2013/04/27

Jewelry from the 1600's! A so called Stuart crystal depicting Cupid's arrow smithy

Jewelry from the 1600's!

A so called Stuart crystal
depicting Cupid's arrow smithy

Gold estate ring, bejeweled hedgehog set with diamonds and multi colored semi precious stones from the antique jewelry collection of www.adin.be
(click the picture to read and see more about this Stuart crystal slide)
 
This type of jewel is called a Stuart crystal. Stuart crystals were mounted in all sort of jewelry, from pins, rings, slides, bracelets and more. Most of the Stuart crystals that survived over the ages are the slide variety, like this one. They became popular in England after 1649, with the execution of the then King of England, Charles I. His loyalists, (the royalists) who wanted to show their sympathy for their fallen monarch would wear small slides set with his portrait or a tress of hair and his initials (in fine gold wire) underneath a faceted crystal.

These "memento mori" jewels set the spark for a fashion among the aristocracy for memorial crystals. Later in the 17th Century these crystals were also embellished with all sorts of Cupid scenes like this one. The scene depicted here is about three cupids working in what can be recognized as a smithy. One is standing in front of the fire and the two others are hammering on an anvil. In the green enameld floor of the smithy, in bas-relief, there is a Latin (?) text reading something like "IO CLOMEAL".

The scene is set under a smooth domed faceted rock crystal to a border of Scottish river pearls. Made in the fashionable way of the late 1600's and rather easily recognisable as from that era, the backside of the jewel is enameled in a pink, black and white botanical design (leaf-motifs) much favored in the 17th century.

To find a Stuart crystal slide in this quality with these colors and the depicted scene is really rare, even for us. It is with great pride that we can offer this true collectors item here at our site. When wearing it as a slide it will look beautiful on a simple black velvet ribbon around the neck. And although born as a slide, somewhere in the last 50 of its approximate 350 years lifetime a system was added to wear it as a brooch. The craftman who did it, did a good job as the way the system is attached is reversible. It can be taken on and off reasonably easy and then worn as one wishes, as a brooch or as a slide.
 

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The Adin team
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2013/04/21

Art Deco wrist candy

Art Deco wrist candy

High quality Dutch Art Deco sapphire and diamond bracelet wrist candy from the antique jewelry collection of www.adin.be
€6,250
Art Deco diamond platinum flexible bracelet from the forties from the antique jewelry collection of www.adin.be
€12,500

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TArt Deco diamond flexible bracelet platinum from the antique jewelry collection of www.adin.be
€4,250
Platinum estate Art Deco diamond tennis bracelet from the fifties from the antique jewelry collection of www.adin.be
€11,500
Estate platinum Art Deco diamond tennis bracelet from the fifties from the antique jewelry collection of www.adin.be
€8,950
Belle Epoque Art Deco gold and platinum bracelet with diamonds and sapphires from the antique jewelry collection of www.adin.be
€6,750
Art Deco diamond blue sapphire articulated bracelet from the antique jewelry collection of www.adin.be
€7,250
 

Just for the joy of looking at some pretty Art Deco jewelry

 
 
 

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The Adin team
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2013/04/14

Happy Hedgehog Day from The Garden of Adin!

Happy Hedgehog Day!

from The Garden of Adin

Gold estate ring, bejeweled hedgehog set with diamonds and multi colored semi precious stones from the antique jewelry collection of www.adin.be
(click the picture to read and see more about this estate hedgehog ring)
 
Hedgehog Day in The Garden of Adin is a day celebrated on April 14. According to the folklore, when a bejeweled hedgehog is spotted in the proximity of a cactus all Adin friends, family, relatives and customers will have a flourishing spring and an even more prosperous summer.

It is with great delight that we can share with you that this once in a lifetime event has happened, we even managed to take a picture of it.

So happy Hedgehog Day!!
 

Antiqualy yours,

The Adin team
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2013/04/07

Diamonds are forever (but only since the last 60 years or so)

Diamonds are forever

(but only since the last 60 years or so)

Collection of antique and estate one-stone engagement rings from the antique jewelry collection of www.adin.be Collection of antique and estate eternity bands from the antique jewelry collection of www.adin.be
(click the picture for our one-stone rings)   (click the picture for our eternity bands)  
 

Although it is said that the tradition of diamond engagement rings and eternity bands go back a few thousand years, it was not till the mid Twentieth Century that they became the tradition we now know them to be. How they became part of a tradition is, all sugar-sweet stories of romance and ever-lasting-love aside, an interesting story.

In the late 1930's de Beers, the then world monopolist for diamonds, in an attempt to reduce their growing stock of diamonds, started a now historic advertising campaign. Out of the need to sell the bulk of their "big" stones the idea of proposing marriage with a one-diamond engagement ring was born. Before that there simply wasn't a link between a marriage proposal and a one-stone-diamond ring.

Some twenty years later de Beers had a (secret) agreement with the former Soviet Union as sole channel for diamonds found there. The diamonds coming from Russia, although being better in quality, were much smaller in size. And what was better to get rid of a lot of smaller diamonds in one time? And thus the eternity band was born.


 

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2013/04/01

We proudly present: important collection of rose cut diamond, silver set gold backed jewelry

We proudly present:

important collection of rose cut diamond, silver set gold backed jewelry

Impressive Retro ring with big old brilliant cut diamond and carre rubies from the antique jewelry collection of www.adin.be
€3,750
Very strong design handmade Retro ring with diamonds and rubies from the forties from the antique jewelry collection of www.adin.be
€27,000

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Typical bi-color gold estate Retro ring with rubies and rose cut diamonds from the antique jewelry collection of www.adin.be
€2,450
Extrovert and stylish red gold vintage Art Retro ring with diamonds and rubies from the antique jewelry collection of www.adin.be
€7,650
AStrong design gold Retro cocktail ring with diamonds, estate ring from the antique jewelry collection of www.adin.be
€4,450
Charming red gold retro ring with rubies and diamonds from the antique jewelry collection of www.adin.be
€5,250
Sturdy pink gold retro ring with rose cut diamonds and carre cut rubies from the antique jewelry collection of www.adin.be
€16,500
 

The technique of setting diamonds in gold-backed silver finds its origin centuries ago, when jewelers believed that only a silver mounting could render the true beauty of diamonds. Backing the silver jewel with a layer of gold was a practical precaution taken to avoid the silver leaving black stains on clothing or skin.

It was not until the late Nineteenth, early Twentieth Century with the recognition, and thus use, of platinum as precious metal and the development of white gold the practical necessity to use bi-colored material became obsolete. The argument to use bi-colored metals became more an esthetic habit than a practical necessity. Goldsmiths kept using bi-colored metals to emphasize the diamond settings up to the fifties of the Twentieth Century.
 
 
 

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