelry with its exquisite classic outlook has always fascinated women all over the world. Because of their natural and lustrous appeal, pearl jewelry are always alluring and glittering. Pearl jewelry has a long history. People in ancient Greek civilization used to wear pearl jewelry to promote marital bliss.

Pearl symbolizes happy marriage and that`s why in many countries pearl jewelry is considered as ideal wedding gift. Many celebrities such as Jacqueline Kennedy and Princess Diana have made pearl jewelry a style statement for them. Once considered as traditional wedding attire, today pearl jewelry is the latest fashion statement due to its delicate and elegant outlook. With in the changing time, Jewelry manufacturers give a modern twist to make the traditional jewelry look more chic and stylish.

Read more at: polomercantil.livejournal.com




2008/11/27

Be Prepared for a Property Loss Before It Happens to You


Sometimes when a person finds out that all the contents of their home are not covered by their insurance policy in the event of a theft or property damage, it’s too late.

With the Christmas holidays nearing and the expected increase in burglaries, thefts and property damage, residents are warned not to assume anything when it comes to insurance coverage.

Read more at: news.mywebpal.com

A useful tip from the Adin jewelry appraiser:
Make photocopies of your jewelry, they can be in color but simple black/white copies give a very good indication for the insurance company. Leave your rings on your hand when you make a copy but turn them with the top to the inside of your hand.




2008/11/26

Masterpieces of Ancient Jewelry


The National Jewelry Institute is presenting "Masterpieces of Ancient Jewelry: Exquisite Objects from the Cradle of Civilization". The exhibit has pulled 135 pieces of jewelry from museums around the world, some more than 7,000 years old. The exhibit is open at the Forbes Galleries on Fifth Avenue, New York through December 31 and then will travel to The Field Museum in Chicago where it will be on display February 13-July 5, 2009.




2008/11/25

Working your way into the estate market


Curious about estate jewelry? I was, so this past June, I visited the Las Vegas Antique Jewelry and Watch Show. Since I am not an expert in this field, I asked appraiser Charles Carmona of Guild Laboratories in Los Angeles about the market.

I learned that estate jewelry is pre-owned jewelry, regardless of its age. It is attractive to many buyers since one can recapture the style and manufacturing quality of "jewelry the way it used to be," often at a fraction of the cost of a newly manufactured piece.

Read more at: www.nationaljewelernetwork.com




2008/11/24

Vintage diamond pieces were a major presence at the Emmy Awards


Los Angeles -- For nominees and presenters attending the 60th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, classic diamond looks, including simple studs, drop earrings and stacked diamond bangles, were the big winners of the night.

Risk-takers were notably few when it came to jewelry wardrobing, with attendees instead choosing more understated pieces. That's not to say, however, that the show lacked in glamour. Rather, television's biggest stars channeled an elegance of the Old Hollywood flavor.

Vintage diamond pieces were a major presence at the event, with 1920s and '30s pieces seen on Kyra Sedgwick and Glenn Close, and old mine- and cushion-cut diamonds seen on everyone from Holly Hunter to Mary-Louise Parker

Read more at: www.nationaljewelernetwork.com




2008/11/22

CMP Asia renamed its jewellery fairs in Hong Kong


CMP Asia announced today that its Hong Kong Jewellery & Watch Fair (JWF) is renamed as the Hong Kong Jewellery and Gem Fair (JGF) to better reflect the wider scope of the fairs. Both the June and September editions of the fair in 2009 will be using this new name.

"As the most important trade event for the global jewellery trade, the exhibit profile of the Fair is very different from 26 years ago when it started with the September edition," said Celine Lau, Director of Jewellery Fairs, CMP Asia. "Materials like diamonds, gemstones and pearls are of increasing importance alongside fine jewellery, so it is time to change the name of the Fair so that exhibitors and visitors know the profile of the Fair."

Launched in 1983, the September Fair is now Asia's largest international jewellery fair and one of the top three in the world. The September Fair is one of the few locally developed exhibitions that have grown to full international status. It has expanded from 100 exhibitors from 10 countries and regions, occupying 3,500 sqm of exhibition space in 1983 to 2,630 exhibitors from 44 countries and regions, on 81,000 sqm of exhibition space in 2008.

The fair has outgrown the full capacity of the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) for years with a long waiting list of new country pavilions, hundreds of new exhibitors and the expansion needs of existing exhibitors. When AsiaWorld-Expo (AWE), the second exhibition centre in Hong Kong opened in 2006, the fair began to use both venues to accommodate 2,500 exhibitors. Up to now, the Fair is still the only exhibition in Hong Kong that uses both venues.

As a result of the massive scale of the Fair, CMP Asia introduced in August a new sectorisation arrangement for the September Fair in 2009, which is similar to those of other large-scale global exhibitions. Next year, the HKCEC will showcase exhibitors with finished jewellery, while the AWE will display raw materials, such as loose diamonds, pearls and gemstones, and machinery. The major advantage of this approach is that it allows visitors to focus immediately on their areas of interest, enhancing efficiency in their visits which will directly benefit the exhibitors. "CMP Asia is the leading exhibition organiser in Asia with a 26-year track record of success in this market," added Celine Lau. "Given that Asia will soon become the world's biggest market for jewellery, we believe that the time is now to firmly establish the Fair's position as the number one exhibition of its kind in the world by introducing a precise product sectorisation."

