2008/12/31

Stunning Art Deco Diamonds And Sapphires Line Bracelet


Most popular in the hive within this time period

 Stunning Art Deco Diamonds And Sapphires Line Bracelet




2008/12/30

Go for the (Yellow) Gold


Three Must-Have Styles of Yellow Gold Jewelry

There are three types of yellow gold jewelry that every woman should own: antique/history inspired pieces, classic pieces and a few contemporary pieces. Historically inspired pieces are fabulous because they make a statement and boldly finish off an outfit.

Read the whole story at applesofgold.com

See Adin's fabulous collection of antique jewelry.




2008/12/29

Diamond Engagement Rings: A History

Ever wondered how the diamond engagement ring became the superstar of the jewelry world? The Jewelry Insider offers a brief history for your reading pleasure.

'Tis the season to pop that fateful question fellas...

Diamond Engagement Rings: A History

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Because of their beauty, strength and durability, diamonds for centuries have symbolized the eternal love of two people that have pledged to join together in marriage.

The actual tradition of giving a diamond engagement ring as a promise of marriage is thought to have started in 1477, when Archduke Maximillian of Austria presented Mary of Burgundy with a diamond ring. This practice became a trend among royalty and the wealthy, and the rest of the world's upper classes began to embrace it over the next few centuries.

But giving a diamond engagement ring as a symbol of betrothal really started to become an established, widespread tradition once the gems became more accessible and affordable to the public. And that all started in 1870 with the discovery of diamond mines in South Africa. These new sources flooded the market and led to the creation of the De Beers conglomerate to control the worldwide diamond supply. During these early decades of the De Beers dynasty, diamond sales flourished in Europe, the United States and other key world markets.

By the late 1930s, however, the United States and much of Europe was in the wake of the Depression, and Europe was bracing for the start of World War II - and demand for diamonds had plummeted to an all-time low. Thus, De Beers diamond mogul Sir Ernest Oppenheimer sent his son Harry to New York to meet with the N.W Ayer advertising agency. The plan was to transform America's taste for small, low-quality stones into a true luxury market that would absorb the excess production of higher-quality gems no longer selling in Europe. The result of Ayer and young Oppenheimer's efforts was a campaign - led by the enduring "A Diamond is Forever" slogan - that helped turn the United States into the premier market for the world's supply of gem-quality diamonds. The successful campaign also cemented the diamond's status as the engagement ring stone of choice in America.

Here are some other interest historical facts related to the engagement ring:
  • The tradition of placing both the engagement ring and wedding band on the fourth finger of the left hand stems from a Greek belief that a certain vein in that finger, the vena amoris, runs
  • directly to the heart.
  • In the Middle Ages, men often kept a betrothal ring suspended from the band of their hats, ready to give to their chosen maid.
  • Posy rings, which were inscribed with love poems and messages, were popular betrothal rings from theMiddle Ages until Victorian times.
  • A popular engagement ring style during the Renaissance was called the "Gimmel", or twin, ring.
  • The ring was typically made of two (or three) interlocking rings: one worn by the bride-to-be, and another by the groom-to-be (and sometimes a third worn by a witness). All three parts were reunited into one to become the wedding ring on the day of marriage. Martin Luther and Catherine Bora were wed with an inscribed gimmel ring in 1525.
  • The smallest engagement ring on record was given to two-year-old Prince Mary, daughter of Henry VIII, on the event of her betrothal to the infant Dauphin of France, son of King Francis I, in 1518. Mary's tiny gold ring was set with a diamond.
  • A diamond cluster ring in the shape of a long pointed oval was popular as an engagement ring during the time of Louis XVI (1754-1793), and remained fashionable for 150 years afterward.
  • Hearts were popular motifs for engagement and wedding rings during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Such rings often combined rubies (signifying love) and diamonds (signifying eternity).
  • Despite the diamond's growing hold on the bridal market, colored stone rings were still quite popular in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
  • Often, the first letter of the stones within the setting spelled out the name of the giver or a word (for example, "dearest" would be represented by diamond, emerald, amethyst, ruby, epidote, sapphire and turquoise).
  • Queen Victoria's (1819-1901) engagement ring was in the form of a serpent. The snake motif was believed to be a symbol of good luck.
  • The Tiffany, or solitaire, setting was introduced in the late nineteenth century.
  • The "princess ring," a type of English engagement ring sporting three to five large diamonds in a row across the top, was popular in the United States in the early twentieth century. The
  • three-stone style has enjoyed a major comeback recently.
  • In the early part of the twentieth century, platinum was the metal of choice for engagement rings because of its strength and durability in holding a diamond. However, platinum was declared a strategic metal during World War II, and its usage was restricted to military purposes. This led to the rise of both yellow and white gold in bridal jewelry.
  • The famous "A Diamond is Forever" campaign established many of today's standards for diamond engagement rings, including the "two months' salary" guideline - which basically says that a prospective groom should plan to spend two months' salary on an engagement ring for his bride-to-be.
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From: The Jewelry Insider

2008/12/28

Palm Beach Show Unveils Lecture Series

The Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show announced the lecture series program at its sixth annual event, being held, Feb. 14-17, at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.

