Rare enameled antique Stuart Crystal slide brooch

Rare enameled antique Stuart Crystal slide brooch


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.

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 collector’s item here at our site.

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Authentic Medieval Gold Pin Brooch

Late medieval early renaissance gold brooche from the antique jewelry collection of Adin Antique Jewelry, Antwerp, Belgium

This brooch was offered to us in the shop in this condition. Made somewhere between 1300 and 1400 (always hard to pin-point exactly). We decided to leave it untouched as we think that any repair or alteration to this jewel won’t do it justice as it will take away its genuine character.

What do we see? Born as a cross, with a center stone that is either ruby or spinel and three remaining settings, most likely for the same type of stone as in the center. Three remaining, as it is obvious that there was a fourth setting. The little pins sticking out of the center, where most likely meant to keep pearls in its place. We can still see the rubbed ends of the pins, showing a sort of riveting technique. We also think the brooch has been in the ground for a long time, long enough to have the pearls dissolved.

It still has its original stick pin and closure. Just imagine when people ask you “What strange thing are you wearing?” and you can say that it’s a piece that is some 700 years old!

An extraordinary piece with true charisma!

Tribute to French naturalistic jewelry

Swan on diamonds lake

Swan on diamonds lake

At the end of the 19th Century jewelers used nature as inspiration for their designs. Their interpretations of animals in jewels are based on a realistic view of the colours and lines in naturalistic detail. The French were undoubtedly unrivalled in the design of jewelry during this period with a deep understanding for the gems and materials used. It is in French jewelry that the most stunning naturalistic motifs can be found. This 19th Century naturalistic jewelry in diamonds, of course, can be very expensive. With careful and imaginative taste, the flowers (reedmace or cattail) and swan act as a romantic and fascinating theme of this decorative jewel.

We think that this beauty is made at the end of the Victorian and beginning of the Art Nouveau era.

The Victorian era (the period of Queen Victoria’s reign from June 1837 until her death on 22 January 1901) is known for its eclectic revival and interpretation of historic styles and the introduction of cross-cultural influences from the middle east and Asia in furniture, fittings, and interior decoration. Victorian design is widely viewed as having indulged in an excess of ornament. The Victorian period can roughly be divided into 3 distinct periods; the Romantic (1837 – 1860), Grand (1861 – 1885), and Late or Aesthetic Period (1880 – 1901). The jewelry of the late Victorian period once again returned to romanticism with more delicate and whimsical motifs such as stars, crescent moons, reptiles, animals, birds and insects. The discovery of the diamond mines in South Africa led to the use of mine, rose and cushion cut diamond stones.

The Art Nouveau style has its beginning in the late Victorian era. 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. 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.

But all this info aside: What a beautiful brooch! Upon the sight of this brooch we all turned instantly happy. What a pretty piece of Applied Art. Charming, touching, cute, top notch work and design… One of the very nicest pieces we have had in many many years. And it stays nice… everytime we look at it we are in awe of the quality and its positive impact to our mood 🙂 .

The winking portrait brooch

The Adin Museum Of Fairy Tale Artifacts proudly presents:

Georgian Miniature Brooch

The winking portrait brooch”

Once upon a time… there was a princess who couldn’t stop winking. The best doctors in the land were consulted but nobody could cure the princess. Then it was ordained that the man who could cure the princess would marry her. Needless to say, this attracted hundreds and hundreds of fortune seekers but no one could help the winking princess. 

Till one day a poor painter came in. He told the king he could trap the wink in a painting. The king, not knowing what else to do decided to let the painter have his way. The painter did as he promissed, then married the princess and they lived on happily ever after.

It is only recently that Adin Museum of Fairy Tale Artifacts discovered this painting in a brooch. When watching really closely you might still see her wink. Chief conservator of the Museum, Mr. Elkan Wijnberg told us that strangely enough once out of the museum the brooch stops winking.

The brooch might still be available for purchase in the museum for a fairy price.

Life is a struggle but your love is my force

The Adin Museum Of Fairy Tale Artifacts proudly presents:

Lapis Lazuli Brooch Estate Diamonds

Our latest theme, the “once upon a time” sequence seems to be stirring up romantic inspiration among our readers. One of them had himself inspired by the pictured brooch to write the following romantic fairy tale…

Once upon a time… there was a poor paladin with a pure heart who’s name is forgotten long time ago but the memories to him remain intact. The poor paladin loved and was loved in secret by the princess of seas and lands. To reach her kingdom and be blessed by her beauty forever, 3 massive walls had to be conquered. Trust, Faith and Loyalty were their names. The paladin overtook these obstacles with persistence and finally reached the princess to spend the rest of their lives together in loving harmony. This brooch immortalizes the paladin’s journey.

How to tell a True Princess?

The Adin Museum Of Fairy Tale Artifacts proudly presents:

Art Deco Clip Coral

Once upon a time… there was a queen-mother that wanted to check if her future daughter-in-law was the real princess she claimed to be.She went into the bed-room and hid there a beautiful Art Deco clip. In the morning the princess was asked how she had slept. “Oh, very badly!” said she. “I hardly closed my eyes all night. I felt a presence of sheer beauty.” 

Nobody but a real princess could be as sensitive as that!

So the prince took her for his wife, for now he knew that he had a ‘real’ princess; and the clip was put in the Adin Museum of Fairy Tale Artifacts, where it may still be seen, provided no one has bought it!