The new initiative is well-received by the industry. The 2009 September edition of the Hong Kong Jewellery and Gem Fair will be expecting over 2,800 exhibitors, of which 47% will be fine finished jewellery exhibitors and 42% will be materials exhibitors, and taking up over 105,000 sqm of exhibition space. By then, the JGF at AsiaWorld-Expo will also become the largest Material Sourcing platform in Asia. Other key information about the September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair:

Venue & Dates AsiaWorld-Expo

21-25 September, 2009
Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre

23-27 September, 2009

Exhibits Diamonds, Pearls, Gemstones and Technology
Fine Finished Jewellery

Exhibition Area 35,000 sqm
70,000 sqm


"The new fair name exactly reflects the exhibit profile of the Fair and helps to guide the 37,000 visitors to their target suppliers at the related venue for efficient sourcing," said Celine Lau.

The organiser has already pledged 50% more expenditure for a worldwide visitor marketing campaign to promote the September Fair 2009 and is confident that buyers will be well informed about the new arrangement. More frequent free luxury shuttle bus service travelling between two venues will also be arranged.

The June Hong Kong Jewellery and Gem Fair will be held at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre from June 18 - 21, 2009.





2008/11/21

A Very Female View of Ironman


... Look, honey, go buy Gentlemen Prefer Blondes with Marilyn Monroe. She sings "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend". One should try and learn from one's elders, Gwen. There is much wisdom in that song! Watch that movie several times until you fully grasp the concept.

Instead of buying that dress as your boss's birthday present to you, you should have bought jewelry. I'm not sure I would advise diamonds because Russia has enough diamonds to flood the world's market and drive the price of diamonds down to amethyst if DeBeers cannot keep a tight grip on them.

And don't go for the colored stones either because you never know when the stone's color has been enhanced by technology.

Go for good quality antique jewelry, emphasizing the artistry of the sculpture and design...

Excerpt from "A Very Female View of Ironman"




Sapphire sets record but many lots fail: Christie's


GENEVA (Reuters) – A large Kashmir sapphire ring set a world record at auction on Thursday night, fetching nearly $3.5 million, but half of the jewels on offer failed to sell in a market shaken by the financial crisis, Christie's said.

...

"People want to buy rarity. They want diamonds and color gemstones that are not easy to replace," said Rahul Kadakia, head of Christie's jewelry department for North America, who conducted part of the sale.

"A lot of diamonds didn't sell. The sale was based on the extreme high demand for jewels last summer," he added.

But vintage jewelry -- especially Cartier Art Deco pieces -- and natural pearls commanded strong prices, he said.

Vintage and signed jewelry and natural pearls went through the roof, even in this market," Kadakia said, pointing to several lots that quadrupled their pre-sale estimate.

...


From: news.yahoo.com




2008/11/20

Antieke juwelen van Adin: een eindejaarsgeschenk om nooit te vergeten!


Een eindejaarsgeschenk om nooit te vergeten!

Lands winkelstraten gaan met de eindejaarsfeesten weer een gouden periode tegemoet. Want zeg nu zelf: niets zo gezellig als met uw naasten rond de kerstboom plaats te nemen en elkaar met cadeautjes te verwennen! Elk jaar opnieuw is dé vraag natuurlijk: welk geschenk blijft echt voor altijd bij? Welk geschenk maakt duidelijk dat die ene persoon een speciaal plaatsje heeft in uw hart? Wilt u uw geliefde of iemand die u erg nauw aan het hart ligt dit jaar écht eens het eindejaarscadeau van zijn of haar leven bezorgen? Dan vindt u beslist wat u zoekt bij Adin … Deze exclusieve zaak in Antwerpen kan uitpakken met een wel erg bijzonder productenaanbod. Bent u tuk op exclusieve juwelen, dan gaat u bij Adin gegarandeerd helemaal uit de bol. Want wat vindt u er in de etalage: antieke juwelen … met een schoonheid die u nog nooit eerder mocht aanschouwen! Met Adin wordt het eindejaar dus zonder meer een historisch moment …

Klasse en stijl uit de goede oude tijd...

Oudere familieleden hadden het ongetwijfeld ooit over die ‘goede oude tijd’. En dat bepaalde dingen in het verleden beter waren dan nu, zouden we haast zelf gaan geloven als we een kijkje nemen in de etalage van juwelenzaak Adin in Antwerpen!

Antieke juwelen van Adin...

Liefhebbers van juwelen geloven hun ogen niet als ze zien wat voor schatten Adin zoal in huis heeft. Exclusiviteit en absolute klasse zijn hier de sleutelwoorden. Stapt u bij Adin binnen, dan kijkt u niet naar de tentoongestelde juwelen, dan vergaapt u er zich gewoon aan. Geloof ons vrij: wie een antiek juweel van Adin onder de kerstboom legt, wordt nooit ofte nimmer meer vergeten …

Mooier met de jaren...