Art, jewelry and antique aficionados will have the opportunity to view and purchase from the extensive collections of more than 200 international exhibitors and attend lectures presented by an all-star line-up of knowledgeable and respected speakers on a variety of topics such as: “Tiffany Style: 170 Years of Design” by John Loring, Design Director of Tiffany & Co. and “The Art & Passion of the Italian Renaissance” with Contessa Maria Vittoria Colonna Rimbotti, President of Amici degli Uffizi and Friends of the Uffizi Gallery, USA.

“It has always been our goal to provide an environment that fosters the understanding and appreciation of antiques in addition to offering an enormous selection of high-quality items,” said Kris Charamonde co-owner and show manager. “We believe the lecture series enhances the total show experience and is well received by our guests each year.”

The lecture series is free and open to the public. Individual lectures take place twice daily at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

The lecture series is as follows:

Feb. 14
1 p.m., “Tiffany Glass and the Quest of Beauty” with Arlie Sulka, owner and managing director of Lillian Nassau LLC

3 p.m., “Tiffany Style: 170 Years of Design” with John Loring, design director of Tiffany & Co.

Feb. 15
1 p.m., “The Greatest Art Collectors of All Time” with Contessa Maria Vittoria Colonna Rimbotti, president of Amici degli Uffizi, Italy and Friends of the Uffizi Gallery, USA

3 p.m., “The Most Beautiful & Important Images of Florida: 1564-1838” with W. Graham Arader, owner of Arader Galleries

Feb. 16
1 p.m., “John L. Volk: A Remarkable Life” with Jane Day, president of Research Atlantica, Inc.

3 p.m., “Collecting Rarities in Silver: Every Treasure Tells a Story” with Spencer Gordon of Spencer Marks Ltd.

Feb. 17
1 p.m., “American Art: What’s Hot, What’s Not” with Debra Force, owner of Debra Force Fine Art Inc.

3 p.m., “Full Circle: Recurring Themes & Influences in 200 Years of Jewelry Design” with Simon Teakle, director of Estate Jewelry for Betteridge Jewelers.


From: www.palmbeachshow.com

2008/12/27

Looking Good Doesnt Have To Cost A Fortune - Buy Estate Jewelry


When it comes to estate jewelry there is always much discussion about what is and what is not estate jewelry. The definition is really quite simple. Estate jewelry is jewelry acquired from the estate of another person, who can be living or deceased. The simple definition of estate jewelry is jewelry that is previously owned.

Contrary to what many believe looking good doesn't have to cost a fortune - just buy estate jewelry! And save plenty!!

There is often much confusion with both dealers and consumer. There is some false myths floating around that estate jewelry is antique jewelry. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

Although many pieces of estate jewelry are antique, many pieces are also vintage, retro, or fairly modern. That's why searching for estate jewelry can result in some terrific buys!

Estate jewelry also does not mean fine jewelry. Estate jewelry can be costume or fine and is found both ways.


Read more at: www.andhravilas.com




2008/12/26

Blame it on the Beers


The diamond has it's routes in a very dark place beneath the earth. A true loved one is hard to get so the diamond must be just as elusive. Kimberley South Africa was a newly discovered region, began to flood the market with not so rare gems.

From: Cassandra Bromfield's Wacky World Of Wedding Traditions




2008/12/25

Antique beads vintage beads necklaces and styles


Beads have been around for centuries, our ancestors used seeds, bones and shells strung together to wear around their necks. In today's blog I have decided to look at some of the different styles of bead necklaces available both costume and fine necklaces.

Read more at: jewelsandfinery.blogspot.com




2008/12/24

Happy Holidays and peace for all!!!



Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and a great Kwanzaa


Happy Holidays and peace for all!!!

Thank you for the confidence and trust you have given to us again this past year.

