2010/04/25

Appearances can be deceptive

Appearances can be deceptive





Gold Victorian ring set with garnet and with hidden space that can be closedSilver gilded bohemian garnets bangle with hidden placeGold Victorian belt ring with hidden space


Take these pieces of antique jewelry, nothing special you would say. And we would be the first to agree. But they do have something special, they are so called poison rings and bangle. Jewelry like this (mostly rings) have been used throughout history to carry perfume, locks of hair, devotional relics, messages and other keepsakes and even in a very rare occasion, poison.

It is thought that this type of jewelry originated in ancient days of the Far East and India where it replaced the practice of wearing keepsakes, talismans and other items in pouches around the neck. The wearing of these poison rings was so practical that it spread to other parts of Asia, the Middle East and the Mediterranean before reaching Western Europe in the Middle Ages. By then the rings were also part of the “holy relic trade.”





Gold Victorian ring set with garnet and with hidden space that can be closedSilver gilded bohemian garnets bangle with hidden placeGold Victorian belt ring with hidden space





Antiqualy yours,
The Adin team

www.adin.be







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2010/04/18

Pure Art Nouveau, nothing more, nothing less

Pure Art Nouveau




Magnificent Art Nouveau pendant signed E.Dropsy with sliding mirrorsMagnificent Art Nouveau pendant signed E.Dropsy with sliding mirrorsMagnificent Art Nouveau pendant signed E.Dropsy with sliding mirrors


nothing more, nothing less

The name Art Nouveau most of us know but depending on the country the style has some different names. In Germany it was called "Jugendstil", after a magazine called Die Jugend (The Youth), in Holland "Slaoliestijl" (salad oil style) after an advertising for salad oil and in Italy "Floreale" or "Stile Liberty" (after the London store that featured it).

One of the joys of our métier is that every now and then we stumble upon a piece of absolute beauty. As was the case this week when the depicted Art Nouveau pendant was being offered to us. It's a sort of locket except there is no place for pictures because the original mirrors are still inside. Pure Art Nouveau, made in France, bigger then it appears on the picture (height 6.10 cm or 2.40 inch), fully signed E.Dropsy and of a quality that we hardly see. Look and enjoy!




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The Adin team
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2010/04/10

New : Adin Wallpaper Gallery

New : Adin Wallpaper Gallery






Because every desktop deserves a beautiful jewel


The Adin team is kindly offering you free wallpapers for your computer's desktop as a token of appreciation for your interest in our company.


Click one of the images above to be directed to our Wallpaper gallery.




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The Adin team
www.adin.be





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Museum director finds treasure

Museum director finds treasure

Magnificent Art Deco engagement ring with rubies and diamonds


The “Four in a Row” dream ring

Once upon a time... in the Garden of Adin, a game was being played. The players, a gnome and a pixie, had several precious stones each, distinguished by color. They took turns in dropping these stones in one of the non-filled places by granting wishes that people dreamed. The pixie won by placing four brilliant cut diamonds consecutively in a line, which ended the game.

A recent American study has irrefutable concluded that the source of the so called "Four in a row" game has to be found in this Garden of Adin story.

When the ring was being offered, Mr. Elkan Wijnberg, conservator of the Adin Museum of Fairy Tale Artifacts, was there in a flash to preserve this “four in a row” dream ring for his museum where it is being offered in the museum-shop to its clientele.




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