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smith, but the collaboration of an excellent stone setter, designer, polisher, and having access to high quality materials. Everything has to come together.”
A lifelong passion Originally from the Netherlands, Wijnberg was interested in jewellery making from a very young age. At eight years old, he was already making enamelled jewellery, and by the time he was 15 he knew he wanted to become a goldsmith. He says: “I loved repairing jewellery, so I started at local jumble sales with my mum’s table cloth. Quite quickly I worked my way up to craft markets and then the big antique fairs.” After moving to Antwerp he opened his shop, Adin, in the heart of the diamond district. “I’ve found that Antwerp is not just a diamond city, but a centre for jewellery in general where everything is close together. So this was the perfect place for me.” Snow flakes by Van Cleef & Arpels came drizzling down in the Garden of Adin.
When coming up with a name, he decided to take a calculated approach, and pick something that starts with ‘A’. “This put me at the start of indexes and catalogues, which was important in a world pre-Internet,” Wijnberg explains. “And ‘Adin’ is closely related to the Dutch word for ‘noble’.”
The wall of fame Not going unnoticed internationally, Wijnberg has clients from all over the world, including a few celebrities. Several signed photographs displayed in a cabinet in the shop are testimony of his famous clientele. But this is not the only way Adin has a connection to Hollywood. Several years ago, Wijnberg was approached by an American film producer who asked for help in sourcing a few specific movie props. For the 2006 blockbuster The Da Vinci Code, he needed some pieces of jewellery, in particular for
the character of Bishop Manuel Aringarosa. “The jewellery he wears, such as the Victorian bishop’s ring, are genuine pieces of antique jewellery that we sourced for the production.” But it is the finding of unique pieces of jewellery that is the most satisfying for Wijnberg. “And being able to share my enthusiasm with clients who really appreciate the design as well as the history of a piece.” he says. “We want people to really wear the pieces, and make it a new family heirloom that can be passed down the generations.” If it is up to Wijnberg, he will continue his treasure trove of a collection for many years to come. “I am very happy doing what I do. If I could do it for another 100 years, I would!” he says. Web: www.antiquejewel.com
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