On behalf of the entire Adin team,

Elkan Wijnberg
CEO Adin
www.adin.be


Colored Stone Jewelry: A Matter Of Fashion


Unlike in the olden days, colored stone jewelry is now worn as a matter of fashion and no longer as a matter of psychic powers in ancient times. Today, pieces of colored stone jewelries are often worn by women who are up to becoming more fashionable by having a perfect match of jewelries to the wardrobe they flaunt in their day to day undertakings. Colored stone jewelry like a ruby bracelet or an opal inspired ring would be a perfect match for some in fashion apparel that would definitely look good whenever they are flaunted by fashionable women.

From: www.darrenaronofsky.net




2008/12/23

Hollywood's Heyday – Estate Jewelry of the Stars


By Cathleen McCarthy

From the earliest days of film, movie stars and fine jewelry have gone together like Hollywood and Vine. During the Golden Age of Cinema, the queens of celluloid bought and wore the freshest jewelry fashions — nouveau and deco, retro, moderne, art, and contemporary. Here’s a look back at the days when stars owned their jewels for a lifetime instead of returning them in the morning.

On Oscar night, all eyes are riveted on beautiful actresses in designer gowns, their jewels glittering in the spotlights. Famous beauties like Demi Moore and Gwyneth Paltrow follow the tradition of stars such as Marlene Dietrich and Jean Harlow, who blinded the cameras with their high-carat flash. The difference is that the stars of a bygone era owned their jewels, they didn’t rent them.

Studios once lavished their stars with jewelry, and many actresses wore their own high-priced baubles in the movies. Magazines like Photoplay chronicled every detail of stars’ private lives, including the jewelry they wore and how much they spent on it. By mid-century, Hollywood was the guiding hand shaping trends in fashion and jewelry.

Marilyn Monroe was bedecked in faux jewelry when she sang “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” in the film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, but the benefits for De Beers were genuine.

Read the whole story at: www.jckonline.com




2008/12/22

The Metaphysical Estate Jewelry of Celebrities


The Metaphysical Estate Jewelry of Celebrities by Sher Matsen

Back to ancient times bewitching jewelry has been used by both men and women to adorn their body. From gemstones to crystals talismans and amulets adorned the body. And thanks to the celebrities who have taken up this trend once again. Metaphysical estate jewelry amulets and talismans are once again gaining popularity. No let me rephrase that they are hot!

From ancient times right through to modern day amulets and talismans are worn for their metaphysical properties. They are believed to possess special powers such as keeping one safe, improving ones mind, finding love, or warding off evil. Each gem is believed to contain its own magical powers.

Read the whole story at: www.flixya.com




2008/12/21

Russians Buy Jewelry, Hoard Dollars as Ruble Plunges


By Emma O’Brien and William Mauldin

Dec. 11 (Bloomberg) -- Moscow resident Tima Kulikov banked on the full faith and credit of the U.S. government, not the Kremlin, when he sold his biggest asset for cash.

The 31-year-old director of a social networking Web site initially agreed to sell his apartment for rubles, then cringed at the thought of the currency weakening as it sat in a lockbox pending settlement of the contract. It wasn’t until the buyer showed up with $250,000 stacked in old mobile-phone boxes and stuffed in his pockets that Kulikov closed the deal.

“The exchange rate we agreed on wasn’t great, but I did it because the money’s going to lie there for a month,” Kulikov said. “Put it this way, the ruble’s more likely to have problems than the dollar.”...

...For the burgeoning middle class, investments of choice range from electronics to gold jewelry. Evroset, Russia’s largest mobile-phone chain, is telling people to buy anything they can....

Read the whole story at: www.bloomberg.com




2008/12/20

Gold Rises to Eight-Week High as Dollar Slides; Silver Gains

By Pham-Duy Nguyen

Dec. 11 (Bloomberg) -- Gold prices rose to the highest in almost eight weeks as a sliding dollar boosted the appeal of the precious metal as an alternative asset. Silver also gained.

Gold has jumped 9.9 percent this week as the dollar dropped 4 percent against a weighted basket of six major currencies. The metal reached a record in March as the greenback headed for an all-time low against the euro.

“The dollar seems to be under a lot of pressure and there’s still uncertainty to the economic outlook, and that’s giving a lift to gold,” said Stephen Platt, a commodity analyst at Archer Financial Services Inc. in Chicago. “Gold has held up better than any asset off the uncertain monetary outlook.”

Read more at: www.bloomberg.com

2008/12/19

Field Museum to highlight ancient jewelry


Chicago -- Jewelry from the ancient Near East will be the focus of attention in a new exhibit to hit The Field Museum in Chicago next month.

"Masterpieces of Ancient Jewelry: Exquisite Objects from the Cradle of Civilization" will run from Feb. 13 through July 5 and will feature artifacts from renowned collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Princeton University Art Museum and the Israel Museum.

