2012/04/29

Symbolic Love jewelry in The Garden of Adin

Symbolic Love jewelry 
in The Garden of Adin
Victorian diamond crown heart pendant, a so-called Vlaams Hart, huge rose diamonds from the antique jewelry collection of Adin Antique Jewelry Store, Antwerp, Belgium

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One of the most peculiar and wide spread Flemish pieces of regional jewelry is a diamond heart pendant, the so-called "Vlaams hart" (Dutch for “Flemish heart"). These hearts were fashionable in the 19th century and mostly made in gold backed silver (see also the silver on gold technique). A Flemish heart is a heart shaped field set with rose cut diamonds and/or senelles hanging under a crowning. 

There are two sorts of crownings possible:
1) The crowing is a crown and then it is build up from horizontal, diamond embellished, tendrils that are resting on a smooth surfaced ajour cut band with flattened little rhombic bars. The tendrils from the top incline slightly over this ajour cut band towards the actual cross emphasizing the unity of the jewel.

2) The crowing as love trophy. A collection of four elements, a torch and quiver that are crossing each other, a bow that is horizontal mingled with them and all held together by a laurel. The slightly upwards direction of both ends of the bow refers to the St. Andrew's cross. Torch, quiver and bow are typical attributes to Amor (Eros) and the laurel refers to the triumph of love. This combination was already in use with the old Greek and Romans and later of course in the Renaissance and had a enormous success in France in the Louis XVI period (1774-1793). 



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2012/04/22

It's a new dawn, it's a new day and I'm feeling good....
in The Garden of Adin

It's a new dawn, it's a new day and I'm feeling good....
in The Garden of Adin
Platinum estate engagement ring with green spinel and diamonds from the antique jewelry collection of Adin Antique Jewelry Store, Antwerp, Belgium

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The first lab-produced gem stones were already made in the 19th Century ! Auguste Victor Louis Verneuil was a French chemist (1856-1913). He invented a type of blowpipe (chalumeau) with which he was the first to lab produce rubies. This process is also sometimes referred to as 'flame fusion'. His results were published in 1904. The apparatus is still used today (sometimes in banks of several hundred units) to make synthetic varieties of corundum and other synthetic gemstones. 





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2012/04/15

Hide and Seek in The Garden Of Adin

Hide and Seek
in The Garden Of Adin
Truly charming ruby and diamond Art Deco engagement ring anniversary ring from the antique jewelry collection of Adin Antique Jewelry Store, Antwerp, Belgium


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Art Deco is an eclectic artistic and design style which had its origins in Paris in the first decades of the 20th century. The style originated in the 1920s and continued to be employed until after World War II. The term "art deco" first saw wide use after an exhibition in 1966, referring to the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts D√©coratifs et Industriels Modernes that was the culmination of high-end style moderne in Paris. Led by the best designers in the decorative arts such as fashion, and interior design, Art Deco affected all areas of design throughout the 1920s and 1930s, including architecture and industrial design, as well as the visual arts such as painting, the graphic arts and film. At the time, this style was seen as elegant, glamorous, functional and modern. 



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2012/04/08

Citrine Sunrise Splendour at The Garden Of Adin

Citrine Sunrise Splendour
at The Garden Of Adin
Estate platinum engagement ring with huge citrine of almost 10 crt from the antique jewelry collection of Adin Antique Jewelry Store, Antwerp, Belgium


Petty pretty jewelry trivia
 
Quartz is the second-most-abundant mineral in the Earth's continental crust with many different varieties, one of them called Citrine. The color of Citrine ranges from a pale yellow to brown. Because natural citrines are extremely rare, most commercial citrines are heat-treated amethyst. The name Citrine is derived from Latin citrina which means "yellow" and the Irish word for quartz is "grian cloch", which means "stone of the sun". 




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2012/04/01

Plum Blossoms and other beauties in The Garden Of Adin

Plum Blossoms and other beauties 
in The Garden Of Adin
Graceful platinum Art Nouveau diamond pendant Strong design Jugendstil necklace from the antique jewelry collection of Adin Antique Jewelry Store, Antwerp, Belgium


 Plum Blossom Jewelry

When everything has faded they alone shine forth,
encroaching the charms of lesser styles... 






Freely rendered from an old Chinese poem "Plum Blossoms".
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