2017/06/18

The Doves of Pliny

The Doves of Pliny

After the classical mosaic by Sosus of Pergamon dating back from the 2nd century BC

Click the picture to get to see this magnificent antique cameo bracelet with presentation of so-called Doves of Pliny.
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As three downey doves are sunbathing from the rim of a basin while one is gracefully drinking in this picturesque cameo, this 14K yellow gold bracelet from around 1850 splatters history all over our Garden of Adin.

This exact composition of four plumose pigeons is called "Doves of Pliny" or "Capitoline Doves", which refers to Pliny the Elder as he describes the original picture in a classical mosaic by Sosus of Pergamon dating back from the 2nd century BC. A revival of these archealogical wonders can be seen in the 1st half of the 19th century as it was very popular to reuse this motif in various artefacts. And yet, we have never seen a piece of such superb quality as the one we've got here. To emphasise its excellence, we invite you to closely lean over to the water in the vase and to notice the subtle reflection of the drinking dove. Apart from this meticulous elaboration, it is exactly this particular fragment by which Pliny was as equally mesmerised as we still are today. Only rarely, an artist manages to bring out this section of this iconic image.

Furthermore, this cameo has been engraved in the hardest part of the shell, which provides an even more realistic appearance as there are three different colour layers. Let alone the level of craftmanship needed to sculpt every detail a material as hard as stone, which we believe to take its origin from an Italian hand.

Of course, this piece of artistry can only be brought to its full spectacle in a harmonious mounting, which most probably must have come from an English goldsmith.

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2017/06/11

Holy smoke! Lucy in the sky with diamonds!

Holy smoke!

Lucy in the sky with diamonds!

Click the picture to get to see this Art Deco engagement ring platinum and diamonds.
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2017/06/04

Holy smoke! The Garden of Adin goes green!

Holy smoke!

The Garden of Adin goes green!

Click the picture to get to see this Truly magnificent 16+ crt brilliant and 7- crt Colombian emerald estate bracelet.
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2017/05/28

Holy smoke! Romanticism and a pink cloud, what more does one need?

Holy smoke!

Romanticism and a pink cloud, what more does one need?

Click the picture to get to see this Antique gold parure brooch pendant and earrings enameled miniatures with pearls.
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2017/05/21

Holy Smoke! So totally out of the blue in The Garden of Adin!

Holy Smoke!

So totally out of the blue in The Garden of Adin!

Click the picture to get to see this Vintage platinum Lady Di engagement ring with brilliant and sapphire.
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2017/05/14

The best way to start Mother's Day: with some bubbles.

The best way to start Mother's Day:
with some bubbles.

(putting up our most innocent face)

Click the picture to get to see this Diamond and pearl platinum estate engagement ring.
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2017/05/07

Seek, and thou shalt find! Only in The Garden of Adin (of course)

Seek, and thou shalt find!

Only in The Garden of Adin (of course)

Click the picture to get to see this Victorian gold bow necklace.
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2017/04/30

Jean Després, Master of French Art Deco and Modernistic Jewelry

Jean Després

Master of French Art Deco and Modernistic Jewelry

Click the picture to get to see this French designer Jean Després signed silver cross.
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Jean Després

Jean Després (1889 - 1980) was an Art Deco jewelry designer whose name has come to stand for the most dynamic of 20th-century styles. This definitive celebration of his work will delight new admirers and seasoned connoisseurs alike.

Capturing the streamlined, modern aesthetic of the age of the machine and transforming it into objects of great beauty, Després has always been the jeweler of choice for informed collectors and insiders: Josephine Baker was an early admirer, and Andy Warhol’s collection was sold at Sotheby’s, New York in 1988.

As a young man, Després came to know avant-garde artists in Paris, including Léger, De Chirico and Braque. After the outbreak of war in 1914 he worked on the industrial design of aeroplanes, and he transferred this experience and inspiration into the jewelry business.

Després used geometric motifs in his designs, and in the 1930s embarked on a notable collaboration with the glass painter Étienne Cournault. Després went on to create a range of tableware and decorative objects in gold, silver and pewter, whose bold, industrial looks were uncompromisingly modern, yet always graceful and refined.

From: Jean Després Jeweler, Maker and Designer of the Machine Age by Melissa Gabardi ISBN 9780500514788
 






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2017/04/23

Online course by The Garden of Adin: "How to be romantic"......................Here! Flowers!

Online course by The Garden of Adin:
"How to be romantic"

Here! Flowers!

Click the picture to get to see this Antique 5-string pearl bracelet with rose cut diamond closure and real big pearl
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2017/04/16

Big Natural 13½ Carat Untreated Ruby In The Garden of Adin

Big Natural 13½ Carat Untreated Ruby

In The Garden of Adin

Click the picture to get to see this Magnificent platinum Art Deco diamond ring with huge untreated ruby of 13.5 crt.
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2017/04/09

Adin's Scientific Newsbreak! Einstein's relatively antique jewelry theory proven!

Adin's Scientific Newsbreak!

Einstein's relatively antique jewelry theory proven!

Click the picture to get to see this Antique platinum Edwardian diamond brooch.
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The Adin's Institute for Advanced Study on Einstein's Relatively Antique Jewelry Theory proudly presents: "Gravitational Waves: Ripples in the fabric of space-time bringing us jewelry from the past."

In the year 1916, around the time this brooch was made, Albert Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves as part of his relative antique jewelry theory. In Einstein's theory, space and time are aspects of a single measurable reality called space-time. Matter and energy are two expressions of a single material. We can think of space-time as a fabric. The presence of large amounts of mass or energy distorts space-time – in essence causing the fabric to "warp" – and we observe this warpage as gravity. Freely falling objects – whether they are antique brooches, rings or earrings – simply follow the most direct path in this curved space-time; in other words, from Adin's premises to your doorstep. Furthermore this is a perfect proof that the earth is not flat but corrugated.

From: Wijnberg, Elkan (April 9, 2017). "Einstein and the relative antique jewelry theory." Antwerp: Adin's Scientific Press
 
 






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2017/04/02

The Garden of Adin presents: Poppies in all sorts

The Garden of Adin presents

Poppies in all sorts

Click the picture to get to see this Antique Victorian brooch with enameled portrait of young French peasant girl.
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2017/03/26

Variations on Cubism: Something "belle" from the Interbellum

Variations on Cubism

Something "belle" from the Interbellum

Click the picture to get to see this Sparkling Art Deco 3.78 crt diamond cocktail engagement ring.
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The Interbellum or the interwar period (1918–1939) is understood, within recent Western culture, to be the period between the end of the First World War and the beginning of the Second World War. In the pictured ring, one can recognize a transition from the refined Art Deco style to the, somewhat more robust, Retro style.
 




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2017/03/19

Variations on Cubism, Art Deco In The Garden of Adin

Variations on Cubism

Art Deco In The Garden of Adin

Click the picture to get to see this Radiating diamond and sapphire Art Deco ring.
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Abstract motives and geometrical forms are quite typical for the Art Deco period. Art Deco moved away from the soft pastels and organic forms of its style predecessor, Art Nouveau, and embraced influences from many different styles and movements of the early 20th century, including Neoclassical, Constructivism, Cubism, Modernism, and Futurism.

Its popularity peaked in Europe during the Roaring Twenties and continued strongly in the United States through the 1930s. Although many design movements have political or philosophical roots or intentions, Art Deco was purely decorative.
 
 



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