Some of the artifacts to be presented are more than 7,000 years old, and the jewelry is intended to illuminate the culture and customs of ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, the Levant, Persia and the Islamic Middle East.

The Field Museum is partnering with the National Jewelry Institute to produce the exhibit, which will also feature maps and illustrations in addition to the jewelry, placing the designs in an historical and cultural context.

Several key pieces from The Field Museum's own collection, including a grouping of 23,000 artifacts from the 5,000-year-old city of Kish, Iraq, will also be on display to complement the exhibition.

"Masterpieces of Ancient Jewelry: Exquisite Objects from the Cradle of Civilization" is free with paid general admission to The Field Museum.

For more information, call (312) 922-9410 or visit the museum's Web site, www.fieldmuseum.org.

From: www.nationaljewelernetwork.com





2008/12/18

WorthPoint Adds Three Experts to Its International Team of Worthologists


ATLANTA, Dec 11, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- WorthPoint Corporation ( www.worthpoint.com) today announced that it has appointed three experts to its international team of Worthologists.

WorthPoint Worthologists are men and women with expertise and a passion for art, antiques and collectibles. Their backgrounds include auctioneering, appraising, publishing, teaching and consulting. What all Worthologists have in common is their ability to evaluate items to determine their history, significance and worth. They all adhere to a strict WorthPoint ethical code of conduct.

The three new Worthologists are:
Bradley Downs, of Woodstock, Georgia. Bradley is an expert in vintage modern design: affordable art deco, sculpture, pottery, mid-century modern furniture, lighting and accessories. With a background in commercial art and design from the Art Institute of Atlanta, Bradley is able to relate both to the technical and the aesthetic inherent in Post War Design, otherwise known as Mid Century Modern.

As a collector and dealer for the past 15 years, Bradley was instrumental in discovering and providing unique Mid Century Modern pieces to the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and to well-known buyers such as Oprah Winfrey, Lenny Kravitz and Leigh Keno.

David Morrison Pike, of Nara, Japan. David is an expert in Japanese ceramics. He also creates his own line of Japanese ceramics. David has been apprenticed to Naoki Kawabuchi, a well known Japanese artist in the Nanban style of Japanese ceramics. David fires his own line of ceramics in his own kiln using the traditional approach to creating his own works of art at his home in Japan.
While conversant in all Japanese periods, David is particularly knowledgeable about the Momoyama period of Japanese ceramics, a period considered the Japanese Renaissance dating from 1467 to 1603. His knowledge of Japanese art also extends to the traditional Japanese screens, tea boxes, kimonos, lacquer-ware and ceremonial swords.

Elkan Wijnberg, of Antwerp, Belgium. Elkan is an expert in vintage jewelry. Elkan attended Vakschool Schoonhoven in the Netherlands and graduated in 1981 as a master goldsmith. He was especially skilled in designing jewelry, but soon gained worldwide recognition for repairing and restoring antique and vintage jewelry. A pioneer in Internet antique jewelry sales since 1999, Elkan has built a worldwide following for his specialist collection and intimate knowledge of Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian, Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Retro jewelry.

Elkan is the founder of Adin, a vintage jewelry dealership in Antwerp, diamond-trading capital of the world. He is an associate of the Belgian Chamber of Experts to the Courts of Justice and the American Society of Jewelry Historians. He supplied jewelry for the movie "The DaVinci Code" and to high profile shows sponsored by the High Council of Diamonds in Antwerp.

About WorthPoint
Atlanta-based WorthPoint Corp. is an Internet-based data-and-media company that offers a vast database of sales records on art, antiques and collectibles. Founded in 2007, WorthPoint has quickly become the world's largest social network for researching the worth of antiques and collectibles. WorthPoint helps collectors understand the worth of their items and provides expert advice from its international team of Worthologists on how to preserve or sell antiques and collectibles. WorthPoint recently acquired Dublin, Ohio-based GoAntiques, the oldest antiques-and-collectibles site on the Web.

SOURCE WorthPoint Corporation




2008/12/17

Retro ring in Art Deco style with old mine brilliant cut diamonds and big starlite


December
(stars are in the air)


Retro ring in Art Deco style with old mine brilliant cut diamonds and big starlite




A touch of history ...

Retro ring in Art Deco style with old mine brilliant cut diamonds and big starlite


(you can click the picture to get to its descriptive page)


The big beautiful sparkling blue stone in the center of this geometrical diamond ring with its intensive fire and luster is called a starlite. A fanciful name given to the blue variety of zircon. They are so called from a supposed resemblance to starlight, being named by George F. Kunz (1856-1932), an American gem expert. The bright vivid blue color was obtained by heating the original dark-brown stones in primitive ovens with fluxes. These stones were quite popular in the second quarter of last century. Starlite, being a variety of zircon, is not to be confused with
cubic zirconia which is a synthetic substance with a completely different chemical composition.

