2011/04/24

A tribute to French symbolic jewelry: a phoenix arising from the ashes

A tribute to French symbolic jewelry
A phoenix arising from the ashes


A tribute to French symbolic jewelry, elegant Victorian phoenix or griffin brooch with floral ornaments and rose cut diamonds from the antique jewelry collection of Adin Antique Jewelry, Antwerp, Belgium

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One of the reasons French antique jewelry is world-wide appreciated is the use of symbolism, giving the jewelry a deeper meaning. A nice example we show here. What we first thought to be a griffin turns out to be a phoenix, just based on the other symbol attributes in the brooch.

We recognize a circle (set with rose cut diamonds) with flames representing the Sun or Fire, symbols of creation and destruction. The phoenix has long been a symbol of rebirth, immortality, and renewal. The floral pattern breaking through the circle depicts the nest of aromatic branches and incense which the phoenix uses to set set himself on fire. From the ashes of that fire arises a new phoenix ...

This brooch could symbolize a transition from an old to a new era in one's life.

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2011/04/17

Precious white dew berries not to pass over in The Garden of Adin

Precious white dew berries
too good to pass over in The Garden of Adin


Charming white gold pendant fifties estate earrings with pearls and diamonds from the antique jewelry collection of Adin Antique Jewelry, Antwerp, Belgium

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Why are these berries different from all other berries?


... and when the Gardener's followers saw it, they said to one another, what are these, because they did not know what it was and where it came from, and the Gardener said to them, These are earrings that are meant to be worn.




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2011/04/10

Get your kicks at Adin 26!

Get your kicks at Adin 26!
Celebrating 26 years of Adin
with our 26th spring discount week


The entire antique historic jewelry collection of Adin Antique Jewelry, Antwerp, Belgium

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2011/04/03

Religious discoveries in The Garden of Adin

Religious discoveries
in The Garden of Adin

We would like to explain a little bit about the variations in our collection of antique French provincial jewelry. Most of these are inspired by religion, which is not so unexpected given the might of the church in the last centuries. Every province of France had a different type of dress code with specific jewelry for each one. The quality of our collection is truly museum-worthy and yet eminently wearable. Just imagine wearing a piece of jewelry that has seen two or even three turns of centuries.

Croix Boulonnaise
Circa 1770
18th Century French cross in filigree gold with good readable hallmarks from the antique jewelry collection of Adin Antique Jewelry, Antwerp, Belgium
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This type of cross is part of the adornment of wealthy married women along the coast between Boulogne and Dunkirk in France. They are recognised by the shell motifs that evoke pilgrimage to Saint Jacques de Compostelle. The filigree work harks back to it's distant Spanish origin.

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Croix Normande
Circa 1819-1830
Early Victorian rose cut diamonds cross from the antique jewelry collection of Adin Antique Jewelry, Antwerp, Belgium
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This cross pendant is both a religious symbol and a tool for regional identification. Together with a specific costume it denotes social status too. Size and abundance of materials that compose it reflect the wealth of its wearer.

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Croix Viroles
Circa 1750-1790
Pre Victorian gold rose cut diamonds cross from the antique jewelry collection of Adin Antique Jewelry, Antwerp, Belgium
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This cross belongs to the rare group of French Provincial gold cross pendants that were made at the end of the 18th Century (around 1790). It was bought and worn by wealthy provincial French women. These jewels rarely contained diamonds which were mostly used by jewellers for the nobility. This very cross from our collection is depicted in the famous book "Georgian Jewellery 1714-1830" page 152.

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Croix Badinne
Circa 1838-1850
French Victorian cross with garnets from the antique jewelry collection of Adin Antique Jewelry, Antwerp, Belgium
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This cross was the most typical and traditional cross made in Roussillon in France. Usually tied around the neck with a silk or velvet ribbon. The shape of this jewel was developed by Catalan goldsmiths in the late 17th Century. It was worn in the Empire and Restoration periods, and depicted on the portrait of Elizabeth Campagnac.

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Today, French regional crosses are very rare unlike the variety that existed in the old days. Most of these crosses are now kept in musea or in private collections.

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