Vernier, famous French medaillist

E. Vernier is a famous French medaillist, that was one of the foremen of the revival of the medaillist art in France around 1886. He was also a collaborator of Falize (other famous French jeweller) and awarded the prestigious “Medal of Honor at the Salon”.

A similar pin is depicted in the famous “jewelry bible” by Henri Vever “French Jewelry of the Nineteenth Century” in the English translation on page 1048.

Antique sentimental gold locket turquoises

Antique gold locket in book shaped, height turquoises, floral pattern, bouquet of roses and butterfly on each side, the edges present granulation work, invisible hinge, open space with original human hair protected by a glass. Fixed bail and ribbed hoop.

This is magnificent French craftsmanship from the first half of the 19th century. The goldsmith used very small balls (granules) of gold along the borders, which are not soldered to the piece but welded. This technique demand very high skills and precision from the maker. Inside there is a compartment where still a lock of hair is kept.

If the jewel speaked openly of the wearer, it could also do so in secret. Rings and lockets contained a memory of a loved one: love letters, locks of hair, photographs. In the words of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, the jewel is a “sign of memories”. The use of precious materials like gold and turquoise reinforced this feeling. “Do not forget me” or “think of me” translated by the color blue, a popular color used among lovers.

Locket “bouquet de roses” ref.10165-0470

18 carats red/yellow/green gold, ram’s head hallmark

turquoises, human hair

date: 1817-1820

origin: France

dimensions: 3.04 cm (1.20 inch) by 2.42 cm (0.95 inch)

weight: 19.80 grams

Fine antique French locket flowery motifs

Fine antique French locket pendant oval shaped flowery motifs pearls gold France 1860s

Fine antique French locket

This locket is a pendant that opens to reveal a space used for storing a photograph or other small item such as a curl of hair. Lockets are usually given to loved ones on holidays such as Valentine’s Day and occasions such as Christenings, weddings and, most noticeably during the Victorian Age, funerals.

Lockets are generally worn on chains around the neck and often hold a photo of the person who gave the locket, or they could form part of a charm bracelet. They come in many shapes such as ovals, hearts and circles and are usually made of precious metals such as gold and silver befitting their status as decorative jewellery.

Lockets usually hold only one or two photographs, but some specially made lockets can hold up to eight. Some lockets have been fashioned as ‘spinner’ lockets, where the bail that attaches to the necklace chain is attached but not fixed to the locket itself which is free to spin, this was a common style in the Victorian Age.

French gold Art Nouveau pendant plique jour enamel emaille fenetre sunrise or sunset motif

French gold Art Nouveau pendant with plique a jour enamel (emaille a fenêtre)
(Click the picture to get to this beauty)

One of the nicest little pendants with plique a jour enamel we have ever seen. French Art Nouveau (ca. 1895-1905) as only the French can make it, refined, tasteful and of superb quality. Too bad we couldn’t decipher the remains of the mastermark but we wouldn’t be surprised if this beauty was made by one of the famous French jewelers.

Plique-à-jour, (French for “braid letting in daylight”) is a vitreous enamelling technique where the enamel is applied in cells, similar to cloisonné, but with no backing in the final product, so light can shine through the transparent or translucent enamel. It has a stained-glass like appearance and is considered very challanging technically.

Genuine Antiques Adin

The house Adin is a company specializing in antique French jewelry from the 19th century. We are professional jewelers buying unique antique and vintage jewelry straight from the public in France.

Antiques come in mostly by way of our high-street buying shop. Most of the sellers are private individuals and jewelers who work as middleman between their customers and Adin. Most of the jewels offered to us will never see the inside of our shop, as only the very best are selected for sale. The rest are passed on to our precious metals department to be processed through the appropriate channels. This assures that the jewelry we sell as antique are only those that our experts consider to be fine examples of their type.

The diamonds are set in silver, gold and platinum for stunning engagement rings. The gemstones are fine, cut, intense and colorful. The cameos, coral, pearls and precious stones are showcased adorn earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings. Romantic brooches, carved lockets and pendants are inspired by a refined mother of nature, antiquity, mythology and love. Our collection contains some prestigious names of masters and famous artists such as Fouquet, Wolfers, Jensen, Bapst, Fabergé, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, etc. guarantee expertise of the best workshops of the world.

Our online catalog of jewelry is a perfect example of the fineness, the subtlety, the romance and the techniques used by French master jewelers. Stroll through Era’s of elegance : Georgian, Victorian, Art Nouveau, Edwardian and Art Déco. We strive to present you pieces of jewelry with multiple expressions in agreement with current fashion in constant search of inspiration. These jewels were for their past owners a source of sentimentality, weapons of seduction, attributes of power, cultural heritages, ornamental beauty or objects carrying symbolism.

Adin’ members are truly passionated by French jewelry and all come from prestigious European schools of master goldsmiths and diamond setters. We work hard to maintain the long French tradition of expertise and our reputation as experts in the field. We regularly sell to valued customers, private collectors, museums or movies such as Da Vinci Code. We participate in jewelry conferences in the United States and Europe and quoted in international magazines, including TIME and ADL.

Buying unique antique jewelry online with Adin is not only “convenient” but perhaps as most important, we offer you a pleasant experience with professional client services.

Genuine Antiques Adin

Genuine Antiques Adin

Romantic Antique French Necklace : Fine Roses & Gold Petals


Romantic Antique French Necklace : Fine Roses & Gold Petals

Romantic Antique French Necklace : Fine Roses & Gold Petals

The subject of this romantic necklace, although typical 19th Century, announces the coming of the Art Nouveau style. Romance and love are symbolized by beautiful flowers : refined roses with highly detailed petals in 18 high Carat yellow gold.

In beauty, shape and scent, the rose is outstanding and hence has become the most commonly used floral symbol in the West. Roses have symbolical meanings in classic and Christian art. For example Venus was associated with roses, symbolizing love and beauty, whereas Virgin Mary sometimes was called a « rose without thorns » because of her purity.

Made in France around 1900, we are sure of the origin of this necklace because of the French control mark for 18K gold representing an eagle’s head that was in use in France from about 1838. The necklace weighs 10.20 grams and measures 42.00 cm (16.54 inch). Delivered with its authenticity certificate.

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!