Antiek heeft altijd al een zekere aantrekkingskracht uitgeoefend op de mens en juwelen zijn sowieso altijd al felbegeerde hebbedingetjes geweest. De antieke juwelen van Adin zijn een combinatie van de twee en ze doen bijgevolg de oogjes van zowel mannen als vrouwen van alle leeftijden fonkelen!

Een antiek juweel heeft altijd een zekere charme over zich en draagt een haast mystieke zweem van lang vervlogen tijden met zich mee … Het idee om een voorwerp te bezitten dat al langer op de wereld aanwezig is dan ons eigen persoontje spreekt altijd tot de verbeelding. Misschien maakte die prachtige ring ooit wel deel uit van de juwelenschat van een dame aan het hof, schreef ooit een heldhaftig generaal met die gouden pen of vergezelde dat glanzende gelukshangertje een avonturier tijdens al zijn tochten …

Antieke juwelen van Adin...

Door de romantiek die een antiek juweel met zich meedraagt, wordt het alleen maar mooier met de jaren. Een ander feit waardoor antieke juwelen hun moderne tegenhangers vaak het nakijken geven, is de ongelooflijke zorg waarmee ze werden vervaardigd. Kosten nog moeite werden gespaard en vaak waren juweliers vroeger echte kunstenaars voor wie tijd geen belang had en slechts de allerbeste materialen en de allerfijnste details voldeden.

Onvergetelijk eindejaarsgeschenk...

Onnodig te zeggen dat een antiek juweel als eindejaarsgeschenk alle verwachtingen overstijgt en voor altijd bij die geliefde, die naaste, … zal bijblijven! Adin biedt een hallucinant grote keuze aan juwelen uit verschillende tijdperken. Ook aan productvariatie geen gebrek: ringen, hangers, horloges, oorringen, pennen, kettinkjes, amuletjes, armbanden, … Adin heeft het allemaal. En dit voor de meest uiteenlopende budgetten!

Klik hier om de hele Adin-collectie te zien.




What is nicer than the sight of one piece of antique jewelry?


answer: Two pieces of antique jewelry!

Typical regional Dutch Victorian golden filigree earrings


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A touch of history ... Typical regional Dutch Victorian golden filigree earrings.

Though filigree has become a special branch of jewel work in modern times, it was anciently part of the ordinary work of the jeweler. A. Castellani states, in his "Memoir on the Jewellery of the Ancients" (1861), that all the jewelry of the Etruscans and Greeks (other than that intended for the grave, and therefore of an unsubstantial character) was made by soldering together and so building up the gold rather than by chiselling or engraving the material.

In Holland this type of jewelry was rather popular too, especially for the many region distinctive styles Holland had till the end of the 19th Century. By the look at their jewelry it was possible to know a lot about the wearer, his or her marital status, religion, which part of the Netherlands they came from, even the little regions. There are still a few Dutch cities where you can find older women wearing their region specific dress but it's to be expected this will be gone within one or two generations.

Because of their delicate nature, not many of this type of earrings have survived over the years. Something we as antique jewelry dealers notice as we hardly ever find them anymore.

OBJECT GROUP : earrings
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN : Although it does not carry any legible control marks we believe it is of Dutch origin.
STYLE : Victorian
PERIOD : 1870
MATERIAL : 14K yellow gold
TECHNIQUE : filigree and granulation - This jewel features a filigree decoration, which is in fact thin golden wire twisted into refined motifs, in this case elegant little balls. You can also notice the use of granulation on this piece. Granulation is a technique where the goldsmith uses very small balls (granules) of metal, which are not soldered to the piece but welded. Both techniques
demand very high skills and precision from the maker.
WEIGHT : 6.20 gram (3.99 dwt)
HALLMARKS : No trace
CONDITION : Excellent condition - (our condition scale)
DIMENSIONS : Height approx. 5.03 cm (1.98 inch)


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2008/11/19

Estate Jewelry: The Portfolio that Glimmers


Wearing a gown made of bonds and stock certificates is both bizarre and tacky, but there is an investment you can tastefully take with you on the party circuit this holiday season.

Since the dawn of time, woman has collected jewelry....
And, judging from the amount of it on the market today, she has thrown very little away. Whatever your pleasure—turquoise, diamonds, platinum, or tourmaline-you can collect it, wear it, and sometimes make a profit on it.

What Is Estate Jewelry?
A piece of estate jewelry did not necessarily come from the estate of the deceased. Estate simply means previously owned.

What Is Antique Jewelry?
Antique jewelry was made at least 100 years ago.

What Is Vintage Jewelry?
Vintage jewelry is usually defined as older pieces, made after the 1940s and through the 1980s.

Read more at www.artspoint.org

At Adin's Antique Jewelry Glossary you can find a most readily available explanation for beginners about the collectible periods of jewelry.




2008/11/18

Jewelry Remains a Popular Holiday Gift


About 72 percent of consumers have completed less than 10 percent of their shopping, compared with 2.2 percent of shoppers who say they have completely finished, according to a National Retail Federation survey.

NRF’s 2008 Holiday Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey found that consumers will shop in similar gift categories as last year. Just over 19 percent of respondents said they will be buying jewelry as a gift, making it one of the more popular gift items this year.