Antique jewelry object group: rings
Country of origin: Although it does not carry any legible control marks we believe it is of Belgian origin.
Style: somewhere between Art Deco and Retro (styles overview)
Style specifics: Abstract motives and geometrical forms are quite typical for the Art Deco period and the Retro Style is a recent designation for the period in the forties when large scale, stylized geometric forms, drapes, bows or ribbons were all the rage.
Period: ca. 1950 (events and facts in 1950)
Material: platinum and 18K white gold - (precious metals)
Diamonds: Twelve old mine brilliant cut diamonds with a total estimated weight of approximately 1.50 crt.
Note: All diamond weights, color grades and clarity are approximate since the stones were not removed from their mounts to preserve the integrity of the setting.
Precious stones: One beautiful sparkling starlite with an estimated weight of approximately 2.20 crt. - (precious stones)
Birthstones: Diamond is the birthstone (or month stone) for April and starlite for December. - (general birthstones explanation)
Hallmarks: Illegible remains. - (general hallmarks info)
Condition: excellent condition - (our condition scale)
Dimensions: Top 1.35 cm (0.53 inch) x 2.20 cm (0.87 inch)
Weight: 9.30 gram (5.98 dwt)
Ring size Continental: 56 & 17¾ , Size US 7½ , Size UK:
Resizing: Free resizing, but because of the the way the ring is made, we cannot guarantee to make it on every size; so please ask in advance (only for extreme resizing we have to charge). - (list ring sizes)

ReferenceNº: 08281-4086







2008/12/16

Gemstone Meanings

In ancient times, gemstone meanings were ascribed to the influence the planets had on certain gems which in turn, could transmit the powers attributed to those planets to the person holding or wearing that stone.

For couples today who wish to create a ring with personal significance an antique gemstone engagement ring can offer a unique way to do just that, by selecting a gem with the appropriate gemstone meanings.

There is no doubt that the lady born in September, who wears a gemstone engagement ring set with sapphire gemstones, possesses something more intimately associated with her personality.

From: www.antique-jewelry-investor.com

Read more about gemstones meanings.

2008/12/15

Buying Antique Jewelry


Jewelry, next to land is just about the best investments you can make. This is because the value of jewelry increases over time. The older a piece of jewelry is, the more expensive it gets. This is the reason that there are many antique jewelry collectors in the world today.

Being that the market for antique jewelry is actually quite large, one must take care to get his or her money's worth. Many people out there are ready and willing to take advantage of a person's naivety. Dealing with the amount of money required to invest in antique jewelry needs a bit of finesse. You need to know what you are doing in order to avoid being scammed.

Most experts agree that the value of antique jewelry always depends on its condition. The rock may look good, but is the condition of the jewelry actually sound? How can you tell?

One thing you should do is check out the back of the jewelry. The fact is, you can rarely really tell the condition of the jewelry from the front. No forger is stupid enough to make fake antique jewelry look bad. What should you be looking at?


Read more at: My great antique superblog

Or read the Adin's Antique Jewelry Glossary with over 1500 entries




2008/12/13

Design Holiday Gift Ideas


For Mom... From style.com, “A woman’s jewelry should stand the test of time, so why not buy something that already has? New York’s Catwalk Couture has a wealth of vintage, often one-of-a-kind pieces...

Read more at: futureblog.designhotels.com




2008/12/12

How To Get The Designer Wear Without The Designer Price Tag


A flick through the glossies will tell you that the fashion trend for this year is ‘big’. Everything has to be on an unprecedented scale. Huge designer sunglasses, huge handbags, huge, chunky jewellery - anything, as long as it’s big.

I have my own personal view on this. Stick thin celebrities are living miserable lives on lettuce leaves and low calorie water. Maybe if they drown themselves in huge items in the name of fashion, they can eat a little more without having a ‘fat’ day?

Read more at: www.beauty-fashion-jewelry.com




Wittelsbach nets record $24M at Christie's


London - A 35.56-carat blue diamond broke through the financial gloom on Wednesday, setting a new world record price for a diamond sold at auction.

The deep grayish-blue gem, known as the Wittelsbach Diamond, sold for $24.3 million at Christie's "Jewels: The London Sale," topping the previous record of $16.5 million set by the sale of a 100-carat diamond in Geneva in 1995.

International jeweler Laurence Graff, of Graff Diamonds, snapped up the gem, outbidding Aleks Paul of Essex Global Trading, a professional of Russian origin based in New York.

