2015/09/27

Jewelry from the time when.... people knew how to eat medlars.

Jewelry from the time when....

people knew how to eat medlars.

French Victorian antique hard stone cameo in elegant enameled mounting
Click the picture to get to this hardstone cameo brooch.
 
 
Mentioned in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet as well as in In Miguel de Cervantes' Don Quixote, the medlar is a large shrub or small tree and also the name of the fruit of this tree. The fruit has been cultivated since Roman times, is usual available in winter and being eaten when bletted.

It was a very important fruit during the Roman Empire and Middle Ages before the introduction of other fruits in Western Europe. During the Middle Ages it was planted mainly in monastery gardens.

In our days, medlars can be occasionally found at specialized markets and greengrocers... and in the Garden of Adin of course, together with other beauties from the old days.








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2015/09/21

Jewelry from the time when.... Every household had a package of starch in the closet.

Jewelry from the time when....

Every household had a package of starch in the closet.

Art Deco or Edwardian platinum engagement ring with diamonds and sapphires
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2015/09/13

Diamond Encrusted Bird Of Paradise. Where else than in the Garden of Adin?

Diamond Encrusted Bird Of Paradise

Where else than in the Garden of Adin?

Estate diamond brooch from the fifties bird of paradise
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2015/09/06

18th Century Cameo Gem Set Ring Depicting Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette

18th Century Cameo Gem Set Ring

depicting Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette

Vintage coral drops gold necklace
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Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette got married in 1770, reigned in France between 1774 and 1789, the year when the French Revolution started. They got executed on the guillotine in 1792. During their reign, they got frequently portrayed in miniatures, ceramics and hardstone cameos. As in our days one would receive a signed photograph of a famous person, in those days works with their faces on jewelry would be given to their friends, political and diplomatic allies and courtiers. Most of the portraits were just of either the king or queen and double portraits of this kind are therefore rare.

Some experts claim that rings like this one (we know of the world-wide existence of three similar rings) were made specially with the birth of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette's eldest child Marie Thérèse of France in 1778. Another factor that could have influenced the scarcity of such rings is that after the Revolution possession of such jewelry would have been regarded as evidence of treason.

When you check the describing page of this royal ring you will not only find more pictures and even a movie of this ring but you will also find a copy of their last letters before being beheaded by the guillotine, plus a translation of these letters.








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