From: www.jckonline.com


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Protecting & cleaning jewelry increases the value


Cleaning Jewelry and protecting your fine Antique Jewelry and estate jewelry by storing it in the best possible condition, makes it more sought after and therefore more valuable. However cleaning fine jewelry is fraught with danger especially for the over-enthusiastic new collector.

Some of the cleaning jewelry tips on this page are from the book, by Judith Miller,"How To Make Money Out Of Antiques", 1995.

AMBER
Gently wash in warm soapy water. Thoroughly rinsed and dried. wipe on a little olive oil with cotton wool, then wipe off.

AQUAMARINE
Cleaning jewelry with aquamarine involves gently washing the stones with tepid soapy water, then rinse and dry.

CAMEOS
Clean Cameo jewelry by first removing grease with a small artist's brush dipped in white spirit. Then brush over the affected area with a solution of warm soapy water plus a couple of drops of ammonia. Rinse by brushing on clean water, before drying with a piece of chamois leather.

CORAL
Remove grime with cotton buds dipped in a solution of warm water plus a little detergent. remove stubborn deposits with a paste of crocus powder and water, again gently applied with a cotton bud. Finally, when cleaning jewelry with real coral rinse with clean water.

DIAMONDS
Wash in warm soapy water removing stubborn grease and grime by brushing on a little methylated spirits and ammonia.

EMERALDS
Gently wash in a solution of warm soapy water and a few drops of ammonia.

IVORY
Wipe down with a soft sloth moistened with warm water and a little detergent. The wipe with clean water and dry thoroughly. Finally, wipe on a little almond oil and leave for a couple of minutes and wipe off.

JADE
Clean with a soft cloth moistened with warm soapy water and a couple of drops of ammonia.

JET
Clean by gently rubbing with pieces of fresh bread. This unusual method really brings out the shine!

OPALS
Clean opal jewelry with cotton buds dipped in warm, soapy water. Rinse, applying clean water with cotton buds dry.

PEARLS
Cleaning pearls is a subject in itself. Click here for cleaning and caring of Pearls.

RUBY - RUBIES
Clean ruby jewelry by gently rubbing with cotton wool bud dipped in warm soapy water. Then rinse and dry thoroughly, before lightly wiping down with a piece of chamois leather moistened with alcohol.

SAPPHIRES
Clean in the same way as Rubies (above).

TORTOISESHELL
Build Your Own Website! Wash with warm soapy water, rise and dry thoroughly. Then, either apply a fine, white wax polish or wipe on a little almond oil.

TURQUOISE
Clean with a cotton bud dipped in methylated spirits.


Read more in our Antique Jewelry Glossary




Mikimoto's new ad creative goes back to basics


New York-- Mikimoto has announced the launch of its new advertising creative, which reveals the simplicity and beauty of pearls.

The campaign, conceived and executed by the Prosper Assouline Creative Agency, showcases a series of six pearl images set in oyster shells as the backdrop. The oyster shells were hand-sourced from pearl farms around the world, and each jewelry piece is presented in the mother oyster that produces that type of pearl.

Read more at: www.nationaljewelernetwork.com




2008/11/17

Adin Antiques & Collectibles Recommendations


Antiques & Collectibles Recommendations in Adin, CA, USA

See local.yahoo.com




Museum to host bazaar


Leesville, La. - The Museum of West Louisiana will host a museum bazaar Friday, Nov. 14 and Saturday, Nov. 15, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on both days. The event will feature a wide array of estate jewelry, regular jewelry, Christmas items, hand crocheted items, used books, and much more.

Also for sale will be casseroles, cakes, cookies, candies, cupcakes, and many other delectable treats.

“The museum does not have a source of sustainable funding; therefore all money brought in from this event will be greatly appreciated,” said Mary Cleveland. “I hope everyone can come out and help us raise funds for the museum.”

From: www.leesvilledailyleader.com




Trend Watch: Disheveled, Bejeweled Hair


For the upcoming holiday season, much of the attention is going to be on woman’s crowning glory, her hair, according to the December 2008 issue of Marie Claire magazine, which reports: “Holiday is all about glam accessories for deliberately disheveled hair.”

Among the recommended adornments are crystal studded headbands, bejeweled barrettes and hair clips, and elaborate combs.

Read more at: www.jckonline.com




Antiques and collectibles calendar


NORTH BAY - Jewelry show. Includes vintage costume, heirloom and estate jewelry; designer accessories and evening bags; cashmere sweaters and more. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 15-16. The Sausalito Events Place, 511 Caledonia St. $6. (415) 383-2252

More info at: www.goldengateshows.com




2008/11/15

Obsession: Vintage Navette Rings




Navette style rings consist of any rings that are boat-shaped. This sort of style tends to elongate the finger and has a definite feminine side. Often popularized during the Victorian Era, however you can find brand new navette rings today. This shows how timeless the look is and it is here to stay! Finding vintage navette rings is fun and a collection isn’t complete without a good one.

Check out this lady's favorites and read more at: gemgossip.com




Engagement ring


A white gold wedding ring and a single-diamond, gold-banded engagement ring.