Read more at: www.nationaljewelernetwork.com




2008/12/11

Rago Arts Estate Jewelry Auction Closed Yesterday


Well the auction hammers have been heard, and the estate jewelry auction has come to a close yesterday. Looks like the economy has affected this jewelry auction as well, since many lots sold for half of its expected price. The lots that I featured on my blog, however, went for more than expected. Whoever was the highest bidder for any of the auction lots is lucky to get such high quality estate jewelry. Did any of my readers bid? Win??

From: gemgossip.com




2008/12/10

Winkelen in Antwerpen


Antieke Sieraden

Adin is een firma met een breed spectrum aan activiteiten, maar met als specialisme de verkoop van 19de eeuwse Franse antieke juwelen. Adin heeft geregeld een voorraad van om en bij de 10.000 artikelen met prijzen variërend van $300 tot $1000, alhoewel Adin ook juwelen heeft gaande van $50 tot $50.000.

De juwelen die verkocht worden, werden allen gecontroleerd door een team van experten, en waar nodig in hun oorspronkelijke glorie hersteld. Alle juwelen zijn van een goede kwaliteit en een typisch voorbeeld van hun stijl en periode.

Lees meer op: antwerp-shopping.blogspot.com of bezoek de Adin site




2008/12/09

Adin's Antique Jewelry Christmas suggestions


Dear fellow antique jewelry afficionado,



We take the liberty of sending you a mail this time without any back-ground explanation on symbolism, style or era. Just a list of present suggestions. We also would like to inform you that all orders till December 21st are still in time to be delivered before Christmas, and that all orders will be specially packed in a free gift wrapping.


Hoping to be at your service with this,
do we remain,

antiqually yours,
The Adin team


Thoughtful and exclusive presents under €500

Antique rings under €500
rings
till €500
Antique earrings under €500
earrings
till €500
Antique pendants under €500
pendants
till €500
Antique brooches under €500
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till €500
Antique jewelry under €500
all jewelry
till €500


Thoughtful and exclusive presents between €500 and €1,500

Antique rings between €500 and €1500
rings
till €1,500
Antique earrings between €500 and €1500
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till €1,500
Antique pendants between €500 and €1500
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Antique brooches between €500 and €1500
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till €1,500
Antique jewelry between €500 and €1500
all jewelry
till €1,500


Thoughtful and exclusive presents between €1,500 - €5,000

Antique rings between €1500 and €5000
rings
till €5,000
Antique earrings between €1500 and €5000
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till €5,000
Antique pendants between €1500 and €5000
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till €5,000
Antique brooches between €1500 and €5000
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till €5,000
Antique jewelry between €1500 and €5000
all jewelry
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Thoughtful and exclusive presents between €5,000 - €10,000

Antique rings between €5000 and €10000
rings
till €10,000
Antique earrings between €5000 and €10000
bracelets
till €10,000
Antique pendants between €5000 and €10000
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till €10,000
Antique brooches between €5000 and €10000
brooches
till €10,000
Antique jewelry between €5000 and €10000
all jewelry
till €10,000


Thoughtful and exclusive presents €10,000 and above

Antique rings under €500
rings
€10,000 +
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bracelets
€10,000 +
Antique pendants under €500
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€10,000 +
Antique brooches under €500
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€10,000 +
Antique jewelry under €500
all jewelry
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2008/12/08

Prehistoric Gold in Europe


A book by Giulio Morteani and Jeremy P. Northover

Interest in the study of early European cultures is growing. These cultures have left us objects made of gold, other metals and ceramics. The advent of metal detectors, coupled with improved analytical techniques, has increased the number of findings of such objects enormously. Gold was used for economic and ceremonial purposes and thus the gold objects are an important key to our understanding of the social and political structures, as well as the technological achievements, of Bronze and Iron Age European societies. A correct interpretation of the information provided by gold and other metal objects requires the cooperation of experts in the fields of social, materials and natural science. Detailed investigation of gold deposits in Europe have revealed the composition and genesis of the deposits as sources of the metal. In Prehistoric Gold in Europe, a group of leading European geoscientists, metallurgists and archaeologists discuss the techniques of gold mining and metallurgy, the socioeconomic importance of gold as coinage and a symbol of wealth and status, and as an indicator of religious habits, as well as a mirror of trade and cultural relations mirrored by the distribution and types of gold objects in prehistoric times.

