Blooming beauties in the Garden of Adin

Platinum Pendant in Edwardian Style with Genuine European Diamonds

Platinum Pendant in Edwardian Style with Genuine European Diamonds

Once upon a time,
in the Garden of Adin,
there was a flower so sublime,
shining with diamonds,
truly the Garderner’s prime.

Proudly he acclaimed:
“This beauty can’t stay unnamed!”
So he called it “Adin’s beauty”, unashamed.

Original early Georg Jensen Jewelry

Pendant signed Georg Jensen

Pendant signed Georg Jensen

design Nº 54


Since Georg Jensen (1866-1935) founded his silversmith workshop in 1904, jewellery from the workshop has adhered to his motto: “Do not follow fashion, but be guided by the present if you want to stay young in the struggle”. Ever since then, Georg Jensen’s jewellery has reflected the period in which it was created. Just as the last century was distinguished by different periods, Georg Jensen’s jewellery represents the different styles that appeared over the years.

Brooch silver Georg Jensen

Brooch silver Georg Jensen

design no.100B

Keepsakes, hidden spaces or poison

Gold Victorian ring set with garnet and with hidden space that can  be closed Silver gilded bohemian garnets bangle with hidden place Gold Victorian belt ring with hidden space

Take these pieces of antique jewelry, nothing special you would say. And we would be the first to agree. But they do have something special, they are so called poison rings and bangle. Jewelry like this (mostly rings) have been used throughout history to carry perfume, locks of hair, devotional relics, messages and other keepsakes and even in a very rare occasion, poison.

It is thought that this type of jewelry originated in ancient days of the Far East and India where it replaced the practice of wearing keepsakes, talismans and other items in pouches around the neck. The wearing of these poison rings was so practical that it spread to other parts of Asia, the Middle East and the Mediterranean before reaching Western Europe in the Middle Ages. By then the rings were also part of the “holy relic trade.”

Gold Victorian ring set with garnet and with hidden space that can  be closed Silver gilded bohemian garnets bangle with hidden place Gold Victorian belt ring with hidden space

Pure Art Nouveau

Pure Art Nouveau Pendant Signed by French Artist E.Dropsy

Pure Art Nouveau Pendant Signed by French Artist E.Dropsy

The name Art Nouveau most of us know but depending on the country the style has some different names. In Germany it was called “Jugendstil“, after a magazine called Die Jugend (The Youth), in Holland “Slaoliestijl” (salad oil style) after an advertising for salad oil and in Italy “Floreale” or “Stile Liberty” (after the London store that featured it).

One of the joys of our métier is that every now and then we stumble upon a piece of absolute beauty. As was the case this week when the depicted Art Nouveau pendant was being offered to us. It’s a sort of locket except there is no place for pictures because the original mirrors are still inside. Pure Art Nouveau, made in France, bigger then it appears on the picture (height 6.10 cm or 2.40 inch), fully signed E.Dropsy and of a quality that we hardly see. Look and enjoy!