In Western tradition, an engagement ring is a ring worn by a woman indicating her engagement to be married. In some countries, such as the United Kingdom, it is worn on the left-hand ring finger, while in other countries, such as Poland and Ukraine, it is customary for the ring to be worn on the right-hand. By modern convention in countries such as the United States, the ring is usually presented as a betrothal gift by a man to his prospective bride while or directly after she accepts his marriage proposal. It represents a formal agreement to future marriage.

Similar traditions purportedly date to classical times, dating back from an early usage reportedly referring to the fourth finger of the left hand as containing the vena amoris or "vein of love".

In the United States and Canada today it is becoming more common, but still quite rare, that a woman will also buy an engagement or promise ring for her partner at the time of the engagement.

In Egypt, Brazil and many European countries, both the man and the woman usually wear engagement rings, most often in the form of matching plain bands of white, yellow, or rose gold. In these countries the man's engagement ring often also eventually serves as the wedding ring. Some men wear two rings, but this is rarer. The woman's wedding ring can sometimes have a precious stone. In Spain, the woman sometimes buys an engagement wristwatch for the man after accepting a marriage proposal.

Read more at: Wikipedia

See the engagement rings at Adin




2008/11/13

Buying Antique Jewelry Guide


Buying antique jewelry can be a great way to obtain high-quality stones and pieces that are dazzling, rare and hard-to-find in contemporary retailers. You can also find great deals, though buyers should be wary of any deal that seems too good to be true.

In this article, we'll cover the basics on how to protect yourself when purchasing antique jewelry and what to look for in a good piece. So, if you want to learn more about antique jewelry shopping, keep reading.

So, is it antique or vintage?

Read it all at: ezinearticles.com




2, 000-Year-Old Gold Earring Found in Jerusalem


JERUSALEM (AP) -- A luxurious gold, pearl and emerald earring provides a new visual clue about the life of the elite in Jerusalem some 2,000 years ago. And its discovery was a true eureka moment for excavators.

The piece was found beneath a parking lot next to the walls of Jerusalem's Old City. It dates to the Roman period just after the time of Jesus, said Doron Ben-Ami, who directed the dig.

The earring was uncovered in a destroyed Byzantine structure built centuries after the piece was made, showing it was likely passed down through generations, he said.

Archaeologists came upon the earring in a corner while excavating the ruins of the building under a parking lot. ''Suddenly one of the excavators came up shouting 'Eureka!''' said Ben-Ami.

The find is eye-catching: A large pearl inlaid in gold with two drop pieces, each with an emerald and pearl set in gold.

Read more at: www.nytimes.com




Original Art Deco platinum engagement ring with cushion cut diamond and sapphires


"Oh darling, you do not have to buy me a big present for Christmas!"
(there are small precious things at Adin too)

Original Art Deco platinum engagement ring with cushion cut diamond and sapphires


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A touch of history ... Original Art Deco platinum engagement ring with cushion cut diamond and sapphires.

Art Deco diamond ring (circa 1920) starring in its center a 0.75 carat Old European cushion cut diamond, bezel set in a geometric setting highlighted by four calibre triangle cut sapphires and 12 sparkling diamonds (four old mine cut and eight single cut) bordered by calibre carre cut sapphires. The shoulders of the ring feature another eight single cut diamonds. This ring is not only a beauty to look at from the top but its backside is also worth to look at, deliciously handcrafted in a most elegant way.

Object group: rings
Country of origin: Although it does not carry any legible control marks we believe it is of Dutch origin.
Style: Art Deco- (styles overview)
Style specifics: Abstract motives and geometrical forms are quite typical for the Art Deco period.
Period: ca. 1920 (events and facts in 1920)
Material: platinum and 14K (shenk) - (precious metals)
Extra information: engagement ring - An engagement ring is a finger ring of no generally accepted form that is given by a man to his fiancée as a token of marriage engagement, in the manner of the earlier betrothal ring, and indistinguishable in form or style. In recent years such rings have normally been set with a gemstone, usually a diamond (or any stone other than the ill-reputed opal), as a solitaire, of varying sizes, cuts, styles, and cost, but in the 19th century some were set with a pearl. In the same century the custom arose in England of separate engagement ring and wedding ring, and in very recent years such rings have sometimes been made en suite as a matching pair of similar style.
Diamonds: One old mine brilliant cut diamond with an estimated weight of approx. 0.75 crt. (color approx. H/I, clarity approx. i), four old mine brilliant cut diamonds with a total estimated weight of approx. 0.24 crt. And 14 single brilliant cut diamonds (also called 8/8) with a total estimated weight of approx. 0.26 crt.
Total diamond weight: approx. 1.25 crt.
Precious stones: fancy cut (carre and triangle-ish) natural sapphires - (precious stones)
Birthstones: Diamond is the birthstone (or month stone) for April and sapphire for September. - (general birthstones explanation)
Hallmarks: No trace. - (general hallmarks info)
Condition: excellent condition - (our condition scale)
Weight: 3.40 gram (2.19 dwt)
Ring size Continental: 53 & 17 , Size S 6¼ , Size UK: M
Resizing: It is our pleasure to resize the ring for you (if needed) at our expense. Only for extreme resizing we have to charge. - (list ring sizes)

Reference Nº: 08269-1004

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2008/11/12

Nugaard Designs handmade jewelry


Nugaard Designs is the passionate enterprise of Brazilian born friends and business partners Alessandra Feio and Erica Pacey. These ladies combine a talent for creating stunning jewelry with a lifelong passion for fashion and a love of their homeland. In addition to maintaining environmentally conscious practices in the extraction of the many natural materials used in their designs, including leaves and golden grass native to Brazil, Alessandra and Erica are also mindful about going green in their offices and with their business travel as well.