More details:
Prehistoric Gold in Europe: Mines, Metallurgy, and Manufacture
By Giulio Morteani, Jeremy P. Northover
Contributor Giulio Morteani, Jeremy P. Northover
Published by Springer, 1995
ISBN 0792332555, 9780792332558
618 pages


Read more on gold online





2008/12/06

478-carat diamond goes for $18.4 million


Antwerp, Belgium - The 478-carat diamond recovered from an African mine in September has sold for $18.4 million and is expected to yield a polished stone of at least 200 carats.

Safdico, the manufacturing arm of high-end jeweler Graff Diamonds, outbid six other diamantaires to snatch up the stone, named "Leseli la Letseng" (the light of Letseng), at a tender in Antwerp, Belgium, recently, according to a release from Gem Diamonds Ltd.

The stone, recovered from the Letseng le Terai Mine in the African kingdom of Lesotho, is the 20th-largest rough diamond ever recovered and is believed to have outstanding color and clarity.

Read more at: www.nationaljewelernetwork.com

Or read more on diamonds




2008/12/05

www.adin.be


For alvorlig antik og kostbare smykker med alle slags sten, bør du snuse rundt på det funklende site Adin.be. Alskens fingerringe, øreringe, halskæder, brocher fra det 16. til det 21. århundrede finder du her på en overskuelig og indbydende side, hvor du kan søge efter bestemte smykker fra en bestemt periode i en bestemt farve. Priserne er derefter.

from: www.eurowoman.dk




2008/12/04

Platinum Art Deco diamond pendant with huge magnificent moonstone



Platinum Art Deco diamond pendant with huge magnificent moonstone


A touch of history ...
Platinum Art Deco diamond pendant with huge magnificent moonstone


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In Antiquity, as well as in the Middle Ages people believed that the cosmos is reflected in gemstones. Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist traditions mingled with Pagan legends led to the association of certain precious stones with different days, months, astrological signs, Tribes of Israel and Apostles but also with healing powers for social, physiological, metaphysical and even medical conditions.

The moonstone is assigned to the planets Neptune and Venus. The combination of moonstone with Venus is interesting as still today it's considered to be a woman's stone. The moonstone is the birthstone or month stone for June. Moonstone should protect travellers, especially from danger by sea, reconciles lovers, brings good fortune, inner growth and strength. (Not that we necessarily promote or believe such claims, but we think they make for interesting conversation.)

In semi-precious stones there are gems and gems but this cabochon cut moonstone is the gem of gems. This top quality fine blue moonstone shows an incredible "three-dimensional" depth of color, which one will see clearly only when playfully tilting the stone and moving it. Transparant with a violet hue when playing with it in the light. Blue moonstones in fine qualities are becoming increasingly short in supply and push up the prices accordingly and to find one in this size is even more rare. Executed in platinum with six old mine brilliant cut diamonds in line pointing towards the moonstone, this jewel is an example how frugal and yet beautiful Art Deco can be.

Antique jewelry object group: necklaces
Country of origin: Although it does not carry any legible control marks we believe it is of Belgian 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 - (precious metals)
Diamonds: Six old mine brilliant cut diamonds with a total estimated weight of approx. 0.70 crt. Note: All diamond weights, color grades and clarity are approximate since the stones were not removed from their mounts to preserve the integrity of the setting.
Precious stones: moonstone - (precious stones)
Birthstones: Diamond is the birthstone (or month stone) for April and moonstone for June. - (general birthstones explanation)
Hallmarks: No trace. - (general hallmarks info)
Condition: excellent condition - (our condition scale)
Dimensions: Approximate dimensions moonstone length 1.90 cm (0.75 inch), width 1.17 cm (0.46 inch), thick 0.89 cm (0.35 inch), pendant height 4.35 cm (1.71 inch), chain length 42.50 cm (16.73 inch)
Weight: 11.00 gram (7.07 dwt)

Reference Nº: 08211-4184




2008/12/03

Antique Engagement Rings


If you want an engagement ring that is unique and classy at the same time, you might consider giving your lady love an antique engagement ring. Nowadays, brides-to-be are showing their unique style and individuality by selecting antique and estate engagement rings. Many couples look at the future brightly by purchasing something from the past.

You may choose that extraordinary engagement ring from many fine collections of beautiful yet unusual and non traditional antique engagement jewelry.

A lot of women choose Art Deco and Edwardian antique engagement rings studded with sapphires and diamonds. Both these pearl and diamond antique engagement rings are evocative of the romantic era of the past. Old-fashioned filigree diamond engagement rings boast of exceptional workmanship and superior quality that makes it look good on any woman's hand.

Also popular are antique engagement rings with eclectic gemstones, antique rubies and antique sapphires. Does your future bride like nontraditional colors? Then go for an aquamarine antique engagement ring. It is the perfect combination of modern and antique styles.

