2014/06/29

World Cup Football Thoughts: The formula for my happiness...

World Cup Football Thoughts:

The formula for my happiness...

Van Cleef and Arpels Diamond Bracelet
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... a yes, a straight line, a goal.



Friedrich Nietzsche
Philosopher 1844-1900

(slightly adapted)








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2014/06/22

Antique jewelry in literature (02): Belle Epoque diamond bracelet by Emile Olive

Antique jewelry in literature:

Belle Epoque diamond bracelet by Emile Olive

Belle Epoque diamond bracelet by Emile Olive
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Magnificent, stunning and superb do not adequately describe this priceless Emile Olive bracelet which is in pristine condition! It is in typical Belle Époque style with Art Nouveau influences. Normally rings would be adorned with this motive, and for us it was the first time to find this motive in a bracelet. It includes 9 large old European cut diamonds weighing 3.40 crt and an enormous 7.20 crt in total (rose cut diamonds not included)!

This very bracelet is depicted at page 533 in the "Bible of Antique Jewelry" namely "La Bijouterie Française au XIXe Sieècle by Henri Vever, part two, Second Empire 1850-1870" printed in Paris in 1908. This book was translated to English in 2001 and is called "Henri Vever - French Jewelry of the Nineteenth Century". The bracelet is depicted on page 1025 of the English version.








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2014/06/14

Antique jewelry in literature (01): 17th Century Antique Portuguese Pendant

Antique jewelry in literature:

17th Century Antique Portuguese Pendant

Antique 17th Century breast pendant in sequile style gold and rose cut diamonds
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Antique Portuguese sequile style pendant featuring 33 rose cut and senaille diamonds held in foiled gold setting. The gold openwork surround features a sinuously scrolling foliate design in a lozenge shape traditional for sequille-style jewellery and features five teardrop shaped pendants, balancing the intricate design. The bigger diamonds are rose cut and the smaller diamonds are senaille cut.


According to the experts of the Victoria & Albert Museum, it is characteristic of Iberian gold jewellery at this date that the gold settings nearly enclose the smaller diamonds. Pictures of similar pendants can be found in "A Sparkling Age: 17th Century Diamond Jewellery” p 215 - by the Diamond Museum in Antwerp - published 1993 and in "Five Centuries of Jewellery" p 45 - by The National Museum of Ancient Art, Lisbon - published 1995.





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2014/06/08

Art deco jewelry in its utter beauty

Art Deco Bar Brooch

Art deco jewelry in its utter beauty

Must See! Strong design Art Deco platinum brooch diamonds and sapphires
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1920’s platinum, pave set diamond and sapphire brooch. The design features three large old European cut diamonds interspersed by two half-moon cabochon cut sapphires surrounded by diamond set millegrain borded openwork flower petals. A network of millegrain openwork lines and a row of 19 small rectangular cabochon sapphires connect these design elements.








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2014/06/01

Rose Cut Diamonds, Another "Romantic" Explanation

Rose Cut Diamonds

another "romantic" explanation...

Long pendant Georgian earrings with high quality high domed rose cut diamonds
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Once upon a time... a long long time ago, soirées (French for... "soirees") were illuminated by romantic glimmering candle lights, smelly oil lamps and asphyxiating smothering torches. And all jewelry set with rose cut diamonds were shining and sparkling as beautiful as can be, and all the people were happy (deep sigh)...

To many antique jewelry experts, the reason why goldsmiths of those days used rose cut diamonds in antique jewelry was so the jewels would sparkle better in the candle light. We however, we wonder in what other than the light of candles, oil lamps and torches rose cut diamonds had to sparkle, since there wasn't any electricity yet. Fact is that because of the irregularity of the polishing of the diamonds of those days, they have a nicer, less predictable, sparkle than new cut diamonds which we find "a bit cold".








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