Diamonds antique cross pendant Flemish Antwerp silver gold 1831-1850

Pendant cross type “Flemish” or “Antwerp” in silver on top and backed with 18K red gold, set with 16 rose cut diamonds in close setting. The rose cuts are set on foil, this is a special technique that was used to bring the lustre of the diamonds to its best quality.

This jewel is a fine example of the skill and craftsmanship of jewelers in Antwerp in the 18th and 19th century. The city was well known for centuries for its wealth which resulted in sumptuous jewels set with diamonds. The influence of religion was very present in those days, the refinement, the materials and the stones reinforced this sign of devotion. This type of cross was worn on a long silver chain and was a very expensive gift worn by pretty women in the north of Belgium in the first half of the 19th century.

The technique “silver on top and backed with 18K red gold” finds its origin centuries ago, when jewelers believed that only a silver mounting could render the true beauty of a diamond. Backing the silver jewel with a (thin) layer of gold was a practical precaution taken to avoid the silver jewelry leaving black stains on clothing or skin.

Most of these crosses are now owned by the church or in private collections.

Cross “Anversoise” ref.10343-0049

diamonds, silver, 18 carats red gold

control mark letter ‘E’

date: 1831-1850

origin: Belgium – Antwerp

height: 3.48 cm (1.37 inch)

weight: 3.50 grams

Antwerp – The Diamond City

Since the middle ages, this elegant Lady City built a strong reputation in the diamond trade giving birth to famous jewelers and fashion designers. Through generations, couples with taste turn to Antwerp to purchase fine pieces of jewelry. And also in a habit that passed on from mother to daughter, people come to the Antwerp experts to sell their jewelry. Many of these pieces find their way back in the stunning collection of antique and estate jewelry, a source of incredible and …

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Platinum Estate Cocktail Ring Art Deco Inspired : Diamonds, Sapphires & Emeralds

 

Platinum Estate Cocktail Ring Art Deco Inspired : Diamonds, Sapphires & Emeralds

Platinum Estate Cocktail Ring Art Deco Inspired : Diamonds, Sapphires & Emeralds

This magnificent ring showcases the fine art of European jeweler work. A flower of sparkling precious stones rests on a platinum band with elegant and simple lines. This jewel would be a fantastic cocktail ring or engagement ring, very special ! Although recently made, Circa 1980s, the artist making this ring was clearly inspired by the Art Deco style.

• Diamonds: One modern brilliant cut diamond .67 Carats (color approx. J/K, clarity approx. si) and 34 modern brilliant cut diamonds .70 Carats.

• Total diamond weight: 1.40 Carats.

• Sapphires : 12 calibrated square cut sapphires

• Emeralds : six pear shaped cabochon cut emeralds

• Hallmarks: 950 indicating a platinum alloy of 95%

The condition of this ring is excellent : no trace of wear, looks hardly worn. Delivered with its authenticity certificate. The ring weighs 6.20 Grams and the finger US size is 7¼ (It is our pleasure to resize the ring for you at our expense).

… je te donne cette fleur précieuse …

First Plover’s Egg found! (in the Garden of Adin)

Extravagant estate engagement ring with one 6 crt bulky stone

Huge Fancy Diamond Estate Engagement Ring Platinum

The sign of springtime!

ANTWERP, March 28 (Reuters) – In Friesland, the Northern part of Holland, it is an old tradition to offer the first found plover’s egg in the springtime to the Queen. This first found egg (called in Dutch: “eerste kievitsei”) is a symbol for the beginning of the springtime. So, still today although forbidden in the rest of Europe but allowed in Friesland on cultural historical grounds, people hunt for the first egg. 

The Gardener of Adin, not aware of this yearly contest, stumbled upon a nest full of eggs when weeding the Garden of Adin, becoming the unintentional winner of this folkloric event.

Shining and glittering in the candlelight

The Adin Museum Of Fairy Tale Artifacts proudly presents:

 

 

Antique rose cut diamond jewelry by Adin, antique jewelry,  Antwerp

 

Shining and glittering in the candlelight

Once upon a time… a long long time ago, soirées (French for… “soirees”) were illuminated by romantic glimmering candlelight, smelly oil lamps and asphyxiating smothering torches. And all the people were happy (deep sigh) and their pieces of jewelry set with rose cut diamonds were shining and sparkling as beautiful as can be… 

To many antique jewelry experts, this is the reason why goldsmiths of those days used rose cut diamonds; so the jewels would sparkle better in the candle light. To prove this, the Adin Museum of Fairy Tale Artifacts is showcasing some of their rose cut diamond jewelry in a candlelight environment. There remains the question that 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.

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.