Read more at www.stylelist.com




2008/11/11

Georgian jewelry (1714-1830)


French parure du cou maintenon cross pendant


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The Georgian period spans more or less the reign of the four successive English kings George I, George II, George III and George IV between 1714 and 1830.

Georgian jewelry is rather rare as when time passed most worn out, was melted or taken apart and re-used for more modern designs. Materials like gold, silver and diamonds were very scarce and expensive and little consideration for fine craftmanship was taken with the "old stuff" when the owners wanted to wear their gold and diamonds according to the latest fashion in jewelry.

Most Georgian Jewelry available is from the later dates characterized by highly dimensional repousse. Floral and scroll motifs are typical of the period and the most common stones used are garnets, precious topaz, coral and early faceted diamonds set in silver.

During most of the 18th century, diamonds were set in closed silver-settings, a technique used because jewelers of that time believed that only a silver mounting could render the true beauty of a precious stone. They were also aware of the fact that silver jewelry often left black stains on clothing or skin, so they resolved the matter by coating the backs of the jewels in gold. Jewelry was custom designed to suit the diamonds that were available. Stones were never specially cut for the pieces. The most common cuts used in Georgian designs were rose-cuts and table-cuts.


Emotional memorial georgian hair ring (ca.1792)
Georgian memory ring
French georgian antique golden cameo bracelet (ca.1780)
Georgian bracelet
17th century gold and diamond cross (ca.1650)
17th century cross




Antiqually yours,
The Adin team
www.adin.be



Lecture on "Henri Vever"


The American Society of Jewelry Historians will present, “Vever, A Man For All Seasons: Jeweler, Artist, Historian” An illuminating lecture by historian and author Brenda Forman on the legendary jewelry designer Henri Vever.

Henri Vever was a leader in the blossoming Art Nouveau movement at the turn of the 20th century. History primarily remembers him as a superbly gifted jewelry historian. His three volume work “La Bijouterie Francaise au 19ème Siécle” (French Jewelry of the Nineteenth Century) remains the authoritative work on the subject. Forman, translator of this iconic work, will discuss Vever as the jeweler and the author.

The event is open to members and guests. Guests are welcome with a pass or they can pay $10 at the door. To make reservations, call the ASJH office at 914.235.0983 or e-mail, info@jewelryhistorians.org.

Thursday, November 13, 2008, 6.00 PM
Fashion Institute of Technology
7th Avenue and 27th St, “D” building, room 2
New York, NY




2008/11/10

Sotheby’s Revenue Down 11%


Sotheby’s reported operating revenues for the third quarter, ended Sept. 30, decreased 11 percent to $76 million. The auction house said the $9.1 million decline is largely due to a higher level of principal losses on auction guarantees, as well as lower private sale commissions and lower auction commission margins.

Read more at: www.jckonline.com




478-carat diamond lights up Dubai conference


Dubai, United Arab Emirates — A nearly 500-carat rough diamond recovered from a mine in Africa earlier this year made its public debut—and received its official name—during a press conference on Saturday in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The stone, a massive 478-carat rock from the Letseng Mine in the African kingdom of Lesotho, is now known as "Leseli la Letseng," which means, "she is the light of Letseng."

During the press conference, Tusetso Sello-Mafatle, the government-appointed director of Letseng Diamonds (Pty) Ltd., a 30-70 percent partnership between the government of Lesotho and Gem Diamonds, said the diamond is a symbol of Lesotho's economic potential, and she hopes it will go a long way in promoting the country.

"She marks the power, the flawlessness of the diamonds from Letseng," Sello-Mafatle said of the stone.

When polished, Leseli la Letseng has the potential to produce a round diamond of about 150 carats, making it the largest polished round diamond in the world, dwarfing the current largest, which weighs in at about 100 carats, according to Clifford Elphick, chairman of Letseng Diamonds.

The stone is the 20th largest rough diamond ever recovered and is flawless, Elphick said, as far as they can tell at this point.

Read more at: www.nationaljewelernetwork.com



Blast from the past


Retro fashion is back in vogue once again, this time with some interesting twists.

Bell bottoms, bright coloured dresses and big sunglasses may be a throwback to the past. But if the current trends are anything to go by, retro fashion is back in a big way.

Falguni Peacock, for one, has even included retro influences in her latest collection under the label Spendthrift. “Retro has been in for a while now; it’s just that it’s now percolating down to the masses. But now is the time to go for bolder colours, bell bottoms and high-waist pants,” she notes.

Arshiya Fakih, on the other hand, feels that it all boils down to fashion being cyclical. “What goes around comes around; so yes, bright colours, funky jewellery and big sunglasses are the ‘in’ thing right now. Of course, the silhouette is very fitted, but the retro influence is very strong,” she explains.


