2009/06/28

Serpents and apples in The Garden of Adin

Late Victorian French double serpents bangle with old mine cut diamond and ruby


ANTWERP, June 28 (Reuters) – Well-informed sources at Adin, Antwerp - Belgium, told us that they are being overwhelmed with requests for information on the exact whereabouts of the Garden-of-Adin. For obvious reasons the exact location of this garden and its treasures is kept a secret. But we were told that the Adin-team is planning to offer on their website some of the treasures they will find.

In the beginning of this week, in the midst of the garden, a serpent was discovered. But behold! When Adin's photographer wanted to create an image of this illustrious animal, he found it entwined with a mate in a rather intense position on a just-eaten apple.

We believe that any resemblance with other known cases of serpents and apples is purely coincidental.

Click the picture to get to the descriptive page of these serpents.

Antiqualy yours,
The Adin team
www.adin.be



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2009/06/20

Another mystery in The Garden of Adin

Platinum daisy covered up in brilliants



ANTWERP, June 21 (Reuters) – Botanists at Adin, Antwerp - Belgium, have discovered a till-now-unknown flower in their garden. They suspect the plant belongs to the family of the Pansy (Viola Tricolor Hortensis). Lead author and a researcher Elkan Wijnberg at Adin Antique Jewelry suggested to name this flower Viola Albino Diamantes. Soon an article will be published in the magazine of Adin's Association for the Advancement of Science (not to be confused with the American Association for the Advancement of Science - AAAS ). We'll keep you updated!

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


Antiqualy yours,
The Adin team
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2009/06/14

Exotic beetle spotted in The Garden of Adin

Victorian bejeweled beetle brooch with rose cut diamonds and garnets



ANTWERP, June 14 (Reuters) – Entomologists at Adin, Antwerp - Belgium, have spotted an exotic beetle in their garden. How or when the insect came there is unknown but “Our study convincingly shows that there is a link between the global warming and bejewelled insects hiding under leaves,” said Elkan Wijnberg, lead author and a researcher with Adin Antique Jewelry.


Click the picture to see the all the pictures our photographer was able to make from this insect.


Antiqualy yours,
The Adin team
www.adin.be


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2009/06/08

Antique jewelry conference in New York, July 2009... A must !

Experts to Speak at Jewelry Camp

April 28, 2009: With more estate jewelry coming out of the vault and walking in to the retail jeweler, now is the perfect time for you to brush up on your knowledge of the antique and estate jewelry market. And the 31st annual Antique Jewelry & Art Conference, aka “Jewelry Camp,” July 17th-19th, 2009, is the best place to do just that – and more.

It’s time to get tough, focused, and smart in these tight economic times. At the Antique Jewelry & Art Conference you will be meeting and learning from the experts in buying, selling, appraising, and collecting. And the list of experts is impressive.

Included are:
Ulysses Grant Dietz, Author, & Senior Curator of Decorative Arts, at the Newark Museum, directing such exhibits as The Doris Duke Jewelry Collection, Style, Status, Sterling: The Triumph of Silver in America, as well as Objects of Desire: 500 years of jewelry at The Newark Museum. www.newarkmuseum.org
Michael Goldstein, leading expert and professional advisor in antique-cut and estate diamonds for over two decades, of Michael Goldstein, Ltd., New York. www.antiquediamond.com
Jorge Chamizo, Senior Estate Buyer, with M.F. McTeigue, LLC., New York. www.mcteigue.com
Nicolas Luchsinger, G.G., of Van Cleef & Arpels. www.vancleef.com
Christie Romero, Director of the Center for Jewelry Studies, Jewelry & Fashion Historian, Author, and Cocurator at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles. www.center4jewelrystudies.org.
Gary Roskin, Author, Gemstone Reporter for the Roskin Gem News Report, and professional advisor on the changing landscape of the jewelry business.
Janet Zapata, Independent Scholar & Author & Museum Consultant.
Ben Macklowe, of Maclowe Gallery, New York. www.macklowegallery.com

The Antique Jewelry & Art Conference, Inc.


