2009/05/23

Sweet jewelry...

Most elegant Art Deco engagement ring with diamonds and pain du sucre sapphire


This must be one of the most elegant rings we have ever had. It has the graceful finesse of the Edwardian style combined with the very geometrical forms of Art Deco. This mixture of styles is not surprising as both Edwardian and Art Deco are coevals.

The center is set with a high domed cabochon cut natural sapphire. Such sapphires are called "pain du sucre" which is French for sugar loaf. A sugar loaf, a tall gently-tapering cylinder with a conical top, was the traditional form in which refined sugar was exported from the Caribbean and eastern Brazil from the 17th to 19th centuries.

A sweet piece of jewelry indeed.

Click the picture to get to the descriptive page of this ring.

Antiqualy yours,
The Adin team
www.adin.be



2009/05/17

Wearable 300 years old diamond jewelry!

Antwerp...
Diamond capital of the world for centuries

(not just an empty phrase)

Early-Georgian golden earrings with table cut rose cut diamonds17th Century gold and diamond crossAntique earrings mid 18th century with table cut rose cut diamonds very special!Golden 17th Century diamond ring



Of all cities, it was our hometown Antwerp where, mid 16th century, the table rose cut diamond was introduced. A way of diamond polishing where the top and bottom of the stone were left flat, sloping facets and chamfered corners, creating a sort of trapezium. One can recognize the old 16th, 17th and 18th century rose cuts by these flat tops, the “table”. Later rose cut diamonds were polished in a point to the top. Imagine the ingenuity and patience people had in those days to polish world's hardest material in the shape of their desire.


The depicted jewels here are set with these so called table rose cuts and are about some 300 years old. Just imagine wearing jewelry that old...


Click the pictures to get to the descriptive pages of these jewels.


Antiqualy yours,
The Adin team
www.adin.be







2009/05/10

From manure to jewelry

The unlikely evolution of the dung beetle.

Typical Egyptian scarab ring with cartouched scarab set in golden swivel ring



In the Old Kingdom of Ancient Egypt, the use of the dung beetle (also called: scarab) as a symbol became common. The dung beetle's rolling of dung into a ball was seen as an earthly symbol of the heavenly cycle. Cut in bone, ivory, stone, Egyptian faience, or precious metals they were often incorporated into tombs, as grave goods, or given as 'gifts'. Over centuries till our days, to people with a fascination for the art and beliefs of ancient Egypt, the scarab is an item of popular interest.

In the past 200 years, Ancient Egypt has been a rich source of inspiration to art and fashion worldwide for at least three times. We call these three periods the Egyptian revivals or Neo-Egyptian styles and they are divided as follows:
  1. the first one was initiated by Napoleon Bonaparte's Egyptian Campaign, circa 1797
  2. the second by the construction of the Suez Canal in 1859 and its official opening in 1869
  3. the third by the discovery of the tomb of King Tutankhamun in November 1922

We think the ring pictured here is made in Egypt somewhere between 1920 and 1930. Perhaps not even made as a result of the third Neo-Egyptian revival but just to sell to tourists. It could also be questionable if the scarab is originally from the Ancient Egyptian era or specially made to look old, as there are no reasons to believe that the tourist industry in general has changed over the years.




Antiqualy yours,

The Adin team
www.adin.be





2009/05/04

It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds.

Fifties golden bird with demantoid eye and diamond beak on coral branch


Although Aesop (a Greek storyteller who lived 620-560 BC) meant something else with his saying, he couldn't be more accurate for the bird pictured here. If something got lost over the years in the art of jewelry making then it is the cooperation of various disciplines that are needed to get to one well designed and well made piece of jewelry. The artist/designer, the modeller, the goldsmith, the setter, the engraver, the polisher, all did one's bit in their field of expertise.

As is the case with this strange bird here. A typical product of the fifties of the twenthieth century. All sorts of animals were used as source of inspiration. Made in gold and precious stones sometimes even decorated with enamel, the result of the experts' collaboration was, most of the times, well-made, clever and cute.

The special thing about this bird, besides being funny and a well-made appearance, is the stone used for its eye. A beautiful velvetish light-green colored natural demantoid of nearly half a carat that gives a new dimension to the meaning of the word "sparkle". Proofing that only the best of best was used in such pieces. Demantoid is the most expensive and rare of garnet gemstones, with fine specimens like the one used here commanding prices of thousands of dollars per carat - even more expensive then diamond!




Antiqualy yours,
The Adin team
www.adin.be