Read further at www.dnaindia.com

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Kate Moss Shares her Style Tips with Life & Style Weekly


The supermodel and Topshop designer tells Life & Style how anyone can look amazing.

  1. Fail-safe party item: a little black dress.
  2. The hot look of over-the-knee boots and a miniskirt is fine with bare legs if you’re in your teens, 20s or 30s. Anyone older should add opaque black tights.
  3. Don’t be afraid to alter vintage outfits. When I was 17, I found a panther-motif black dress at a New York flea market. Recently, I chopped off the bottom and used it as inspiration for the mini dress version in my Topshop line.
  4. A new hairstyle can transform your look. Be brave! Try a new hairstyle. It can inspire a new way of looking at your existing wardrobe.
  5. Make the most of your figure. If you have great legs, show them off with a short dress and heels or a fab pair of jeans. Wear what suits you rather than following trends. Create your own style!
  6. Never look like you tried too hard! Mismatching adds a personal touch
  7. Don’t do the catwalk look head to toe. Mix old with new and designers with high street. I wore a Chanel maxidress to my friend’s wedding with a 1930s blue velvet cape and huge Turkish hoop earrings, which gave the dress a totally different feel.
  8. Handbag essentials for hitting the town: keys, cash, black eyeliner
  9. Best jewelry for a night out: antique diamonds
  10. For evening, try unexpected outerwear-dress combos. Don’t be afraid to wear a battered leather jacket with a full-length gown or an extravagant, embroidered jacket with jeans and a T-shirt.

-courtesy of Life & Style Weekly




2008/11/07

'America's oldest jeweler' to close shop


Easton, Pa. — Bixler's Jewelers, which calls itself "America's oldest jeweler," will close the doors of its downtown location in Easton, Pa., early next year, with store officials citing changing customer preferences and the current economic downturn as the impetus, The Express-Times has reported.

Bixler's began as a small jewelry and clock-making shop in 1785, and relocated a few times within Easton before settling in 1925 in its downtown Centre Square location.

Read more at: www.nationaljewelernetwork.com




Michelle Obama Style Predictions


If expectations are high for Barack Obama, they're no less soaring for his wife -- at least in a sartorial sense. After two decades of Bush and Clinton women -- for whom style was not a sixth sense -- the inarguably fashionable and seemingly fearless Michelle Obama has trend-watchers in a frenzy.

Tall and taut, with the broad shoulders and self-confidence to carry off whatever she wants, Obama has spent the past 21 months being compared to Jacqueline Kennedy. And, so far, Obama has acquitted herself well, showing off recession-friendly dresses from White House Black Market and pricey designs from edgy designers like Isabel Toledo, who she wore (left) last spring to a fundraiser with fashion industry heavyweights. What will she favor for the White House?

StyleList takes a look at her past -- and offers some predictions for the future. And for those who think clothes don't matter, remember the words of JFK as he introduced his wildly popular wife at a 1961 State Dinner at Charles de Gaulle's presidential palace. "I am the man," Kennedy said, "who accompanied Jacqueline Kennedy to Paris."

From: www.stylelist.com




2008/11/06

Platinum, from trash to treasure




Platinum Art Deco brilliants emeralds engagement ring


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Platinum, from trash to treasure

Platinum has not always been considered to be the most precious metal to make jewelry from. Although there are some nice examples of platinum jewelry, people's attitude towards platinum has been different ...

The word "platinum" is derived from the Spanish "platina", which means "small silver". The first traces of platinum date from the Thebes epoch (about 7th century before JC), from when a small box was retrieved, adorned with a platinum ribbon.

Typical Art Deco bracelet with old mine cut diamonds and rectangular sapphires
platinum bracelet
Art Deco inspired diamond sapphires and emeralds platinum engagement ring
platinum ring
Stunning Art Deco diamonds and sapphires line bracelet
platinum bracelet


During the 15th century, the Spaniards didn't like the little white granules that soiled their South American gold and used to throw them away. A platinum sample finally reached Europe in 1741, and was analyzed by sir Charles Wood, who didn't manage to melt it down. It was only when oxygen could be isolated (after its discovery in 1774), that people were finally able to increase the temperature of flames enough so as to melt platinum and really start to discover its particular properties: malleable, eternal brilliance, hardness superior to that of gold, inoxydability...

Platinum Art Deco brilliant set pendant 1.70 crt
platinum pendant
Platinum daisy covered up in brilliants
platinum brooch
One big brilliant platinum Art Deco pendant 0.97 crt
platinum pendant


It was after the Napoleanic wars that the English managed to separate platinum from the other metals that were extracted from the platinum mines (palladium, rhodium, iridium, osmium, ruthenium). Around 1820, the Russians discovered huge ores in the Oural. Only from the beginning of the 20th century, platinum was being used in jewelry. Its use started to increase when scientists discovered its catalytic properties (its ability to speed up chemical reactions).