By Marcus Peterson, read the rest of this story at: european-antique-furnitureauthority-s.blogspot.com




2008/12/02

For Green Jewelry, Refuse Real Coral


As Americans seek "green" items to preserve the planet, ranging from lightbulbs to dishsoap, they might want to consider their jewelry. Purchasing a necklace in the Midwest -; if that necklace contains coral -; can harm ocean ecosystems thousands of miles away.

Divers have harvested red coral for over 5,000 years. But new technologies, which allow coral harvesters to dive deeper and take more coral, have made the practice more destructive. Some scientists say that 20 percent of the world's coral has been destroyed, and that another 23 percent may be lost in the next 30 years.

Coral proves essential to healthy ocean ecosystems. Over 5,000 types of coral exist. Different species grow in different depths and temperatures, where they create "coral forests," which provide homes and food for thousands of marine species. Coral can also create barriers between oceans and shores, helping protect land from ocean storms.

Coral is a slow-growing organism. Some reefs never recover from heavy harvesting.

Americans help fuel the demand for coral. The U.S. imports more precious red corals than any other nation -; 26 million pieces between 2001 and 2006. That's 80 percent of the live coral that is taken from reefs each year.

The push has been for government to enact tougher regulations to protect coral, but when it comes to jewelry, the buck can end with the American consumer. Oceana, an international nonprofit group that works to protect the world's oceans, offer these tips to protect coral reefs:

  • Avoid buying coral jewelry. No one needs coral jewelry, but some communities do need reefs to survive. Consider purchasing jewelry made from other materials.
  • Buy imitation coral. Imitation coral, which can be made from resin, wax or wood, looks just like coral but doesn't impact oceans.
  • Buy coral jewelry second-hand. If you must have real coral, consider shopping for coral jewelry in second-hand shops, antique stores or vintage boutiques. You can have your necklace without fueling the demand for more coral harvesting.

For more information, visit www.oceana.org.

From: http://readitnews.com




2008/12/01

Beautiful and romantic golden vintage cufflinks with enamel

Beautiful and romantic golden vintage cufflinks with enamel


A touch of history ...
Beautiful and romantic golden vintage cufflinks with enamel.


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Flowers are part of our daily life. For virtually every event we have assigned a special flower. Flowers for love, church, marriage, etc. In the 16th century inn's use to have a branch or flower stalk as signboard which later often changed only into the name of a specific tree or flower. Many times one finds flower gardens in mythological sceneries. The allegoric use of flowers is uncountable: attributes for the springtime, the youth, the sunrise, the rhetoric, the virtue etc. Lots of countries carry a flower as national symbol: Hungary had the tulip and Scotland the thistle, etc.

Many pieces of jewelry in the Victorian and Art Nouveau period were adorned with flower symbolism to bring a message, a message of love in this case. These cufflinks are skilfully adorned with an ivy motive. Since time immemorial, ivy has been the symbol for reciprocated love. Sometimes (not in this case) the not-so-obvious expressive pictural message is heightened by an added text in French: 'Je m'attache ou je meurs' (I hold on or I die), referring to the manner ivy grows. A romantic pair of cufflinks indeed.

Antique jewelry object group: cufflinks
Country of origin: Although it does not carry any legible control marks we believe it is of Belgian origin.
Style: late-Victorian early Art Nouveau - (styles overview)
Style specifics: The style of this jewel announces the coming of the Art-Nouveau style.
Period: ca. 1900 (events and facts in 1900)
Source of inspiration: Mother Nature, see also flower symbolism
Theme: ivy - click here for an explanation on the ivy
Material: 18K yellow gold - (precious metals)
Technique: Enamelling is an old and widely-adopted technology. The ancient Egyptians applied enamels to pottery and stone objects. The ancient Greeks, Celts, Russians, and Chinese also used enameling processes on metal objects. Enamel is the colorful result of fusing powdered glass to a substrate by firing, usually between 750 and 850 degrees Celsius. The powder melts and flows and hardens to a smooth, durable vitreous coating on metal, glass or ceramic. According to some sources, the word enamel comes from the High German word smelzan (to smelt) via the Old French esmail. Used as a noun, "an enamel" is a usually small decorative object, coated with enamel coating, such as a champlevé or a cloisonné (different techniques).
Hallmarks: Illegible remains. - (general hallmarks info)
Condition: excellent condition - (our condition scale)
Dimensions: each side is 2.13 cm (0.84 inch) x 1.24 cm (0.49 inch)
Weight: 11.90 gram (7.65 dwt)

Reference Nº: 08328-4167