As you can see from just this partial list of experts, Jewelry Camp will be no better place to enhance your knowledge of antique and estate jewelry, to network, renew old friendships, and make new ones. And, if you are looking for a position, more knowledge to enhance your current job or, conversely, if you are able to offer an opening to, or are looking for new people, Jewelry Camp is the place to be.

Once again to be held at Hofstra University, located on Long Island, and just minutes away from Downtown Manhattan, the Antique Jewelry & Art Conference is considered by many to be the best jeweler’s working vacation.

Personal invitation from Ed and Sandy
“The aim of Jewelry Camp is to bring interested people from our industry together to learn about the history of jewelry and the workings of the business,” says Ed Lewand, co-owner of the Antique Jewelry & Art Conference. “Sandy & I have endeavored to carry on the tradition of inviting authors, scholars and experts in the field to share their knowledge. We have tried to keep the fee to a minimum; it is the same as it has been for the last six years. Early enrollment and group discounts are an added incentive to bring the cost as low as possible so everyone can come and learn. So we invite you to come join us this summer on Long Island and have a great learning experience get that needed business boost , that extra edge to take you to the next level.”

To see more about the Antique Jewelry & Art Conference, registration, and possible group or organization discounts, log onto www.jewelrycamp.org.

Want to speak to someone live on the phone, contact:
Sandy or Ed Lewand
631-471-1922
Or by e-mail at Jewelrycamp@me.com
The Antique Jewelry & Art Conference, July 17th-19th
There’s still time to go jewelry camping.
But enrollment is limited – Act now!

2009/06/07

How Art Deco got its name

Strong design French Art Deco jabot pin signed G.Fouquet



One of the major design events of the 1920s, if not the most important, was “L'exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes” which is French for “The International Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Arts”. This World's fair was held in Paris, France from April to October 1925.

The term Art Deco was derived by shortening the words Arts Décoratifs in the title of this exposition and described designs in terms of a broad decoratively "modern" style, influenced strongly by Decorative Cubism. One of the members of the Admission Committee for the jewelry department of this trail-blazing fair was the maker of the pin we show here, Mr. George Fouquet.

George Fouquet (1862-1957) is recognized as one of the very few and best known artist jewelers of his time. He won many international awards and worked closely together with artists of his time, like Alfons Mucha.

George Fouquet's jewelry can be found in collections of many important museums all over the world; from the Victorian & Albert in London to The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. He bequeathed his archive and designs to the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris

The so-called jabot-pin by George Fouquet we show here, is as close as one can get to the source of pure Art Deco jewelry.

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


Antiqualy yours,
The Adin team
www.adin.be

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2009/06/01

A lady came into our store...

Amazing antique silver chain documented with original antique photograph



A lady came into our store offering us an antique silver chain. She knew it was antique because she had a dated picture from her grandmother wearing it. She showed us the picture and indeed when looking at the picture through our jewelers loupe we saw the same chain. The back of the picture gave away the dates 1911, 1912 and 1913.

Normally we do not deal in silver jewelry but this is so much more then “just jewelry”. This is what our trade is all about, the link between us and our ancestors documented on a dated picture. The lady sold us the chain together with the picture and we are proud to offer it here among our gold, platinum and diamond jewelry. The combination of an antique photograph with the original chain depicted on it is truly unique!

When looking closely at the picture we see a young woman with the, in those days fashionable, wasp waist and sautoir (long chain). The strong bound wasp waist was the ultimate standard of feminine beauty. Although a normal average waist measurements varied between 50 and 58 cm (20 and 23 inches), women tortured themselves with special corsets to measurements between 40 and 45 cm (16 to 18 inches).

We can also recognise the name tag she is wearing on her dress; Catherine. We do not think that granny Catherine would have ever imagined that people would still speak about her 100 years later.

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

Antiqualy yours,
The Adin team

www.adin.be

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