Solid platinum Retro ring with high quality brilliant cut diamonds
platinum ring
Platinum ladies Art Deco diamond wrist watch
platinum watch
Platinum diamonds Art Deco engagement ring
platinum ring


From then on platinum became a strategic industrial metal until the end of WWII. Today, the use of platinum is returning to the jewelry industry, but platinum has also a very wide range of industrial uses, including use in the treatment of some cancers.


8+ Carat diamonds platinum estate brooch
platinum brooch
French Art Deco brilliant earrings
platinum earrings
Platinum Art Deco brooch 11.50 carat diamonds
platinum brooch


A cute urban legend does its round: As platinum has not always been considered to be a precious metal, in Russia in the beginning of the 19th century, counterfeiters used platinum as the core for their "golden roubels", this because of platinum's high gravity. When, around 1870, platinum started to be recognized as a precious metal the price of it rose accordingly, it is told that roubels were then cut in half in the hope of finding platinum inside....



Antiqually yours,
The Adin team
www.adin.be



2008/11/05

DDC Warns of Fraudulent GIA Reports !!!


David Abraham, vice president of the Diamond Dealers Club of New York, issued a statement Monday warning of a scam taking place with fraudulent GIA reports. The incidents were reported on JCKonline and by other organizations.

Abraham contacted www.Jewelersalert.com to issue his statement. It reads as follows:

Dear fellow members of the diamond and jewelry trade and industry worldwide, please Take immediate notice of the following urgent matter:

1.Counterfeit GIA Reports offered with HPHT diamonds or diamonds of a different Grade than described on the accompanying Counterfeit GIA Report, have been discovered in the marketplace.

2.Counterfeit GIA Reports with the exact GIA Report number and exact or similar grading information & details are being offered in the marketplace.

These Counterfeit GIA Reports are accompanying HPHTdiamonds or genuine diamonds of a slightly different, though nearly the same grade. A buying may erroneously purchase a stone assuming that because the GIA report number and grading appear to be the same, he is buying the actual item.

I urge you to protect yourself, your customers, suppliers and good name, and exercise utmost caution because of the above and report any irregularities to your bourse, trade or industry association.

You can help protect yourself by using one of the following methods recommended by the GIA.

GIA Report Check is a free online service that lets clients check the information contained in a GIA Diamond Report and GIA Diamond Dossier. Enter the diamond’s report number and carat weight, and Report Check returns all the grading information, including a cutgrade when available, that was issued for that diamond. Report Check currently serves only those diamonds graded from Jan 1, 2000 to the present. To access Report Check, go to http://www.gia.edu/reportcheck/

When in doubt or purchasing from an unknown source, the GIA recommends that the GIA Report Verification Service be used to confirm the authenticity of their GIA Diamond Grading Report and Diamond Dossier, or the information the report contains by simply requesting a free verification from GIA. People can submit their diamond along with its original report to the GIA Laboratory. The diamond will be re-assessed and the results of the new analysis will be returned to its owner, along with the diamond. Alternatively, the original grading report can be updated, meaning that the diamond can be submitted to the laboratory and fully graded again, including all of the screening steps for treatments.

Sincerely, David Abraham


From: JCKonline




Customer Watch: The Emotional Value of Jewelry


As I write this on Election Day, 2008, the results of a historical presidential election are being tallied, and the American people have voted in record-breaking numbers. It’s an emotional day for many, many people, and so what better topic for such a day than a focus on emotions.

It is said that jewelry is an emotional purchase. At times, emotion is inevitable because the jewelry relates to a very special occasion in one’s life, most notably the beginning of a marriage. At other times, emotions come into play simply because the jewelry is inherently so beautiful. I was told by a talented jewelry designer friend that I was literally whimpering when I saw the exquisite pieces in her collection. And there can be a sense of joy when one is able to commemorate a special achievement with the purchase of a signature piece of jewelry.

Read more at: www.jckonline.com




2008/11/04

Rare blue diamond on the block


Democrats aren’t the only ones with a penchant for blue these days. Christie’s London is putting an historic blue diamond on the auction block on December 10th, and the little beauty is expected to fetch a whopping $15 million.

The 17th century gem weighs in at 35.56 carats and is known to collectors as the Wittelsbach diamond. The stone was originally given to Infanta Margarita Teresa by her father King Philip IV of Spain on the occasion of her engagement to her uncle, Leopold I of Austria. Um...ew.

Read more at: Jewelry Insider




2008/11/03

It's all about emotional value!



Vintage golden love pendant


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A gift says, “You are important to me.” The care that went into choosing it is often a far more accurate gauge of just how important, than the amount of money spent on it. Because antiques are by their very nature unique, you cannot just order one. Unlike mass produced consumer items, antiques have to be picked-out individually from the rest, giving extra meaning to your words when you declare, “I found something really special for you this year.”

In our impressive collection of fine jewellery we have pieces to suit every budget, every style and every mood. So this year show your loved one they are worth the effort and offer them the gift that proves your devotion and how much you value them, an antique Jewel from Adin - World leader in French antique jewellery online.

Don’t wait untill the last moment. Our impressive stock of jewels that have already stood the test of time contains pieces to suit every budget, style and mood. Our professional team of assistants will be standing by to help you find exactly what you seek.

Browse it now to find a future heirloom, testimony of your love to future generations.



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The Adin team
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