2012/06/09

Micro Mosaic brooch by Castellani

Micro Mosaic brooch by Castellani
Master Jewellers of the 19th Century
Micro mosaic gold brooch with filigrain by Castellani from the antique jewelry collection of Adin Antique Jewelry Store, Antwerp, Belgium
 

Castellani - Castellani's first shop was opened in Rome in the year 1814. Specializing in recreating jewelry of ancient craftsmen, particularly the Etruscans, his work became fashionable and much wanted in 19th Century Europe and America. The Castellani shop had the aristocracy and the so-called grand tourists as customers. 

Many of the designs of Castellani's jewelry is based on archaeological evidence and often incorporated cameos, intaglios and micromosaics (like the one pictured) into his jewelry. The Castellani dynasty spanned three generations and nowadays Castellani is one of the big names in antique jewelry that is most sought for and very rare to find. 

Although not obvious on first sight, these are not Latin but Greek letters. The letters EY stand for "good health" but one could also say it's the abbreviation for "Eternally Yours". 



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2012/06/02

New rose species discovered in The Garden of Adin !

New rose species discovered
in The Garden of Adin !
Antique jewelry Mother's day suggestions from the antique jewelry collection of Adin Antique Jewelry Store, Antwerp, Belgium



Antwerp, Belgium - For years, it has been rumoured that the Garden of Adin might shelter some interesting flora. This hearsay panned out last month, when an interesting flower was discovered. The mystery plant was taken to Mr. Elkan Wijnberg, chief botanist of The Garden of Adin's Academy of Sciences. 

To all surprise, the shrub turned out to be a new rose species of Rosa Antigua, a genus in the rose cut family. Detailed examination of the rose, as well as the discovery of more wild populations in The Garden of Adin this month, confirmed that it was indeed a distinct new species of Rosa Antigua, Wijnberg says.

To celebrate the finding of these new rose species an intense-sparkle exhibition has been opened. 


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2012/06/01

Hide and Seek in The Garden Of Adin

Hide and Seek 
in The Garden Of Adin
Art Nouveau four leaf clover gold open locket Lady profile from the antique jewelry collection of Adin Antique Jewelry Store, Antwerp, Belgium
Art Nouveau four leaf clover gold open locket Lady profile from the antique jewelry collection of Adin Antique Jewelry Store, Antwerp, Belgium

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Art Nouveau (French for New Style) is an international movement and style of art, architecture and applied art - especially the decorative arts - that peaked in popularity at the turn of the 20th century (1890–1905).

The name "Art Nouveau" is French for "new art". It is also known as Jugendstil, German for "youth style", named after the magazine Jugend, which promoted it, and in Italy, Stile Liberty from the department store in London, Liberty & Co., which popularised the style, and in Holland as “Sla-olie-stijl”, Dutch for “salad oil style” after a advertisement poster for this product that was made in that style. A reaction to academic art of the 19th century, it is characterized by organic, especially floral and other plant-inspired motifs, as well as highly stylized, flowing curvilinear forms. 

Art Nouveau is an approach to design according to which artists should work on everything from architecture to furniture, making art part of everyday life. Although Art Nouveau fell out of favour with the arrival of 20th-century modernist styles, it is seen today as an important bridge between the historicism of Neoclassicism and modernism.



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