2011/11/27

Imagine this: Wearing a Medieval 700 year old brooch!

Imagine this:
Wearing a Medieval 700 year old brooch!

Late medieval early renaissance gold brooche from the antique jewelry collection of Adin Antique Jewelry, Antwerp, Belgium

This brooch was offered to us in the shop in this condition. Made somewhere between 1300 and 1400 (always hard to pin-point exactly). We decided to leave it untouched as we think that any repair or alteration to this jewel won't do it justice as it will take away its genuine character.

What do we see? Born as a cross, with a center stone that is either ruby or spinel and three remaining settings, most likely for the same type of stone as in the center. Three remaining, as it is obvious that there was a fourth setting. The little pins sticking out of the center, where most likely meant to keep pearls in its place. We can still see the rubbed ends of the pins, showing a sort of riveting technique. We also think the brooch has been in the ground for a long time, long enough to have the pearls dissolved.

It still has its original stick pin and closure. Just imagine when people ask you "What strange thing are you wearing?" and you can say that it's a piece that is some 700 years old!

An extraordinary piece with true charisma!



Antiqualy yours,
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2011/11/20

Mistakes that can be made with buying antique jewelry:

Mistakes that can be made
with buying antique jewelry:

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



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2011/11/13

Papal cross with hidden space! (from the longest reigning pope in history)

Papal cross with hidden space!
(from the longest reigning pope in history)



Bishops cross with Coat of Arms of Pope Pius IX of Adin Antique Jewelry, Antwerp, Belgium

Two extraordinary characteristics in one piece of antique jewelry; a popal jewel and a hidden space!

To find an original piece of antique jewelry with papal arms is a very rare thing indeed, even for us. And then to find one which commemorates a unique situation in papal history is even more rare. The coat of arms on this cross belong to Pope Pius IX who was the longest reigning pope in history (31 years). This unique bishops cross is made in solid 18K warm yellow gold and bears on one side the papal coat of arms and on the other side a Latin text. This Latin text at the back explains that this cross was given to (arch)bishops at the pope's golden episcopal jubilee in 1877 (MDCCCLXXVII).

As the coat of arms is attached to the cross with little golden screws we decided to carefully open it and we found a secret place! With the closer examination of this well-hidden space we found that it was filled with some darker colored material (see picture in the describing page of this jewel). We did not want to touch it, so we do not know what it is but we wouldn't be surprised would it be some sort of relic. Normally we clean all jewelry before we offer it for sale but for obvious reasons we did not touch this jewel in order to leave it in its original condition.

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2011/11/07

Jewelry with a history

Jewelry with a history

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





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